Baofeng BF-888s Review

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Postby o][o » 09 May 2017, 07:49

I'm unable to activate vox in any of my 4 radios. It is activated from software and when trying to activate from radio by holding down ptt and moni, nothing happens.

There is following list of functions in the manual but vox, alarm (whatever it is) and temporary voice prompt deactivation isn't working.

SUMMARY OF MENU FUNCTION ACTIVATION
Ch. 1-5, Press / Hold both PTT and MONI, and Power ON
VOX - ON / OFF
Ch. 10, Press / Hold both PTT and MONI, and Power ON
Voice Prompt - ON / OFF
Ch. 11, Press / Hold both PTT and MONI, and Power ON
Alarm Function ON / OFF (if selected via SW)
Ch. 12, Press / Hold both PTT and MONI, and Power ON
Locks Transmitter ON (Power cycle to reset)
Ch. 15, Press / Hold both PTT and MONI, and Power ON
Change Language (CHI / ENG)
Ch. 16, Press / Hold both PTT and MONI, and Power ON
Scan ON / OFF (if option set via software)
Ch. 1-16, Press / Hold MONI only and Power ON
Deactivates Voice Prompt for that session only

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Postby LeakyFeeder » 09 May 2017, 22:56

Bogget is yer man for all.things BF888... but he hasnt been on here for a few years

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Postby bigpeter666 » 10 May 2017, 19:54

I have several of these in black yellow blue and red brilliant radios all on 446 I swear by them

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Postby Powermax » 11 May 2017, 07:54

Does anyone know how these sets compare with TTI 1446 radios? (sensitivity, functions)

I have some TTI sets but they are only 0.5W, though I do use them with Nagoya 771 antennas (they don't fit flush to the unit so look a bit messy)

Would the 888's with a stock antenna and the higher power outperform 0.5W into a 771?

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Postby bigpeter666 » 30 May 2017, 20:30

these radios are brilliant i have several versions of the baofengs

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Postby bugsy » 22 Sep 2017, 14:13

Does this now mean we can use 16 channels on analogue??

be great to add a few to my bofungs

http://kenwoodcommunications.co.uk/comm ... -446/freq/

http://kenwoodcommunications.co.uk/file ... _JT_KB.pdf

anyone clarify?

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Postby gmham » 22 Sep 2017, 19:22

The good thing about having extra 446mhz channels will be that most kids / businesses will already been using the 8 ch versions and it's only the rest off us in the know that are aware off the secret second set !!!
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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Postby AlfieDivine1 » 23 Sep 2017, 12:05

I have a list of PMR 446 users / 449 simple site licensed users for the shops here in Folkestone

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Postby AlfieDivine1 » 23 Sep 2017, 12:07

There is only one PMR 446 Channel, Ch 3 in and it is scrambled :?
I think it could be Asdas security or some sort, but Asdas are nationwide allocated for 449.400

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Postby friendly1uk » 06 Oct 2017, 21:17

Quite disappointed with my latest set. The speaker isn't as good as my earlier model. Sounding more like my tiny uv3r than the 888s I'm used to.
My early 888s has the red lines on the rotary switchgear, a shinier box, bigger baofeng branding and 3 battery connections. The lighter battery in the new ones lasted longer than they claimed though. Days.

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Postby thelad » 06 Oct 2017, 21:20

Load of crap now rather have a Md380 :-))
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Uniden USC230E
Uniden UBC3500XLT
Binatone PMR MR500 x2
Magiksun TM-490 (BF-888) x3
Baofeng BF-888
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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Postby paulears » 08 Oct 2017, 07:22

I've ordered some of the new BF-999 to try out, but over the years, I've noticed that each batch can be quite different when they switch to different speakers, or other swapped components. Inside, most parts are generic and clearly batched - so sometimes performance is a bit less or a bit better, Impossible to predict on a mass produced, untested or quality checked (apart from I suspect, does it turn on) product. There are also two versions. Some will scramble, and others won't. No way to tell from outside as far as I can see, but I'd bet this is also why some refuse to turn on Vox, or have different noises!

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Postby Freddie » 11 Oct 2017, 07:34

There's definitely 2+ 888s versions. My early pair came in 2 separate boxes, with a mains charger and decent belt clip. I got another pair recently - crammed into one box, with USB chargers and flimsy all-plastic clips. They've also got rid of the 1750Hz repeater tone, so it must be a new firmware release as well.

Paul, if it's the same BF999s as I've just found on eBay, they've been around for a year or so as BF-R5 as well


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