Best Cheap Handheld Ham Radio in 2022 [*Top Picks*]

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  • Radioddity GS-5B Bluetooth Programming Handheld Ham Radio Dual Band Long Range Two Way Radio with Dual PTT, USB Rechargeable, S-Meter, Programming Cable, Rainproof
    Bestseller #1
    Radioddity GS-5B Bluetooth Programming Handheld Ham Radio Dual Band Long Range Two Way Radio with Dual PTT, USB Rechargeable, S-Meter, Programming Cable, Rainproof (893)
      Professional Ham Radio: Dual band, dual watch, dual standby, up to 128 channels. Equipped with an 8.9-inch long antenna, this solid 5W radio can reach further and receives strong signals. Bluetooth Programming: In addition to the traditional PC programming, the GS-5B can be programmed with the dedicated APP via Bluetooth. Compatible with both Android and IOS systems. There also is keypad programming for all settings and functions. It’s cool to program your radio anywhere anytime especially when you are traveling. Improved Display: This radio has a much-improved display that features a full color screen, a signal strength meter, and other features. With the inverted dark background, the display is easy on the eyes, even in daylight. Rugged and Rainproof: Made of high-strength materials in the body and softer TPU material at the bottom, this radio is specially designed to be safe from drops. Rated IP56 waterproof is also a plus for outdoors, especially in harsh environments. Finally, the radio is orange, making it easier to locate and spot in low light scenarios. More Features: Micro-USB charging, VOX delay, dual PTT, channel name edit, SOS function, DTMF function, 211 CTCSS and 51 DCS tones, 1750Hz tone, encryption and VOX for hands-free operation are all standard on this radio.
  • Ham Radio Walkie Talkie (UV-5R 8W) Dual Band 2-Way Radio with 2 Rechargeable 2100mAh Battery Handheld Walkie Talkies Complete Set with Earpiece and Programming Cable
    Bestseller #1
    Ham Radio Walkie Talkie (UV-5R 8W) Dual Band 2-Way Radio with 2 Rechargeable 2100mAh Battery Handheld Walkie Talkies Complete Set with Earpiece and Programming Cable (208)
      Power Output: High /Medium /Low Power Switchable, Programmable Radio Supports Keyboard or PC programming (for Outdoor /Home /Workplace use, etc.) Power Source: Rechargeable 2100 mAh Li-ion Battery, Supports 12-20 Hours continual use, one more extra battery supports non-stop communication, car charger adapter also included. Dual-band standby, Enables you to monitor and transmit on two channels at the same time. 128 channel memory, fully in compliance with the FCC part 15B and part 90 regulations, you may need to apply for a radio license to use this device. Wide Compatibility: The Greaval UV5R Dual-band ham radio covers the most commonly used frequency range, compatible with many other radios such as the BF-F8HP/UV 82HP, etc. Bit-Trading is authorized by Baofeng officially through Amazon's Brand Registry. The Greaval UV5R is made by Baofeng on behalf of our trademark and compatible with other UV-5R models. Complete Set: Package contains a full set of accessories, no more worry about looking for compatible accessories. Best choice for your business. We provide 30-day hassle-free return, 18-month warranty, hardware and tech-support provided.
