# Trouble communicating between Baofeng and Midland walkies

I'm very new to walkies and radios, and I know next to nothing. My friends and I bought a box of Baofeng 888s radios (which apparently also go by quite a few other names and manufacturers) and I'm having trouble getting them to communicate with my walkie of another brand (Midland LXT650, specifically). The problem is, when they're on the same channel, neither one picks up any chatter from the other. The Baofeng works with the other ones of its model, and the midland one works with every run of the mill department store radios I've tried it with in the past. After researching, I found out about CTCSS and DCS; I'm pretty sure the privacy is the issue. Perhaps it's the default privacy for the baofeng models?

Sometimes, I can get the radios to receive odd sound from each other, but no voice.

I realize this must be pretty vague, but if there is any advice or hint you can give me, I'd really appreciate it! Also, if I left out any important info, please let me know. Thanks!

• Where is the menu on this baofeng b-f888s radio and what channels can you hear other people or other conversations. On what is type # flash button. – Nobody Nov 27 '16 at 23:06

Good advice in the USA is to get a HAM technician license. It is a matter of taking a very simple 35 question test which would cost you up to $15 to take. The license lasts for ten years and can be renewed for free. Then take the BF-888S radios and program them for your available HAM repeater frequencies and you will be very happy with the BF-888S radios. The BF-888S radios have very simple operation with no controls other than the 16-channel knob and the volume knob and a push-to-talk button, making them an amazingly good value to use on the 70cm Amateur Radio Band and capable of 2 Watt power. The best way to use a Baofeng to communicate with any walkie talkie is to: 1. Find the frequency. Make sure you are on the right frequency by transmitting from the midland walkie talkie to your Baofeng. 2. Run a tone decoder. In the option "R-CTCS", the bafeng has a tone decoder by pressing either the # button or the * button. When the tone decoder is running, you should see the CT icon flashing. 3. Transmit on your walkie talkie, give a long dead carrier. This will give the boafeng time to search through any CTCSS tone. 4. Once the radio finds it, remember that tone, and put it on the T-CTCS menu option. 5. Now test both ways by transmitting on the baofeng and the walkie talkie. 6. Its might illegal in your country to transmit out of band on your specific frequency the Baofeng. Use caution. Several things can prevent a radio from breaking squelch. The first thing I would do is to manually break squelch (with the "monitor" button), so that you can monitor the channel. If you can't hear anything, hear only static, or only a tone then you need to verify that the radios are set to the same mode, frequency and modulation. Both should be Narrowband FM buy default, but I'm not sure if they have other options because I don't own either of them. Once you can hear voice using the monitor function then it is just a matter of turning off all of the squelch features until you find the one that is affecting you. On a Yaesu I had the "Battery Saver" mode interfere with communication. It was set to 10 seconds, so it only monitored the channel every 10 seconds. If a broadcast happened in the middle, I wouldn't hear it at all, and even a long broadcast would chop off the first bit (up to 10 seconds worth). • I just went and downloaded the manuals for both radios. I don't think that the Baofeng is Part 90 (Land Mobile Radio) or Part 95 (GMRS) certified. I believe it is only usable on Amateur Bands (Part 97). If so, it is a$10,000 fine per incident to use them on FRS/GMRS frequencies, and I expect that the FRS and GMRS frequencies are blocked internally. – Joseph Freivald May 28 '15 at 20:53