Top 10 Portable Ham Radios 2020 Reviews

What is a portable ham radio? Ham radio means amateur radio. Portable is something that you can take with you on the go. A portable ham radio is a radio for anyone to use on the go. You don’t have to be an expert to use it. It’s available to all.

10. Baofeng DM-1701 Dual Band Two Way Radio

Baofeng DM-1701 Dual Band Two Way Radio

This radio works well numerically as well as with signals. It has many different functions including an alarm when in times of need and your safety is hindered. You can also make two sets of calls at once and your means will be saved. The radio can be programmed for free to use certain types of computer software and social media. You can edit large amounts of text on this device. They also numerous social media groups and tips on their website to share with and educate you on how to use this radio. It’s compact and easy to use on the go, that’s what I like about it. You will get great use out of this.

9. BAOFENG Two Way Radios Baofeng

BAOFENG Two Way Radios Baofeng

This 8 watt radio is awesome and functions at a high level. It has an area for you to use headphones which may be better than speaking directly into it. This has a flashlight for you to get around at night. There are two ways to charge your radio which is very convenient. You can switch between high to low power settings so you don’t run out of energy quickly. This is a great buy.

8. BaoFeng Walkie Talkie Dual Band Two Way Radio

BaoFeng Walkie Talkie Dual Band Two Way Radio

This radio offers you two batteries, you can’t beat that. The price is average but worth a lot more. There is a dvd that teaches you how to use and set up your new gadget. This radio includes a mic you only need one hand to use. It has everything you need or would want in a portable ham radio. There are headphones you can put to use to make your radio hands free for other activities you may engage in.

7. UV5R Radio 5W Ham Radio Upgraded Version

UV5R Radio 5W Ham Radio Upgraded Version

There is a mode with this radio where you don’t have to use your hands, how cool is that? There is a way to shut down your keypad in case you misplace it or forget it somewhere so your privacy isn’t in jeopardy. Instructions are clear and easy to follow giving you a comfortable and non-intimidating encounter. The long antenna helps increase the scope that you can track. A bonus is that you can enjoy up to thirty days free.

6. Two Way Radio, Baofeng Walkie Talkie UV-5R5

Two Way Radio, Baofeng Walkie Talkie UV-5R5

This radio has a chip in it for magnified hearing and speaking. It features a hand strap and a belt clip for those special adventures when you’re moving and bending a lot. It’s very compact, so much so that it fits in the palm of your hand. It has FM radio which is commonly used. There is a single push of a button to talk. This radio covers a radius of three miles and includes flashlight. You should have no problem finding anyone or anything. It’s very versatile.

5. Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio(Black)

Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio(Black)

There are multiple colors to choose from for a background light on this radio. It features a sizeable display for easier reading. It has an alert that signals for help if you’re in an emergency. The also have different types searching such as tone and coder. You can also select what color you want your background display to be. They have a multitude of colors to choose from. It has multiple functions that are avaiable with just the click of a button. This radio features over 120 channels. Easily and quickly charges for people on the go and overall a great value.

4. TIDRADIO TD-F9GP8Watt Ham Radio


A range of power levels from high, medium and low to save your battery when needed. You have two batteries so you can charge and use one at the same time, how convenient? This radio can be used with a multitude of other types. There is a long atenna which makes a huge impact on the range and reception in which you can hear and be heard over the radio. This is very easy and simplistic to use. You have othing to lose. I love the fact that you will get a notification regarding the software and how to set it up.

3. NOAA Weather Radio, Emergency NOAA/AM/FM

NOAA Weather Radio, Emergency NOAA/AM/FM

This radio among other functions has the ability to alert you about natural disaters and everyday weather. I’ve never seen a radio do that before. It has more than just fm and am radio. You can listen to comedy, news, music, plus so much more, the world is yours. This radio runs off of batteries, no charging or charger needed. They also offer a three year warranty which is awesome for a radio.

2. NOAA Weather Radio for Household Outdoor Emergencies

NOAA Weather Radio for Household Outdoor Emergencies

This has a very loud alarm and a very bright red light to use when in difficult situations when you need assistance. This is great for outdoor activities such as boating and camping to name a few. This radio can also get energy from the sun when it’s bright outside. This is for indoors just as much as it is for outdoors. You can listen to this at home peacefully in your own space. There are a plethera of things you can listen to such as news for example. They have channels you may have never heard of, to me it’s gaining new knowledge. Let’s just say a natural disaster did happen, you could contact your loved ones and know what’s going on all over the world and what’s being done about it right then and there. You can charge this radio up by cranking it with your hand which would be an awesome workout.

1. [Upgraded Version] AOXLANT Portable Radio

[2019 Upgraded Version] AOXLANT Portable Radio

This radio resist water so don’t worry taking it boating, etc. There are a variety of charging methods but the ones that stood out to me is the crank and the solar. The crank should or canbe used when there is no electricity. It’s powered by the energy, the strength we push out of our bodies. Solar is all about nature. It’s the sun. All you have to do is sit it outside or in a window where direct sunlight is and your radio will charge. This is unheard of and so cool. This radio is the only one i’ve seen with color and I like it. It looks like a cassette player or a mini boom bo you could put in your pocket. It’s very nice and very up to date. It has a bright flashlight and lamp for the times you want to lay back and read a book. The emergency button is located right on the front of the radio so it’s easily accessible in times of need. This plays both fm and am radio. The price is excellent for what this fashionable yet durable radio provides. This is definitely an upgrade.