Setting up and programming your UV-5R

*Update June 18, 2013* Comments are now closed, all conceivable questions have been answered (often more than once.)

So far, the Baofeng UV-5R seems to be a steal of a deal. Not without its flaws though, and one of them is the cryptic and incomplete manual.  This article will teach you how to set up the UV-5R, and how to program frequencies into the memory by hand. These instructions are a small part of the UV-5R Manual For Dummies“, which is being created as we speak and will be posted on this blog later.

Setting up the UV-5R

  1. Charge the battery. According to the manual this will take about 5 hours, but don’t be surprised when the LED switches to green after just a few hours – contrary to what the manual says, some batteries appear to be (partly) charged.

  2. Please be aware that a Li-Ion battery will be at full strength only after you depleted and charged it at least three times in a row. After these three cycles you can charge the battery any time you want. There’s no memory effect to deal with.

  3. Reset the UV-5R. This will make your life much easier when you want to program frequencies into the memory. Switch on the UV-5R, press the Menu button, type ‘40‘, and press the Menu button again. The display will show “Reset All”. Press Menu again. The display will show “Source?” Press the Menu button once more to confirm your choice. Do this quickly, you have only once second or so. All that weird factory memory data is deleted now, and defaults are restored.

  4. In later firmware versions a Chinese voice was added and, unfortunately, is default after a reset. You can change the language back to English in Menu 14.

How the menu system works

Pressing the Menu button the first time will display the menu items. There are 40 items in total. Pressing the Up or Down button scrolls through all the items. If you know where to go, typing the item number on the keypad will often be faster.

Press the Menu button once more to switch to the parameter menu. Pressing the Up and Down buttons allows you to browse through all the options. After selecting one of the options, press the Menu button again to confirm and save your choice. You can exit the menu at any time by pressing the Exit button. Waiting a few seconds will do the trick, too.

Set the channel spacing

Select Menu 1 (Step, channel spacing)
Options: 2.5KHz, 5KHz, 6.25KHz, 10KHz, 12.5KHz, 25KHz.
Default: 2.5KHz
What channel spacing you need differs from country to country. Check your band plans. In Europe for example, 12.5KHz would be fine on VHF, and 6.25KHz on UHF would make it possible to use the UV-5R on PMR channels (the EU equivalent of FRS).

Note: You have to program the channel spacing twice: once for VHF, once for UHF. Press the Band key to switch from VHF to UHF and back.

Programming Example 1: storing simplex frequencies

  1. Switch to VFO A
  2. Select VHF or UHF by using the Band key
  3. Select the frequency you want to store
  4. Press Menu, type ‘27‘, and press Menu again
  5. Select an empty memory position (000 – 127) by using the Up or Down key
  6. Press Menu again to store the frequency
  7. Press the Exit key to leave the menu.

Programming example 2: storing repeater frequencies

  1. Switch to VFO A
  2. Select VHF or UHF by using the Band key
  3. Select the receive frequency you want to store
  4. Press Menu, type ‘27‘, and press Menu again
  5. Select an empty memory position (000 – 127) by using the Up or Down key
  6. Press Menu to store the receive frequency
  7. Press the Exit key
  8. Select the transmit frequency
  9. Press Menu, type ‘27‘, and press Menu again
  10. Press Menu once more.

Switch to memory mode by pressing the VFO/M key and test your work. These simple examples do not cover possible sub audio requirements.

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265 comments on “Setting up and programming your UV-5R

  1. How do you set up the PL tone on these units? For example, a repeater that I need to hit is on 107.2 PL-1B.

    • Hi,

      access menu 13 (T-CTCS), press menu again to switch to the parameter menu and use the up and down button to select the PL tone. Press menu once more to store the PL tone.

      Hans

  2. I have a very important question. I am trying to communicate with Motorola radios on channel 22. I can i program this radio to that frequency? I believe its Gmrs.

  3. I followed your instructions and reset the uV-5R but have problems storing the channels as in Channel Mode I have CH-000 and cant get rid of it.
    lso have CH-127 and cant get rid of it either.
    I have done a Reset 7 times and get the sane result.
    Don
    vk2dw

    • Hi Don,

      My UV-5R shows the same behaviour, I’ll have to look into that. Yet it is possible to overwrite whatever information is there, which is not possible with other memory positions.

      Hans

      • Gi’day Hans
        Thanks for the reply.
        Well I think I have found part of the problem, and have now set up several channels and Frequencies into my prefered locations and so far so good, but still a lot of other Channels to set up.
        I have only flatted the Battery once so far and am about to flatten and rechage again.
        I think you mentioned that this needs to be done at least 3 times.
        Regards
        Don
        vk2dw

      • Gi’day Hans
        Would it be possible for you to send me a copy of your Menu Settings you have in the UV-5R so that I can compare with my present settings as I am not sure if I have them set correct.
        Regards
        Don
        vk2dw@hotmail.com

    • Hi
      Mine also. But I dont know if its me but I also cannot get it to switch between 2m and 70cm when in channle mode? or am I doing something wrong.. Thanks Os

      • When you’re in channel mode, you can only switch from channel to channel. The ‘Band’ key will not function. This is normal behaviour.

        Hans

    • I just got two of these radios and had the ch127 issue. I just used the delete channel function and it worked for me.
      Marty
      W6MCN

      • there is all you need to program your radio Programming Example 1: storing simplex frequencies

        1. Switch to VFO A

        2. Select VHF or UHF by using the Band key

        3. Select the frequency you want to store

        4. Press Menu, type 27, and press Menu again

        5. Select an empty memory position (000 127) by using the Up or Down key

        6. Press Menu again to store the frequency

        7. Press the Exit key to leave the menu.

        Programming example 2: storing repeater frequencies

        1. Switch to VFO A

        2. Select VHF or UHF by using the Band key

        3. Select the receive frequency you want to store

        4. Press Menu, type 27, and press Menu again

        5. Select an empty memory position (000 127) by using the Up or Down key

        6. Press Menu to store the receive frequency

        7. Press the Exit key

        8. Select the transmit frequency

        9. Press Menu, type 27, and press Menu again

        10. Press Menu once more.

        Switch to memory mode by pressing the VFO/M key and test your work. These simple examples do not cover possible sub audio requirements.

        Setting up and programming your UV-5R

        So far, the Baofeng UV-5R seems to be a steal of a deal. Not without its flaws though, and one of them is the cryptic and incomplete manual. This article will teach you how to set up the UV-5R, and how to program frequencies into the memory by hand. These instructions are a small part of the UV-5R Manual For Dummies, which is being created as we speak and will be posted on this blog later.

        Setting up the UV-5R

        1. Charge the battery. According to the manual this will take about 5 hours, but dont be surprised when the LED switches to green after just a few hours contrary to what the manual says, some batteries appear to be (partly) charged.

        2. Please be aware that a Li-Ion battery will be at full strength only after you depleted and charged it at least three times in a row. After these three cycles you can charge the battery any time you want. Theres no memory effect to deal with.

