BTech GMRS V1 Review – GMRS Handset Radio

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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6 thoughts on “BTech GMRS V1 Review – GMRS Handset Radio

  1. kevin schumacher says:

    I have some questions on hand held and car mount units and have had NO response from BTECH so not to thrilled about customer service on something I want to purchase for me and my buddy…..got any suggestions or how educated are you on these things….??

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    1. Randy says:

      What, exactly is the question? I will try to answer.

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  2. kevin schumacher says:

    dumb but am a novice with a swr meter?, question,, Is there anyway to park a truck with mobile unit “ON” say on elevated hill and bounce off it with the hand held somehow like a relay if I’m in valley below….question two, how specific are the antaneas for the moble units , would a new in package fire stick 4 ft long work if I try to tune with an swr? metter, where is the best place thats fair to buy units from someone who knows the product in northwest, central oregon, bend area.???

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    1. Randy says:

      What you are wanting is a ‘mobile repeater’ – That will let you put it (or in a truck) on the hill and relay your signal.. you can DIY it by making a “simplex GMRS repeater” (google it) but its not simple thing to do.. Or you can buy a pre-boxed mobile GMRS repeater, but all the ones I have seen are very expensive.

      GMRS antennas are VERY specific.. you cannot use a fire-stick made for a CB radio. You have to use a UHF/GMRS antenna tuned specifically to the GMRS band which is roughly 460Mhz-470Mhz.. You can find good GMRS antennas on Amazon for about $30.. The one we use on both of our Jeeps is the Browning BR-450.. You can get it on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3skls5f

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  3. Anonymous says:

    very helpful and thx, last question, any reputable dealers suggested, or just buy and hope hte best on amazon, was hoping for a shop to help me mount etc. and or how about a good phone number that a person actually answers ,ive called btec and lft msg but noooo response..

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    1. kevin schumacher says:

      very helpful and THX!! now how about a phone number to btec that a human answers ,I lft msgs but noo response, and was hoping for a authrized dealer to buy frm for any help in mounting etc, or do i take a chance with someone from amazon..

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