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BF-F8HP: “BaoFeng’s Only TRI-POWER (1, 4, 8 Watt)”
ExClusive Features that separate it from the UV-5R Series:
- It has 3 Power Levels (1, 4, 8 watt)
- A new 76 Page In-Depth User’s Guide
- It includes the High Gain V-85 Antenna to Optimize Performance
- It is the only second generation BaoFeng with the Tri-Color Display
- Full Accessory Compatibility with ALL UV-5R accessories
There are two BF-F8HP programming softwares available: CHIRP and VIP (Chirp is our preferred recommended programming software)
A programming cable (available here) and programming software are optional as the radio can be programmed manually
*** To create a programming file that is compatible with the BF-F8HP DOWNLOAD from your radio FIRST
Frequency Range: 65-108MHz (FM Receive only), 136-174MHZ, 400-520MHZ
Channel No: 128
Antenna: High Gain, Dual Band
Antenna Impedance: 50Ω
Operating Voltage: DC 7.4V
Modes: Simplex or semi-duplex
Accessory Plug: Kenwood
Weight: 250g(including battery, antenna)
Power adapter: Input: AC100V, 50-60Hz;
Plug Type: US
Output power: 8W / 5W / 1W (Max 8W)
Modulation Mode: 16kΦF3E / 11kΦF3E
Maximum deviation: 5kHz(Wide) / 2.5kHz(Narrow)
Spurious Radiation: 7μW
CTCSS/DCS deviation: 0.5±0.1kHz(Wide) 0.3±0.1kHz(Narrow)
Intermediation sensitivity: 8-12mv
Intermediation distortion: ≤10%
BF-F8HP Product Details
25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable (Wide/Narrow Band)
FM Radio (65.0MHz-108.0MHz)
Large Tri-color LCD Display
High / Medium / Low RX Power Selectable
VOX – Voice Activated Transmissions
50 CTCSS/ 104DCS coder & tone searching
Dual standby & Dual Watch
Wide/Narrow Band (25kHz/12.5kHz)
Transmitter time-out timer(TOT)
High / Medium / Low TX power selectable
Busy channel lock-out(BCLO)
BF-F8HP Series Information
The BF-F8HP is the third and final generation of the UV-5R. Some new features found in the BF-F8HP are the three selectable power levels (Low – 1w, Med – 4/5w, High-7/8w); the BF-F8HP has a better high-gain antenna (7″) that was not available in earlier models; the BF-F8HP also brings back the customizable tri-color display that was not found in second generation UV-5Rs. The BF-F8HP also comes with a Full IN-DEPTH 76 Page User Manual that will help you get aquatinted with all the New Features!
Much like its little brothers (the BF-F8+ and the UV-5R) the BF-F8HP maintains full cross accessory compatibility with all previous UV-5R accessories.
Every BF-F8HP Kit Comes With
- 1800mAh Battery
- Power Adapter
- Belt Clip
- Hand Strap
- Battery Charger
- User Manual
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What’s in the BOX
Included with the radio is an actual in-depth 76 page English User Manual. Something the traditional UV5R series owner has never seen included with the radio. The manual includes graphics and actual programming examples.
Along with the F8HP was the Newer style A-V85, 7.0 inch (17.5cm) flexible antenna, a sturdy belt clip, and the 7.4V 1800mAh Li-Ion battery and battery charger.
The antenna is terminated with a standard SMA Female connector, making it compatible with all prior Baofeng upgrade antennas. As with many dual band antennas, it is marked 136-174 / 400-520MHz, but on the air tests show its use on the hams bands is quite respectable.
The Li-Ion battery, charger and accessories are compatible with the original UV5R series.
The F8HP has the traditional case design with the exception of the Band Button, which is not necessary on the newer models. It’s dry weight (no battery or antenna) is 7g heavier than a uv-5RC, possibly for a heavier heat sink design.
The radio supports the high capacity BL-5L 3800mAh battery with no alteration necessary to the base. This may prove to be a viable accessory if the radio will be running in the higher power mode for long periods of time.
The LCD is the traditional tri-color display with selectable colors (Blue, Orange, Purple). To support the Tri Power function, the new LCD shows HML in the upper left.
The LCD supports Alpha characters but these can only be entered using software. Upper Case letters A > Z and numbers 0 > 9 can be shown as well as most special characters. @ # & ( ) – / etc. While the factory software allows you to store and display up to 6 characters, CHIRP software allows a max of 7.
New Function added – Battery Level Display
By Pressing and Holding the ZERO key, the radio will now display the battery voltage on the LCD. No longer do you need to rely strictly upon the battery level icon in the upper right.
It appears the ongoing Baofeng DTMF issue has been resolved. Using the upper row of keypad buttons generates the proper tones for DTMF A, B, C, D, in the proper order, through both the speaker and OTA.
2nd Generation Chipset
This is the same chipset that is currently used in the GT-3. The new chipset (RDA1846S and RDA5802N) provides reduced AGC switching noise and a low-IF digital audio processor for improved sound quality.
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
The transmitter has three power level settings: Low, Mid, and High. The power levels shown below were taken at the same testing session using a recently calibrated Telewave 44A.
Transmit power readings show a solid 7.4W VHF transmit with 6.0W UHF. That computes to a 2.5 dB gain over a standard 4W transmitter. I purchased a 3800mAh battery for mine for the extended battery life.
The frequency capability of the F8HP programmed via the keypad is
130.000 – 176.995 400.000 – 520.995 MHz
The programming steps start at 2.5kHz and goes upward to 50.0kHz.
On the test radio, the UHF range was set at 400-479.995, but the factory software and CHIRP resolves this with a click of the mouse.
The OEM software is easy to follow, but CHIRP developers have the F8HP supported in their Latest Daily Build which supports the menu changes.
As always, it is recommended to get a good quality programming cable so you spend more time talking on the radio and less time loading special drivers to your PC.
Summary of Upgrades
– Tri-Power 1, 4, 8 watt
– New 2nd Generation chipset
– DTMF keypad issue resolved
– Compatible with all UV5R battery options and accessories
– Newer style stock antenna
– New 76 page User Guide
– CHIRP compatible
The F8HP is a not just a rebranding, but an actual Upgraded Radio.