        3. Reset the UV-5R. This will make your life much easier when you want to program frequencies into the memory. Switch on the UV-5R, press the Menu button, type 40, and press the Menu button again. The display will show Reset All. Press Menu again. The display will show Source? Press the Menu button once more to confirm your choice. Do this quickly, you have only once second or so. All that weird factory memory data is deleted now, and defaults are restored.

        How the menu system works

        Pressing the Menu button the first time will display the menu items. There are 40 items in total. Pressing the Up or Down button scrolls through all the items. If you know where to go, typing the item number on the keypad will often be faster.

        Press the Menu button once more to switch to the parameter menu. Pressing the Up and Down buttons allows you to browse through all the options. After selecting one of the options, press the Menu button again to confirm and save your choice. You can exit the menu at any time by pressing the Exit button. Waiting a few seconds will do the trick, too.

        Set the channel spacing

        Select Menu 1 (Step, channel spacing)

        Options: 2.5KHz, 5KHz, 6.25KHz, 10KHz, 12.5KHz, 25KHz.

        Default: 2.5KHz

        What channel spacing you need differs from country to country. Check your band plans. In Europe for example, 12.5KHz would be fine on VHF, and 6.25KHz on UHF would make it possible to use the UV-5R on PMR channels (the EU equivalent of FRS).

        Note: You have to program the channel spacing twice: once for VHF, once for UHF. Press the Band key to switch from VHF to UHF and back.

        Programming Example 1: storing simplex frequencies

        1. Switch to VFO A

        2. Select VHF or UHF by using the Band key

        3. Select the frequency you want to store

        4. Press Menu, type 27, and press Menu again

        5. Select an empty memory position (000 127) by using the Up or Down key

        6. Press Menu again to store the frequency

        7. Press the Exit key to leave the menu.

        Programming example 2: storing repeater frequencies

        1. Switch to VFO A

        2. Select VHF or UHF by using the Band key

        3. Select the receive frequency you want to store

        4. Press Menu, type 27, and press Menu again

        5. Select an empty memory position (000 127) by using the Up or Down key

        6. Press Menu to store the receive frequency

        7. Press the Exit key

        8. Select the transmit frequency

        9. Press Menu, type 27, and press Menu again

        10. Press Menu once more.

        Switch to memory mode by pressing the VFO/M key and test your work. These simple examples do not cover possible sub audio requirements. Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 07:19:38 +0000 To: va2acz@live.fr

  4. I picked up two of these at Dayton and they have a heat problem. During a QSO at high power they radio gets warm (not hot) and the display washes out. It’s fine again when the radio cools down, but until then its impossible to change frequency etc because you cannot see the display. I confirm that the squelch settings are useless, but I have found that you can reset the squelch by gripping the antenna which lowers the receiver input and causes the squelch to close from lack of signal. If your repeater does not encode CTCSS output then I suggest you do not buy this radio. The heat problem is a factor in Arizona for sure. If you live in Minnesota or someplace cool, it may not bother you.

    • Yes, I heard about the display heat problem. I’m able to replicate that, but I’ll have to talk for an extreme amount of time. I know Arizona well, a completely different climate. Which I love, BTW.

      Hans

    • Gi’day Len
      Thanks for the reply and info.
      I have set up all the Frequencies now by using the Programing Cable but have not had time yet to test through repeaters.
      I did notice that if the UV-5R gets warm in the car in the sun happens to get on it the display is impossible to read until it cools down.
      I guess for the price of $59 Aussie Dollars I cant complain.
      Regards
      Don
      vk2dw@hotmail.com

    • hi len i just bought a uv-5r and looking through youtube and these forms if you use the C.H.I.R.P.S. system then you will run into the squelch problem along with other promblems \. hope this helps

      collyn hoy

  5. Great price and great radio as it is But needs a decent earphone and mic the one that came with it . Well its not even suitable for a lucky bag LOL

    Os

    • I’ve seen worse than the supplied earphone/mic supplied with the UV-5R. Actually I’m surprised that this accessory is included, especially when you take the price of the UV-5R into account.

      Hans

  6. I have manually programed one repeater into my memory , But it only gos in as a channel number. Is there a way to change that to frequency readout ? Thanks Hermy KC7ISC

  7. Thank you for help :-) It’s possible to store 1750hz tone? I don’t know how to make! For now, i can do this only with press “band” button, but everytime i must to do this, ptt-band, ptt-band, ptt-band… :-)

    • No, you can’t store the 1750Hz tone. The repeaters I know need to ‘hear’ the tone only once in order to open them. After that you don’t need the burst tone, but the repeaters in your location might be different.

      I know that modern Yaesu radios have the option to send a 1750Hz tone every time you press the PTT button.

      Hans

      • Want to delete 000 and 127 go to menu 28 DEL-CH select the channel you want to get rid of.

        Gary Raygor n0zqh

      • Hey hans im in south africa will I be able too run this radio over here,I just bought one,im an icom user…but want to try this,we run in vhf 127mhz

  8. i have the problem of the mem ch displaying only ch-000 after i try to store VFO data in a mem 000. it seems to receive, but will not xmit… it does fine in VFO mode. also the MR mode the freq is not displayed, only ch-000 after i store the VFO info into mem loc 000??? help .. this radio is for a new ham reply, kc6soc@ arrl.net

    • Both memory position 000 and 127 seem to have a special status. A reset (menu 40) doesn’t clear the factory contents. Yet it is possible to program them by using the Baofeng or Chirp software.

      Something I didn’t try in manual mode is storing the frequency twice into the same memory position, just like what you would do to store repeater in- and outputs. Maybe worth a try.

      Hans

  9. Hi Hans your instructions worked vey well for programming the UV5R they got me my first contact in under 30 min so thanks again and I can’t wait for the dummies manual.
    Cheers
    Wayne KB1YFQ
    kb1yfq@gmail.com

  10. Sir Hans, is it ok if i use a 11.1volt Li-Ion battery? will it increase the power output of the UV-5R? thanks

  11. No, the only effect will be that the electronics, and mainly the PA module will fail prematurely. The UV-5R is designed to operate at 7.4 volts +/- 1 volt. Freshly charged batteries will deliver up to 8.2 volts for a very short time, and the design can handle this fine.

    Apart from that, the theoretical (slight) increase in power output would have no effect at all. You need to multiply the power output by a factor of 4 before you gain one lousy s-point, which translates to 6dB. That would be noticeable, but only just.

    Hans

  12. thank you for the insights sir Hans…. what would you suggest to increase or improve the TX/RX gain of the unit? my area is surrounded with trees and hills, will it help replacing the antenna? Btw, has anyone tested the effective range of the unit on both bands? another thing sir Hans, what band is effective to use along forests and hills? TIA

    • Some antennas do a somewhat better job, such as the Nagoya NA-701. Forests and hills will always degrade the range – and fast. A rule of thumb: higher frequencies are more susceptible to obstructions than lower frequencies. Hence, the UV-5R will likely perform better on VHF than it will on UHF. VHF power output is a bit higher too, 4 Watts vs 3 Watts.

