In short, a small hand-held FM transceiver that operates in the MHz range, programmable for 16 channels, etc. Unboxing When you buy half a dozen, it’s like someone shipped you half a dozen bricks. Everything is prone to break over time. If you’re consistently seeing “radio refused to enter programming mode” errors from CHIRP there’s a good chance your cable has a counterfeit Prolific chip. It supports a growing list of radios across several manufacturers and allows transferring of memory contents between them. The dual-service radios mentioned are everywhere and sold to consumers across the United States.
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Excellent battery life There is an LED flashlight, which I have found useful despite my initial feeling of disdain.
Not out of the box, anyways. The only structural damage I’ve seen on any of the radios has been a small chip on the side of the case ; eventually another drop resulted in a broken chunk near the battery compartment, chhipset which point the battery latch doesn’t want to stay engaged since the piece that would hold the latch in place is gone.
Baofeng BFS – A Practical Review
A later revision of the Baofeng BFS includes the following on the back plate other details unchanged:. Even with moderately heavy chatter you can easily get a full day’s worth out of each mAh lithium-ion battery.
Sketchy-looking outer packaging aside, each unit comes boxed with battery, instructions, charger, SMA antenna, charging station, wrist strap, and cheap dhipset headset.
Later revisions of the radio aren’t as tolerant of the commonly-counterfeit Prolific chips found in the USB-serial cables. The emphasis on with a little work is mine. We were provided a set of these radios with a cyipset equipment rental, to ease conversation between a few groups of remote operators where line of sight wasn’t possible.
Easy to use improperly Mentioned in the Amazon reviewbut worth reiterating: Just remember, channel xhipset work VHF only and will work UHF and it chioset channel 16 become a scan so when on channel 16 it will scan all the channels. Simple interface Once programmed identically, there’s no settings for the user to mess with beyond the channel selection.
I was all set to write a review of the Baofeng BFS two-way radiobut then I found a much more thorough Amazon review, more detailed than I ever could have hoped to write. The only way to release the serial port was to hard boot the computer after each radio.
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For the low cost, it’s a suprisingly dense hunk of molded plastic. If you’d prefer to skip the programming and have walkie talkies that work out of the box, Baofeng isn’t for you. You can contact me more directly by linking to my Facebook account. Provides This Complementary Information. If you’re programming more than a few radios, it’s a useful time-saving upgrade. The BFS is capable of transmitting at higher power watts, depending whether you believe the back plate or the CMIIT registry and has a detachable antenna.
Six radios, six reboots. It supports a growing list of radios across several manufacturers and allows transferring of memory contents between them.
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There is an LED flashlight, which I have found useful despite my initial feeling of disdain. The clips and supporting springs are strong. They’ve survived months of abuse at the hands of small children and teenagers alike, and I once dropped one of these handsets 20 feet onto a cured concrete floor.
Getting the Python application running on OSX wasn’t too bad, nor was creating a template file to use for all the radios, but I found that CHIRP wouldn’t release the serial port after programming each radio. Unboxing When you buy half a dozen, it’s like someone shipped you half a dozen bricks. A piece of gaff tape across chipser bottom keeps the battery engaged and otherwise the radio is still perfectly functional. Technical Details In short, a small hand-held FM transceiver that operates in the MHz range, programmable for 16 channels, etc.
This just happens to be one of those items. Everything is prone to break chilset time. By comparison, I managed to break a belt clip on a friend’s Motorola Talkabout after a few days light usage.
They now permit transmitting up to 2 watts on what used to be FRS channels and also channelsalthough it’s still good practice to transmit on low power whenever possible to reduce your impact on other users.
The Linux-based LiveCD still works. Stick to the 888ss Talkabout series, just don’t claim ignorance of FCC regulations if you happen to broadcast on high power on FRS channels 1 through 7.