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Baofeng is a manufacturer of radio equipment. Use this tag for questions relating specifically to Baofeng products.

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Baofeng Orange Transmit light comes on by itself (triggered by sound)

I have a BTech UV-5X3 and if I yell or blow into the mic, the transmit lights (red indicator light and orange backlight) come on as though I'm hitting the PTT button. Is this normal and am I actually ...
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What power levels do the Baofeng UV-5R/5RA/5RE have? [closed]

What are the power settings of handheld radios of the Baofeng UV-5R series in watts?
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Why do Baofeng radios have such poor reception reliability?

What is the nature of Baofeng radios' poor receiver performance? This brand of handhelds has somewhat notoriously poor receivers. I hadn't noticed this much when using them for short distance simplex ...
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Can I use the Baofeng UV-5R radio with the older model RETREVIS RT-5R? They look like the exact same unit [closed]

Can I use the Baofeng UV-5R radio with the older model RETREVIS RT-5R? They look like the exact same unit.
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Easy Digi PTT circuit with Baofeng or Kenwood HT stays on after transmitting on VHF

I got my Easy Digi all wired up correctly, believe me, it took a while because of this issue. I've ruled out the FTDI controller I'm using because I can manually activate the optocoupler but supplying ...
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I’m having issues with chirp not uploading the program to my baofeng GT-3WP

I have a baofeng gt-3WP and am trying to program it in CHIRP but the tab that says upload to radio is greyed out and will not respond
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SMA 3.5mm to Baofeng or similar radio

My friend just got a 2006 Chevy Calorado and it came installed with an 3.5mm SMA cable running from the roof to under the dash. It was a park ranger vehicle so it would make sense that they needed a ...
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Baofeng UV-9R Software Trouble

I have CHIRP daily-20220103 It works great on my Baofeng BF-F8HP. When I load the Baofeng UV-9R I cannot go to the settings tab. I can get to the memories tab just fine. I decided to load the software ...
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Baofeng F8HP display setup

On the Baofeng F8HP display, which bottom or top is the RX and TX?
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Can Baofeng UV-5R HTQ scan and handle TDR (split) mode at the same time?

Today I received my first radiotelephone, Baofeng UV-5R HTQ. I saved some frequences and put the device in the MR mode. In one frequency, I make it scan through the saved frequencies, on the other one ...
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programming Pofung UV-82

As an alternative to the higher priced Motorola portables we use at our volunteer fire department, individuals have purchased several Bao Feng UV-82HP units to carry to monitor dispatch and fire ...
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Erratic behavior on Baofeng UV-5R Plus

I bought a UV-5R Plus (8 watt radio in the same casing as a normal Baofeng), and I've noticed some strange behaviors. Occasionally when I key up on my local repeater, the radio turns itself off and on ...
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Baofeng UV-82 pcb component identification

Baofeng UV-82 PCB smd component burned (marked in yellow) but cannot identify the component number or type. Google search found this page with pcb image but its different version of pcb https://...
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I'm trying to connect my Baofeng UV-5R to my 888s, UV-5 receives perfectly but can't send to the 888s. I've tried many things with no success :(

I recently purchased 6 Baofeng UV-5R radios and have been trying to connect them to my 888s radios. I've downloaded Chirp, tried programming the tones into the UV-5 but nothing seems to work. I'm very ...
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UV-5R High Gain Antenna Performance

My Baofeng UV-5R came with a shorter 6.5” antenna and a “high gain” 15.3” RH-771 antenna. In your experience, how much of a difference in range does the use of the longer antenna achieve?
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Baofeng UV-5R Scanning with Noisy Channel

I just bought a Baofeng UV-5R. I programmed in some channels and have been scanning these channels for activity. I have had a situation come up on a few occasions where there is some activity on a ...
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BF-888 radios don't work with UV-5Rs on the same frequency

I play airsoft here in Quebec Canada, and I have 2 Baofeng BF-888s that I got a few years back. Now people are mostly using UV-5Rs. I used CHIRP to program my radio to the same frequency used by the ...
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BF-F8HP radios do not receive on 2m unless menu is open

I just got 4 BF-F8HP radios, 2 knockoffs, and 2 "legits"; definitions of knockoff and legit come from a website I found. All 4 of them are having this issue. I can transmit fine on both 2m ...
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What is the appropriate length of an antenna for a handheld on 2 meters?

