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#62 - Baofeng RD-5R DMR Radio Review


I received the brand new Baofeng RD-5R Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) yesterday and wanted to give my first impressions of it. This is the replacement radio for the DM-5R that had some issues previously and is made from a partnership between Baofeng and Radioddity.


The RD-5R is a budget-friendly DMR radio that sells for $75 directly from Radioddity or it is also available from them on Amazon for the same price. I chose the Amazon route so that I would not have to wait for shipping from China.


If you are familiar with the popular UV-5R dual-band handheld radio from Baofeng, then you will notice a lot of similarities with the RD-5R. They are very similar in design.


The RD-5R is basically a UV-5R radio with the addition of a dual-band DMR radio inside it. Most DMR radios are single-band, here in the United States being 70cm however lately 2-meter DMR repeaters are starting to appear so having a dual-band radio that is able to operate on both 2-meter and 70cm is a plus.


When I received the radio I noticed that there was no programming software, and no user manual included. Both of these items have to be downloaded from the website now. 


I downloaded the programming software and immediately ran into my first problem. There apparently is an issue with the software which did not load properly. All of the buttons in the software were marked with "????" instead of saying what they were, so I could not distinguish one button from another.


I went back to the Radioddity website to contact Tech Support but their contact form for Tech Support did not work. Apparently they have an issue with the Captcha system on their website and you cant send the contact request form without the Captcha field completed.

I was able to manually send an email to them which they responded to today. They forwarded links to the programming software and user manual in an email.


This time I was able to install the software and start getting all of the channels setup to be downloaded into the radio. Then I hit the second problem.


I got the first 30 channels all set up and downloaded it all into the radio, but the radio only shows that 7 channels were programmed instead of 30. I downloaded the channels again, same result. Only channels 1 through 7 were copied to the radio.


I reinstalled the programming software once again to see if that was the problem then downloaded the channels to the radio, same thing again. I attempted to re-download the channels to the radio another dozen times with the exact same result, only the first 7 channels are loaded.