      If you use one UV-5R as a base station, a good antenna on the roof will increase your range substantially. That won’t be of much help if both parties are hiking though. You can’t bend the rules of physics ;)

      Hans

  13. hehehe… noted sir Hans. thanks for your help sir. thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge and expertise. be safe sir! :)

  14. Question : when I transmit the LED indicator glows red and during receive it glows green . I never really noticed during a transmission what color the indicator really was so thought I would ask, I know it is a stupid question but stupid question are my forte
    Thanks

    • Yes, that’s correct. Occasionally you also might notice that the red LED starts flashing while transmitting. This happens about 10 seconds before the TOT (Time Out Timer) kicks in and serves as a visual warning.

      Hans

  15. I gotta say, I can’t wait for the dummies manual for this thing, as the instruction book that comes with is pretty terrible. Without your blog post, I wouldn’t be able to do much on this radio.

  16. Hi Hans, Have you had any problems with the transmit section , it seems as though the transmit section is not functioning, on my unit. any suggestions ?

    • No issues whatsoever with the 10 or so units I ordered for myself and others.

      Try a reset first. If that doesn’t help, you might have a dud.

    • Repeater shifts can only be set in 10KHz steps. That’s the case with most hand helds, if not all. If your repeater uses a non-standard (odd) shift, you won’t be able to access it while in VFO mode.

      You can program the repeater output and input frequency into one of the memory channels though. Because TX and RX frequencies are stored separately into memory, you can make any shift you want.

      Hans

  17. Hi Guys, I’m just starting out on the Ham Radio Journey and thought what better way to get to know things is to have a play, while reading the foundation licence now! book, prior to going on a weekend course… this seemed a great way to start, especially if you’ve not long been made redundant and the budget is tight… obviously I have not, and will not press the transmit button, not until I have my licence, but I thought it would be good to listen to the experts and experienced users through this nice little budget radio. My problem is I’ve only picked up some faint voices once using the scan function which I eventually worked out what to press from reading stuff on the web and watching a couple of youtube videos… the problem I’m having is understanding what the difference is between the band button and the A/B button… I can see the numbers on either A row or B row change to a range from 140 or 440 when you press the band button, I presume this is VHF and UHF, but when I press the A/B button it goes onto the other row, top or bottom and I can press the Band button again… I’ve read that I need to change the step to 12.5 for VHF and 25 for UHF but if I try to change it it only seems to work partly and when I press the band button again the steps are either 25 for both A or B or 12.5 for both A or B… I may be just getting this completely wrong as I don’t really understand Amateur Radio yet, and the foundation book doesn’t cover this little handful… I’d love to press the scan button and maybe just pick up a QSO, if that’s the right terminology, hope so… you’re all probably having a laugh at this post but I’d really appreciate some guidance please… surely it can’t be that difficult, or is it?

    Kind regards

    David

    • A bit too many questions, but I’ll give it a try. The channel spacing is set for a certain VFO, not for a certain frequency range. A good way to program this correctly is to set up VFO A for use in VHF, and VFO B for use in UHF and keep it that way. Select VFO A and set the desired channel spacing for VHF. Then switch to VFO B and set the channel spacing for UHF.

      Not every part in the world is packed with amateur radio stations, and the small antenna on the UV-5R will only pick up local traffic. You might need to set up an outdoor antenna if you want to receive more. A small Diamond X30 would do fine. Larger antennas might overload the UV-5R’s receiver.

      Most important: try to find a local HAM radio club. If you want to get involved, nothing beats a gathering of experienced HAM’s.

      Hans

      • Thank you so much Hans, I wasn’t sure whether or not to expect an answer to my waffle, I’ll have another go at the setting up bit and i am joining a local club, there’s one in Stafford here in the UK… much appreciated… 73′s as they say…

        and a very Kind regards also

        David

  18. When I try to program my new UV-5 I can set everything up in freq mode and tell it to store the chan in lets say the 001 spot but when I switch back to chan mode my repeater shift and diff did not store. can anyone give me a clue as to what AI am doing wrong?

    • Hi Josh,

      did you follow the instructions on my blog to the letter? The UV-5R doesn’t store shifts, you have to program the repeater output and input separately into the same memory position.

      Hans

  19. hye i got a problem to connect my new UV-5R with motorola the motorola frequency is 454.287 DIG can u help me..

    • I have no idea what you mean by ‘DIG’. If it stands for ‘Digital’, you might not be able to communicate with the Motorola. You probably have to set the channel spacing to 12.5 KHz before selecting that frequency. The instructions in this blog post should help you further.

  20. Hi Hans! Could you explain how to delete channels from the Baofeng UV-5R? I’ve been trying with no luck and the directions that came with the radio don’t seem to show how to do that. Thanks es 73 de NR3G (Brent)

  21. ok, getting into the hand programming for the australian UHF channels 1-40, 125kHz width.

    * how can I check the frequencies assigned to a channel?
    * for the repeater channels 1-8, how can I switch duplex mode on and off?

    oh oh, hope the display heat problem will do in the summer outback….

    DK

    • Hi,

      When you programmed the UV-5R manually, switching over to memory mode will show the assigned frequencies. You can’t switch off duplex mode while in memory mode. You can do that in VFO mode though.

      Yes, the display can be a pain in hot environments. Most other radios have the display mounted in the middle, under the PA module. The UV-5R’s display is mounted above the PA module, which makes matters even worse.

  22. Hi! How can i send a 1750 Hz tone to a repeater ?

    And which settings should i use to send on PMR ?

    And the last question, what is the difference between Wideband and Narrowband ?

    Hope u can help me :D

    Greets from Austria

    • Hi Philip,

      1750Hz tone: Press the ‘Band’ key while pressing the PTT button.
      For PMR, use a 6.25KHz channel spacing and start at 446.00625 MHz (Channel 1).
      Wideband is used for a channel spacing up to 25KHz, narrow for 12.5KHz of less. Listen to stations in order to find out whether narrow will work for you or not. If stations start to drop audio, leave it on Wide.

      • Hans,
        according to wikipedia PMR446 uses 12,5khz steps, it does use 6,25khz but only in the DMPR (digital) part of the PMR regulation.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PMR446

        @Andor: technically Wikipedia’s explanation is right, but very confusing to UV-5R owners. The spacing between the first eight channels is 12.5KHz, true, but entering exact frequencies is only possible when channel spacing is set to 6.25KHz. So, 6.25KHz it is.

        Hans

  23. I did the reset as you described in step 3. Now my radio speaks Chinese. How do I get English back? : )

    • Hahaha, true. When I was writing this post, only English was supported. Go to menu 14 and select the language of choice.

  24. Hans, When storing repeater frequencies do I set the receive with no offset and then set the transmit with?
    For example. 145.550 no offset receive Then 145.550 +/- 0.600 with possible CTCSS? I read of people setting a transmit frequency on a different channel.

    The other thing I heard is that you can accidently transmit on a police frequency you have store if things aren’t set right….. can you comment on this.

    • Forget about setting the offsets before programming a repeater. Just enter the repeater output (including CTCSS if needed) and program that frequency first in, for example, position 001. Then repeat this procedure for the input, and also program this in memory position 001.