I want to upgrade the stock antenna on my Baofeng uv-5r for which I mostly use the 2 meter band. The quarter wavelength for this band is about 19.2 inches, but when I look for antennas, they are ...
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Why am I receiving a local tv channel on a CMB frequency

I am using a simple Baofeng H6 dual band radio and I programmed weather channels. Well, on frequency 161.77500 I am actually picking up WGN, a local tv network. This frequency should be reserved to ...
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Baofeng's won't talk to each other - but other radios receive the signal

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 ...
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UV9RTP Slow transmit to receive

When I transmit the there is a delay in the receiving. When I let off of the mic it still transmits for a few milli-seconds. The transfer to receive is not instantaneous. Which setting controls this ? ...
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Can you use 144mhz and below without a license with a Baofeng

I have a Baofeng and all the people that I have asked said that I can use 144mhz and below without a license but what I see on the internet is that I can’t use the Baofeng without a license at all can ...
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How can you receive ISS broadcast using a Baofeng?

I have a Baofeng UV-5R with stock and a Nagoya 701 (maybe fake?) antennas and wonder how I can receive voice from ISS astronauts? Do they have a schedule for going on air? I live in Romania so ...
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Problem with Baofeng BF-888 radios

I have 2 Baofeng bt-888 radios coming out of the box. The problem is that the radios still growl on all channels and the light stays green. Le Griche stops when we send a communication or when we ...
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How does a Baofeng radio know an incoming transmission is from a repeater?

Baofeng radio's have two menu options for squelch tail elimination (STE). Item 35 is for general simplex STE, and item 36 is for repeater STE. My question is how would the radio know if a transmission ...
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Baofeng UV-5R Receiving Intermittent Static? Please help!

I have a Baofeng UV-5R and I have been using it as a police/EMS scanner. I have used it before and it has worked perfectly. I just recently moved to a new area and yet when I went to listen into the ...
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Baofeng UV-9 Info and Help Please!

I have scoured the internet for info on this radio. Specs, programming, manuals, to be exact, yet I can find NOTHING other than sellers of the radio. Anyone have any links they'd be able to share! I ...
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How does PTT from one two-way radio prevent input on another?

I'm very much a beginner with radio. I have a simple set of Baofeng BF-888S radios, and in my basic use with those, I got very curious about something: when you push the PTT button on one radio to ...
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Why can I hear Morse when not in CW mode?

I don't "get" CW. I can't understand the chatter on an FM radio broadcast when my radio is set to AM. This makes sense, the signal is modulated using frequency modulation and I am trying to ...
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Baofeng UV-5RE shows wrong TXP icon

I bought a Baofeng UV-5RE of Alibaba for a little over $30. It seems to work as expected, all the menu items are consistent with the YouTube videos I watched but... the little power icon at the top of ...
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Creating a low cost ear protection/ PTT setup for hunting

I have been trying to create a low cost communication setup for when I go hunting. Using this setup the hope is to be able to talk to one another while separated without having the audio up too loud. ...
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Beginner listening to a repeater - only hearing one station

This morning I tuned in to a repeater about 12km from me (in the UK). I could hear activity, but from only one station. I could tell that there were other stations using that repeater from the ...
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Are Baofeng radios illegal in the U.S?

