Just a quick post about a couple of handies I bought recently.
First pair - Pofung branded UV-6R
- sold under a number of names.
Bought these as they cover 2m and 70cm as well as PMR. Did not get along very well with them as programming via the keypad was user-unfriendly. However, bought the USB programming lead and downloaded the CHIRP programmer software for the MAC. Wow, what a difference.
I programmed in local 2m and 70cm repeaters (South Cambs) and these little handies can access them from a few miles away on the standard rubber antenna - considering this 5" antenna is multi-band, quite impressed. A replacement antenna would be a useful addition.
I also programmed in the 8 PMR channels twice, once in "clear" and once with CTCSS enabled.
Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-519.995 MHz
Dual-Band Display, Dual Freq. Display, Dual-Standby
Different LED Background colors
Output Power: 5 /1 Watts
128 Channels 50 CTCSS and 104 DCS
Built-in VOX Function
1750Hz Brust Tone
FM Radio (65.0MHz-108.0MHz)
LED Flashlight Large LCD Display High/Low RF Power
Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz
Impressed with these so, for a car club run, bought a pair of Baofeng BF-888S Plus
As delivered these were programmed to illegal frequencies, so using the same USB lead and CHIRP software I programmed 8 of the channels to UK PMR in "clear" and 8 of the channels to CTCSS the same as the UV-6R's. Now we can chat easily and conveniently on PMR. Great battery life.
Preset 16 channels
1500mAh high capacity Battery.
50 CTCSS/105 CDCSS;
Low Voltage Alert
Cheap as chips as well!