A few days ago, I was chatting to a friend on the repeater about the Baofeng UV-3R and what a useful radio it was. He was interested in getting one, but explained he didn’t use eBay. Rather than have him pay £50 in the UK, I said I would order him one.
It arrived today. I had ordered a UV-3R Plus, rather than my Mark 1 model. What are the differences?
The Plus has dual band display. In practice, I don’t think this is a big deal.
The Plus came with a dual band antenna rather than two mono band antennas
The Plus comes with a drop in charger. The charger tray can be powered from the USB style charger that comes with the rig, although I plugged the lead to an iPhone charger.
Although it is entirely adequate, I feel the build quality on the Plus is not quite as good as the Mark 1. What do I expect for £32.90?
Although I have not had any QSOs – it is my friend’s rig, after all, performance of the rig seems as good as the Mark 1. I was able to blip up GB3TD and GB3UK from inside the house.
The Plus came with two earpiece/ microphones – the standard one and an added bonus.
I hope my friend will be pleased with it!