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Thread: There is a new radio in town, the UV-82HP

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    There is a new radio in town, the UV-82HP

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    Well kind of, but not really. It is the Baofeng UV-82HP which stands for high power. Actually it is a tri-power. 1, 5 and 8 watts output

    The UV-82 has a high and low power. 1 and 5 watts

    Baofeng redesigned the internals as a version 2 with new chips, firmware and more power out. Supposedly there is a new antenna but it looks just like the old antenna. So much so that I had to put a nick in the plastic so that I could tell it apart from the old antenna. The battery is different as well as the charger. The battery has only 2 connectors at the bottom where the older radios have 3, I think that only 2 are used for the positive and negative terminals anyway. I think the batteries are still interchangeable. The radio fits solidly in the charger now.

    Almost everything is the same accept that instead of putting out 4 or 5 watts the new radio puts out 7.2 but they call it 8 watts. So it is almost 150% more power output. The receiver has also been improved to cut down on noise and pick up a better signal.

    All of the accessories still work just fine. You can't tell the difference in the radios accept the label on back says UV-82HP so you know it is a high power radio.

    It is more expensive by about $20 than the standard UV-82 so we will have to see if the cost is justified. I had one of the first radios so it will be nice to use the 2nd generation now.

    Nothing changes in the way you use the new radio, there is just more power. One ham operator reviewer reached a repeater station 50 miles away with the UV-82HP but the previous radio could not.

    If you need a new radio you might consider this one as getting the next generation.

    Mark Hungerman and George Lucas have one also so we can test the radios to see if the range is better. As it turns out when we were in Alpine last year, George was in Ft. Davis on the mountain close to Indian Lodge and we were coming to Ft. Davis to meet them when we started hearing them talking while we were still about 10 miles from Ft. Davis. We had a very clear conversion across 10 miles from mountain top to the road going to Ft. Davis. I think the radios work very well for us.
    On our normal drives I would say we can talk pretty well up to about 2-3 miles from the sweep to the run leader. These radios are so much better than the Cobras that we used before.

    Here is the Amazon link.

    Here is a review by Miklor.

    Other parts to make your radio more compatible with the car.

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    Another item to consider especially on long trips is the Baofeng UV-82 battery eliminator. You replace your battery with this and plug it into your cigarette lighter. No more worry about charging your battery. You still have your battery if you need the radio outside of your car but while in the car it runs off of the car battery. An added benefit is that you never transmit or receive with a low battery. You will be running off of the car battery.

    Here is a long wire to plug in up front if you need it to run to the back to power your radio through the battery eliminator. You can tuck it along the console.

    Here is a link to the 6 foot 3.5 mm wire to run from the microphone to the Aux input on your stereo. It defaults to the 3 foot wire, make sure you select the 6 foot wire as you need the length from front to back of the car. Tuck it along the console.

    Here is a good dual transmit mic that you can plug in the 3.5 mm cable and run into your auxillary input. This one works but not when you use the battery eliminator also. I think it causes a ground loop problem and squeals when you transmit. See below.

    Programming cable from Baofeng for $6.24 and Prime. Found a cheap price. ****************

    Here is a link to the radio image map used to program the new HP radio. It needs the free CHIRP software to talk to the radio.

    Here is where you get the latest version of CHIRP software.

    For more information about the Baofeng see the original post about the UV-82.

    Don Privett

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    There is a new cable that allows you to plug your radio charging base into a USB charging outlet instead of the wall which would allow you to charge the radio from your car if you have a 2.1 watt USB outlet for your cigarette lighter.
    Here is the link to Amazon.

    I did buy one, it had to come from China and took about 2 weeks but it came with the cable and charger stand and I think I paid 8 dollars with free shipping at the time. I can now charge my radio in the car when we travel on long trips.

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    I have been trying out some new antennas but have forgot to mention them until now. Thanks for asking Dan.

    These are much thinner whip antennas that get better range than the original antenna that came with the radio.
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    The first is an 8.5" whip that is the regular size but gets better distance that the original or the NA-701.

