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UV-5R is a series of handheld transceivers manufactured by Baofeng.

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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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Help setting up my uv-5r radio [closed]

I am a disabled person and need help programming my uv-5r with all the pertinent emergency frequencies that apply to my area. Aurora, colorado. I'm not licensed ham and want to stay within the legal ...
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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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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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How can I import stations listed by RepeaterBook as FM and other things into my HTs with CHIRP?

I've programmed both my UV-5RA and FT-4XR via CHIRP and it has generally worked fine. However, one thing I'm not understanding is why it is refusing to program some stations from RepeaterBook input ...
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Why don't I hear the CTCSS tones when listening on the repeater input frequency?

I am newly licensed (Technician) and bought a UV-5RA as a cheap way to check out what's going on in my area and see if I'm finding it interesting enough to get a better UHF/VHF HT. The other day I was ...
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How can I find the input port for downloading my radio information?

I am trying to download my Baofeng UV-5R into CHIRP for the first time and it is asking what port to pull information from. How can I find what to input here since it isn't automatically updating/ ...
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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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Can I contact the International Space Station using my Baofeng UV5R?

I saw this article but I can't imagine the power output, (eight watts max) would be enough to be picked up by the ISS at 200 miles above me. Similarly, I don't know if the preamp on the receiver ...
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How can I manually programme these FRS channels onto my Baofeng UV5R?

I've been using Repeater Book to manually programme some repeaters in my area, up to fifteen miles. I later started programming some FRS, GMR, and MURS frequencies based on the CSV file that someone ...
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What is meant by CC 7?

I am seeing a repeater on RepeaterBook 444.8375 +5 MHz CC 7 Portland, Providence Portland Medical Center Multnomah WA7HAA OPEN ON-AIR I'd like to programme ...
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Would a ham license allow me to use an uncertified radio on other (non-ham) bands I have permission to use?

I just purchased a UV-5R to hopefully integrate into business class radios my company uses. Do I need a technician or other class FCC license to operate these only on the frequencies I already access ...
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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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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 do I legally use a Baofeng UV-5R radio for communication?

I'm new to radios. Only ever used them for squad communication in airsoft. I have two Baofeng UV-5R handhelds and would like to use them this week to communicate on a family camping trip with no cell ...
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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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UV-5R with 3800 battery... usb 5v to 7.4-8v charger

I have a Baofeng UV-5R with an extended 3800 battery. The usb cable I bought only works for the dock that comes with the baofeng but I would like to only carry a cable and charge the baofeng via anker ...
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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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Colorado to Ohio with UV-5R

My brother (in Ohio) just passed his Technician test. We both have UV-5R equivalent radios. I have my General (in Colorado). Without physical modifications to our radios, can we have a QSO? I've been ...
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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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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-5R Split mode

I recently purchased the Baofeng UV-5RA. I am trying to set up dual watch mode so that I can receive one frequency, and be able to transmit on another frequency when I key the radio. I enabled TDR ...
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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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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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Difference between Boefeng UV-5RE Plus and UV-5

I bought a Baofeng UV-5RE Plus, which presumably is an improved version of the basic UV-5. There is lots of information online on the UV-5. Any idea where I can find out what are the differences and ...
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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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Programming software for Boefeng UV-5RE Plus

Which PC or Linux software would I use for programming a Boefeng UV-5RE Plus? How would I make a programming cable to connect to USB/Serial conversion board (ebay FTDI board, size of finger)?
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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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What's a cost-effective way to boost the range of my cheap 2m/70cm handheld?

I'm a very casual/beginner level ham and as such have mostly avoided committing too much in the way of financial resources - I have a UV-5R for a personal radio, anything else I do I've used others' ...
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