      If you have the voice prompt on, you will actually hear her say “Receiving memory” and “Transmitting memory” respectively, which should be translated to “Storing RX frequency” and “Storing TX frequency”. Don’t you just love these puzzles? ;)

      I have no idea about your police frequencies. If these are in frequency range of the UV-5R, there is a risk. Here in NL it’s impossible, as the police operates on totally different frequencies.

      • I read that the sjerp software has a function to “block” transmitting on frequencies programmed into the unit.
        Will receive mine today so can’t confirm this.

    • if you program your radio in chirp and set the duplex mode to “off” it will prohibit transmitting if the unit is on that channel.
      I have tested and confirmed this yesterday.
      Effectively it sets the TX frequency to 000.000mhz.
      The U-5R nicely error beeps when pressing the PTT button.

  25. Hi
    I have old PMR446 phones witch can’t hear BF-UV5R phone. Other way it’s working fine. One is Kenwood TK-3301 and other old Cobra. What setting I should change to get work transmission between phones. Freg. is 446.006.25 what I have tested

    • Are you sure that the Kenwood and Cobra aren’t using CTCSS or DCS, also known as ‘privacy codes’?

      If so, switch them off, or set the same code on the UV-5R.

  26. The DTMF pad has a blue label indication a “function” key button. How do you activate the “function” key.

    • It looks more interesting than it really is. These are menu shortcuts. Press ‘Menu” + the function you want change. Menu + 8 for example brings you to the ‘Beep’ menu.

  27. I got a UV-5R with a programming cable and software, but the software can’t seem to communicate with the radio, it gives an error message: “Fail connect with transceiver.” What software and whose cable (maker) are folks using that have it working? My sw is “UV-5R Series Program Software” (no clue who wrote it, no help about or anything), my cable says “www.radioshop888.com”, which is the company I bought the radio from on eBay. Has anyone made this combo work? Any tips? Any other sw or cable or both I should try?

    • Hello Dave.
      I have read on a number of helpfull UV5R sites about this problem.
      Try rubbing off some of the surround on the cable where it joins your radio,as this may make the conecton100%.It might just need a thousandth of a milimeter taking off.
      This could well be the easy fix you require,and wont hurt anything if not.
      Good luck.

    • its probably a boot leg cable still usable t download chirp software its free
      also check the factory program comes up using com3 chech device manager i have to switch my program to com 2 (communications menu on top) do the same with the cable on the device drivers screen( then it works .try chirp

      • Hi,
        I have 2 UV5 hand helds. One can only be programmed with the standard software, and the other only using chirp. I have no idea why, but try the other program based on what you are currently using.

        Hope that assists,

        Gavin

  28. Now I am more puzzled. My driver version is 2.0.2.1 which seems to be plenty old, so it “shouldn’t” be a driver issue, my cable seems to seat just fine. Curiouser and curiouser….

    • I assumed your driver for the USB-Serial cable was OK. If the cable is present in the hardware list of Windows, and there’s no exclamation mark, the driver should be fine. If not, your next action depends on the version of Windows. Sometimes you must delete the standard Windows driver before installing the correct one. Windows 7 seems to be problematic at times.

      Under XP I had the stuff running in seconds, as under Linux in combination with Chirp software.

  29. OK, here is some new info. The Baofeng sw seems to work OK now (no idea why it started working), but both CHIRP and KG-UV Commander fail. With a diagnostic that seems to imply they are having difficulty communicating with the radio. I have not struggled thru the CHIRP csv doc yet, so I care less about it, I can load my data into KG-UVC, so that is my preference to get going. Any clues?

  30. I’m having my own headach, I cant get either progrom to work. The 2.2 ver of CHIP does not appear to support UV5. The Baofeng sw starts wwith a ??????????1024×768 I figure thats my video settings….I dont get to see whole screen when I try to run it it will not recognize the port. Anything else out there.. (;^]>

  31. Well the headach is back. I installed the above file after uninstalling the others. went into the program selected com port and ver 5r I went to download from radio and nothing. Waited 3 minutes hit cancel and all hell broke loose. Good olde blue sprang up dumped a series of stuff on the screen then rebooted…Ok what am I doing wrong. Yes the radio was on at the time I tried to dl also tried the cloning feature. There you have it thanks for listening……Until next time. Chou

  32. Well got the program working YES!!!

    Come to find out that I can scan from 100mhz to 500mhz without missing a beat. Has anyone tried to program airlines or 220 with any results? Now I’m talking scanning only..

    Thanks

    • I would only try that if I knew how to block transmitting on these frequencies as well.
      How did you set it up to scan these bands too?

      • I was able to scan via frequency mode. Program 100.000mhz in the vhs portion and press and hold the scan button. Depending on your STEP (menu#2) will show how fast you scan.

        BTW; when using the CHIRP software you cant enter the AIR Freqs because the software gives you an “OUT OF RANGE” ERROR. I programmed them into the radio then uploaded to the program…… Need to find out if they cracked the “OUT OF RANGE” ERROR problem…..

      • tried inputting the 100.00 frequency, but my UV-5r will not allow that.
        It may be a bug with your unit, an interesting one at that.

      • You might want to check out what ver. you have by pressing the #3 and turning the radio on I have BFB251, then shut it off press #6 and turn it on and view another statement 1204171 VER-05… If it’s a bug its a good one ;^)

  33. I put in the freq, with the ctcs, save it. And then put in the freq for the tx shift and save it. But the uv5r shows a + and a – on the ch select screen when I look at the channel I saved both into. It that normal? It adjusts when I PTT and talk out, so I guess it is. I just need to catch someone on the repeater to verify it.

  34. Hello,

    Question? I’ve read that you can save radio broadcast channels. I can do this with the software but the radio does not play the broadcast…Any suggestions..

    Thanks

  35. Hi,
    great guide, but I have a small problem. I have followed your guide, but I can’t save any frequency. When I am in 27 part of menu I press MENU button to acess memory channels, I choose the channel and click MENU again and nothing happens.
    Can you help me ? Thx in advance

    • Hi,

      either the channel position isn’t empty (you can’t overwrite existing contents), or you’re trying to program out of VFO B. Only VFO A can be used for programming.

  36. Hi Hans I’ve been reading many blogs here and I’m still stuck on Setting up and programming my UV-5R.For right now I just want to set up to Storing RX frequency” and “Storing TX frequency” which I think are the same. Our unit uses the UHF 462 frequency and they told me to use the simple format I thought I did but all I get is incoming but no outgoing calls. This is a family Frequency that our search and rescue club uses. I just want to be able to receive and send out messages. Could you help me here? I’m just an ole lady that is just now starting out using ham and getting my first license this month!

    • I suspect that your club uses FRS/GMRS radios with ‘privacy codes’ installed. These codes are called CTCSS or DCS on your Baofeng. A simple test: ask them to remove the privacy code temporarily. Transmit again. If they hear you, your Baofeng is fine, but needs to reprogrammed with the same code as all the other radios.

  37. Hello,

    It appears I lost the ability to transmit voice through the radio speaker. Now the ear piece/mic works fine. I did a factory reset and still nothing. So where do I go from here. Am I SOL???

