Best Handheld Ham Radios in 2022 [*Top Picks*]

Looking for the best handheld ham radios on the market? We’ve got you covered. Check out our ratings of absolute bestsellers below and make a final decision.

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  • 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 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.
  • TIDRADIO UV-5R High Power Ham Radio Handheld Walkie Talkie with 3800mAh Battery and Driver Free Programming Cable (5 Pack)
    Bestseller #1
    TIDRADIO UV-5R High Power Ham Radio Handheld Walkie Talkie with 3800mAh Battery and Driver Free Programming Cable (5 Pack) (170)
      ✔️Long Range:Real high power 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. ✔️Power Source:Larger 3800 mAh battery;The extended working time of your favourite ham radio is almost 2.5 times longer than original baofeng radio 1800 mAh battery;Supports you longer, especially in outside activity. ✔️Easy Programming:More convenient to manual programming most of settings via the keypad, as well as PC programming with the Driver Free cable in the box;TD-UV5R radio is also compatible with CHIRP;Plug and Play with Windows, MacOS and Ubuntu systems. ✔️Wide Compatibility:TIDRADIO uv5r ham radio covers most commonly used frequency range, makes it compatible with other brand radios such as the baofeng uv-5r and baofeng uv-82/baofeng bf-f8hp series. ✔️TD-UV5R has been FCC certified,FCC ID: 2AWL3-UV5RPRO;FCC Certification and Program Guide under the listing product guides and documents. ✔️Enjoy 60 days no reason to return including the accessories.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Baofeng BF-H6 High Power Ham Radio Handheld Walkie Talkie with PL2303 USB Programming Cable Etc Extended Kit
    Bestseller #1
    Baofeng BF-H6 High Power Ham Radio Handheld Walkie Talkie with PL2303 USB Programming Cable Etc Extended Kit (785)
      ★【No Distance Worry】Tri-Power:High /Medium /Low;Power Switchable,Equipped with AR-771 high gain antenna,Support for call needs in various occasions such as ski resorts, construction sites, and outdoors,Keep you always online.BaoFeng BF-H6 have FCC certified, FCC ID:  FFC ID: 2AJGMBF-H6 ★【Unique Programming Cable】Baofeng programming cable use PL2303 chip,compatible with Mac, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1,Windows 10 system, also work fine with chirp software.If your radio model is not find software , we will help you find software & special firmware for you. ★【Slight And Portable】Rechargeable Li-ion Battery packs:Equipped with 2pack Original 2200mAh Battery +Hight quality Speaker Mic ,support you to talk in any where, take it easy with you. ★【Baofeng BF-H6 Radio Full House】Get Extended Kit of radio with PL2303 USB Programming Cable,2*2200 mAh Li-ion Batteries,AR-771 Antenna,ABBREE Mic,Car Charger ,Headset Etc;One package solves all your needs! ★【Worry-free After-sales Service】ABBREE is the authorized Baofeng US Distributor, we also provide our own 7-day hassle-free return, 3-month warranty.
  • 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.
  • TIDRADIO TD-F9GP Ham Radio Handheld Upgraded UV5R High Power Radio 144-148/420-450Mhz 2 Way Radio with Driver Free Programming Cable(4Pack-Black)
    Bestseller #1
    TIDRADIO TD-F9GP Ham Radio Handheld Upgraded UV5R High Power Radio 144-148/420-450Mhz 2 Way Radio with Driver Free Programming Cable(4Pack-Black) (149)
      【Tri-Power:】TD-F9GP Ham Radio: High /Medium /Low Power (8W/4W/1W) Switchable; It can save power in low power mode,long-distance communication in high power mode. 【Battery Life】Each Radio is Equipped with 2 Batteries,Longer Battery Life, Each Radio Stand By Time Up to 3 Days. Two Batteries Alternately Charge,the TD-F9GP Radio Can Be Used Continuously. 【Driver Free Programming USB Cable Support CHIRP】 Works with Windows 7/10 and Mac System,you can program your Ham portable radio using this durable programming cable;No Driver Issues - No old drivers needed - Plug and Play. 【TD-771 Long Antenna】VHF and UHF Dual-band handheld have High Gain TD-771 Antenna,make it more longer communicate range on your radio. 【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. 【FCC Certified】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.
  • BaoFeng (UV-5R Pro) Ham Radio Handheld Walkie Talkies UHF VHF Dual Band 2-Way Radio Full Kit with an Extra 3800mAh Battery, Earpiece and Programming Cable (1 Pack)
    Bestseller #1
    BaoFeng (UV-5R Pro) Ham Radio Handheld Walkie Talkies UHF VHF Dual Band 2-Way Radio Full Kit with an Extra 3800mAh Battery, Earpiece and Programming Cable (1 Pack) (208)
      Stronger Power Output: High /Medium /Low Power Switchable, Programmable 2-way Radio Supports Keyboard or PC programming (for Outdoor /Home /Workplace, etc.) Two Ways Radio Rechargeable: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery packs (Original 1800mAh + Extra 3800 mAh), Supports 17~24 Hours continual use, the extra battery has 3800 mAh capacity to support non-stop communication. Frequency Range: VHF: 150-174 MHz(Rx/Tx). UHF: 400-480 MHz(Rx/Tx), 128 channel memory, in compliance with the FCC part 15B and part 90 regulations. Wide Compatibility: Baofeng UV5R Pro Dual Band Ham Two Way Radio covers the most commonly used frequency range, makes it compatible with many other radios such as the BF-F8HP/UV 82HP, etc. Bit Trading is the authorized BaoFeng US Distributor, all Baofeng ham radio walkie talkies we sell qualify 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.
  • Baofeng BF-H7 High Power Ham Radio Handheld Walkie Talkie with PL2303 USB Programming Cable, AR-771 Antenna,AR-805s Antenna,Speaker Mic etc Full Kits
    Bestseller #1
    Baofeng BF-H7 High Power Ham Radio Handheld Walkie Talkie with PL2303 USB Programming Cable, AR-771 Antenna,AR-805s Antenna,Speaker Mic etc Full Kits (785)
      ★【Professional Radio】Up to 128 memory channels,Switchable high/medium/low power to adapt to different situations to achieve the best call quality.Large LCD display ,LED flashlight,Charge LED:transmission(red)/reception(green);BaoFeng BF-H7 have FCC certified, FCC ID:  FFC ID: 2AJGMBF-H6 ★【More Feature】With 1.44inch Large LCD display,can read on-screen text and adjust frequency bands well even in the dark;Hands-free function,can clearly transmit voice in noisy situation; ★【Super Battery Life&High Quality Speaker Mic】With original 2200mAh high-capacity batteries to increase the use time of the radio.With High quality Baofeng Speaker Mic,can hands free,support you to talk in any where, take it easy with you. ★【High Gain Antenna & Strong Signal】In addition to the original Baofeng antenna, we also gave away a bend freely AR-771 soft antenna +AR-805s mini short antenna to increase the communication distance and make your conversation smoother. ★【Unique Programming Cable】Original Baofeng programing cable,compatible with Baofeng Two Way Radio,Support Mac,Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1,Windows 10 system, also work fine with chirp software.If your radio model is not find software , we will help you find software & special firmware for you. ★【Package Includes】1 X Portable Radio,1 X Antenna,1 X AR-771 Antenna,1 Xbattery,1X US charger,1 X Belt clip, 1XThe slingshot,1X Earpiece,1XProgramming Cable,1X805s Antenna,1XBaofeng Speaker Mic,1X User's manual
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Choosing the Right handheld ham radios

