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.
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.