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Programming a Baofeng UV-5R Radio?

Postby RealtorHigh » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:17 pm

I recently purchased a Baofeng UV-5R radio. I can get it programed to the correct frequency Granger uses in Boulder: 158.500 and DCS of 051. Squelch was 1, then tried at 9.

When Granger tries to call me, the radio lights up, but there is no sound. Seems like things are close, but not quite there...

Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance,
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Re: Programming a Baofeng UV-5R Radio?

Postby Loopy » Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:52 pm

Did you set up both transmit and receive window the same (frequency, DCS code, etc?). Squelch 9 might be a little high...
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Re: Programming a Baofeng UV-5R Radio?

Postby RealtorHigh » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:22 pm

Yes, both set to same frequency.
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Re: Programming a Baofeng UV-5R Radio?

Postby Loopy » Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:35 pm

The only other thing my techy girlfriend can think of, is that both R-DCS as well as T-DCS need to be set up individually for both frequencies.

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Re: Programming a Baofeng UV-5R Radio?

Postby RealtorHigh » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:59 pm

Thanks Loopy! Any thoughts as to what they should be set for? I will try D051N this week.

I flew in Vail over the weekend, changed to their frequency and was able to transmit but not receive after we changed the offset from 00.600 to 00.000.... UGH, so close!!!

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Re: Programming a Baofeng UV-5R Radio?

Postby Jeff Schneringer » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:18 am

Chris-

I don't have a lot to add here, just a couple of quick thoughts. The frequency you listed in the first post is wrong - it's 158.4 MHz. I assume you knew that and it was just a typo.

Did you test transmitting and receiving on the open channel - no DCS codes?

And off topic: Welcome to the club. We need to get together and talk about where to fly in Argentina.

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Re: Programming a Baofeng UV-5R Radio?

Postby RealtorHigh » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:56 am

Thanks Jeff, yes, just a typo...

I can also try no DCS codes -- heck, I'll try anything!! :-)

Would love info on Argentina. Going to be in northern Argentina, Bolivia, northern Chile, Peru, and southern Ecuador. Not going to bring my wing, so need instructors and rental equipment.

Please txt me at 303-241-6181 or email chrisratay@gmail.com with your phone number.

Thanks!
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Re: Programming a Baofeng UV-5R Radio?

Postby RealtorHigh » Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:22 pm

OK, I think we got it to work, and thought I would share settings.... If you see anything you would change, please let me know as I really don't know what most of these settings do, but the radio Granger lent me works with these:

Frequency on top 158.400
Frequency on lower 158.400

MENU SETTINGS:
SQUELCH *********** 9 (though I've tried down to 2 as well and not sure what this does)
ROGER *********** OFF
PONMSG *********** MSG
RTT-RL *********** OFF
PP-STE *********** OFF
STE *********** OFF
TDR-AB *********** OFF
BAND *********** VHF
AL-MOD *********** SITE
TX-LED *********** ORANGE
RX-LED *********** BLUE
WT-LED *********** PURPLE
DEL-CH *********** CH-001
MEM-CH *********** CH-001
OFFSET *********** 00.000
STT-D *********** +
AUTOLK *********** ON (unlock by holding the key symbol, bottom right)
BCL *********** OFF
MDF-B *********** FREQ
MDF-A *********** FREQ
PTT-LT *********** 5
PTT-ID *********** OFF
SC-REV *********** TO
S-CODE *********** 2
DTMFST *********** DR+ANI
ANI-FB *********** 80808
VOICE *********** ENG
T-CTCS *********** OFF
T-DCS *********** OFF
R-CTCS *********** OFF
R-DCS *********** OFF
TOT *********** 60
BEEP *********** ON
TDR *********** ON
ABR *********** 5
WN *********** WIDE
VOX *********** OFF
SAVE *********** 3
TXP *********** HIGH
STEP *********** 25.OK
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Re: Programming a Baofeng UV-5R Radio?

Postby jj » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:16 pm

All radios in the US should be on Narrow bandwidth. This will avoid bandwidth problems as well as hearing noise from adjacent frequencies.
Set Menu 5 W/N to Narrow N

If you wish to tune in all available frequencies and not miss out on important channels
Set Menu 1 to 5 for 5k steps. The default has very coarse tuning probably expecting a wide bandwidth environment.

Strongly advise setting Menu item 9 TOT to 30 or less, but never more than 60 (default). This keeps radio transmissions to no more than a minute. This is very important. Too often people have stuck microphones (or somehow have jammed the transmit button on) and transmit noise for extended periods of time, making the channel useless for everyone and possibly someone that might have an emergency situation. By keeping TOT to 30 the most a stuck mic will transmit is for 30 seconds. Also keeps a stuck mouth limited to 30 seconds as well, at least for others on that channel.

This assumes you are using radios properly, and only on frequencies that your licensed for.
Even if that weren't the case, selecting N for narrow band is better for everyone. Same for TOT 30.

BTW there is no need to set things on both the upper and lower displays. These radios can easily change between Tx and Rx on either the top or bottom displayed frequency.


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