The majority of these notes come from my friend Teacher, who graciously decided to share them with me and authorize them to be shared with the readership here after seeing someone ask a question about programming yesterday. I supplemented it with a few additional changes I make as well under “Other Programming Changes”.


Program the Baofeng UV-5R Manually

Notes

  • This radio is reasonably priced and works well for most applications.
  • Consider buying two. You can’t practice with just one.
  • It may be wise for at least one person in each family to be licensed.
  • Get licensed so you can feel free to practice using the radio before there is an emergency.
  • COVID may be a useful emergency in that it may allow you to use the radio without a license.

Baofeng for Beginners Video

Click the link for a video explaining the basics: how to use the buttons and more. Please watch this first and the programming notes will be much easier to understand. The presenter is excellent.

Program for a Repeater

A repeater, crudely put, is the ham radio version of a cell tower.

It allows communication over greater distances.

  • Turn the radio on using the top knob.
  • Confirm you are in frequency mode (use the orange button on the front).
  • Confirm you are in VFO-A (use blue button) – the little arrow (chevron) on screen will be next to “Top Frequency.

Program Procedure

  1. Enter a frequency using the keypad.
  2. Enter “Menu,” “11,” “Menu” (confirm R-CTCS is set to off; use up/down arrows to adjust), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit,”.
  3. Enter “Menu,” “13,” “Menu” (use up/down arrows to go to desired frequency), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”
  4. Enter “Menu,” “25,” “Menu” (use up/down arrow to choose + or – ), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”
  5. Enter “Menu,” “26,” “Menu” (enter offset +/- 000.600 MHz or other), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”
  6. Enter “Menu,” “27,” “Menu” (choose memory channel), “Menu” to confirm,  “Exit.”

NOTE: The memory channel must be available. To delete a channel, use “Menu” “28”,  and then you can enter a new frequency on that channel.

When manually entering a frequency on this radio, you cannot alpha tag (name) the channel.

Transmit by pressing the PTT (push-to-talk) button on the left side of the radio.

Release the PTT button to receive.

Example

Repeater location: Newton, NJ

Frequency 147.21

Enter “Menu,” “11,” “Menu” (off), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”

Enter “Menu,” “13,” “Menu” (151.4), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”

Enter “Menu,” “25,” “Menu” (+), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”

Enter “Menu,” “26,” “Menu” (enter “000.600”), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”

Enter “Menu,” “27,” “Menu” (choose memory channel #), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”

 

Program for Simplex – Communicate Radio to Radio

  • Turn the radio on using the top knob.
  • Confirm you are in frequency mode (use the orange button on the front).
  • Confirm you are in VFO-A (use blue button) – the little arrow (chevron) on screen will be next to “Top Frequency.

Program Procedure

  1. Enter a frequency using the keypad.
  2. Enter “Menu,” “11,” “Menu” (off), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”
  3. Enter “Menu,” “25,” “Menu” (SFT-D – off), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”
  4. Enter “Menu,” “26,” “Menu” (offset – 0),  “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”
  5.  Enter “Menu,” “27,” “Menu” (select memory channel), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”

NOTE: In times of need, everyone should agree on a repeater to monitor and/or a simplex frequency to monitor. If I had a family member out and about, we would keep our radios on an agreed-upon repeater or on frequency 146.52.

 

Other Important Programming Notes

Enter “Menu,” “8,” “Beep” (off), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”

Enter “Menu,” “14,” “Voice” (off), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”

Enter “Menu,” “29,” “RT-LED” (off), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”

Enter “Menu,” “30,” “RX-LED” (off), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”

Enter “Menu,” “31,” “TX-LED” (off), “Menu” to confirm, “Exit.”

 

Resources

2 Meter National Simplex Calling Frequency – 146.52 – Monitor and use for emergencies.

Simplex frequencies – 20 kHz channels

146.400, 146.420, 146.440, 146.460, 146.480, 146.500, 146.520, 146.540, 146.560, 146.580, 146.600, 147.400, 147.420, 147.440, 147.460, 147.480, 147.500, 147.520, 147.540, 147.560, 147.580

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