5 Best Baofeng Radio Antennas of 2020

The Antenna is really important

Without a good antenna, a great radio, can be about as valuable as a brick.  The Baofeng Uv-5R, UV-5R+, UV-8R and the other models are fantastic, affordable 2-way radio’s for licensed HAM operators.  The radio’s are a great resource to take on a hike, leave in the truck or pack in an emergency go-bag.

The Baofeng radio comes with a standard dual-band stubby “Rubber Ducky” antenna, which works, but there are some inexpensive upgrades that can really make the Baofeng radio shine!

The high-end player in the Baofeng radio world is definitely Nagoya.  Nagoya is a great brand and builds some excellent antenna’s for handheld radios.

When backpacking, it is nice to place the radio inside the pack or in a radio pouch on the outside of the pack.  This configuration lends itself to using a whip or folding antenna with an extension cable.

For mobile mounts on a car, ATV, UTV or even on a house, Comet is a great brand of antenna.

Direct Mount Antennas for the Baofeng Radio

The Nagoya handheld antenna is probably one of the best antenna’s you can get which directly mounts to the Baofeng radio.


Authentic Genuine Nagoya NA-771 15.6-Inch Whip VHF/UHF (144/430Mhz) Antenna SMA-Female for BTECH and BaoFeng Radios

Backpack Mount Antennas for the Baofeng Radio

When building out a backpack mount antenna setup, the radio is often mounted in a radio pouch or in a pocket of the backpack.  Often this requires that the antenna be mounted in another location on the backpack.  In order to do this, you need to use an SMA extension cable to connect the antenna to the radio.

SMA Extension Cable Nagoya Dual Band Antenna

23.6inch ABBREE AR-152 AR-148 Tactical Antenna SMA-Female Coaxial Extend Cable for Baofeng BF-888S UV-5R UV-82 UV-9R BF-F8HP 2 Way Radio


Authentic Genuine Nagoya NA-771 15.6-Inch Whip VHF/UHF (144/430Mhz) Antenna SMA-Female for BTECH and BaoFeng Radios

ABBREE SMA-Female Dual Band VHF/UHF 144/430MHz High Gain Soft Whip Foldable CS Tactical Antenna for Baofeng UV-5R UV-82 BF-F8HP Ham Two Way Radio (18.8in)

Bingfu Dual Band VHF UHF 136-174MHz 400-470MHz Ham Radio Antenna Handheld Two Way Radio Walkie Talkie SMA Female Mini Rubber Antenna 2-Pack for Kenwood Wouxun Baofeng BF-F8HP UV-5R UV-82 BF-888S GT-3

 

Mobile Antennas for the Baofeng Radio

If you are using the Baofeng handheld radio in a car or truck, using a mobile antenna instead of the direct mount antenna can provide a significant gain in range! This setup is similar to the backpack setup mentioned above, but uses a mobile mounted antenna instead of the standard whip.  The mobile antenna uses a PL-259 connector and an adapter from the Baofeng SMA to PL-259 connector.


Authentic Genuine Nagoya NA-771 15.6-Inch Whip VHF/UHF (144/430Mhz) Antenna SMA-Female for BTECH and BaoFeng Radios