Like the UV-82 it has an expanded frequency range. It has a VFO/MR button found on the UV-5R series not found on the UV-82 series.
The BF-F8+ is the 2nd Generation UV-5R series. The BF-F8+ uses the same updated internal components as the GT-3 but also has full backward compatibility with the UV-5R batteries and accessories
25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable (Wide/Narrow Band)
FM Radio (65.0MHz-108.0MHz)
Large Inverted LCD Display
High /Low RF Power Switchable
50 CTCSS/ 104DCS coder & tone searching
Transmitter time-out timer(TOT)
High/Low TX power selectable
Busy channel lock-out(BCLO)
Frequency Range: 65-108MHz (FM Receive only)
Channel No: 128
Antenna: High Gain, Dual Band
Antenna Impedance: 50Ω
Operating Voltage: DC 7.4V
Modes: Simplex or semi-duplex
Weight: 238g(including battery, antenna)
Power adapter: Input: AC100V, 50-60Hz;
Plug Type: US
4W / 1W (Max 5W)
Modulation Mode: 16kΦF3E / 11kΦF3E
Maximum deviation: 5kHz(Wide) / 2.5kHz(Narrow)
Spurious Radiation: 7μW
CTCSS/DCS deviation: 0.5±0.1kHz(Wide) 0.3±0.1kHz(Narrow)
The frequency range is expanded from 400-480Mhz to 400-520Mhz.
The second generation UV-5Rs have an inverted display instead of the tri-color display
The PCB (Printed Circuit Board) has been updated with newer components:
Radio Frequency IC
Power Amplifier IC
Frequency Modulated Receiver Chip
and LED Flashlight
The BF-F8+ utilizes the latest RDA1846S RF IC, by doing so the BF-F8+ excels with its enhanced anti-interference capabilities. The BF-F8+ provides new noise-reduction features to block out noises caused by signal intensity changes along with tail tone elimination when transmitting or receiving signals between 50Hz with 55Hz. The BF-F8+ has several advantages over its predecessor the UV-5R, while maintaining the same case to allow for full accessory compatibility.
There is no difference between all the second generation UV-5Rs. Besides the cosmetics they all use the second generation UV-5R chipsets.
We prefer the BF-F8+ because it is backward compatible with all the UV-5R batteries and accessories - giving it the access to the most add-ons.