If you have recently decided to find the best handheld ham radios, chances are you will face several obstacles on your way. Although the choice is great and you can literally buy handheld ham radios from anywhere in the world, this also could be the problem. You may find several fakes to every high quality handheld ham radios on the market nowadays. We can rescue you from hours of handheld ham radios comparison by providing a detailed analysis. No matter whether you are an experienced user or a first-time buyer, this advanced manual will help you.

How to Pick the Best handheld ham radios: Our Buying Guide & Tips

If you try to compare handheld ham radios reviews, you’ll notice that there are lots of controversies. Thus, the top handheld ham radios often has more user comments with the item’s pros and cons. Keep in mind that customer reviews are also subjective and can’t be trusted 100 percent. It also happens that handheld ham radios ratings *deceive you by placing numerous negative reviews at the beginning, and all the positive reviews get lost among them. You have to calculate all the *benefits before choosing the best rated handheld ham radios. Here are the working tips for your ‘what should I look for in a handheld ham radios?’ question.

  • Customer rating. Almost every store has a section for buyer’s reviews. Amazon offers not only to rate each handheld ham radios but also to review it. Check them out;
  • handheld ham radios brands. The manufacturer must have a reliable reputation on the market and be well-known. If you are not sure about the name, you can ask Google ‘who makes the best handheld ham radios?’ We provide detailed brand descriptions in every review too;
  • Specifications. Your choice must be well-thought. Think about all the features *and *technical details of handheld ham radios. If you don’t like anything about it, you will regret your decision sooner or later. Do brief research;
  • Price. Advanced handheld ham radios buying guide *must contain the prices of the product in different stores. You may pick the one you find the most beneficial. Don’t forget that *affordable products don’t mean the best. Compare the quality and price;
  • Quality. Check out the quality of materials. You may find the product information at every store. Make sure that it meets the basic US standards and is reliable. You don’t want to throw away handheld ham radios right after you bought it. High-quality handheld ham radios usually comes with a warranty. Check out what developers offer you and read testimonials of handheld ham radios owners.

How We Rate Each handheld ham radios

There is a standard approach to how we test each handheld ham radios. Since it is physically impossible to test all the products on the market by oneself, we trust millions of customers from the US and abroad. We gather the information available on the web from multiple stores and let sophisticated AI programs analyse each product. There are numerous criteria that must be evaluated. The most important of them are:

  • Amount of clients that bought the handheld ham radios. We check the number of reviews before we separate positive and negative ones. It is crucial to know whether the product is on-demand or not;
  • History of the brand. If the company developer produced completely different goods before they decided to switch to the handheld ham radios, we will be more cautious about them;
  • Certificates and other documents the company provides. We have to make sure that the product we pick is reliable and will serve you well no matter how often you will use it;
  • Beneficial features. We pay attention to every benefit you receive from handheld ham radios. After we describe them for you it is your job to pick the one you need.

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