    • By inserting a speaker/mic you push aside some contacts in the Baofeng. These contacts should revert to the original position when you remove the external microphone. Apparently the contact responsible for connecting the internal microphone again didn’t revert to its original position, hence contact is lost.

      You might have to open up the Baofeng and correct it by hand. Some people just insert the external microphone a number of times, after which the problem solved itself. I never had this problem myself, so I don’t know if that works or not.

      • Thanks for the insight Hans, It’s exactly what happened…. After I used the speaker mike a couple of times I found that the internal mike went back to normal. Good to know where the problem was I thought I may have blown something and needed to send the radio back…..Again thanks much!!!!!!!!!

  38. Thanks for all your helpful information. I have a problem, in that I have loaded the software, drivers etc. The problem I am having is that the software reads from the radio, however I am unable to write to the radio. Each time I try to program the radio, The clone box flashes up and disappears again.

    Any thoughts or assistance would be gratefully received,

    Thanks, Gavin

    • Gavin,
      I had that problem and still do on the first try yet when I load it a second time immediately after that it loads. I also load whats in my radio to the computer first, make my changes then load to the radio it works. When The clone box flashes up and disappears immediately load it again.

      Goog luck,

      • Gavin,

        you’ll have to find someone local who can figure out and fix software problems. I can’t from a distance – too many unknown factors.

      • Hi Al,

        Thanks, I think I will keep playing and see if I can figure out what is happening or more importantly, what I am doing wrong. I will update you all if I get this figured out!!

        Thanks to all

        Gav

  39. Hallo Hans, hoe kan ik de 100khz stapjes kleiner maken bij ontvangst van de 65-108mhz band??ik kan dit nergens in het manual vinden.
    73”Rob PD0JMY

    • Hallo Rob,

      dat kan niet. Dit deel is WFM; 100KHz is de kleinste stapgrootte. De UV-5R is dus niet geschikt voor ontvangst van de 4 meter band.

      De UV-5R bestrijkt meer dan onze eigen FM band. Het bereik is afgestemd op de Japanse norm.

  40. Hi

    I am programming Duplex frequencies but they are saving but I cannot get the UV-5R to transmit If I swap the frequencies around put output as receive and receive as out put I can transmit but cant receive I am lost

    Steve Brown

  41. I had a problem with the reset of the UV-5R and now I lost english and only get chinese voice operations. I used the setting up UV-5R commands.,any idea on how I can get the english language back.

    • Hi Michael,

      in menu 14 you can set the language of your choice. When this article was written, only English was supported.

  42. Sorry Hans, I am setting an input frequency and out put frequency for example channel 1 is the output frequency for the repeater 476.425 channel 31 is the input frequency for the repeater 477.175 i use a .75 + offset when I transmit I am not being heard on the receive frequency and on testing I am not registering a signal, however if I use the input frequency to transmit I register a signal on the output frequency on a test radio but obviously cannot hear any replies to my transmission as I am not on the input channel of the repeater.
    Could it be that my signal is not reaching the repeater which is approx 30 Kms away.
    I don’t seem to have this problem on 2mtr or 70 cm’s.
    Regards,

    Steve Brown

    • 30 kilometers is a lot. Unless you have perfect line of sight (no obstructions), this is almost impossible. You could try to use an outdoor antenna.

  43. redrod ernie
    Just bought the 5R. I love it I think..
    Tryed the reset, then went to change language to English via up/dn button no luck. The choice never came up for “engilsh” everything else came up but not “English” What do I try next. I did all this via the radio.
    Not brave enough YET to try computer programing

    Thnx

    • HI Pete,

      Hopefully you will have better luck than I did I downloaded the drivers followed all the instructions and it still did not work through the PC tried all the software available still didnt work ended up just doing it bby hand very simple and a lot less frustrating.

  44. Maybe someone has had my problem I have the driver for the cable working fine. And have install the software for programing, but the software keeps telling me after I hit read data from radio READ–WRITE operating with transceiver then I get another pop up saying Fail connect with transceiver. The radio is turned on I have the right drivers installed and even bought a Kenwood cable with the disc instead of the cheap cable.

    • Yes Michael I have exactly your problem have done everything you did to try and resolve it and yes I still get the message Fail connect to transceiver I have given up and programmed it manually very slow process but a lot less frustration.

      • Hi all. I had the same issue. Check the block connecting the progeamming cable to the radio. I had to shave about 0.5mm from the back facing side of the block to enable it to plug properly into the radio. On doing this, it programs like a dream!

    • Found an answer to my problem was using the wrong Radio programing software version. I went to the Radioshop888 and downloaded the Firmware BFB291 with installer (China ). After installation I got a different icon on my computer , when I opened it up It had question marks where words are supposed to be. I clicked on the ?? mark second from the left and changed language to english after that it read my radio just fine.

  45. Hi,i am having problems programing in memory the set-d,i am trying to put in 147.225 rx 147.825 tx when i try and put to memory it does not save the sft-d +,what am i doing wrong
    Thank you
    Geoff

    • Don’t set the shift in the menu. The UV-5R doesn’t store shifts into memory.

      Program the repeater output first into a memory position, then program the repeater input into THE SAME memory position.

      Don’t forget to empty the memory position before programming (use menu 28).

  46. I just bought the UV-5R and was wondering if it could be programmed to pickup and transmit to railroad radios and if so…how?

  47. hello, can someone help me with setting privacy codes for uv-5r, I am new at this and don’t really have a hang on it. I have set dtcs code and it updates fine, but the problem is that the other radio that is set on the same frequency chanel 3 for example can still hear us, but when he transmits we do not. Can someone help me with how to set the values in the chart for a closed conversation. I am using chirp software. Thanx

    • There are a few menu items you might want to check.

      Menu 23 (BCL, Busy Channel Lockout) should be set to ‘Off’. When set to ‘On’, the UV-5R won’t transmit while a carrier is present.
      I also set menu both 35 (STE) and 36 (RP-STE), to ‘Off’. STE stands for Squelch Tail Elimination. Although getting rid of the squelch tail in itself is a nice feature, it slows down switching between RX and TX considerably.

    • Frequency range of the UV-5R is 136-174 MHz and 400-470 MHz. There are slight differences, some models go up to 480 or 520MHz. Check the specs supplied by the seller.

  48. I recently purchased a UV-5R and have been programming it using the cable with my computer. By the way, Windows 7 works fine. Also used CHIRP in Linux. I was happy with the radio. Works fine so I purchased another one for my son. I can programme it all okay from keyboard or computer. The problem is, it will NOT transmit on any frequency. I tried all setting in the menu and no luck. It just beeps when the transmit button is pushed. HELP
    Radiobob

  49. I can not get the radio out of channel mode into VFO. The Menu buton does not work – just beeps and stays in channel mode. Using Unix so the software is useless to me. Anyone have any ideas??

    • LOCK KEY! Held # button down for a couple of seconds and “Unlocked” the keypad! Nice to know! Now the menu key works!

  50. Hi i bought one of these radios and am wondering how to program it for basic licence free frequencies in Ireland any help would be great.

    • You’re not the first to ask this, and probably not the last. You aren’t allowed use this radio without a license. The frequencies you put in don’t matter.

