Pofung BF-888S UHF FM Transceiver High Illumination Flashlight Walkie Talkie Two-Way Radio (Pair)
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I purchased this set and after programming, they are very good, functional units. They have greater range, are louder and have more clarity than our Motorola units, which are falling apart.
On to the programming. I also purchased a USB to Serial programming cable with a Baofeng logo. This cable has a counterfeit chip in it and It had the software on a mini-CD, which I forgot was included. I downloaded the current version of the software and when I plugged the phony cable into my work computer, which has Windows 7 Pro, the install failed. I found a site to download the older driver which doesn't do a chip verify and that worked for me.
There are those that say you should disable Windows updates so that when you plug in the phony cable, Windows will use your installed driver. You shouldn't do that. When it tries to install, just skip searching for a driver from the Internet, and your local driver will work. The large end of the cable has the chip so it will start the install even if the radio isn't hooked up. I will be looking for a legit cable soon.
Using the software was OK, but it has no preconfigured profiles for setting the radios up, you have to do all of the programming manually. I found a program called CHIRP that is free, can be used for different radios, including the 888S, and has preconfigured frequency profiles. Since I don't have a GMRS license, I used the FRS/GMRS low power profile and read it into the radios successfully. Now we're legal until we get a license. We'll be getting one in order to go to a higher power and use repeaters.
The radio chassis is a plastic cabinet built around a big hunk o' metal, so, as you can imagine, they are very solid and feel good in hand. They have large, Lithium-Ion batteries that can plug separately into the charging bases, so we will be getting extra batteries. Belt clips are solid, if a bit stiff, but they install with screws instead of some kind of friction system, so they aren't going anywhere. The buttons are solid and the antenna screws in with a metal fastener.
The charging bases are solid and keep the radios topped off well. I like that they're separate rather than two or more radios per base.
The only other accessory is a hand strap and the radio has a lanyard fixing point for this. I'm a big guy, so the belt clip is dead to me, I use a lanyard hanging from my neck.
These radios don't have a display, but do have a voice annunciator. When you turn on the unit, it tells you the radio is powered up and what channel it is currently set to. Channel selection is on the larger dial, and isn't dependent on the radio being powered up. When powered on and changing channels, the voice reads each channel number as you turn the dial.
The radios have good squelch out of the box, and you can adjust it in the software. Also adjustable is CTCSS/DCS encoding, so you are talking in privacy. These radios are sensitive, so you will receive people talking on your frequency. Once you set up encoding for the channels you are using you will be silent all the time.
Now that I know what I know, I would have paid extra for a legit programming cable. This would've saved me about an hour of grief. The 888S software has no frequency guide, so, If you're just using these radios for Disneyland, and don't expect to ever get a GMRS license, I would highly suggest that you get a legit programming cable, download CHIRP, and use the preconfigured FRS profile. The FCC can and will find you and fine you. Ignorance is no excuse.
UPDATE: Battery life is exceptional for these units. We can go all day for several days and not have to charge. We have set up the programmable button to go to high power when our reception is shaky. These units have better range, but we run a storage facility that has a subterranean level and when one of us is "down below" and at the far end of complex, it helps us to go high power for just a few minutes.
As I don't have a Tech Class HAM ticket I have only used as FRS on LOW power and through dense woods range is about 1/2 mile. I tried an upgrade antenna but it had no effect.
Works well, easy to use and much cheaper than retail FRS radios
I've enjoyed mine and plan to add some more to the radio rack.