In this video I review all of the features of the BTech GMRS V1 walkie-talkie handset that are important to me – mostly features that I make use of while off-roading, hiking, etc.
The BTech GMRS V1 from BaoFengTech is a 5-Watt (switchable to 2 watt) handheld GMRS radio that is repeater capable. The radio comes with a battery, rubber-ducky antenna, charger, power adaptor for the charger, an earpiece, a belt-clip and a wrist-lanyard. This radio is FCC Part 95E compliant and costs approximately $55 from Amazon.
This GMRS walkie-talkie can listen to two frequencies simultaneously and has two push-to-talk buttons, one to to transmit on frequency “A”, and another to transmit on frequency “B” – this is a great feature when monitoring two channels because it allows you to tactfully “feel” which frequency you are transmitting on.
When tested, this GMRS radio output 2.6 watts on low power, and 4.3 watts when set to high-power, which is expected for a handset in this price range. The rubber-ducky antenna his a slightly high SWR that ranges from 2.0:1 to 3.1:1.
In the video we confirm that the range on the radio is excellent – I was able to connect to one repeater 17 miles away, and another repeater 30 miles away, both with very strong signals.
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