14 July 2016

Baofeng UV-50X3 - new mobile radio

Baofeng just launched the UV-50X3 triband mobile radio and it looks like a jab, cross and left hook to the established japanese manufacturers who were caught dreaming about DMR, C4FM, D-STAR and other leprechauns.



Yes, the chinese manufacturers aren't creative, but they are really good at copying stuff and manufacturing it for a fraction of the price, so the resemblance to some japanese models shouldn't surprise you.

Or maybe the Yaesu FTM-350AR ?
Kenwood TM-d710 looks a bit similar, don't you think ?













The tri-band FM Baofeng UV-50X3 can transmit in 3 amateur radio bands (2m and 70cm at 50W,  1.25m at 5W) and can also receive 0.5-1.71MHz AM broadcast band, 76-108MHz FM broadcast band, AM air band plus other segments inbetween (see specs below). It is full-duplex and can be programmed via the popular (and free) CHIRP software.





 Here are the specs released by Baofeng:

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
BTECH UV-50X3 Main Frame
Front Panel
DTMF Microphone
Suction Cup Mount
10' DC Cable
15' Panel Cable
Bracket
Fan Kit
Manual

FEATURES
25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable (Wide/Narrow Band)
XBand Repeater (Cross-Band)
FM Radio and AM Radio
Aviation Receive
Large LCD Display (8 Selectable Colors)
High /Mid/Low RF Power Switchable
50 CTCSS/ 104 DCS Tones
Dual Receive (Full Duplex)
PC programmable
Transmitter time-out timer(TOT)
Busy channel lock-out(BCLO)
UV-50X3 Weight: Main Chassis 2.1kg (4.6 lbs)
Chassis Size: 5.5" x 1.8" x 6.0" (140 x 46 x 150mm)
Control Head: 6.3" x 2.6" x 6.0" (157 x 66 x 33.5mm)

UV-50X3 MOBILE SPECIFICATIONS
Frequency range:
[RX]: .5-1.710MHz (AM Radio), 76-108MHz (FM Radio), 108-136MHz (AM Aviation Band), 175-250MHz, 300-399MHz, 480-520MHz
[RX/TX]: 137-174MHz, 222-225MHz, 400-480MHz
Channel Capacity:
1000 Channels
Channel Spacing
25KHz (wide band)12.5KHz (narrow band)
Sensitivity
≤0.25μV (wide band)  ≤0.35μV (narrow band)
Operation Voltage
13.8V DC ±20%
Frequency step:
2.5KHz/5KHz/6.25KHz/10KHz/12.5KHz/20KHz/25KHz
Antenna:
Antenna Connector: SO-239
Stability:
±2.5ppm
Output power:
5W/20W/50W (1.25M 5W Max)
Audio Power Output
2.5W X 3 Speakers
3 Loud Speakers (2 - Panel, 1 - Main Frame)
AUX Audio Out Jack
AUX Audio In Jack


 Best thing about it though, is the price. It's already listed on Amazon for a decent US$339, considerably lower than the Kenwood or Yaesu counterparts:

BTECH MOBILE UV-50X3 50 Watt Tri-Band Radio: 136-174mhz (VHF), 222-225mhz (1.25M), 400-520mhz (UHF) Amateur (Ham)

 Few more images below:






More details (and images) you can find on the Baofeng website.

10 comments:

  1. You're kidding. That's easy programming? OMG.

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  2. Kind of reminds you of those medical commercials where the announcer tells you that taking the pill to reduce your headaches can cause 50+ other conditions, including death. Not sure this manual programming is worth the time, I'll wait for RT Systems to support the radio with software.

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  3. kinda lazy there craig! I always learn how to program a radio the hard way so i'll know how to use the radio!!

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  4. Why would you wait for RT? Chirp is free and works better.

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  5. "Kenwood TM-d710 looks a bit similar, don't you think ?, Or maybe the Yaesu FTM-350AR ?"

    Are you serious? If it looked any more like the FTM-350, it would actually have the word "Yaesu" written on it.

    I was disappointed when Yaesu discontinued the FTM-350. The FTM-400 may have digital and a touch screen, but it's missing a whole lot of things the FTM-350 had. Actual buttons, just for starters.

    I hope the BaoFeng UV-50X3 turns out to operate as good as it looks, I wouldn't mind picking up a new FTM-350 clone.

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  6. Maybe someone at Yaesu created baofeng as a way to sell the same technology under their brother in law's chinese subsidiary at a lower price point.


    The UV-3R is a copy of the VX-3R
    The UV-5R is a copy of the VX-5
    And now the 50X3 is a copy of the FTM-350AR (350, 503...)

    Oh and the UV-2R.. no wait they already licenced the VX-2R through "ZANTONE"

    See the pattern?

    Jess

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  7. Why only 5 watts max on 220...WTF why not the same as on the other bands...i'd need to add a 220 amp to get more power on 220....

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    1. Because the idea behind it is for you to use a 220 HT for the xband repeat

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  8. Need an equivalent to the ft857d with a 2din head, CD/mp3 player to be a nice replacement for my car radio CD player! Failing that, jut a bare '857 clone

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