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    Default Yaesu FT-70DR VS Baofeng UV-5R V2+

    Okay so I currently own the Baofeng radio. I was talking on a local ham two days ago about an upgrade. I was recommended to buy the FT-70DR radio. I currently see an instant rebate on it for $149 on I feel like this is a steal deal. However I don't feel fully knowledged yet of all the things I can do with my baofeng but I feel purchasing this yaesu radio will make it easier to get better with ham radio. Should I jump at that deal or leave it. Also can someone give me a comparison of the two radios. How will the Yaesu radio outperform my baofeng?

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    The Yaesu, based on previous products will still be working in 20 years time. The Baofengs are disposable. If you break it, you buy a new one. Yaesu will keep spares, and give you support. In real terms, the differences are in development and time spent on the user experience. Toughness, build quality - that kind off thing - NOT TX or RX performance, with the small exception of the ability to reject unwanted signals. The name brands always have better filtering!

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    I have two, it’s a good HT and also has C4FM. The only thing I don’t like is you have to use two hands to adjust the volume.

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    The ft-70 is a better built unit, has fusion, and a 3 year warranty. I could never get the supplied yaesu programming software/cable to work on windows 10, and bought the rt Systems software/cable.

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