The BaofengTech UV-5X3
This is the new Triband radio from BaofengTech, dubbed the BTECH UV-5X3, which incorporates the 220MHz band along with the normal 2M/440 bands that we are all used to seeing.
A special thanks to Todd and the folks out of BaofengTech.com for allowing me to review this radio.
At first glance, this radio looks much like the UV-5R – it has the same menus, same display, and same dual-watch and dual standby readout. But then they have added the 1.25M Amateur Band to the radio, so while it is still just dual-watch and dual-receive, you can receive 2 of either of the 3 bands.
The radio comes with an antenna that is marked for 2M/440 only, so I suggest picking up the Nagoya NA-320A Triband Antenna. This will provide you with a better TX/RX capability, plus it is a true triband antenna.
Take a look at this video to demonstrate how to program the radio from the front panel, and also for an on-air test on both the 220 and 440 bands with a couple of QSOs on local repeaters.
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7 thoughts on “Episode 62: Unboxing and Programming the BaofengTech UV-5X3 Triband”
Like all Baofengs, there is a menu setting which you need to change to get rid of the “roger beep” type of dead time after you key the radio. Set Menu #36 RP-STE to OFF, and it will get rid of that.
Thanks, I will check that.
What whip did you have on that unit? I’m a newb. And if I can pass the exam I hope to have my license soon. So I’ll need a good antenna for my Baofeng.
Guess I should have read the show notes first. Good info. Thank you.
How do you like this compared to the Wouxun Triband HT?
The BTECH is better. I had high hopes for the Wouxun, but all the birdies and harmonics in it kinda ruined it for me.
Thanks, I bought the Btech and got it for $45.00, very happy so far, 73,