      Having said that, look up PMR frequencies and program them as written in this post.

      • Thanks for your reply ,ive checked and it seems its ok to use these for pmr446 in ireland ,ive put in the frequencies and can recieve from another radio but when i transmit it only works if i press the mon button on my motorola xtni,any help i would be gratefull

  51. Hallo Hans,
    I’ll write in english since your whole site is in english.
    I came across the bf-uv5r on a foreign website. I would like to buy it, but can I just use it here in Nederland or do I need a license?
    Or are they totally illegal here?
    It looks like you have one. Do you use it in Nederland? Are you pleased with it? Did you buy it from a foreign website?

    Alvast bedankt voor je antwoord
    Met vriendelijke groet,
    F

    • Ik winkel gewoonlijk bij de 409shop of eBay. Nooit problemen gehad.

      Denk er wel aan dat, als je pakketje door de douane wordt onderschept, je 21% aan BTW moet afdragen PLUS 12,50 aan inklaringskosten (PostNL).

      Het is dan opeens een veel duurdere porto dan je in eerste instantie dacht.

      P.S. Zowel reacties in het Engels als in het Nederlands zijn prima!

    • Hallo Hans,
      Nou ik heb ze ontvangen de uv-5re. Maar doe ik iets verkeerd of is het bereik echt maar zo’n 500meter?

      Ik ben ook volledig nieuw op dit gebied en snap helemaal niet van al die afkortingen. VOF ? Wat is dat nou weer?
      Is er ergens een lijst te vinden met veklarende tekst? Ik heb al een beetje gezocht maar kan niets vinden. Waarschijnlijk omdat dat voor iedereen appeltje eitje is.

  52. Hi, I’ve just bought a Baefeng UV-5RC which came pre-programmed with channels including the UK PMR 446 channels. My problem is they are all set for low power (L). If I go into the menu it appears to let me change it to high power (it says ‘confirmed’), but when I go back to use it, it’s still set at low. I tried programming the PMR 446 channels again into spare channel slots with the high setting, but when I try to type in the frequency, 446.00625 comes out as 446.000 (though the voice says the final ’6′).

    I can use the PMR channels on high when in VFO mode but would like to be able to save them (or change the pre-programmed ones to high)

    • The power output is stored in memory and can’t be changed by simply overwriting it.

      What you have to do is:
      1. Write down the frequencies
      2. Go to VFO mode and set channel spacing to 6.25KHz (menu 1)
      3. Delete a memory position (use menu 28)
      4. Set the correct frequency in VFO A (upper display) with high power activated. You might have to use the Up or Down button to get the right frequency, as the UV-5R rounds down in this channel spacing.
      5. Write settings into the same memory position you just cleared. (use menu 27)

      Good luck!

      • I have another problem. After menu > 28, I try to select a channel using the up/down arrow keys, but instead of cycling through channel numbers, it just cycles through the menu options.

      • Go to menu 28 and press Menu again. Now you can change the parameters (in this case channel number) with Up and Down. Press Menu once more to confirm.

  53. This is a US question- can these radios be programmed for 2+2 paging, like Motorola Quick Call II? Our little volunteer fire dept is looking for alternatives to the $400 motorola pagers, and these might do the trick. We’d also get firefighter-to-firefighter transmit which is a huge plus.

  54. Hello every body. Please help me with a small problem: how do I program TX and RX freq. into my Baofeng UV-5R? I have followed all the information i found to the letter and it seems that I can receive but can’t transmit! For the example I want to store the PMR channel No 1 (446.00625 Mhz). What I do is: switch to UHF band, A display, input the freq on a 6,25 k step, press menu +27, select a channel number, press menu again to store it and then do it all over again one more time. Nothing works! Do I do something wrong?

    • If you can receive it means you have programmed the frequency properly. Your transitter probably requires and undertone carrier tone to transmit. I have not figured out how to determine what that tone is, nor how to program it yet.

  55. Hello I have been told that on the UV-5R you can lock off frequencies so you can’t transmit is this true? if so how can you do this.

    Thanks

    Steve Brown

  56. Just bought the uv-5 was wondering what would be the best way to set it up to talk to my hunting group ?i ran into a group of guys this year and theirs worked real well but I don’t know how to get ahold of them to see how theirs are set up

  57. when they say you can not program a frequency until you delete. so menu 28 menu pix the channel you want delete that one. you can use the up down or go back start over and when you get menu 27 menu part use the one you deleted ,,,,,,mine had 22 preprogrammed no idea why took them out now i can program the ones i what .hope that helps kc9szj,,,,,,

  58. Best 73s to all… i ve been reading a few comments and now i just dont understand…sorry if my english is not so clear… i am yv2afc tony from venezuela and i own a UV-5R i would like to know if this radio can TX and RX the AIR band from 110 mhz o 125 mhz ? also would like to know if anyone has the software to run the mods. i will preciate if you share with me to do tests yv2afc@hotmail.com many thanks in adavnce and merry christmas… i am very happy that the world did not end yet !

      • no you can NOT progam channels at that frq sorry

        On Sat, Dec 22, 2012 at 6:25 AM, Ham Radio Blog PD0AC wrote:

        > ** > Hans commented: “Hi Tony, no it can not transmit nor receive in the air > band.”

  59. I have several repeater freqs. stored in memory. How can I transfer one to VFO?
    I don’t want to have to enter it in VFO every time I want to talk on a different freq.

    • make sure the + – are right then make sure offset is right then make sure that the t-cts is right for your area. then try on vfo first if it works then put it mem; good luck 73s kc9szj

    • sorry but the + – are the direction the offset will go,it has to know to add 00,600 or subtract 00.600 if 00.600 is right for your area,c-cts is the tone to open the repeater,, 131.8 hz for my area,all this has to be right for it to work

  60. I apologize for the stupid question. I am in the US and new to amateur radio (currently studying for my first license and just want to listen for now). I have the BaoFeng UV-5R and am trying to listen in to my local repeater. Here are the frequencies listen on the local clubs website:

    NF4GA-R repeater : 145.47 (-) PL 100.0Hz
    NF4GA-R repeater : 444.475 (+) PL 100.0Hz
    NF4GA-R repeater : 927.0125 (-) PL 146.2

    How do I program my BaoFeng to listen in on this repeater?

    Thank you!

    • Just choose a channel spacing of 5 KHz and enter the first two frequencies you mentioned by hand. Put one in VFO A and one in VFO B. Don’t worry about + / – and PL tones (you just want to listen).

      The third frequency can’t be entered in this model.

  61. hi hans, quick question about the reply above, what menu option is the channel spacing opetion , to set the 5 khz ?
    thank you

  62. I was wondering can the baofeng uv5r be used to just listen for railroad listening?and if so what would be the range to pick up the signal?

    • If these frequencies are within the frequency of the UV-5R – yes. Range is impossible to predict. It depends on many factors, such as TX power of the stations you want to listen to, their (and your) antenna height, and obstacles. It could easily be less than a mile in a rural area with lots of buildings to 10 miles or more when you have free line of sight.

