Review - Baofeng GT-3 MKii Sept 11, 2014 19:59:26 GMT 10 Res-Q, You Must Enter A Name, and 3 more like this
Post by Ausprep on Sept 11, 2014 19:59:26 GMT 10
Product Review: Baofeng GT-3 MKII
Hi Members, as most of you know, I have a few of the FDC UHF handheld radios, in which I have been quite happy with. As these are now getting to be a few years old, I thought I would grab a new “fresh unit” to upgrade the radio in my EDC. Seeing all the new units available, and hearing of a few members trying Baofeng radios, I went ahead and purchased a Baofeng GT-3 MKII hand held UHF radio. This will officially relace the FDC unit currently held in my EDC.
Released onto the market in Dec 2013, It is a 128Ch dual band radio covering frequencies from 65 to 108MHZ (rx only in this range) 136 to 174MHz (VHF) and 400-480MHz (UHF)
Out of the box, the unit looks the part, with a larger than normal high gain dual band antenna, measuring in at 26cm, good size buttons and very firm feeling dials, I was fairly impressed straight away.
The unit also has a small LED light on the top of it. The LCD display is larger and better backlit than all of my other radios making it much easier to read.
The battery was also a bit larger than my others, specs showing it to be a 7.4V 1800mAH I-ion battery with approx. 3 days standby time. (will actually test this over the next few weeks)
Included with the unit was a desktop charger, car charger and ear pce. I opted for a seller “extras” pack for a few extra $$ which also gave me a genuine Baofeng speaker mic, a USB programing cable and disc and also an extra battery.
A few other specs that impressed me were:
· Can be used up to -10deg (cold proof as they call it)
· Dust proof.
· Water resistant.
· Max effective range is listed at 8km, line of site is stated at 5km. And 3km within city limits.
· 5W (4w/1W) unit radio.
The unit itself I am very happy with so far. I have travelled to and from work each day for about 2 weeks with it attached to my vehicle’s external antenna and (big call but) I find, so far it has been as good as my Uniden in car unit.
The unit can hit our local repeater in certain areas whilst travelling and I can easily pick up our LAC (same as my 300ch scanner)
Over all, value for money is quite good, costing $89 plus shipping at the time of purchase. Seller was an AU based seller so shipping was 2 – 3 days ex Melb rather than the 2ish weeks ex China/HK etc
1) The 240V charger is a US style 2 pin plug with an added AU adapter. This is pretty shonky and is a poor fit in the AU power points. Will be doing my charging via 12V
2) The drop in charger is a bit "how ya going" compared to the FDC units i have. As above, 12V will be my main charge type.
3) The programing cable and disc were (as all chinese radios) a waste of time. I pre programed pretty much all i needed in a few mins via the key pad. Will use it eventually though to fine tune and fully program it.