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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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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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BF-F8HP: "Radio did not respond" when trying to use CHIRP

I'm trying to program my Boafeng bf-f8hp with the chirp software, but as I have to do, "Download From Radio", after I choose the appropriate maker, product and model, all I get is an error message ...
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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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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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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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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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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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baofeng UV-5RA has issues with j-pole

I have a baofeng UV-5RA which doesn't seem to receive properly with my j-pole antenna. my dad's radio (same model, different firmware) receives without a problem, so it's a radio issue. if I go into ...
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How can I avoid accidentally transmitting with a Baofeng UV-5R?

I don't have $500 for a radio scanner. If I know the few (analog) frequencies that I would like to listen to, I think one can use the Baofeng UV5R (which doesn't cost much). The only problem is that ...
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Baofeng UV-B6 transmits no audio

I have this Baofeng UV-B6 (the same as B5), and after using CHIRP a few times, transmission stopped working. In fact, it starts transmitting, but no voice is sent whatsoever — dead carrier. RX works ...
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Baofeng DM-1801 DMR: Language switched to Chinese

The screen reset to Chinese characters. How do I get it back to English? I haven’t found any information on this problem.
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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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Squelch won't stay open on FM 2 meter band

I am currently using a Baofeng BF-F9V2+ radio. I have found the when listening, my squelch won't stay open, despite getting a good clean signal. I am using a homemade verticle dipole antenna for 2-...
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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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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 do I troubleshoot a Baofeng UV-5R that won't receive?

I have a couple of Baofeng UV-5R radios. I have a profile in Chirp that works great on one of them, and I foolishly pushed that profile straight over to a UV-5R without checking firmware versions. ...
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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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What are the official Baofeng websites in the USA?

Which Baofeng website(s) in the USA is (are) official (that is, selling genuine Baofeng radios, programming cables, and accessories)? Which "Baofeng" websites are NOT, allegedly selling counterfeit ...
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Brand new BaoFeng BF-F8HP -- how to save settings in a channel memory?

I just got this new 2m/70cm hand-held, and I'm working through programming the local repeaters into channels. I've been able to set the repeater frequency in VFO mode, then save the settings to ...
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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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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-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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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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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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Pair of Baofeng BF-888s stopped communicating after reprogramming - what to do

I got 2 Baofeng 888s off Amazon and reprogrammed them to the 16 legal channels (for unlicensed use) in Germany, up from 446.00625 MHz in 12.5 kHz steps. I used both CHIRP and a software called ZT-V68 ...
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HT programming software alternative to Chirp and RT-Systems

I have been using Chirp to try to program my Baofeng UV-5R but have been having one problem after another. I was wondering if there was an alternative to Chirp and RT-Systems programming software for ...
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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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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 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 recieve transmission all LEDs ...
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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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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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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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BAOFENG UV-5R for cubesat communication on lab, does it work?

Here we have a cubesat which operates in VHF/UHF. Communication with it (from a ground station perspective) is done with an Icom Radio. Would it be possible to replace it with a cheaper BAOFENG?
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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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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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UV-5R 4W BFB297 vs UV-5R 8W BFP3-23 (difference 4W vs 8W)

How big difference will it be between UV-5R 4W & newer UV-5R 8W (difference between 4W & 8W), in real life use 1 on 1 HT. In SAME conditions, how much different distance / range will we get? (...
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What is the socket for on this Baofeng BL-5L battery?

I have a Baofeng BL-5L battery for my Baofeng UV-5R transceiver, and I notice that it has a socket on the side: Please, what is this socket for?
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Baofeng radio produces hum when plugged into charger

So I am working on a low cost ham radio beacon using my Baofeng UV-5R radio because it is easy to use and portable. I built a simple PTT interface for a Raspberry Pi and wrote some python to transmit ...
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What is the minimum signal strength I need to receive?

Let's say a transmitting station is using a 8W radio with a J pole antenna. The cable connecting the radio to the antenna is RG-58A/U and is 25ft long. At 144.075MHz, the attenuation of the cable is ...
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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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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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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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On which of these frequencies can I transmit without a license?

I have a Baofeng UV-5RA, and I need to know what frequencies on the "channel mode" (what the lady says when you press the "V/M" button on the radio) don't require a ham license. I am in Philadelphia, ...