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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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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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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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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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How does the baofeng radio eliminate squelch tail?

All tests are performed in Carrier Squelch mode on all radios without any sub-audible tone or digital squelch involved. Scenario 1: The Baofeng handheld radio Keys up. Another Baofeng is listening. ...
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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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Is Using PMR446 On A Baofeng GT3-MK3 HAM Radio Legal (If on low power)?

I have a Baofeng GT3-MK3, a great little radio. Is it OK to use this on the low output setting for general use without a licence, for things like camping/hiking family use etc, if I used the legal ...
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Baofeng low power mod

I have a few baofeng UV5R handhelds sitting around that only transmit, the receiver is damaged. What I would like to do with these is build a foxhunt transmitter. Sure, I could set it to low power (...
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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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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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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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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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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 any PC remote control software for the Baofeng UV-5RE Plus?

I saw on YouTube that some software, with another brand transceiver, can command the transceiver to scan a range of frequencies and display a running waterfall display of scanned results. Can such a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Boefeng UV-5RE scanning capability

Since the factory manual is simple and basic, is it possible to use the Baofeng UV-5RE to do these things? Listen to FM radio, while scanning 2m and 70cm bands in the background (as in hiking) Set ...
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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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Can a Baofeng UV-5R Display Both Name and Frequency Simultaneously?

The Baofeng UV-5R style radios have a 2 line display that can display the Name, Frequency, OR Number of the selected memory location for each of 2 memory locations. Is it possible to display the Name ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Baofeng UV5RA Unable to Program anything in 400-480 Bands

I'm running Chirp on Linux Mint 17.2 and for some reason when I try to program anything in 400mhz-480mhz range I get the error. "Error setting memory: Frequency 453.66250 is out of supported range" ...
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Storage of a Baofeng UV-5R

I am trying to find a convenient place to store my Baofeng UV-5R, I believe the most convenient place to store it would be on its charger. I was wondering if storing the UV-5R with its battery still ...
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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 ...
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Smallest / Thinnest UHF/VHF Mobile Transceiver under $100

I'm looking for the smallest/thinnest UHF or VHF two-way radio under $100. So far I've found: Baofeng/Pofung UV-5R (current solution) Baofeng/Pofung BF-888S (102m x 51mm x 11.35mm) KST K-888 (122mm x ...
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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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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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Baofeng BF-888s radios don't talk to Baofeng BF-888s+ radios

I had originally bought a set of BaoFeng BF-888s+ radios that perform very well and perfectly suit my needs. Needing more, I bought another set, this time buying BaoFeng BF-888s radios. (Same model ...
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MURS - Set to broadcast and receive on a specific CTCSS code

Context Using a Baofeng UV5RA Would like to transmit on MURS (e.g., 151.880 MHz) using a CTCSS code for more private discussions All of the online guides talk about scanning for CTCSS Question ...
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dual band j-pole creates connectivity problems when connected all the way

I recently made a "deseret j-pole" dual band antenna for basic 2m and 70cm transmitting and receiving use. I have it on a large metal tube behind my house, connected through a 50 ohm pl-259 cable, and ...
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How to set trasmit freq. on Baofeng UV5R to 0MHz manually

On this quesiton: How can I avoid accidentally transmitting with a Baofeng UV-5R? I learned how one can avoid accidentally transmitting on a Baofeng UV5R. This can be done using software by setting ...
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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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Can HDSDR perform the work of Direwolf?

I have a setup in which Direwolf is used in conjunction with a Baofeng radio to basically send data (AFSK). My app connects to the TCP server provided by Direwolf, send him some data which then is ...
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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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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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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, ...