      • ok thanks,I live in the boonies its over 25 miles to the closest rail yard, and the freq starts at 159.810 to 161.565, and I have ordered a better antenna. well thanks and hope you had a happy new year,

      • a real nice outdoor antenna,,jpole or a slimjim,, but you can make one very easy lot of online sites that will show you how 73s kc9szj

  63. Hello, I’m completely new to HAM radio and I just had a couple questions, I just bought a Baofeng uv-5r+plus. I’m having a problem, whenever I input a frequency for a repeater etc I can hear static etc, but when i begin receiving it cuts out and I hear nothing. I was on the phone with a friend and he started a transmission and I could hear it over the phone on his end but not on my radio, also my radio would cut out like it was receiving but I wouldn’t hear anything, then when he was done talking I would hear a bit of static again. like listening to a scanner but when when receiving I hear nothing.
    I’m getting my license this month and I’m super excited, but here is my other question, I’ve programmed in 22 channels of FRS/GMRS FRS and GMRS frequencies and I can hear regular walkie talkies through my baofeng now, but I haven’t even pushed the transmit button yet because I don’t know if its legal for me to even use this radio without a license. Is it legal for me to ONLY use these channels to basically just use it as a walkie talkie?

    Thanks everyone!

  64. I have the Baofeng UV5r plus and have put in memory channels 000 to 065 but when in scan it will only scan ch 000 to 24 and jumps to 127 skipping over the other channels. How can I scan all my programed channels?

  65. hi Just got a UV-5RA..might have a ;emon,,when turning on it imediatly goes into transmit mode,,,,anyone have an Idea?
    brand new out of the box

    • Your UV-5R might be defective. The reason it does that is a short-circuit in or around the 3mm jack. Some people solved it by inserting a 3.5mm plug a few times. If that doesn’t help, there’s a problem on the circuit board.

  66. These steps don’t even begin to work. The repeater instructions leave you in the menu selected mode. There’s no way that the procedure ties the tx/rx frequencies. It should be rx and then offset or tx then offset but all these do is replace the receive as simplex with the tx as simplex.

  67. Hello Hans, lighthouse in the night. I’ve bought an UV-5r, Firmware BFB293. I’ve followed your directions on how storing a frequency in channel mode, (I went thru the yahoo page and your blog), but at the time to push for the last time the “menu” key to get the channel saved, it just “beeps”, doesn’t say “confirmed” and the channel it’s not memorized. I’ve ordered the programming cable to bypass this block (hopefully), but actually I’m the middle of nothing. Can you help me?
    Appreciate your work, thnx.

    • Make sure the HT keypad isn’t locked, it’s not in FM radio mode, the memories are empty and you’re only using VFO A.

      Otherwise I can’t think of much, unless the radio is defective.

  68. A partial hoorey! I’ve been able to memorize one first channel, but when i wanto memorize another frequency, it keeps saving the first one memorized. Do you think programming with the cable could help or should i send back the rdio to amazon? I’m sorry to bother you and the blog friends, but i’m very passionate about radios.
    I own, even if i don’t use it, I have no license but i’m very strict on giving no trouble on air. My radios are: 1 Drake T/R 4, 1 BC342, 1 icom IC28, 2 SEM 35, 2 AN/PRC 26, 1 Marconi MH191 1 Rcvr Geloso G209 and various handel VHF/UHF. And Baofeng, that’s driving me crazy.
    P.S. I spend my holyday yearly in your wonderful country.

  69. Hi,
    You seem to be the go-to man for answers regarding the Baofeng. I have a question that is not really a problem more of a complete misunderstanding. When I first turn the radio on I have the Display to show all the icons. On the extreme right hand side before the frequencies are displayed I have a small 75 above a small 25 in the display. I have looked through the manual and on page 10 it can clearly be seen with the description reading operating frequency. What operating frequency is it displaying? What is it trying to tell the reading impaired? Thank you. Wally

      • Hans,
        Thank you!! Where ever did you find that information? Is there someplace Baofeng actually “reveals” the use of these two numbers? The only time I see them is for about 1/4 sec during boot-up and in the manual on page 10. You are a very nice and extremely knowledgeable fellow. Thank you sir.

  70. hi Hans, I;m from Malaysia. I have 2 HT. One is tyt th-2r and the other one is uv-5r. When I;m in QSO I can detect that uv-5r rx sensitivity is less than tyt th-2r..when using uv-5r I need to use based antenna to receive signal from my local repeater while using tyt th-2r I only use rubber duck antenna and it is work well to receive the signal. Is there any suggestion to fix lack of rx sensitivity on uv-5r?

  71. hi, i have the UV-5RA and am having a programming issue through the PC. it says something similar to unable to connect to tranciever

  72. Hi, I commented above and finally got it working but i am now ruuning into some frequencies being encrypted. does this radio allow encrypted frequencies?

  73. Hi there. Have few questions. UV5R with:
    136-174 MHz – nadawanie i odbiór FM
    400-520 MHz – nadawanie i odbiór FM
    65-108 MHz – odiór radiowych stacji FM
    will work on PMR? I think this 400-520 is that what I need but want be sure. Second thing, can I set all things to use it in PMR freq on keyboard? Or I need cable? And the last, can You write step by step how to set it to PMR? I will be very graceful for all answers.

    Thank you :)

    • Yes, it will work on the PMR frequencies. Set menu 1 (Step) to 6.25KHz. After entering a frequency, you might need to use the Up button once to get it right. The UV-5R rounds down frequencies when using the 6.25KHz channel spacing. This is a well known bug.

  74. hi great blog i just purchased the uv-5r im on a fire dept in usa our frequencies are 154.250 pl 192.8 and 470.550 tone 226 dpl i programed 154.250 in channel 001 delited pre store channel 000 and 127 programed everyting for 470.550 but it will not store in any channel what am i doing wrong its driving me nuts thanks sam

  75. Hi sam, I’ve had same problem and my radio was defective and has been replaced by amazon. I suggest you to try memorize the channel via USB cable. If this fails, your radio is defective, imao.

  76. Hi, currently trialing some uv5r radios as backups for our Air ground ops. We are having trouble manual programing our 461.4625. we can hear other transmissions but are not able to transmit .

    • Your UV-5R’s probably transmit fine, but you might have to match the CTCSS / DCS codes. Their squelch won’t open unless the right sub-audio tone is heard. Ask what codes they use and set them up in your UV-5R’s too.

  77. Hi, great information on this site! A couple of questions,

    1 – After programming one or two channels, the top display reads for example CH-002, I can change the channel up and down using the arrow keys. The lower A/B display changes independently with the arrow keys, this one shows the frequency and a tiny number with the channel … I suppose this is normal and just two alternate ways of scrolling through the programmed channels?

    2 – I could not find a good way to “check my work” i.e. go back to a programmed channel and check all of the Tx, Rx, CTCSS etc settings for that channel. When I go into the menu it seems to display only the most recent settings (unless maybe I didn’t program the channel right after all … ) Have you found a way to check the settings on individual channels?

    Thanks

  78. I just purchased two of these, one is perfect. the other was reset and I input the same settings as the non-reset radio.

