Review of the BaoFeng UV-82X

We recently had the opportunity to play around with the newly released BaoFeng UV-82X HAM handheld radio. It is a really nice addition to this great manufacture’s line of radios and a bit essentially a revamped version of the lines previous success, the BaoFeng UV-5. This electronic device is great for HAM radio users of all skill sets and has something to offer everyone. We really liked this little handheld device and feel that is an excellent buy for a great price.

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Pros

The BaoFeng UV-82X HAM radio is a pretty awesome dual band handheld transceiver. It has a display function menu on the display LCD panel and a really excellent stock antenna that picks up loads of signals with ease. The exterior of this device is made of a very sturdy and durable heavy duty plastic that will certainly withstand a rough user. There is one 1800 mAH lithium ion battery included that is rechargeable that will give you several days out of a single charge. The accompanying software and USB cable will come in very handy, so you’ll want to pay close attention to that when opening the box. The software and cable are important if you want to easily program your radio.

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We were really blown away by the amount of 220MHz repeaters that come through on this handheld radio from almost anywhere in a local area. The 220 MHz channels are great for amateur users to practice on and won’t disappoint with the great signal received. There are many selectable frequency steps to choose from such as: 2.5, 5.6, 6.25, 10, and 12.5,25 kHz. There are a decent amount of frequency ranges of 65-108 MHz (only commercial FM radio reception) VHF 136-174 MHz, UHF 220-260 MHz (Rx/Tx) as well. To round out the excellent signal that is transmitted and received by this radio are the broad (wide) and narrowband (narrow) with a high and low power functions.

The voice operated transmission or “VOX” function is pretty great and allows you to use this device completely hands free. The frequency offset for repeater access “OFFSET” is pretty good and offers a wide range of input and output frequencies depending on the local area it is in while in use. We also like the busy channel lock “BCLO” function since is allows the user a bit more privacy and won’t allow those not on the channel to monitor you as closely as on an unlocked channel.

This is a great option for those of you seeking a radio with a really great scanning feature. Along with great channel scanning is the excellent volume control and sound clarity. Finally we get a radio from this company that has easy to turn dials and easy to push buttons compared to some of their previous versions. It is a nice and compact option that is very easy to use for the most part.

We are pretty impressed with the 1 year warranty on parts and labor that is provided by the company’s technical department. A warranty is always a really nice bonus when purchasing a tech item and definitely increases the overall deal you are getting when buying the BaoFeng UV-82X. The manual for this handheld device is available for easy download online at any time from the manufacturer’s website and can be saved on a computer or even another mobile device such as a tablet of smartphone. We also can’t leave out what a bargain this radio is. The price is incredibly low for the value and great functionality that it offers. You really can’t find a better deal out there right now and should go and scoop one up before it’s too late.

Cons

This little radio is surprisingly heavy for its diminutive size and comes in at 1.2 pounds. The weight is a bit of a deterrent because it can feel a tad hefty after you carry it around for a while. We suggest investing in a belt clip or some sort of radio holder to avoid having to hold it in your hand for long periods of time.

There isn’t a mic or speaker for the dual PTT for this model, which is actually a pretty restrictive issue for those that do not have another speaker or mic option to use in its place. We are hoping to see this issue fixed in the next model that they release.

This device can be a bit tricky to program manually. You can use the software and USB cable to program it instead, but this is not the most practical option if you are on the road and want to quickly program a frequency. The manual that is available to download online will explain how to manually program it, although it too is a bit hard to decipher and follow.

Who It’s Best For

This is a great little radio for those that are new to using HAM radios. It is very easy to use and offers a good range of 220 channels that makes for great practicing while you are in the process of obtaining your HAM radio license. We really think that this is a very user friendly radio that is sure to make the process of learning all about the world of HAM radios even more enjoyable.

We also think this is a fantastic option for those HAM radio operators that are experienced and in need of a great radio to use as a primary of secondary device. Like we have mentioned it is a really great handheld that does everything that you need it to do. It will not disappoint with its clear sound and channel frequencies.

All in all we really like this nice handheld radio. We actually think that this is one of the best devices to come from BaoFeng yet. It does its job and does it well. If you are looking for an affordable option that will fit your needs then the BaoFeng UV82-X is the way to go and it will not disappoint.

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