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BaoFeng BF-F8HP 8-Watt Two-Way Radio

Review Last Updated: March 25, 2020

Terry Daine
Product Review by Terry Daine

Product Features

  • Dual-Band radio
  • 2000mAh battery
  • Semi-duplex design
  • Built-in flashlight

Introduction

Today we'll be reviewing the BaoFeng BF-F8HP 8-Watt Two-Way Radio.

Our reviews are based on in-depth research and product analysis. Let's dive in!

Pros

  • Dual-Band radio
  • Semi-duplex design
  • Built-in flashlight
  • Budget-friendly

Cons

  • Not water-resistant

BaoFeng BF-F8HP 8-Watt Two-Way Radio Product Review

BaoFeng’s dual-band portable ham radio offers a variety of features that be useful for survival. An upgrade from the 2nd generation model, this radio works well for beginners and is a budget-friendly choice if you are also looking for high-quality.

The large battery means you can extend the duration of your radio use, with this battery reaching 2000mAh. At a high power setting, the battery can last between 20 and 24 hours, so you can feel comfortable using its other features throughout the day without fear of the battery dying.

Regarding its power output, the maximum for this model is 8W. You can alter between this and two other power settings depending on the level of performance you’re looking for.

There are a variety of frequency ranges available with this radio. You can tune into FM radio, VHF (136-174 MHz), and UHF (400-520 MHz). As it is a dual-band, the coverage is wide-ranging, and you can communicate long distances if necessary.

It also features a semi-duplex design. This design allows you to monitor two frequencies on different bands. In terms of programming the radio, it features 128 channels that can be programmed via the computer, as well as a voice-operated function to program it hands-free.

In addition to its power and frequency features, the radio also includes a built-in flashlight, which is perfect for your survival needs. You can easily carry your radio too, with the inclusion of belt clips and a hand strap for convenience.

A suitable choice for ham radio beginners, this model comes with an extensive and helpful manual to help you set up your radio and get to grips with all of its functions.

Despite its array of great features, you will need to consider the durability of your radio, and this model is not water-resistant. This means it won’t be long-lasting once it comes into contact with water, and is even at risk of malfunctioning.

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