The Best Handheld HAM Radio

There are a ton of options out there for HAM radios and with so many it is hard to know which ones are the best and why. Well you are in luck because we love a HAM unit around here and thought it was time to take a look at some of the great options out there.

We have carefully combed through the sea of HAM options and put together a little review of what we think are the best handheld HAM radios. Take a look!

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Icom ID-31A

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00J5KTT1W” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513UFJLE%2BmL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”uv5r.net-20″ width=”117″]>> Price Check <<[/easyazon_image]The Icom ID-31A is a great two way handheld HAM radio with loads of features. This little guy operates on 5 watts of power and transmits on dual band 2m VHF and 70cm UHF frequencies. It is very easy to access D Star repeaters when using the Icom ID-31A too.

There is a fantastic built in GPS that is very handy when using this radio when mobile. There are 1304 memory channels to help keep all of your favorites easily accessible. If you fill up your channel memory then you can always use the convenient Micro SD card slot to save important data or channels.

The Icom ID-31A is made of very durable materials and is a solid little handheld radio that fits nicely in your hand. It has a very large LCD panel with a 128 by 104 full dot matrix display. The LCD screen displays the broadcast mode, which is so great it you need the information to save for future programming. We love that it has a voice recording and playback feature too.

 

 BaoFeng UV-5RB

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You won’t be disappointed in this great unit, especially the crystal clear FM broadcast. The FM feature can be used for down times or in emergency communication situations. The BaoFeng UV-5RB has a full high definition display that is super clear and has two colors options to choose from. The manufacturer has finally improved their product manual and it is now much easier to read than the past BaoFeng models. The product manual comes in English, German and French now too.

This radio has a nice frame that is made of very durable plastic that is small and lightweight. The accessory package that is included with the BaoFeng UV-5RB is pretty great. It comes with an antenna, earphone mic/headset, belt clip, hand strap, A/C adapter and USB cord. There is also 1 lithium ion battery included that is rechargeable and has a charge that will last about 24 hours and 7-9 hours of continuous use.

 

TYT TH-F5

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This radio receives regular FM broadcast 87-108 MHz too. It is very portable due in large part to its fantastic size and receiving abilities. You have to love the VOX, power on password protect, direct key and functions entry and keypad lock features that will make using this radio even easier than ever before. We hadn’t heard too much from TYT as of late, but are so glad we found this handheld unit to add to our review.

The accessory package that comes with the TYT TH-F5 is pretty great. It includes a drop in desktop charger, 1500mA lithium ion high capacity battery and nice stock antenna. This unit is also compatible with many aftermarket accessories and has a regular amateur SMA antenna jack and a Kenwood style 2 pin speaker mike jack.

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Yaesu Tri Band VX-6R

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The Yaesu is waterproof and submersible making it great users that may need to be outside from time to time in possibly wet weather. The security password feature, built in more code trainer and backlit keypad make this a very well rounded radio.

As if the features of the Yaesu were not enough to attract your attention, it also comes with many great accessories. It comes with a HiCap 1500 mA battery, SMA antenna and charging cord, programming software and USB cable as well. This radio is also compatible with many accessories to enhance its usability.

 

Puxing PX-2R

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The Puxing has a -30c to 60c operating temperature, 55dB FM noise and 55dB/60dB adjacent channel power all of which make this a very high functioning handheld ham radio unit. We love the keypad lock function and busy channel lock feature. The nice and bright LED backlight with on, off and automatic feature makes it very easy to see what frequency you are on at all times. The added option to scan by carrier, time and search function is very helpful as well.

The Puxing PX-2R is a light weight and durable radio that has a great accessory package. The package includes a 1100 mAh lithium ion battery, antenna, belt clip, computer programming and store channel option with USB cable. You also cannot beat the price!

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