Having a low price budget, my search for my first ham radio to buy has led me towards Baofeng. A quick Google search on baofeng showed a lot of results that said that certain model baofeng handhelds ...
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Baofeng UV5RA charger station error

I recently bought 2 Baofeng UV5RAs from the same vendor. Neither of the charging stations work. They both flash green/red immediately upon plugging them in--before any battery is seated! When I seat ...
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Lost all pre-programmed channels in BaoFeng UV-5R V2+ after reset. What were they and how do I restore?

I purchased my first radio, and of course I reset it to factory defaults soon after I received it. (I think that wasn't the best thing to do) What options do I have to restore the radio to as-shipped ...
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Baofeng UV-5R transmitting to Baofeng BF888s - 888s will not receive transmission unless holding "mon"

So I have just received today a Baofeng UV-5R that I had ordered. I already had the 888s. After programming the UV-5R to the same frequency as the 888s, i am able to receive transmission All LEDs work ...
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Baofang uv-5rA/ repeater trouble

I programmed my Baofang UV-5RA radio to my local repeater about less than a 1/4 mile away. When I cue the mic and release, I get a signal from the repeater. However, I can only hear people if I have ...
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Baofeng UV-82 and DM-860 drivers Windows 7

Currently I'm trying to make my radios (Baofeng UV-82 and Baofeng DM-860) friends with my Windows 7 and Chirp. My computer has only USB ports and no COM; Google adviced the Profilic driver (PL2303/...
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Squelch won't stay open on FM 2 meter band

I am currently using a Baofeng BF-F9V2+ radio. I have found that when listening, my squelch won't stay open, despite getting a good clean signal. I am using a homemade vertical dipole antenna for 2-...
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can I still hear a frequency if I can only tune in 5 kHz off?

I'm trying to listen in to the telemetry frequency for Wallops Island which is 411.325 MHz. When I punch this into my radio (Baofeng UV-5R), the closest I can get is 411.320 MHz. Will I still be ...
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GMRS not transmitting within a half mile

I recently got my GMRS license from the FCC, and I wanted to try out a couple radios for hiking and emergency communication. I have two tenway UV-5R pro radios (these do have an FCC ID) that are set ...
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Can I build a Yagi antenna for my Baofeng UV-5R?

I would like to build a Yagi antenna for my Baofeng UV-5R, but I'm a total newbie when it comes to amateur radios. The antenna will be for UHF and shouldn't be too long (like 1.5 meters max). So my ...
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Baofeng UV-9R Chirp Pinout

I'm searching the pinout of the Baofeng UV-9R to programm it with Chirp.
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How can I determine the possible damages of transmission with detached antenna in portable ham radios?

Premise: I had a Baofeng GT-3 TP Mark III 8W stored and never used, this morning my nephew has found It and He tried to "play with It" transmitting at maximum power(8 Watt) despite antenna wasn't ...
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Mismatched Radios: A Baofeng UV-5R & a Cobra ACXT 645 [closed]

I've got a Baofeng UV-5R and a Cobra ACXT 645, and I'm trying to get them to communicate. The Cobra transmits and the Baofeng (programmed with CHIRP) receives, but not the other way around. I've ...
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Orange Goop Leaking from Power Supply

I have a Baofeng UV-82 with the charging cradle and switching power supply (wall wart). Tonight, I noticed a slick spot on the floor next to the couch, and saw some orange goo on a paper I had picked ...
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Can I take and use Baofeng UV-82 in Norway?

Planning to go for a camping trip. According to this document (in Norwegian but easy to understand), I can use a radio running PMR446 and KDR 444 freqs. Baofeng can do this. The question is: is the ...
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Baofeng 888s side key didn't work and solved [closed]

Thanks. Solved. Baofeng 888s, programmed with chirp, worked great. I hit the device with CHIRP many times, Everything was ok., but moni button after a month, didn't work. First I thought that the ...
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Baofeng 888s sidekey (moni) don't work

Baofeng 888s, programed with chirp, worked good but maybe at change channels during pushing moni button or something else (I don't know), don't work. I tried to change side key options by programming, ...
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