Group Buy: BAOFENG UV-3R Mark II Dual Band "Ham" Radio

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    Da PinkFather
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    NWI, North of US-30

    Good FAQ on this radio:

    - BAOFENG UV-3R Mark II 136-174/400-470Mhz Dual Band Radio (Firmware with 18 menu options)
    - USB Program Cable + Software

    COST: (depends on final qty)
    -[STRIKE] $53.50 or less
    $51.90 per radio as order is 5+
    $51.41 per radio as order is 7+[/STRIKE]
    $50.40 per radio as order is 14+

    - Order will be placed on 04 FEB 2012 & takes 14 days to arrive.
    MONEY IS DUE BY 04 FEB 2012.

    BTW I have found a way that you can pay via PayPal WITHOUT a fee being incurred.

    1) Log into PayPal
    2) Click on Send Money
    3) In the To field enter <<PM me for the email>>
    4) In the AMT enter $50.40
    (Note this amt is tenative and I will know the final amt on SAT night)
    5) Click on the Personal tab
    6) Select Gift
    7) Click on Continue
    8) Enter your callsign on INGO in the comments so I know who has paid

    You must either have the amt in your PayPal account or allow PayPal to do a transfer from your bank account to your PayPal account (ie. have a linked bank account to PayPal) so that PayPal can then transfer it to my PayPal account.

    - Pickup from Griffith, IN


    Here are the features of the radio.
    • VHF/ UHF DUAL-BAND TWO WAY RADIO Dual Frequency Display
    • Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-470MHz
    • Dual-Band Display, Dual-Standby
    • Dual Frequency Display
    • Dualdisplay and standby state
    • Output Power: 2 Watts
    • 99 Channels + 1 Emergency Channel
    • 50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS
    • Built-in VOX Function
    • 1750Hz Brust Tone
    • FM Radio (87.0MHz-108.0MHz)
    • LED Flashlight
    • Large LCD Display
    • Hight /Low Power Switchable
    • 25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable
    • Emergency Alert
    • Low Battery Alert
    • Battery Saver
    • Time-out Timer
    • Keypad Lock
    • Monitor Channel
    • Channel Step: 5/6.25/12.5/25KHz

    This is everything that is included per radio ordered.
    • 1x UV-3R ( Mark II ) Dual-Band Radio (136-174 / 400-470MHz )
    • 1x 3.7V Li-ion Battery Pack
    • 1x Dual Band Antenna
    • 1x PTT Earpiece
    • 1x Belt Clip
    • 1x English Manual
    • 1x Desktop Charger ( 100V ~ 240V ) with correct adapter for USA
    • 1x USB Cable


    If you are interested in this group buy please post in this thread the following:
    • name
    • qty
    • color (camo, blue, red, yellow, black)
    If you are in NWI we have a HAM DEMO that you can attend.
    See here to sign up (SAT 04 FEB 2012)

    This model radio was talked about here:
    and here:

    It's a starter radio for someone who may be interested in getting in HAM Radio but does not want to spend a lot of money.

    Anyone can own this radio. However if you do not have an Ham Radio License you ARE NOT allowed to transmit on this or any other ham radio. You can still listen in, hear the NOAA weather, local EMS, etc.

    The cost for a 10-year license is aorund $14 and more information can be found here: American Radio Relay League | ARRL - The national association for AMATEUR RADIO.

    Note on the license:
    You must pass a multi-choice 35 question test in order to obtain your entry-level license.

    The Radio comes with a CD with all the drivers and software below is the following to get the radio to work with Windows XP. If you have Windows Vista/7 use this link to download the driver.
    1. DO NOT connect the radio to the PC.
    2. Insert the CD into the PC.
    3. Open the CD Drive and look for a folder called usb-driver and double-click on it.
    4. Double click on the sub-folder called usbdriver
    5. Double click on the file called usb_driver.exe
    6. Click OK and NEXT as the various pop-up screens appear.
    7. After the driver is installed Windows will ask you to restart click OK.
    Windows will restart at this point.

    You can now get Version 1.10 from here:
    & then do steps 8 & onward

    8. Open the CD drive and look for the folder called UV3R+ Dual Display Setup v1.08 and double click on it.
    9. Double click on the file called UV3R Setup v1.08.exe
    10. Click OK and NEXT as the various pop-up screens appear.
    11. You should now have an icon called UV3R on your computer.
    12. Now connect the USB cable to your radio and computer, Windows will let you it found new hardware and the text Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port (COM1) will appear. Or it will tell you if you want to search for the driver. Tell it OK and windows will find the driver you install in steps 1-7.

    At this point you are now ready to use the UV3R program to read or write to the radio.