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    The next is a longer 15.6" whip that is great if you are on the highway traveling in a group or in a very large stretched out group. You will need to mount your radio low enough it won't interfere with anything since it is twice as long.


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    Leif Ericksen | June 22, 2016 10:18 AM | Reply I believe that the GMRS license fees should be eliminated or greatly reduced as there are so many of those GMRS/FRS Radios being sold and many folks are clueless. After all the average person that purchase these radios for a kids walkie-talkie or community emergency services (CERT) looks and the manual and sees "FCC blah, blah, blah" and says I do not care. I just want to know how I use this stupid thing. Also consider the following, it may have been a child's gift, or a CERT team may have provided/suggested radios to its members for use in case of disaster.

    Case in point I was talking to the president of a local CERT team that told me they simply decided to use channel 2 (462.5875) on the radios that the team provided. He informed me that he was not aware it was a licensed service and would talk to his communications person. Also note, this team has NO licensed hams. Time for me to put on my volunteer instructor hat and teach a class so that any interested parties can get a HAM ticket. (there is interest in the team)
    Having free/reduced license or a free individual/group license for emergency service (CERT) would then make it so much easier for other volunteer Emergency Service groups to pickup the radios and start using them for aid in a disaster.

    This exposure could lead to more people becoming interested in Amateur radio. After all in a real disaster they may indeed be interacting with HAMS to support the event. At the same time we need to keep the Amateur License fees where it is at otherwise that could drive people away from wanting to use Ham radio, and everybody that is a ham has to admit we are crucial in times of a disaster.

    Arguments to reduce or eliminate the GMRS fees.
    - No test is required
    - There are so many FRS/GMRS radios out there
    - Very Few People read the manuals.
    - Radios are cheap and given to kids as Walkie-talkies
    - FRS is license free
    - CB is license free (it used to require a license)
    - Higher power great for disaster use, your team may be scattered
    - Introduction to radios may lead to interest in ham radio.

    Arguments against having it be free
    - Brings in to many abusers to the air (but many do not know it is a licensed service)
    - For existing user base... I have been paying for a license for years, this is not fair.
    - I have an established repeater I do not want just anybody using it!
    - other?

    I could go on but will leave it here for folks to chew on.
    quoted by Leif Ericksen discussing GMRS rules and safety
    (from a Ham Radio operator on another forum - there is plenty of talk about how our radios should be free from fees and harassment)

    I did check and Gus is right. He would not explain it but our radios are not certified for us to use.
    They are not the right color, maybe too noisy, they smell funny, I don't know but there is something that someone does not approve of for our use even though they work just fine and are approved for amateur use, just not on our frequency.

    The government only certified them for Amateur Radio operators to use but even they are not authorized to use them on GMRS frequencies.

    So even if you have an amateur license even you can't talk to your friends legally with it on the FRS/GMRS frequencies even though after years of use we know they work beautifully.

    So to use the UV-82 legally you can only use it on the other frequencies, not 462 Mhz which is GMRS and you must have an amateur radio license.

    So legally even though they are certified for US radio users, it does not include us with our GMRS license. What a ridiculous situation!

    That said, we either get to go and buy another brand of radio that is certified for GMRS use or like I said another time from this frustration.
    It is still between me and the government, not anyone else. I will use my radio the way that I want to and who makes up these stupid rules? Do they really get paid by us to come up with this stuff?

    Just in case you are worried and want to be LEGAL here is a Baofeng radio that is a striped down version of what we use, same radio, same look, but legal. It is Part 95A certified for GMRS. Click this link.
    I don't think it needs programming, it takes all that away. You are on your own with this one and you still need a license. It's back to being more of a bubble pack radio.
    These are the same radio as the UV-82C used for Commercial use that are Part 90 approved and but is altered for GMRS Part 95A personal use. The frequencies are locked and set. Probably a good thing but we don't ever change our UV-82s anyway.
    If you are a true GMRS user, the frequency usage is expected to change soon so these will be obsolete and you will need to get a version 2 when they come out.

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