Bringing A Baofeng Into The Cyberpunk 2077 Universe

You’ve got to love the aesthetics of dystopian cyberpunk video games, where all the technology looks like it’s cobbled together from cast-off bits of the old world’s remains. Kudos go to those who attempt to recreate these virtual props and bring them into the real world, but our highest praise goes to those who not only make a game-realistic version of a prop, but make it actually work.

Take the Nokota Manufacturing radio from Cyberpunk 2077, for instance. [Taylor] took one look at that and knew it would be the perfect vessel for a Baofeng UV-5R, the dual-band transceiver that amateur radio operators love to hate. The idea is to strip the PCB out of a Baofeng — no worries, the things cost like $25 — and install it in a game-accurate 3D printed case. But this is far from just a case mod, since [Taylor]’s goal is to replace the radio’s original controls with something closer to what’s in the game.

To that end, [Taylor] is spinning up an interface to the stock radio’s keypad using some 7400-series bilateral analog switches. Hooked to the keypad contacts and controlled by a Mini MEGA 2560 microcontroller, the interface is able to send macros that imitate the keypresses necessary to change frequencies and control the radio’s settings, plus display the results on the yellow OLED screen that seems a dead-ringer for the in-game display. The video below shows some early testing of the interface.

While very much still a work in progress, we’ve been following [Taylor]’s project for a week or so and he’s really gaining some ground. We’ve encouraged him to enter this one in the Cyberdeck Challenge we’ve got going on now; it might not have much “deck” going for it, but it sure does have a lot of “cyber.”

10 thoughts on “Bringing A Baofeng Into The Cyberpunk 2077 Universe

  1. There are walkie-talkie modules that would be far more suited to this kind of stuff like the SA828, DMR828, SR_FRS_2W etc. They have all the bits inside to make a handheld and can be controlled by UART and physical buttons. Easier than having to stuff a whole handheld inside your project and hook up to the buttons.

    1. Right. On the other hand, if I was a ham, I would value this over the use of modules. Because, everyone can combine modules, while this (-74 series IC, veroboard-) is old school cool. Again, if I was a ham..

  2. I started using a bell thing for the maritime industry and then I got into the ham and the GMRS and I even use it as a flashlight. Now I read up my hand license ham license and now I’m full blown on the repeater. Baofeng saves the day.

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