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Old 11-16-2012, 3:25 PM
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Default Baofeng UV-5R

I bought a Baofeng UV-5R, does anyone have a link to the programming software? Also, how do you make it on the radio so it shows the channel name on it. For example instead of "155.105" I want it to say "LCD"
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Everything you need to know in one place: Baofeng UV5R FAQ UV-5R
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:47 PM
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Try the program CHIRP which is a free, open-source tool for programming amateur radio.

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Old 11-18-2012, 3:45 PM
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I would suggest using the VIP (Baofeng) software, more options available to you than CHIRP at the moment. I link above will get you the correct firmware version, and then your good to go. Certain firmware versions, only using VIP software, u can use UHF up to 520 mhz, or u can disable 400-520 and TX on 200-260mhz. As of right now, i don't think chirp has that option yet. FYI
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Chirp was hacked to do that before VIP... once a patch/hacked version of VIP was released newer radios started coming with it.

The radio isn't capable of TX or RX in the 200mhz band

Note, thanks to new firmware to try and prevent mods you'll need to use the daily build of chirp, and unless someone gets around to re-patching it.. it will only do 2m/70cm ham bands.. Nothing else.
To program part 97 you'll want to use VIP until a new hack is released.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:41 PM
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If anyone is interested ebay has a listing for ( nifty quick reference guide) for this radio and a whole lot more. i have a few and there worth the small price he is asking. just F.Y.I.

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Does anyone have the link to program Baltimore county police an fire into the boafeng uv5r. I have the cable.
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Default Need Help Programming the UV-5R with CHIRP

Iím still baffled and hope anyone can assist me in a programming need. Iím using the very popular CHIRP software with my UV-5R. I am programming the UV-5R to work on my fire department channels, but one of the channels uses a digital PL or tone with the repeater. The info is:
Name: TAC 2, TX Freq: 159.0975, RX Freq: 155.0775, TX and RX PLís: 223
So, in CHIRP I have it set up:

155.0775 TAC2 TSQL 123.0 123.0 223 223 NN Tone->Tone + 4.020000 NFM High S

I hope that makes sense. The radio will transmit my other non digital repeater freqs but not this one. Does not transmit or receive on this particular frequency. Any ideas?

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Iím still baffled and hope anyone can assist me in a programming need. Iím using the very popular CHIRP software with my UV-5R. I am programming the UV-5R to work on my fire department channels, but one of the channels uses a digital PL or tone with the repeater. The info is:
Name: TAC 2, TX Freq: 159.0975, RX Freq: 155.0775, TX and RX PLís: 223
So, in CHIRP I have it set up:

155.0775 TAC2 TSQL 123.0 123.0 223 223 NN Tone->Tone + 4.020000 NFM High S

I hope that makes sense. The radio will transmit my other non digital repeater freqs but not this one. Does not transmit or receive on this particular frequency. Any ideas?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Larry Karp
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Set your tone mode to DTCS.
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Thanks for the quick reply Keven. It still does not seem to be working. I have a good handheld here that hits the repeater and causes squelch on both that radio and my scanner. Nothing over the UV-5R and nothing when I key up the UV-5R. I'll check the repeater tomorrow from a mobile to make sure it's working properly. Thanks,
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Thanks for the quick reply Keven. It still does not seem to be working. I have a good handheld here that hits the repeater and causes squelch on both that radio and my scanner. Nothing over the UV-5R and nothing when I key up the UV-5R. I'll check the repeater tomorrow from a mobile to make sure it's working properly. Thanks,
Larry
This isn't a P25 repeater is it? I took digital PL to mean DPL/DCS, but I suppose it could be P25.
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Everything you need to know in one place: Baofeng UV5R FAQ UV-5R
Miklor has a lot of information but after spending several hours there I can neither get my USB cable (Prolific) to work via software installations nor can I program by keypad. I'm seriously considering selling my UV5RA that I got Monday.
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Miklor has a lot of information but after spending several hours there I can neither get my USB cable (Prolific) to work via software installations nor can I program by keypad. I'm seriously considering selling my UV5RA that I got Monday.
There is a good youtube video on how to get those usb cables to connect, its a 3 part segment, the first is getting cable running then the next is using CHIRP....

Baofeng UV-5R Programming With a Computer, Part 1: Cable Setup - YouTube
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Another quick question guys. Again on the UV-5R.
If I have a freq with tones on both rx and tx, what do I set the tone mode in CHIRP to?

My SAR unit changed to using a tone when another county got permission to use the same freq. No issues unless we get close to them or they close to us.
What I was told to do was add 141.3 to both RX and TX.
Do I leave the tone mode to tone and someone suggested to change it to TSQL.

Any help would be appreciated.

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What you were told is correct. Make sure the Tone Mode column is set to TSQL and the Tone and ToneSql columns have the same frequency.
Refer to the instructions at MemoryEditorColumns - CHIRP
That is if you ONLY want to receive stations with your specific tone.
If you want to hear EVERYTHING on the frequency then don't program a receive tone (set the Tone Mode column to Tone).
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Dang Tom, that was a quick reply.I may leave the tone in for now and see how it turns out. Ii have room so I may program two channels in. One with and one without and see how I like it.

Again, thanks!!!!

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