The Baofeng* UV-5R+ on APRS? Yes, it works! The Baofeng UV-5R+ is an incredibly inexpensive Chinese dual-band handheld, putting out 4 watts on its internal battery. See my review here. Today brought gorgeous weather, but I can’t ride because of a broken arm. So, I thought I would repeat an experiment that I did some time ago using my Wouxun KG-UV-3D to see how well the Baofeng works with APRS.
I assembled the equipment the same way, except I added the Tiny Track 4’s display and a keyboard, to see how well I could send messages via APRS from the mobile unit (KEØOG-5) to my home station (KEØOG-1—which connects my Davis weather station to the APRS network). I stopped at key intersections, pulled to the side of the road and sent APRS messages (yes, there are such things) using the TT4’s display and keyboard (no computer required). Every message came through just fine. In fact, I was quite pleased with how quickly the messages were acknowledged. The TT4 really is two-way. It also works as a standard tracker when used without the display and keyboard.
Overall I was quite pleased. The Baofeng radio acquits itself nicely with its 4 W output power. I connected it to the mag mount on the Blazer’s roof. The GPS itself is something that I purchased at the same time I purchased the TT4. Anyway, the bottom line here is that the Baofeng radio works on digital modes.
[* Baofeng is often rendered BaoFeng on the internet, including in Amazon ads. But it’s Baofeng (only initial capital) on Baofeng’s website, although they’re not entirely consistent, sometimes with Baofeng, BAOFENG, BAO FENG, Bao Feng, and BaoFeng. I’ll take the simple approach— the company’s name is Fujian Nanan Baofeng Electronic Co., Ltd. See below.]