Testing the Harmonics of a Baofeng BF-F8HP

I’ve heard that Baofeng HTs have poor harmonic suppression on several ham radio forums, so I decided to test it for myself with the Baofeng BF-F8HP I bought on Amazon. The BF-F8HP is a 2 meters and 70 centimeters HT with 1, 5, or 8 W output power. When a radio transmits, harmonic waves at multiples of the transmitted frequency are created, which must be suppressed before transmission.

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My Introduction to Amateur Radio

The first I ever heard about amateur radio was on Reddit, back in early 2015. A post that featured how it was used for emergency communications reached the front page. It was an interesting article, and piqued my interest. I did some more research, and was interested by all ham radio had to offer.

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