  • BaoFeng Radio High Power Ham Radio Handheld 144-148Mhz/420-450Mhz Upgraded BaoFeng UV-5R with Rechargeable 3800mAh Battery Walkie Talkie with TIDRADIO Programming Cable (2 Pack)
    Bestseller #1
    BaoFeng Radio High Power Ham Radio Handheld 144-148Mhz/420-450Mhz Upgraded BaoFeng UV-5R with Rechargeable 3800mAh Battery Walkie Talkie with TIDRADIO Programming Cable (2 Pack) (170)
      ✔️According to FCC rules, baofeng bf-f8td ham radio has passed part 15B tests and part 97 tests; FCC ID: 2AJGM-UV5RPRO; Transmit frequency range: VHF 144-148MHz and UHF 420-450MHz; Receive frequency range: VHF 136-174 MHz and UHF 400-480 MHz. ✔️Upgraded version from baofeng uv-5r: double output power, truly higher power and TD-771 high gain antenna (twice the antenna performance), greatly expands the signal transmission distance and enhances the signal reception. ✔️Tri-power switch, allow you to choose between high power to maximize range or low power to conserve battery life. ✔️With 3800mAh battery, working time is 2.5 times of 1800mAh battery, power saving function can extend battery life; support you for longer time in outdoor activity, home, workplace, etc. ✔️Baofeng bf-f8td ham radio is compatible with CHIRP; more convenient to manually program most of the settings through the keyboard, as well as PC programming with the ch340 programming cable in the box; only work with windows; In-depth programming guide make it easy to begin. ✔️Wide compatibility: 128 memory channels, covering the most commonly used frequency range, making it compatible with many other baofeng radios, such as baofeng uv-5r, baofeng bf-f8hp and baofeng uv-82 series. ✔️Similar function to the most popular baofeng uv-5r series;built-in LED flashlight; vox; scan; monitor; voice prompt; emergency alarm; easy to learn and operate. ✔️Baofeng bf-f8td are authorized by baofeng company; VITAHUI shop is an authorized US baofeng distributor.
  • TIDRADIO UV-5R Ham Radio Handheld 144-148/420-450Mhz with Double Battery Earpiece Car Charger Hand Mic and Programming Cable Full Kit
    Bestseller #1
    TIDRADIO UV-5R Ham Radio Handheld 144-148/420-450Mhz with Double Battery Earpiece Car Charger Hand Mic and Programming Cable Full Kit (15)
      ✔️Upgrades from Baofeng UV-5R: 128 Memory Channel; 50 CTCSS/105 DCS; VOX Mode for Hands-Free; A/B band independent operation; Busy channel lock-out; Auto Keypad Lock. FCC ID:2AWL3TIDRADIOTDUV5R. Frequency range: 144-148/420-450Mhz ✔️All you need is in one box!: TD5R comes with programming cable, 2 X 1800 mAh batteries, car charger, charger, earphones, hand microphone and TD-771 long antenna, no need to purchase additional accessories, more cost-effective! ✔️ TD-771 high gain antenna: greatly expands the signal transmission distance and enhances signal reception. ✔️ Built-in high brightness LED that can be used as a flashlight or alert system for emergency situations ✔️ Keypad setting and clearly LCD display will offer you more convenience when you need to change some functions ✔️Equipped with speaker mic; giving you clear and high quality sound communications in the noisy environment without holding your radio ✔️TD-5R radio is compatible with CHIRP; More convenient to manual programming most of settings via the keypad
  • Ham Radio UV-5R Pro 8W Dual Band Two Way Radio with Handheld Speaker Mic and Antenna 2Pack and Programming Cable
    Bestseller #1
    Ham Radio UV-5R Pro 8W Dual Band Two Way Radio with Handheld Speaker Mic and Antenna 2Pack and Programming Cable (107)
      【Tri-Power:】High /Medium /Low Power Switchable, Programmable Radio Supports Keyboard or PC programming (meets all your needs in Outdoor /Home /Workplace use, etc.) 【Power Source:】 Rechargeable 1800 mAh Li-ion Battery, Power-saving Features to extend battery life; Low battery alarm advises you when to recharge or replace the batteries. 【Support CHIRP Programming USB Cable:】 Works with Windows 7/10 System,you can program your Ham portable radio using this durable programming cable! 【Antenna: 】VHF and UHF Dual-band handheld have High Gain Antenna. 【Speaker Mic:】 Remote Directional Microphone & Speaker transmits high quality sound even in loud environments and helps to provide a really perfect long range distance communication 【After service:】 Fast shipping and 100% USA 1 Year Warranty and 30 days no reason return, any other problem please feel free to contact us.
