The baofeng radios are supplied with 2 different antennas. (Only one per radio). A shortish stout thing, or a 7"ish thin flexible antenna which, is a really good antenna. I have tried a half dozen after market antennas and have always come back to the 7" original.I have the UV 5 R (3 of them) along with Midlands and they all work fine in the back country. I have the 7" antenna for the baofengs (the antenna that comes on the baofeng is not a great antenna) and they out perform the other radios that others in our group carry and when programmed properly all is transparent and we can all talk to each other in the back country.
gtwitch in wyoming
Here is a chart of antenna test results.
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