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£9.99 Baofeng.

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 4:31 pm
by m0lsx
I am not normally someone who recommends Moonraker, BUT....

http://www.moonraker.eu/amateur-radio/transceivers-and-brand-accessories/handheld-transceivers/baofeng/baofeng-bf-888s-uhf-400-470mhz-handheld-transceiver

Baofeng BF-888s UHF handheld £9.99. That is a cheap 446 or 70cm handheld by anyone's standards.

Re: £9.99 Baofeng.

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 5:33 pm
by thelad
Got mine years ago and they were £ 11.99 cheap as! Can see why every man and his dog has them, ace for the kids to smash into rocks when they visit.

Re: £9.99 Baofeng.

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 5:59 pm
by Mick M5AED
m0lsx wrote:I am not normally someone who recommends Moonraker, BUT....

http://www.moonraker.eu/amateur-radio/transceivers-and-brand-accessories/handheld-transceivers/baofeng/baofeng-bf-888s-uhf-400-470mhz-handheld-transceiver

Baofeng BF-888s UHF handheld £9.99. That is a cheap 446 or 70cm handheld by anyone's standards.

Well this should liven up 70cms. Thousands of buyers will study hard to gain their amateur license and the hobby will flourish. Meanwhile, back in the real world, I think Ofcom already have concerns about the sale of much cheapness radios from China so this model is not going to help.

Re: £9.99 Baofeng.

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 6:09 pm
by m0lsx
Mick M5AED wrote: I think Ofcom already have concerns about the sale of much cheapness radios from China so this model is not going to help.


If Ofcom is concerned about cheap radios, it is not showing in their activities. I did a FOI asking about investigations / prosecutions involving the frequencies covered by the cheap dual band handhelds & thus cheap single band handhelds too & I was told no prosecutions or investigations had taken place.

http://ukradioscanning.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3723

Re: £9.99 Baofeng.

PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 4:29 am
by T2tim
do people forget that there is such a thing as a PMR licence? its therefore wrong to assume that everyone out there is operating illegally with this equipment. just a point!

Re: £9.99 Baofeng.

PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 10:02 am
by thelad
I went to a large airshow last year and was given a 888 (all the marshalls had them over 100 of us) when i got a second to check with my scanner they were using ch1 out of the box. The site still use them now on a day to day use.

Re: £9.99 Baofeng.

PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 11:01 am
by JOHN IN YORK
It seems that these sets have an output of roughly 2 watts RF and you MUST have the software and cable to program them.
As an example,some sets are programmed for the following frequencies.

462.125MHz (CTCSS 69.3)
462.225MHz
462.325MHz (CTCSS 114.8)
462.425MHz (CTCSS 114.8)
462.525MHz (CTCSS 114.8)
462.625MHz (CTCSS 127.3)
462.725MHz (CTCSS 136.5)
462.825MHz (CTCSS 162.2)
462.925MHz (DCS 025N)
463.025MHz (DCS 051N)
463.125MHz (DCS 125N)
463.225MHz (DCS 155I)
463.525MHz (DCS 165I)
450.225MHz (DCS 023N)
460.325MHz
469.950MHz (CTCSS 203.5)

The report can be read here.

http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/baofeng- ... eview.html

Regards,John.

Re: £9.99 Baofeng.

PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 11:33 am
by 2E0UCW
One of the guys at a company I worked for got the Retevis H777 (rebrand) for the warehouse guys. I did advise them about the legal issues however the radios have not lasted a year and now they moved to PMR446 radios and I have a box load of radios and chargers which I will see how many can be salvaged for amateur use and spares. I did notice the volume knob and antenna cover dont last.

Re: £9.99 Baofeng.

PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 4:13 pm
by G4RMT
I love the "only 16 channels" and "if you can live with ...."

My first handheld Yaesu had 3 channels, S20, 21 and S22, and a new pair of crystals was around £9. At the time, I got around £30 a week from my job, so you had to save up for new channels! It meant ordering them to be made - specific for the radio model, getting them in the post in a little box padded with cotton wool, opening the radio, sticking them in and then spending an hour with a trimming tool pulling them onto frequency - sometimes having to send them back because they wouldn't pull enough!

Pah, people don't realise they have it so good!

Re: £9.99 Baofeng.

PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 4:33 pm
by m0lsx
G4RMT wrote:I love the "only 16 channels" and "if you can live with ...."

My first handheld Yaesu had 3 channels, S20, 21 and S22, and a new pair of crystals was around £9. At the time, I got around £30 a week from my job, so you had to save up for new channels! It meant ordering them to be made - specific for the radio model, getting them in the post in a little box padded with cotton wool, opening the radio, sticking them in and then spending an hour with a trimming tool pulling them onto frequency - sometimes having to send them back because they wouldn't pull enough!

Pah, people don't realise they have it so good!


I have an old St John Ambulance handheld here. It too uses Crystals & currently they cost a fortune & are getting harder & harder to source.
When I started playing radio on HF back in the 70's it was all home made or ex WD kit & thus mostly AM. Crystals manufacturers advertised in Practical Wireless & they were grown to your needs & put into what ever case you needed.
Lessons learned.
How to pull a crystal slightly off frequency using a variable capacitor, this could move it up or down very slightly.
You could also grind the crystal down in size & if memory serves me right, up in frequency (khz) using a mirror & some very very fine emery paper/cloth.
The other lesson leaned was keep your fingers out of the way when doing any trimming & do not use anything metal. Use plastic.
Other lesson learned. RF hurts.

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