  • TIDRADIO TD-F9GP Ham Radio Handheld Upgraded Version of UV-5R Radio 144-148/420-450Mhz 2 Way Radio High Power Walkie Talkies with Long Antenna,Hand Mic and One More Battery,Programming Cable
    Bestseller #1
    TIDRADIO TD-F9GP Ham Radio Handheld Upgraded Version of UV-5R Radio 144-148/420-450Mhz 2 Way Radio High Power Walkie Talkies with Long Antenna,Hand Mic and One More Battery,Programming Cable (149)
      Upgrades from Generation UV-5R radio. You will get a set include: 2X2100mAh Batteries,Speaker Mic,Long Antenna. Battery: One Radio with 2X 2100mAh Batteries,Longer Battery Life, Up to 72Hours.Two Batteries Alternately Charge,the TD-F9GP Radio Can Be Used Continuously. Programming Cable Included: Works with Windows Operation System,you can program your Ham portable radio using this durable programming cable! Speaker Mic: Remote Directional Microphone & Speaker high quality sound even in loud environments and helps to provide a really perfect long range distance communication. Long Antenna: TD 771 High Gain Long Antenna,make it more longer range on your radio. FCC Part 15 and Part 97 Certified; FCC ID: 2AWL3-UV5RPRO; Frequency Range:VHF:144-148MHz;UHF:420-450MHz (Can not transmit with frs radio and gmrs radio);FCC certification and in-depth programming guide under the listing product guides and documents. Service: 30 Days No Reason Return,any other Problem Please Feel Free to Contact us.A link for TIDRADIO F9GP Software will be provided on request. Program your radio easily!
  • TIDRADIO TD-H6 Upgraded UV-5R High Power Ham Radio Handheld Two Way Radios with CH340 Programming Cable Includes Full Kit Walkie Talkies
    Bestseller #1
    TIDRADIO TD-H6 Upgraded UV-5R High Power Ham Radio Handheld Two Way Radios with CH340 Programming Cable Includes Full Kit Walkie Talkies (170)
      ✔️All you need is in one box! Get Extended pack of ham radio with 2pcs 2200 mAh Batteries + CH340 Programming Cable + TD-771 High Gain Antenna + High Quality Radio Mic and more; No more worry about looking for compatible accessories. ✔️Tri-Power & Long Range:TD-H6 ham radio have higher output power and TD-771 high gain antenna, greatly expands the signal transmission distance and enhances signal reception;Tri-power switch, allow you to choose between high power to maximize range or low power to conserve battery life. ✔️96 Hours Battery Life:Rechargeable 2200 mAh Li-ion Battery, up to 48 hours standby time, one more extra battery supports non-stop communication, car charger adapter also included;Supports you longer, especially in outside activity. ✔️Durable Rugged Shell:Completed with a hard case outside, supports using for years, especially for business and outdoor using, like at the construction field, security work, survival rescue. ✔️Easy Programming:More convenient to manual programming most of settings via the keypad, as well as PC programming with the cable in the box. TD-H6 is also compatible with CHIRP. ✔️Wide Compatibility:TD-H6 ham radio covers most commonly used frequency range, makes it compatible with many other handheld radio such as the baofeng uv-5r series and baofeng bf-f8hp series, baofeng uv-82 series. ✔️This model has been FCC certified, FCC ID: 2AWL3TIDRADIOTD-H6;FCC Certification and Program Guide under the listing product guides and documents; Enjoy 60 days no reason to return including the accessories.
