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I have bought the above radio as I wish to LISTEN to marine radio when I am out and about near River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal.

I took it out for the first time yesterday [4th Jan] and I was able to listen in to vessels and lock transmissions at Eastham, all very interesting.

I have a few frequences that I can listen to various things on, its not the easiest unit to program them in to memory so I intend doing this via a cable to my pc [when it arrives]

have also ordered an NA771 Antenna too

on my way there I had a listen in the FM Uplink for Mcr Airport Tower 455.550, I am not into planes but it was interesting anyway, I can just about get some transmissions from home and combined with flightradar on the pc, I heard a plane from 6m away.

any hints or tips will be welcomed.
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neastwood said

I have bought the above radio as I wish to LISTEN to marine radio when I am out and about near River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal.

I took it out for the first time yesterday [4th Jan] and I was able to listen in to vessels and lock transmissions at Eastham, all very interesting.

I have a few frequences that I can listen to various things on, its not the easiest unit to program them in to memory so I intend doing this via a cable to my pc [when it arrives]

have also ordered an NA771 Antenna too

on my way there I had a listen in the FM Uplink for Mcr Airport Tower 455.550, I am not into planes but it was interesting anyway, I can just about get some transmissions from home and combined with flightradar on the pc, I heard a plane from 6m away.

any hints or tips will be welcomed.

m8 i have numerous of these and while not a bad radio they don't seem to last long.

QSB is the frustration of the nation.

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neastwood said

I have bought the above radio as I wish to LISTEN to marine radio when I am out and about near River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal.

I took it out for the first time yesterday [4th Jan] and I was able to listen in to vessels and lock transmissions at Eastham, all very interesting.

I have a few frequences that I can listen to various things on, its not the easiest unit to program them in to memory so I intend doing this via a cable to my pc [when it arrives]

have also ordered an NA771 Antenna too

on my way there I had a listen in the FM Uplink for Mcr Airport Tower 455.550, I am not into planes but it was interesting anyway, I can just about get some transmissions from home and combined with flightradar on the pc, I heard a plane from 6m away.

any hints or tips will be welcomed.



I have a few of these portable radios for both amateur and GMRS.  The big thing I've found with them is that getting a different antenna other than the stock one will help tremendously with receive.  The stock antenna has a really short receive range and a non-stock antenna from Amazon (I think they were Nagoya brand) helped my receive big time.  Aside from that, best luck I have programming them is by computer with either Chirp of the Baofeng software available at miklor.com .

Enjoy the radio and 73!
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I have a Lagoya NA771 for my UV5R and it seems to work well.
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I have a few of the UV-5R's, not commercial grade but a great little radio for the price. I had issues with two of them but I just get another. I agree with neastwood, try a new antenna. Like any radio location and height is your best friend. Another idea is you can program FRS frequency in it.  Set the proper power and you and your family have great cheap comms when your out and about.
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also have had good experience with an antenna upgrade
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The stock antenna is basically a dummy load… It heats up pretty quick with average QSO's… I bought 2 of these, and 1 wouldn't pick up our local repeater from 7 miles away after a couple of months… I bought 2 replacement antennas on eBay (don't remember the details), and now both radios will hit the same repeater from at least 20 miles out without fry noise… The receive is MUCH better… I'm very impressed with the performance of these HT's for the price, but I highly recommend a non-Baofeng replacement antenna for anyone that buys them.
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We've used Chirp tp program mine. Easy to use and keep organized. You can import frequency lists and cut and paste. Handy radios in case you need a backup or on a budget. We've also used long whips with a counterpoise wire. Seemed to get us about 15miles range mountain top to mountain top. Enjoy and have fun!
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