Baofeng UV-5R Programming Tips (TBUG)

Baofeng UV-5R Programming Tips

The biggest frustration with these radios is that the programming sequences are different than what we are used to with the Japanese radios. I strongly recommend the programming cable and use the suppled CPS or use CHIRP software to simplify your life.

The biggest difference is that the radio is programmed using 2 separate programming efforts. First you program the receive side then the second step is to program the transmit side. In both case the frequencies entered are independent of each other.

Read the manual so you understand the menu items as its key to all of this.

To access the menu you need to press menu then the menu numbers. So for Menu #27, press (Menu) key then (2) then (7)

Once the menu is selected, the sub-menu is entered by pressing the MENU key again.

  •  After using the UP or DOWN arrow keys to make the proper selection, press the MENU key again, then the EXIT key to accept the data entered.

Quick Steps to programming success

First we want to rest the radio and make sure we have the English voice unless you understand Cantonese. Only do this when you first get the radio as it will delete all memories.

  1. Turn the radio ON
  2. GO to menu item #40 and RESET the radio
  3. Menu item #14 for either English Voice ON or Voice OFF
  4. Press EXIT on the keypad

Now you can program the local repeaters and weather channels

  1. Push orange VFO/MR button to go to Frequency mode and program in repeater frequency
  2. Press MENU then push #1 for frequency stepping. 5K for repeater use.
  3. Push #13 for CTCSS on transmit for repeater use. (Tone Encode)
  4. Push #25 for repeater shift. Options are NEG (-) POS (+) or OFF for simplex
  5. Item #26 for off shift repeater use. You want 00.600 for the ham radio repeaters.
  6. Go to item #27 to program in Memory channel
  7. Push EXIT to go to frequency mode again
  8. Program in Repeater INPUT frequency
  9. Push Menu then 27 for Memory channels
  10. Save as same channel # as repeater output.

Just use CHIRP…so much easier

chirp screenshotr


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