Baofeng bother

I like my cute little Baofeng UV-3R+ though I find myself using its slightly bigger brother the UV-5R more often. Unfortunately the UV-3R+ has begun acting up with a fault that is difficult to fathom.

Quite often the UV-3R refuses to switch on. At first I thought that I had accidentally left the radio on and had depleted the battery, because I often do things like that. But the radio comes back to life if you remove and replace the battery or if you drop it into the charger for a few seconds. When I did this today the screen immediately showed a battery voltage of 4.0V which was expected given that it had been charged only a day earlier.

So the radio is failing to turn on even though there is plenty of juice in the battery. Like most HTs it has a “live” power switch and should turn on at the press of a button. The UV-5R on the other hand has a good old-fashioned rotary on/off volume control. Which, I now recall, was the thing that failed on my old Jingtong radio. Ho hum.

Julian Moss, G4ILO, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, England. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “Baofeng bother”

  • Chris Meisenzahl (@speedmaster) / K9ROC:

    I have the Baofeng UV-3R as well but haven’t had this problem yet. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

  • Jim Moody, AF5S:

    Mine did the same thing. Need to figure out how or if it can be fixed.

  • ALMEIDA:

    ATENÇÃO, USUÁRIOS E PRINCIPALMENTE, ENGENHEIROS DA BAOFENG, A RESPEITO DE UM SERÍSSIMO PROBLEMA QUE ESTOU TENDO COM 02 HTS. NOVOS : O TX DELES FORAM BLOQUEADOS, ACIDENTALMENTE.
    ____ JÁ TENTAMOS DE TUDO, SEM RESULTADO.
    ____ O QUE DEVEMOS FAZER, POR FAVOR. OS RÁDIOS SÃO ABSOLUTAMENTE NOVOS E ESTÃO A DISPOSIÇÃO DA BAOFENG, PARA UMA VERIFICAÇÃO.
    ____ EXISTE ALGUM PROCEDIMENTO QUE DESATIVA O TX DESTES HTS, POR FAVOR ?
    ____ OBRIGADO.
    ____ ESPERO PODER CONTAR COM A COLABORAÇÃO DE AMIGOS E PRINCIPALMENTE, DA PRÓPRIA FÁBRICA, BAOFENG.
    ____ ANTONIO ALMEIDA – LIMEIRA – SP – BRAZIL : [email protected]

  • YO3IGB:

    I have a UV-200 and I think it doesn’t have enough output power. Other hams with the same model told me that they could open repeaters 60 Km away, but I can hardly have a 1-2 km away QSO….

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