When asked about the best ‘starter’ ham radio out there, I’ve remained steadfast that for the money, the Baofeng UV5R can’t be beat.  Even with the flow of newer “upgraded” models, we just couldn’t find one we’d recommend more than the original Baofeng….. until now.  Finally, a true improvement over the UV-5R!  The NEW BF-F8HP Tri-Power Radio  has a high power setting that can transmit at 8 watts, which is DOUBLE the previous models’ high power settings.  On top of that is the compatibility of accessories between this latest model and the original UV-5R .   The batteries (including the larger long-life batteries), charger, antenna cables… everything.  It costs more than the original Baofeng, but it’s twice the radio.  Check it out!

This is the new 'Recommended by JJS' starter ham radio for all of you who continually ask me.
This is only one man's opinion, but one based on experience handling a lot of radios.
Note that this is a VHF/UHF radio, which is only for LOCAL communications.
It does not receive shortwave (HF) frequencies.

BaoFeng BF-F8HP
Exclusive Features that separate it from the UV-5R Series:

It has 3 Power Levels (1, 4, 8 watt)
A new 76 Page In-Depth User’s Guide
It includes the High Gain V-85 Antenna to Optimize Performance
It is the only second generation BaoFeng with the Tri-Color Display
Full Accessory Compatibility with ALL UV-5R accessories

Additional Product Details:

7.4V 1800mahLi-ion Battery Pack
Belt Clip
Hand Strap
***NEW IN-Depth Manual
Desktop Charger (110V)