Saturday, January 3, 2015

This Is The One! - Pofung GT-5 First Impressions

As I said in my recent posts, I decided to try the new Pofung GT-5 after looking at the Baofeng UV-82 family of radios. It came in the post this morning and I've just opened it up after work and I'm not disappointed.



The packaged contains the usual belt clip, charger, 2 pin to 3 pin adapter, earpiece (with dual PTT), wrist strap, antenna and of course the radio. There is also a good manual written in English, German and French. The front of the manual says 'This Is The One' which suggests it's the best Baofeng/Pofung radio yet. Baofeng and many radio users rate the UV-82 family of radios as the best of the lot and with the Pofung GT-5 being an updated version of the UV-82 then this could be the case!



The radio is really well built and very solid. The buttons are large and are nicely printed and very brightly lit compared to those on the UV-5R. The internals of the radio are the same as the UV-5R but it features the stealth reverse LCD display with the usual 3 colours. On the left side is the dual PTT for selecting transmission on one frequency or another, the FM radio/alarm button and the monitor button for opening the squelch. The right hand side has a speaker mic output socket. The top features a massive flashlight that is set into the body of the radio which beats the sticky-out LED on other models and also a large on/off/volume knob.



My only criticism so far is that you have to hold the menu button while switching on the radio in order to switch between channel mode and VFO mode which isn't ideal. I'll get this radio programmed up and give it a test and post my findings. I'm guessing it won't be any different to the UV-82!



Thanks for reading!

73's, Lewis M3HHY.


Manchester, UK.