I'm very new to this radio stuff and I've come across a problem.

I have two BF-888S', along with two other radios. (Binatone Terrain 750) All of which are on the same frequency and have the same settings. The problem is that whenever I transmit with of the Baofengs, the other doesn't receive it - but the other two radios do. If I transmit on the Binatones, the other three radios receive the signal. If I transmit on one of the Baofengs, the Binatones receive it but not the other Baofeng.

Like I said, all are on the same frequency. I'm using PMR446 range, if that's relevant.

Thanks in advance! Frequencies Settings

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    $\begingroup$ Hi James, and welcome to ham.stackexchange.com! $\endgroup$ – rclocher3 Jan 5 at 16:36
  • $\begingroup$ I just did this search. It looks like there are a few similar questions and answers that may help. $\endgroup$ – Mike Waters Jan 5 at 16:55

Most likely you have the CTCSS or DCS settings wrong on the Baofengs. Assuming you're trying to talk simplex and not through a repeater, turn all those settings off, and all three radios should be able to talk to each other.

I suspect the real problem is unfamiliarity with the software. I get tripped up using manufacturers' programming software. If you're using the Baofeng software, try using CHIRP instead; it's better-written, better-documented, and easier to use.

You might consider editing your question to include a screenshot of the software if you're still stuck.

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    $\begingroup$ I've messed around with Chirp, and now I can receive signals ONLY if I am holding down the monitor button. I'm guessing it's something to do with the squelch, but I've tried changing it to each value from 9 to 0. $\endgroup$ – James Jan 5 at 18:06
  • $\begingroup$ Something I should add is that the squelch seems to high when it is on NFM (narrow), as in, on the lowest setting, it doesn't pick up anything, but when on the wide option it seems to weak, even on the highest, and picks up everything/interference/static. $\endgroup$ – James Jan 5 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ The monitor button bypasses the squelch, but it also bypasses CTCSS and DCS. I know the squelch function isn't great on my UV-5R+, but the squelch on any radio shouldn't block the radio from receiving a transmission from another HT in the same room. I don't think the squelch is the problem if the radios work fine with the bogus frequencies and settings programmed into the channels by the manufacturer. I recommend you edit your question to insert a screenshot of your CHIRP settings. $\endgroup$ – rclocher3 Jan 5 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ Added two screenshots; frequencies & settings. $\endgroup$ – James Jan 5 at 19:28
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for sharing the screenshots. I presume that you tried on both FM and NFM. You clearly have CTCSS and DCS off. I'm stumped now too! $\endgroup$ – rclocher3 Jan 5 at 19:34

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