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Most likely the 888s are set up to require a "tone" to break squelch. This is very common for a radio that's been used with repeaters, and almost all repeaters use CTCSS, aka PL tone, to minimize interference. The "mon" button disables squelch momentarily, allowing the signal from the UV-5R to get through. You can avoid this by finding out what tone the ...


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I am guessing that you programmed a receive tone requirement. Try programming only the transmit tone and leaving the receive tone not required. I don't have Chirp available right now so I can't give you the names of these fields. Best, Ed Greenberg KM6CG


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