    Indiana Repeater List
    Repeater Directory Listing

    Indiana Government Agency Fequency List
    Lake County, Indiana (IN) Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference

    Train Radio Fequency List
    Railroad Radio Frequencies

    Fan Website of Radio with links to all sorts of useful info
    (Latest drivers and software can be found here)
    Brick O'Lore: Baofeng UV-3R

    File for software for NWI repeaters + local radio stations.
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    Da PinkFather
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    NWI, North of US-30
    LIST OF BUYERS - TOTAL = 30 (as of 03 FEB 2012)
    blue = 1
    Yellow = 5
    Black = 24
    & 3 Pink

    - Jedi (x2, yellow & blue)
    - NaplamFTW (x1, yellow) Payment arranged [PAID]
    - Bill B (x2, black preferred else yellow) [PAID $100 cash]
    - Clif45 (x1, color black) [PAID $50.40 via PayPal transfer]
    - GhostofWinter (x2,[STRIKE]yellow[/STRIKE] black) PINK for this member only. [PAID $101 cash]
    - Wild Deuce (x1, [STRIKE]black[/STRIKE]) [PAID $61 cash]
    [strike]- warangelcometh (x1, black preferred else camo)[/strike]
    - darthfader (x2, black) [PAID $100 cash]
    - geronimojoe85 (x1, black preferred else yellow) Paid
    - txlur (x2, black preferred else yellow) [PAID $101 via Money Order]
    - jamin (x1, black) [PAID $50.40 via check]
    - NavyVet (x3, black) [PAID $100.80 via Check & 50.40 via PayPal]
    - salemons (x2, yellow) [PAID $100 via check]
    [STRIKE]- evilblackgun (x1, black)[/STRIKE]
    - et_aruba (x1, black) [PAID via PayPal]
    - LockStocksAndBarrel (x1, black) NavyVet will pickup for member [PAID $50.40 via PayPal transfer]
    - Balinor (x1, black) NavyVet will pickup for member [PAID $50.40 via check]
    - El Guero (x2, black) [PAID $101 cash]
    - Phil502 (x1, black) [PAID $50.40 via check]
    - 4sarge (x2, yellow & black) [PAID $100.80 via PayPal transfer]
    - fireblade (x1, black) [PAID $50 cash]
    - lonehoosier (x1, black) [PAID $50 cash]

    PINK = Item picked up

    [STRIKE]-----2nd ORDER ADD-ONs----
    Car mounted antenna for $14.60 - x3 (4sarge & jedi)[/STRIKE]
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    British dude
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    Put me down for a Yellow. Good for not losing it quite so easy and looks kinda EMS/Fire'y.

    Once we get these I can program them up for anyone who wants to listen (but not talk, I hasten to add) to their local PD/Fire as well as some ham channels and WX/NOAA channels etc.

    I believe they come with the software already which is the good thing about these radios. They may be from China but a: they're cheap, b: basically bullet proof (well not literally) and programming them is pretty easy.

    The antenna is removable and you can fit an external antenna for them on your car or just a longer one when you're handholding the radio.


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    Da PinkFather
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    Great news the price has just dropped to $51.90 per unit. Of the 8 vendors I have contacted only 2 have replied so far. One said 5+ is $51.90 the other said to give him a # and he can send me an invoice. So as we get closer to the deadline and we know how many the price may drop even more!



    Da PinkFather
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    You might contact this dealer directly for an even better price. Right now he has the same radio/package for $45.70 shipped. Took 2 weeks to get mine. (edited - just noticed this deal does NOT include the USB cable at this price - but it's still a good deal)

    BAOFENG UV-3R (Mark II) UPGRADE 136-174/400-470Mhz Dual Freq Display | eBay

    He is one of the dealers that I did contact on eBay.
    99% of them are out of Hong Kong. One was in CA.
    Yes the radio alone can be gotten for a little cheaper but in this group we are asking for 1 radio + 1 USB program cable per package & thus why it's a bit higher.


    Da PinkFather
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    Wow, Great Deal , if'n You weren't so durn fer away, I might take 2 :yesway:

    No name please. :D
    My sister lives in Indy you could always pick them up from there?
    She does come up once a quater.

    Shipping them to you is another possible route but I suspect that in doing that you might end up lossing the savings of the group buy. I think 2 - 4 radios would fit in a medium size flat rate box minus there box and that runs about $11.

    Food for though.


    Da PinkFather
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    Once a Quarter, I can feel the love already. I could re-lose the Pass Ports again which I found last week :dunno:

    Edited your secret identity and Noted for future reference :yesway:

    You lost it again! :faint:
    Perhaps we can implant a chip in you instead so you don't have to worry about that little ID anymore. =)


    Da PinkFather
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    im in for 2 in black... please send payment info. i will be out of the country for 5 weeks starting feb12...

    Since you are attending the NWI HAM Radio Demo just bring your money at that point. I should have a more confirmed price point in the next week depending on how many more radio orderd we get.
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