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BF-F8+ Radio

Pofung BaoFeng BF-F8+ UV-5R Radio

BaoFeng - Pofung BF-F8+ (2nd Gen UV-5R)

The BF-F8+ has been the first UV-5R radio to get a full internal upgrade.


As the first radio featuring the second generation UV-5R chipset (used in the GT-3 Mark ii and others) which besides the increase wattage output:

Radio Frequency IC:

  • Upgraded SQ to enhance the anti-interference ability
  • RDA1846S adds an new tail tone elimination function, when transmittingand receiving signal between 50Hz with 55Hz
  • Improves the receiver AGV switching noise when signal strength changes severe

Frequency-Modulated Receiver Chip

  • The RDA5802N has a powerful low-IF digital audio processor, which makes it have the most optimum sound quality with varying reception conditions

Power Amplifier IC

  • Low crossover distortion
  • Low quiescent circuit current

The BF-F8+ is upgraded to be more: dustproof, waterproof, and also it has increased it's drop resistance

The BF-F8+ uses the same updated internal components as the GT-3 Mark ii, but also has full backward compatibility with the UV-5R batteries and accessories


It outperforms the first generation UV-5R chipset (used in UV-5R series) and is a great replacement to the UV-5R series.

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Free Software Download: CHIRP

Chirp Software for Mac OSX, Linux, and Windows


Select The Appropriate Download for Your System:


Daily Builds

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The BF-F8+ and UV-5R Series are supported on the Daily Builds of Chirp. Select the Appropriate Download for your operating System


  • 1 CHIRP is supported on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8.
  • 2 Windows XP users may need to follow the instructions here if you have trouble starting CHIRP.
  • 3 MacOS users must install the KK7DS Python runtime before the application will execute. This only needs to be installed once.
  • 4 OS X support is limited to Intel architecture. PowerPC is not supported.
  • 5 Most modern distributions should have almost everything required to run chirp. Make sure you have python-serial and python-libxml2 packages installed. For more information about using CHIRP under Linux, see the Running Under Linux page

To create a programming file that is compatible with the BF-F8+ and UV-5R Series Radios download from your radio first


Chirp Help and Alternate Download Guide:
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There is no charge for CHIRP.  However, these guys put in a lot of time as a 'Labor of Love' and a small donation thru PayPal is a great way of showing your appreciation and saying thank you.  


FAQ and Model Differences

What is different from the 1st Gen UV-5r Series?

The frequency range is expanded from 400-480Mhz to 400-520Mhz.


The second generation UV-5Rs have an inverted privacy display instead of the tri-color display


The PCB (Printed Circuit Board) has been updated with newer components:


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.


What is the Difference between the other 2nd gen UV-5r: The Difference Between the BF-F8+ and the GT-3 Mark ii, 997-S, A52, and BT-580T

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.

BF-F8+ Radio Product Features

25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable (Wide/Narrow Band)
FM Radio (65.0MHz-108.0MHz)
LED Flashlight
High /Low RF Power Switchable
50 CTCSS/ 104DCS coder & tone searching
Dual standby
PC programmable
Wide/Narrow Band (25kHz/12.5kHz)
Transmitter time-out timer(TOT)
High/Low TX power selectable
Busy channel lock-out(BCLO)

What's Included with the BF-F8+ Radio?

Every BF-F8+ Radio Kit Comes With

  • BF-F8+
  • 1500mAh Battery
  • Single PTT Earpiece
  • Antenna
  • Power Adapter
  • Belt Clip
  • Hand Strap
  • Battery Charger
  • User Manual

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BF-F8+ Radio Specifications

BF-F8+ Frequency Range:

65-108MHz (FM Receive only)




BF-F8+ Other Specifications

Channel No: 128
Stability: ±2.5ppm
Antenna: High Gain, Dual Band
Antenna Impedance: 50Ω
Operating Voltage: DC 7.4V
Modes: Simplex or semi-duplex
Antenna: SMA-Female
Accessory Plug: Kenwood
Weight: 250g(including battery, antenna)

Power adapter: Input: AC100V, 50-60Hz;
Output: DC10V/500mA;
Plug Type: US
Output power: 5W / 1W (Max 5W)
Modulation Mode: 16kΦF3E / 11kΦF3E
Maximum deviation: 5kHz(Wide) / 2.5kHz(Narrow)
Spurious Radiation: 7μW
Current: ≤1.6A(5W)

CTCSS/DCS deviation: 0.5±0.1kHz(Wide) 0.3±0.1kHz(Narrow)
Intermediation sensitivity: 8-12mv

Intermediation distortion: ≤10%


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