The Baofeng BF-T1 is an ultralight 70cm radio meant to throw in your pocket, purse, or bag without weighing you down. How does it stack up to other offerings? Read on and find out!
Right off the bat, I need to say that the Baofeng BF-T1 is not what most amateur radio operators will want, and it does not even pretend to be comparable to even the Baofeng UV-5R. What the Baofeng BF-T1 tries to do, and succeeds fairly well, is provide personal communications between two people at short and medium ranges, primarily outdoors, for an extremely attractive price (typically less than $20).
Think of the Baofeng BF-T1 as an FRS bubble-pack radio that you can easily hook up to your computer with the supplied programming cable, and put in amateur radio frequencies. While I am not certain of the legality of using the radio on FRS frequencies, I don’t see any reason it should be illegal with the Baofend BF-T1, but check for yourself before doing it.
What I love about the Baofeng BF-T1 is that you can grab it and throw it anywhere, even in a front pants pocket, and get going. It is tiny and weighs next to nothing so there is no excuse to not have it on you. It is also a pretty well built Baofeng walkie talkie.
The Baofeng BF-T1 is also very easy to show someone how to use making it an excellent radio for you and your friends or significant other to carry for large events where you go your separate ways. A few great examples are large flea markets, crafts shows, etc.
Oddly enough, on the Baofeng BF-T1, I actually have used the FM radio whereas on pretty much all my other radios the FM feature remains completely unused. I think it is because this radio is so small and that FM button is right there on the front.
Both charging and programming for the Baofeng BF-T1 use the USB port on the bottom of the radio, but they ship you a standard USB cable for charging and another cable specific for programming which has a bulge on one end that says Baofeng on it.
Baofeng BF-T1 Test Results:
|Screen readability||Very Good|
|Transmit audio||CLICK TO LISTEN|
|Maximum power output (2m/70cm)||N/A /1 watts|
|Size||105 * 56 * 31 mm|
|Actual weight||3.6 oz|
|Baofeng BF-T1 manual||CLICK TO DOWNLOAD|
|Programming software||CLICK TO DOWNLOAD|
|Baofeng BF-T1 Overall score|
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