  • BaoFeng UV-5R 8W Ham Radio Walkie Talkie Dual Band 2-Way Radio with an Extra 3800mAh Battery Handheld Walkie Talkies with Baofeng Hand Mic and Programming Cable
    Bestseller #1
    BaoFeng UV-5R 8W Ham Radio Walkie Talkie Dual Band 2-Way Radio with an Extra 3800mAh Battery Handheld Walkie Talkies with Baofeng Hand Mic and Programming Cable (102)
      【Power Output】High /Medium /Low Power Switchable, Programmable Radio Supports Keyboard or PC programming (for Outdoor /Home /Workplace use, etc.) 【Power Source】Rechargeable Li-ion Battery packs (Original 1800mAh + Extra 3800 mAh), Support 24 hours continual communication. 【Frequency Range】This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15B and part 90 of the FCC Rules. FCC IDENTIFIER: 2AJGM-UV5RPRO. 【More Features】VOX: 0-9 gain level adjustable丨channel step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25Khz丨voice Companding: 50 ctcss/ 104DCS coder & tone searching. Anliss Direct (Anliss) is the authorized BaoFeng US Distributor, all Baofeng radios we sell qualifies Baofeng's warranty, we also provide our own 30-day hassle-free return, 18-month warranty on the main unit and 12-month on the parts as well as 6-month free replacement on the battery pack.
  • Ham Radio, BaoFeng UV-5R Pro 8W Walkie Talkies, Handheld Dual Band Two Way Ham Radios Long Range with Rechargeable Battery, Earpieces, Mic, Antenna and Programming Cable (2 Pack)
    Bestseller #1
    Ham Radio, BaoFeng UV-5R Pro 8W Walkie Talkies, Handheld Dual Band Two Way Ham Radios Long Range with Rechargeable Battery, Earpieces, Mic, Antenna and Programming Cable (2 Pack) (102)
      ①BAOFENG uv 5r radio: High /medium /low power(8W/4W/1W)switchable, transmit on the VHF and UHF frequencies, VHF: 136-174 MHz(Rx/Tx), UHF: 400-520 MHz(Rx/Tx). 128 channels. ②Long battery life&fast charging: Each hand held ham radio comes with 2pcs 1800mAh high-capacity rechargeable Li-ion batteries, ensures continuous use. Low battery warning reminds you of charging or replacing the battery. It takes about 3 hours to fully charge. Power adapter and car charger adapter included. ③Multi-function: The amateur ham radio is equipped with the programming cable for use with the CHIRP software to program, also supports computer and keyboard programming. It can receive standard FM broadcast band, and as a low band scanner as well as communicators. ④Long range communication: The Baofeng walkie talkie comes with an extended antenna to communicate in the distance. The reception to repeaters is crystal clear, strong and stable signal up. ⑤Wide application: LED flashlight and alarm for emergencies. Suitable for hunting, driving, hiking, camping, ski and other outdoor activities, can also as home radio or work use.
  • Radioddity GA-510 10-Watt Ham Radio Dual Band Handheld High Power Long Range Two Way Radio with Two Rechargeable 2200mAh Batteries & Programming Cable, Work with Chirp
    Bestseller #1
    Radioddity GA-510 10-Watt Ham Radio Dual Band Handheld High Power Long Range Two Way Radio with Two Rechargeable 2200mAh Batteries & Programming Cable, Work with Chirp (893)
      ✔ Tri-Power & Long Range: A further and more impressive communication range comes from the 10W high power feature. The Radioddity GA-510 can be set in 3 power modes (high/medium/low) (10W, 5W, 1W) to give you the best talking quality under different circumstances. ✔ Easy Programming: More convenient to manual programming most of settings via the keypad, as well as PC programming with the cable in the box. SUPPORT CHIRP. ✔ 96 Hours Battery Life: Come with two 2200mAh high-capacity batteries this radio has a continuous working time of 12 hours under 10W (high) power mode, 24 hours life under 5W/1W (med/low) power mode and 96 hours on standby. Supports you longer, especially in emergency situation. ✔ Dual Band, Dual Watch, Dual Display. Completed with a hard case outside, supports using for years, especially for business and outdoor using, like at the construction field, security work, survival rescue. ✔ What's in the Box: GA-510 Radio, 2 x 2200 mAh rechargeable batteries, programming cable, dual band antenna, charger, adapter, belt clip, wrist strap, earpiece and user manual.
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