Survival Patch Picks: Baofeng UV-5R For Beginner Communications

Having the ability to communicate during an emergency situation is critical. There are many options when it comes to handheld, mobile, and base station communication devices. In this review, we detail the BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio. This is a perfect budget radio for those getting started with their communications plan.


Frequency Range of 136 Mhz to 174 MHz and 400 Mhz to 480 Mhz

Up to 4 Watts Transmit Power

Dual Band Capability

128 Channel Memory Bank


Key Lock

Built in Flashlight

Selectable Frequency Steps

What is in the box?

Baofeng UV-5R Radio

SMA – Female Antenna

Li-ion Battery

Belt Clip and Wrist Strap

AC Adapter and Charging Tray

User Manual


Many of the frequencies the Baofeng UV-5R radio can access require a license to transmit. You can study for the amateur radio license and take the test, which is something we strongly recommend to further build your communications plan.

However, anyone can scan the frequencies and listen in on what is going on without being licensed. In an emergency situation, being informed and having the ability to gather information by scanning the radio waves is critical.

What will the Baofeng UV-5R do for me?

Even without a license, there are many things you can do with the Baofeng UV-5R.

*Communicate with other FRS (Family Radio Service) radios which include 22 channels in the 462 MHz and 467 MHz range.

*Scan National Weather Service frequencies.

*Listen to local repeaters and amateur radio operators.

*Even listen to communications from satellites and the International Space Station!

No preparedness plan is complete without a method of communicating or gathering information in your local area. The Boafeng UV-5R will definitely get you started on this journey without breaking the bank.