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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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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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DC connector type for Baofeng UV5R base charger

What type is the DC jack on the Baofeng UV5R base charger? I want to buy a splitter so that I can charge multiple radios with the same car/wall charger.
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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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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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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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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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Can I use CHIRP for programming a Baofeng DM-5R?

I can't find my Baofeng DM-5R in the CHIRP list of supported radios. I've been told that I should try by telling CHIRP to assume a different radio from the DM-5R - perhaps the UV-5R!? Do you know if ...
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How much current can Baofeng UV-5R provide on +V pin?

I noticed that the pinout for cheap Baofeng connectors has +V available. I'm interested in powering some electronics directly from this connector. When unloaded, this seems to have about 3.3V on it, ...
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Baofeng UV-5r drivers for win7

I've been fighting to get chirp working with my father's baofeng radios. The only computer that he has access to has Win 7 installed. The manufacturer drivers won't work with win7. I tried using the ...
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My Baofeng UV-5RV2+ will receive a signal with rubber duck antenna but not with a new Nagoya

I bought my self a Baofeng UV-5RV2+ as an inexpensive way to introduce myself to the world of ham radio. With all of the stock components everything has been working fine. I wanted to try to increase ...
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did static fry my uv5r?

I was hit with a big arc of static from a metal door frame. I was a little over a foot away. It stung pretty good, then my coworker told me I was transmitting. My baofeng uv5r will not stop ...
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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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Is there an 8-Watt “Upgraded” Baofeng UV-82?

I recently purchased a Baofeng UV-82 from a seller that advertised it as an "...Upgrade 8W". There are a fair number of these on Ali Express. Assuming it was a UV-82HP and the seller got the listing ...
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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 do I set the “tone” in my new BaoFeng BF-F8HP?

I just got this new 2m/70cm hand-held, my first ham rig. I neglected to order the computer connection cable with the radio (it's on the way, and I've already installed the Chirp software on my Linux ...
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How do I connect a GPS receiver to a radio for APRS?

I volunteer with the local search and rescue group as a team medic and a radio operator. The team is new and recently decided to go with the Garmin 64st as our go-to GPS units. Those of us with ...
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How to make a BaoFeng start/end transmission with sound

I recently went on a ride with my local police department. I heard two beeps at the start of their transmission, and a static-ey sound at the end. I use the BaoFeng UV-5R+, and was wondering if there ...
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How do PTT buttons work?

I'm really new to this, and I was wondering how the whole PTT system works? I have a headset with microphone, and a Baofeng UV-82 radio. I know the radio has its own PTT button, but is there any kind ...
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What antenna on a BaoFeng UV-5R Pro will give me better reception? [closed]

I am happy with my BaoFeng UV-5R Pro but the local UHV VHF repeater and simplex reception is terrible, even for contacts less than 50 kilometers. I assume that it's because the rubber-ducky antenna on ...
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Baofeng UV 9R Handheld programming

I have a Baofeng UV 9R Handheld that I just recently bought and received in the mail brand new, however as much as I like this handheld device I am maxed out with frustration as far as manual ...
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If someone transmits on 151.88 MHz and I listen on 151.18 MHz, how likely would I hear their transmission?

I have a cheap baofeng uv-5r, and I sometimes hear an intermittent transmission which pulses past the squelch threshold with periods of dead space between, roughly 0.75 seconds or less. My job uses a ...
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How to make a PTT button for Baofeng UV-5R

I use the radio for paragliding and the radio is mounted on a "cockpit" in front of me when flying. When in flight my hands are busy. I can hear the radio fine (don't need an earpiece) and I can ...
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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 a Baofeng UV5R receive airport radio transmissions?

I have tried programming approach frequencies into my baofeng and cannot hear any transmissions. Freq programming was done using a desktop computer connected to the radio to frequency 121.9MHZ. ...
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Can I use the BF-888S programming cable on the UV-5R?

I have a Baofeng UV-5R, but no USB programming cable. I also have a Baofeng BF-888S with a USB cable. Is it safe to use the 888S cable on the UV5R? I was able to find a cable description on the ...
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How do I have a full signal of noise on a handheld?

I'm new to ham (although I've had a license for a long time) and I'm having issues with receiving on a basic handheld. I have a cheap BaoFeng UV-82HP and I keep getting full signal noise at random ...
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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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What cable is needed in order to record audio from a Baofeng UV-5x3 on a computer?

I would like to be able to connect my radio to my computer in order to record audio. It seems like this would just be a matter of getting the right cable, but after trying a few cables (listed below), ...
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Using a Baofeng UV-5R V2+ as a Portable Packet Radio

So my idea is I might use a keyboard to enter text. I would use an Arduino to control the ham radio. The problem is that I have no idea on how to use the Arduino to control the radio. Also, what ...
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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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Bf-f8hp radios and no idea what I'm doing

My brother just bought me and himself a set of bf-f8hp radios for setting up two way communication while we are on long motorcycle trips. Now, this radio seems like overkill and I don't want to meet ...
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Small band-pass filter for HT?

I'd like to add a band-pass filter to my Baofeng UV-82 to make it comply with the spurious emissions requirements. Ideally it would be a rigid device with SMA or BNC connectors that would fit between ...
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Can't get two same BaoFeng radios to work with each other

I just bought a pair of BaoFeng 888s radios and they don't work out of the box. I know they are on the illegal freqs, but I expected them to work. I got the cable, reprogrammed them to the ...
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Are there any real advantages to an aftermarket NA-701 over the Baofeng stock antenna? [closed]

I have a Baofeng UV-5R HT radio that I have been using for about a month now and I really like it because it was very inexpensive and portable. It currently has the stock antenna on it and I have ...
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Why does P25 occasionally break through tone squelch on my analog HTs?

When listening to our local repeater, which is now a combined P25/analog machine, every once in a while my squelch opens to a blast of digital noise. I've noticed this problem with at least two ...
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Does the Baofeng UV-5R accept both male and female SMA connectors?

Most antennas for the Baofeng UV-5R have male connectors, but the UV-5R actually has a larger diameter set of threads that look like they'd accept a female connector. Is that true? Is it a female SMA, ...