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Old 04-18-2013, 10:03 AM
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:05 PM
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Mine worked out of the box too. I just changed the frequency and baddabing. Even chatted with Marco on it tonight. Range is not super impressive, but it works.
I can also confirm that the Plus is pretty different than the base 3R now that I compared the two side by side.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:09 PM
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So, do you guys recommend the basic, plus or 5?
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:13 PM
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I am liking the functionality of the 5 over the 3, but then again not sure how much I'll use the additional menu items that much. But it's a little more intuitive to navigate the menus on the 5. I'm looking forward to fiddling with a 3+ for a bit...

Haven't messed with the 5+ much, but I think that's what Brad has? We're hooking up on Monday to program his.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:16 AM
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I'd recommend the UV-5 over the 3R...haven't played with the 3+
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:23 AM
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I should correct my post. Somehow when Marco and I were chatting, I bumped the dial and changed the frequency ever so slightly. I guess I didn't have it locked down, but it was dark and I was shifting and driving.
My guess is that would account for why it got static so quickly. I'll plan a more thorough test of it in Moab. I will say, I've had it ON during the day since Tuesday and the battery is only at half, and that's on the factory charge. Holy smokes!
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:10 AM
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I've found the 3R I found that the battery last quite awhile while monitoring...it's the transmit that kills it. Kind of a moot point though, because the batteries (NP-60) are so cheap that it's easy to have a bunch for backup.

Does the 3+ use the same battery? I'm not sure how battery life compares to the small Yaesu, etc models.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:54 PM
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No, completely different battery. The 3R uses a common camera battery, but the plus uses a proprietary battery that's got half the case bonded to it.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:38 AM
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Ah, like the UV-5R then. Thanks for the info!
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Testing distance with the 3R yesterday afternoon with Barry.

He was on University and Hampden and I live on Fillmore and Buchtel. I cold hear him really clear and then I added an aftermarket antenna and could hear him on Exposition and Gaylord area..

Pretty good distance and range even with the small OEM antenna. Guessing the range on the 5V would be a bit better by maybe a few miles.
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