    The reset Radio will not go below 400.000. In Freq mode, I attempt to type in 153.11(on the 6th number, the radio says Cancel and reverts back to 400.000.

    Can anyone help me on this one?

  79. Hi Hans,

    I am trying to communicate with our other UHF radios. They are at 462.78750. When I set the freq. on uv5r it goes 462.785. When I transmit on RCA UHF radios I can hear on uv5r. When I transmit on uv5r the green light comes on the RCA but no voice. Called the company that set up radios they said freq. is 462.78750 and tone is 125. What can I do?

    Thank you in advance,
    Jeff

  80. Hi again well I figured out how to get the TX to work thanks to this heaven sent site!!! T-DCS set to 125 which is the code they set these RCA radios to. Now the freq. is 462.7875 on the RCA’s but when I try to set that freq. on the uv5r it only goes 462.785 even though I hit 462.787 when programming.. how do I fix this. It will TX and RX on this 462.785 to the RCA…. Weird. different freq but will still TX and RX??

    Thanks
    Jeff

    • Hi Jeff,

      set the frequency step (menu 1) to 6.25, then enter the frequency again. Due to a ’rounding down’ bug in the UV-5R, you might have to use the Up button afterwards to get the exact frequency.

      Hans

  81. Hello, I am looking to use my radio with some Cobra. I used the conversion table channel/frequency, but I have a question. When I press the PTT, my Baofeng to something like a dialing of 4 sound, and do it again when I release the PTT. ITs annoying, both for me and the people who receive the transmission. Do you know what’s that is?

  82. Thanks for this programming guide. I’ve used the radio for a while, and UV-5R programming is not as hard as I originally thought. You just have to get used to it. A few tips: Remember that Frequency Mode is completely different from Channel Mode. Setting a repeater offset in Frequency Mode doesn’t automatically save into Channel Mode.
    Also, the SCAN button is really handy — you can tap it to preview an offset or CTCSS tone. Thanks again for the article, 73s – KD8POH

  83. I just bought 2 of these. How would I set them up to work as “simple” walkie-talkies between each other (no repeater etc)? Is it enough to set them up to send and receive on the same channel and that’s it? What is the best frequency to use? Meaning, which frequency will travel the furthest between 2 of these devices?

    • In theory VHF would be the best bet. VHF is less sensitive to obstacles, and the power output on VHF is 4 Watts versus 3 Watts on UHF.

      • Thanks! Will it make any differenece with higher or lower frequencies in the VHF band? Distance wise. Btw, is my assumption about the setup correct?

      • Yous assumption is correct. Frequency doesn’ t matter much – I’d worry more about picking one not used by other services.

  84. Hi, can anyone help? I bought a baofeng uv5r to use it at the company i work. I am from philippines. I have the frequency to the repeater/base in our office, i receive or hear them from my radio but i could not transmit. Our base here is kenwood and motorola. But whenever i press the PTT i can the base or repeater flashes… Sorry for my grammar… Thanks for any help or comment. Hope to hear from you guys.

      • How or where can i check the base CTCSS or DCS codes? Thank you for your reply… I am new to this. Do i need a program to check our base?

    • No. You would need 2 seperate VFO’s. By using the programming software you can make ‘odd splits’ (transmitting on one band, receiving on another). There aren’t many cross-band capable hand helds made in history. In general you only see this option in mobile/base radios. Example are the Kenwood TMV-71, the Yaesu FT-8900R and Alinco DR-635.

  85. I have 2 radios here that display “CH-000” and they can communicate with each other. 2 others display “MEM CH-000” and they can communicate BUT the “CH-000” and “MEM CH-000” will not communicate. How do we fix this problem so that all 4 radios can communicate with each other?

    • Did you re-program all 4 radios or are they still filled with factory default frequencies?

      The frequencies put into the radio by the factory can vary, and so do CTCSS or DCS codes.

  86. I have seen a reference to the “UV-5R Manual for Dummies” what is the current status on that project I would be very interested in getting a copy for friends

  87. Hi Hans,

    Just looking at your initial blog entry for ‘manual programming’ it ‘looks’ fairly straight forward. My UV5R has sat around in it’s box for a few months as I have not had time to dedicate to it as yet. Initially, ‘out of the box’ regarding software/computer link up’s etc what is involved if you intend to ‘manually pro? Also, why can you not ‘overwrite’ any channels that you have previously input a frequency into??? Yeah, I know there are 128 channels, but surely you can erase and move frequiencies as you so wish??

    • Hi Stuart,

      yes, you can change the contents of a memory position, but you can’t simply overwrite it. As fas as I know the UV-5R is the only HT which requires you to erase old contents of a memory position before you can put anything else into it. Why? Only the people who designed it can tell.

      There are a few things you can’t do manually: change the start-up message and give channels a meaningful description (alpha tag them).

    • Hi Hans, my mistake….136025 :( Is there any way of returning to Factory Default channels or is there any way of programming via a PC? We are not winning at this end and will pay someone to come and set up our radios if need be :) Cheers

      • No you can’t reset the factory frequencies – fortunately! These are illegal in any country.

        I’m pretty sure you didn’t follow the instructions to the letter. Somewhere you went wrong. Start all over again and follow the instructions for setting up a simplex frequency. Do it on both radios. It WILL work. It works for the rest of the world since this article was written more than a year ago.

  88. Thanks Hans. Just noted mine is a UV5RE Plus. Is it still ok to do a reset as per your instructions above. Will it be ok with the different Firmware? Why do a reset at all? Just wondered!? What is this Channel lockout problem others have had with 000 and 127. Is it best to delete those prior to starting manual inputs? Thanks in advance.

    • All UV-5R models are internally identical, only the looks are different. A reset saves you from deleting all factory frequencies by hand. I had no issues programming channel 0 or 127.

  89. Thanks Hans – just a quick couple of questions. Am I right in saying VFO -B is largely redundant with manual programming? Also, when storing a Simplex frequency in memory (for whatever Channel) why does it recognise it as both an RX/TX, yet when storing a Repeater Frequency (in similar Channel say) it will recognise the RX first. Am I to assume the radio will recognise the first input as BOTH, until a second input, by which time it delineates between RX and TX respectively

  90. hi Hans – can’t seem to program the ‘Frequency Step’ function for each band. When I switch between each band in Frequency Mode (or Channel Mode as well) and adjust in Menu Mode, it seems to adjust both frequencies concurrently. I can’t seem to attain a situation where a 6.25 khz or 12.5 khz step is separate for the UHF and VHF bands respectively. Later Firmware 297

  91. Got this all properly set up and figured out now. Manual programming is easy with a bit of common sense applied. Top radio for the money! Was listening to Channel 16 VHF shipping traffic out in the channel yesterday. Now, must get my ham licence sorted!

  92. I recently bought baofeng uv-5r for $37au delivered (May-June, 2013). The manual is in (what I assume to be) Chinese. Voice (menu 14)only speaks Chinese and only has on/off selection, there is no “Eng” choice. I have noticed a heat problem but have not had the screen problem yet.
    I got what I paid for, not a bad little radio though.

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