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Boafeng UV-5R

Post by tetramoo » 13 Apr 2017, 19:05

Hello Chaps,
Firstly I'm not quite sure this is the right section for my post... Anyway here goes... I've just purchased a Boafeng UV-5R on eBaY and for the money I must say it's quite impressive with its functions ect.
I've just purchased a Nagoya 701 antenna to replace the stock antenna that comes as standard with this radio. Any thoughts please as regarding the Nagoya... Any good...!!! Your input would be appreciated.
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Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Post by Admiral » 13 Apr 2017, 20:59

There are a lot of cheap Chinese Nagoya copies that have flooded the market, do they work any worse than genuine ones? Hard to say. Check this for fake products.

http://www.nagoya.com.tw/s/2/news-31478 ... tenna.html

But even a fage Nagoya will perform much better than the UV-5R stock one as that is a poorly shielded dummy load.
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Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Post by tetramoo » 03 May 2017, 22:31

What about if I was to use one of those Nagoya 2M/70CM mobile antennas from eBay for Tx/Rx on the UV5-R in the car, Would it make a considerable difference in performance.
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Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Post by Sam P » 04 May 2017, 03:46

Admiral wrote:There are a lot of cheap Chinese Nagoya copies that have flooded the market, do they work any worse than genuine ones? Hard to say. Check this for fake products.

http://www.nagoya.com.tw/s/2/news-31478 ... tenna.html.
Blimey, following that guidance it's difficult to find a genuine product on eBay :shock:

Should I be shocked, possibly not.

Is there a credible UK supplier for the 771....?
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Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Post by kilimax » 04 May 2017, 06:39

Sam P wrote:
Admiral wrote:There are a lot of cheap Chinese Nagoya copies that have flooded the market, do they work any worse than genuine ones? Hard to say. Check this for fake products.

http://www.nagoya.com.tw/s/2/news-31478 ... tenna.html.
Blimey, following that guidance it's difficult to find a genuine product on eBay :shock:

Should I be shocked, possibly not.

Is there a credible UK supplier for the 771....?
I believe that Knights sell Nagoya antennas. Hard to believe they would stock fakes so you should be safe with them.

Give them a call and ask
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Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Post by Sam P » 04 May 2017, 07:25

kilimax wrote:
Sam P wrote:
Admiral wrote:There are a lot of cheap Chinese Nagoya copies that have flooded the market, do they work any worse than genuine ones? Hard to say. Check this for fake products.

http://www.nagoya.com.tw/s/2/news-31478 ... tenna.html.
Blimey, following that guidance it's difficult to find a genuine product on eBay :shock:

Should I be shocked, possibly not.

Is there a credible UK supplier for the 771....?
I believe that Knights sell Nagoya antennas. Hard to believe they would stock fakes so you should be safe with them.

Give them a call and ask
Thanks for that.... shortly after posting I checked a few more ebay sellers and noticed that Knights had them, so I ordered a couple of 771s.

Like yourself, I doubt knights would sell knock off stuff - but the sample pictures they use for the product on eBay don't match the guide Admiral posted up from the manufacturer. :geek: :shock:

Let's see what turns up.
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Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Post by kilimax » 04 May 2017, 07:40

Sam P wrote: Thanks for that.... shortly after posting I checked a few more ebay sellers and noticed that Knights had them, so I ordered a couple of 771s.

Like yourself, I doubt knights would sell knock off stuff - but the sample pictures they use for the product on eBay don't match the guide Admiral posted up from the manufacturer. :geek: :shock:

Let's see what turns up.
I've purchased a few Nagoya antennas from eBay in the past but well before the fakes were being uncovered. I've had both green and orange plastic bags but never gave it a second thought.

They all work mind you but it does now plant a seed of doubt in your head. If I had a 100% genuine version and tested it against mine, would I then discover I had fakes or the real thing? I won't bother as it will only make my head hurt {bnghd}

Anyway, I think you will be ok with Knights.
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Post by tetramoo » 04 May 2017, 18:13

Something like the above link I was contemplating buying for primarily RX use really as opposed to having the UV-5R in the car which obviously attenuates the RX signal somewhat.

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Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Post by tetramoo » 04 May 2017, 18:20

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/232123652037
Recently bought this on eBaY I doubt it's an original Nagoya to be honest and it's performance is actually out shined by the default stock antenna that came with the radio
. Also its very flexible whereas the stock antenna is very rigid that seems to RX better with far less signal flutter than the bendy Nagoya

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Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Post by nordhavn » 07 May 2017, 11:51

I use my uv-5r for receiving and purchased a knock off 771 for a couple of quid and found it to be a vast improvement on the stock antenna . I don't transmit anymore so it makes no odds with swr etc .

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Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Post by Sam P » 07 May 2017, 19:19

Mmmm, I now have a couple of genuine 771s from Knights - so far not as good as the stock antennas .... however, I'll reserve judgement until testing has been a little more thorough.
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Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Post by Admiral » 07 May 2017, 19:27

Later versions of some Bumfengs came out of the factory with (fake) 701s on them. The originals were pretty crap, so even with a fake 771 you should notice half an S-point increase from your local repeater.
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Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Post by Sam P » 08 May 2017, 19:30

Admiral wrote:Later versions of some Bumfengs came out of the factory with (fake) 701s on them. The originals were pretty crap, so even with a fake 771 you should notice half an S-point increase from your local repeater.
Well I'm not feeling the love out of a 771 ... the stock antenna seems to have an edge on it :?
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Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Post by Admiral » 08 May 2017, 19:38

Sam P wrote:
Admiral wrote:Later versions of some Bumfengs came out of the factory with (fake) 701s on them. The originals were pretty crap, so even with a fake 771 you should notice half an S-point increase from your local repeater.
Well I'm not feeling the love out of a 771 ... the stock antenna seems to have an edge on it :?
Oh dear, maybe your 771 is a fake of a fake? The stock antenna on the UV-3R was remarkably good in my opinion, despite its size, so was/is the radio itself, the thing sticking out of the top of the UV-5R was an abomination (again in my opinion), it was/is crap.
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