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Old 02-02-2017, 02:58 PM   #1
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Radio Review Rugged Radios RH-5R

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I would have a few questions about these units:

what are the differences between these and the Baofeng UV-5r's (they look the same and have the same frequency range.

which frequencies in the range that the radio is capable of using are really available (since a number of ranges in there are either licensed frequencies or those that require less power usage)

If you reference this thread, they talk about "race radio's" including the ones from RuggedRadio's and the different frequencies and licenses, etc.

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Old 02-02-2017, 06:31 PM   #3
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I would have a few questions about these units:

what are the differences between these and the Baofeng UV-5r's (they look the same and have the same frequency range.

which frequencies in the range that the radio is capable of using are really available (since a number of ranges in there are either licensed frequencies or those that require less power usage)

If you reference this thread, they talk about "race radio's" including the ones from RuggedRadio's and the different frequencies and licenses, etc.
Good questions. As all this is new to me, I will reach out and see what I can find out. In the mean time I did read the thread you linked. It appears the radios could be china clones. also appears the uv-5r is harder to program and use(depending on the user of course). I know my contact at the company was getting ready to head to KOH, so may not hear back until after that but I will do my best to provide the information.
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Biggest difference between the RuggedRidge radio and ALL the other makes and models is that RuggedRidge makes it easier for you by programing the radios to the frequencies that you want to use. This is my opinion only. I do not program any of my radios. I just enter the appropriate frequency as needed and run that way. You still need the right paper work to be legal. Frequencies have to be pre programed also to be legal in BC. Amazon---Ebay for the best prices on radios. Also a guy on Snow & Mud Forum sells the UV 5 pre programed.
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$85 is expensive for that radio. As Rob said, that's a Baofeng UV-5r. They all program the same. Not really that hard, just tedious if you are loading a lot of memory spots.

But It as a ham radio, not legal for FRS, probably not GMRS either. Not legal on the business band frequencies either.
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These are re-branded Baofengs. Unless they have an FCC certification number on the back, they aren't legal for much.

FRS radios can't exceed 1/2 watt and the antenna can't be removable. The Rugged Radios have removable antennas and transmit at 5 Watts.

GMRS radios can put out 5 watts and can have a removable antenna, but they can't be able to transmit anywhere other than on the assigned GMRS/FRS frequencies. The Rugged Radios have a wide transmit range which eliminates them from that service.

Problems can result if people use any old frequency that comes to mind. This can cause interference with other services. I think if this gets too common, we may see these radios banned for sale in the US.

Best bet is to purchase certified FRS GMRS radios. (And apply for a GMRS license if you're using GMRS). One example of this type of radio is the B-Tech GMRS radio. It is FCC certified. It has wide band receive, but the transmit is locked on the GMRS frequencies. It has FCC type acceptance. https://baofengtech.com/gmrs-v1 these are available for around 50 bucks on places like Amazon.

But, the Rugged Radios only have a range of a mile or so.. I think if a group of Jeep owners are using them on the FRS/GMRS frequencies while wheelin' out in the desert or on remote forest trails, there's no big deal using them illegally since there will be no one else around to hear them.
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But It as a ham radio, not legal for FRS, probably not GMRS either. Not legal on the business band frequencies either.
Its not a ham radio. Its a commercial radio which is legal to use on ham radio. Its not much of a commercial radio at that.
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Not commercial. For commercial radio type acceptance users cannot enter frequencies from a keyboard. That's a ham radio being mismarketed.

Also as commercial radios, the "dot frequencies" are licensed just like GMRS users are.
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Can this by used instead of a CB?
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If you have a license it can. Different set of frequencies. This radio is VHF/UHF. CB's are HF.
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If you have a license it can. Different set of frequencies. This radio is VHF/UHF. CB's are HF.


Thanks. So guess can communicate with CB's.
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No it can't. That radio does not cover the CB frequencies.

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