Product Comparison: Yaesu FT-60R vs BaoFeng BF-F8HP

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General Specifications
About the Product
Yaesu Dual Band Amateur Ham radio transceiver that transmits the Two Meter & 70cm bands & receives 108-520Mhz & 700-999Mhz. Features 1,000 Alphanumeric memories, WX alert, PL/dpl, ARTS system, scan modes & more.
The BF-F8HP is a dual band handheld radio that improves on the UV-5R with more transmit power based on a new generation chipset - along with new concierge service.
Key Specs
Packaged Quantity
Frequency Band
Frequency Range
140-174 / 420-470 MHz
136-174 / 400-520 MHz
Communication Range
25 miles
25 miles
Number Of Channels
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Yaesu FT-60R Dual Band Handheld 5W VHF / UHF Amateur Radio Transceiver
  • I just wanted a solid hand held 2 meter transceiver and the Yaesu FT-60R meets those requirements.
  • Solid, simple, functional radio! Large frequency coverage on the receiver side.
  • Excellent Amateur Radio hand held VHF/UHF radio. Must be licensed ham operator to use this radio for transmit.
  • Paired with a good antenna you will be surprised how far you can transmit on only 5w of power.
  • I love this radio. This radio is built like a tank, and receive/transmit are excellent.
BaoFeng BF-F8HP (UV-5R 3rd Gen) 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio
  • This is a very nice radio for the money. I live in close range to some local repeaters, so I'm not really challenging the radio's receive capabilities.
  • But I have two of these radios and they work great over about a 2-4 mile effective range.
  • With 8 W vs 5 W you can expect ~125% the range of of the UV-5R (sqrt(8/5)=1.26). The flashlight is a little silly and unnecessary, but w/e. The speaker is nice and loud.
  • I have found it to be a good, reliable radio transceiver with pretty good function sets, as well as excellent frequency ranges for the various U S radio services bands.
  • I was hoping to improve my range in my rural environment with the advertised 8 watts of transmit power but my watt meter showed that although the radio had the advertised 1 watt on the low setting and almost 5 watts on the medium setting it had less than 1 watt on the high power setting.
Size & Weight
4.3 in.
4.3 in.
2.3 in.
2.3 in.
1.2 in.
1.3 in.
0.82 lb.
0.47 lb.
Display Type
LCD Display with backlight
Tri-Color LCD
Keypad lock
Accessories Included
Belt Clip, Antenna, Battery Charger
V-85 Antenna, Power Adapter, Earpiece, Belt Clip, Hand Strap, Battery Charger
NOAA Weather Channels and Alerts, Programmable
A new 76 Page In-Depth User's Guide, Versatile for Amateur USE, Dual Watch Receiver, FM Broadcast Station, Group Tones supported, Internal VOX function, Flashlight
What customers say about "Features"
Yaesu FT-60R Dual Band Handheld 5W VHF / UHF Amateur Radio Transceiver
  • The radio is not overwhelming with tons of features but have just enough to get the job done.
  • By now, there are HT's with more bells and whistles; but, this one has a lot of features.
  • Rugged, easy to program and scan, transmission and reception with factory antenna is top notch.
  • Great voice quality, send and receive. Decent range. Good feature set for the price.
  • A great radio for the price. Has all the features you would expect and more.
BaoFeng BF-F8HP (UV-5R 3rd Gen) 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio
  • First of all, the SMA connector is likely opposite of what you would expect. I had several high gain dual band antennas from my previous HTs, and the connector on the Baofeng is the opposite gender.
  • I like the colored screens, as the black stand by screens that the GT-3 have are hard to read.
  • It's tough. You can view the screen well. Volume is very good for the price it is a out standings value.
  • The speaker quality is not that great - again, comparing it to some other portable radio of the same price range, it's below the bar.
  • The screen backlight goes off based on what you set in the menu, 10 seconds is longest. At first, the backlight going off in 2 seconds while I was transmitting was a bit confusing.
  • The readability of the color screens are a bit of concern. Once the back light goes out, It's very hard to read.
Battery Type
1400mA Rechargable Battery
2000mAh rechargeable battery
Battery life
24 hours
What customers say about "Power"
Yaesu FT-60R Dual Band Handheld 5W VHF / UHF Amateur Radio Transceiver
  • This is a great radio. Has worked well with the primary repeater I use and battery life is good.
  • Could use a more modern battery type but the supplied battery is OK
  • Easy setup, great radio and battery.
  • It has excellent range and the battery life is amazing.
  • I like the receive, and clean audio it produces. Long battery life.
BaoFeng BF-F8HP (UV-5R 3rd Gen) 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio
  • The included battery holds up well, I've had it mostly on for days, listening with a few minutes of talking here and there as something piques my interest, and only had to recharge it twice since I've had it.
  • The optional battery and mic/speaker are identical for both BF-F8HP and the UV-5X3.
  • Battery life is unsurpassed and the added broadcast FM band quality is a nice touch. At the price, a ham needs one if only for a spare..
  • All in all it feels like and so far is a well-bought radio that works great, has excellent battery life and is easy to learn and use.
  • The dock station included in the box is very cheap. I don't like it has an external power charger and when the radio is docked, the radio is not firm like any other dock station I've seen for radio.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
1 year
1 year
Other Information
62.89 $

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