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BaoFeng UV-5R - Entering Channel Numbers

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Dec 1, 2018
Dripping Springs, Texas
Hello all,

New to the forum and well as to UV-5R. I have been going through the process of setting up the BaoFeng and wanted to find out whether I was entering channels numbers in the correct way.

It seems that I have to first select "0" before I can then enter the channel I want. That seems very odd but it is the only way I have found to go to a channel.

When I am in channel mode, if I press numbers on the keyboard, nothing happens other than the screen flashes briefly but the channel does not change.

If I select "0" first, I can then enter other numbers to go to specific channels. The really strange thing is that is I want to go to channel 100 or above, I have to go to channel 99 and then use the up arrow to go below that channel. The reason for this is that I enter "0" for it to "register" I want to enter a channel number, but once I enter 1, "0" and then the last 0, it thinks I am trying to start over. I know all that seems really odd but I am just not sure if I did something for it to be acting this way.

Now, the one caviate to this is that if I press "0" then something like "25," I can quickly then enter a number above 100 within it thinking the first 0 is starting over. If I wait more than a few seconds, I sort of get locked out and have to go back to "0" to enter channel numbers.

any thoughts from the group.

thanks everyone.


Aug 7, 2018
That's how the memory channels are allocated in the radio. The channels are technically "000", "001"..."099", "100"..."127". If you want to select a memory channel under "100", you'll have to type in a "0" for the hundreds place.

To get to the 100s channels, just type directly - "1", "#", "#". To get to the sub-100 channnes, type directly - "0", "#", "#".

When typing in your example - "0", "1", "0" goes to channel 10, but then the next "0" you type tells the radio you want to go to a different "sub-100" channel.

Verified this on my Baofeng last night.

This type of memory access is rather wide spread, and used in may different types of equipment, not just amateur.
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