Baofeng BF-888s Review

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by bugsy » 03 Jan 2015, 18:53

Ive set them on the baofeng but they still come through on channel 1 on the cobra which has no dcs/ctscs set

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by chaych » 04 Jan 2015, 01:13

bugsy wrote:Ive set them on the baofeng but they still come through on channel 1 on the cobra which has no dcs/ctscs set
No CTCSS/DCS set on the RX radio means the squelch will open for any transmission on that frequency, even if the TX transmission has CTCSS/DCS set
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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by bugsy » 04 Jan 2015, 20:40

Ahhhh i see ive worked it out now anyone can hear it on but not talk back without correct codes.

Just what i wanted i think i got a little confused with things.

Really like these radios easy to program and for the money the build quality is good.

Only thing i carnt work out in the software is what the beep tone means as well as the fm function

Also when i purchased these it said non scrambler version but i have the option in the software is there a way to tell if its on or not or if i have it?

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by thelad » 04 Jan 2015, 21:12

Why do people buy them when they aint got a clue!
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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by chaych » 05 Jan 2015, 00:56

bugsy wrote: Only thing i carnt work out in the software is what the beep tone means as well as the fm function
the BF888S has no FM radio, and i don't think it has the roger beep either. IMO the roger beep is bloody annoying so I'm glad this radio doesn't has it.
bugsy wrote: Also when i purchased these it said non scrambler version but i have the option in the software is there a way to tell if its on or not or if i have it?
Turn Beat Shift ON for scrambler. if your radio has this feature, you will hear garbled audio on the RX radio (which doesn't have scrambler turned on). If you still hear clear audio, it means your 888S has no scrambler feature
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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by Road_Hog » 05 Jan 2015, 08:18

chaych wrote: the BF888S has no FM radio,
And don't try turning the non existent radio on via software, it stops the scan.

"4. If FM Radio function is activated via software, the radio will not scan. Note: There is no actual FM Radio function in this radio, so this option should always remain deactivated in software."

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by bugsy » 05 Jan 2015, 10:25

Great thanks everyone for your help much appreciated. :thumbup:

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by bugsy » 16 Jan 2015, 11:19

I've recently just purchased a smaller antenna for the bf-888s.

It works fine but I noticed on the packet it says frequency 144-430 MHz but it works fine on 446 in fact the range is Better as I am now picking up stuff on this that my other with original aerial does not

Here's full details of aerial

Freq: 144/430mhz
Gain: 2.15dbi
Max power: 10w
V.s.w.r: less than 1.5
Impendance: 50ohms
Connector: bnctype sma type

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by Excalibur » 16 Jan 2015, 11:31

bugsy wrote:I've recently just purchased a smaller antenna for the bf-888s.

It works fine but I noticed on the packet it says frequency 144-430 MHz but it works fine on 446 in fact the range is Better as I am now picking up stuff on this that my other with original aerial does not

Here's full details of aerial

Freq: 144/430mhz
Gain: 2.15dbi
Max power: 10w
V.s.w.r: less than 1.5
Impendance: 50ohms
Connector: bnctype sma type

Often antennas that are designed for 433 mhz will work fine on 446 MHZ. Are you getting a better range from this antenna?

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by bugsy » 16 Jan 2015, 11:44

I don't know if its better range in terms of me transmitting yet as not done a test

But when I put both side by side on same channel the one with new aerial recieves stuff the other doesant I tried swapping them over also and same happened.

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by Excalibur » 16 Jan 2015, 11:46

bugsy wrote:I don't know if its better range in terms of me transmitting yet as not done a test

But when I put both side by side on same channel the one with new aerial recieves stuff the other doesant I tried swapping them over also and same happened.
May I ask what is the model of the antenna? Some work better on transmit for 446 mhz with a low SWR

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by bugsy » 16 Jan 2015, 12:21

Model is SF20

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by Excalibur » 16 Jan 2015, 14:38

I think that will be okay for pmr446 I have a similar type antenna for one of my radios and it works fine.

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by BK » 16 Jan 2015, 18:05

Wow, look how bendy it is. This lady's so shocked all her clothes have fallen off!

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Re: Baofeng BF-888s Review

Post by bugsy » 17 Jan 2015, 00:03

:lol: :lol: it is bendy indeed

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