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After waiting for months I finally got my hands on the new Baofeng UV-5X GMRS radio. The UV-5X is basically a UV-5R with the rules for FCC Part 95E compliance baked-in. This means less programmability, preset GMRS channels, preset repeater channels, preset power-output levels, and the inability to transmit on any frequencies outside of the GMRS band.
Unfortunately this first generation of UV5X GMRS radios has some serious flaws, and out of the box, is basically defective as it does not work as advertised. Baofeng have released a firmware update that reportedly resolves these issues, but you can only apply this firmware update from a Windows based computer. So if you use Linux, a Mac, or a Chromebook, you are S.O.L.
Baofeng marketed a radio a few years ago with the same “UV-5X” name, so the new GMRS version should not be confused with that radio. I would love to know the reasoning behind this, as to the normal person this is extremely confusing. Maybe they had too many “UV-5X” stickers laying around and they thought nobody would notice if they re-used them.
See below for my video review of the new UV 5X GMRS radio by Baofeng: