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Baofeng UV-5R for public safety use, help!

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texasmedic65

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I'm a local volunteer firefighter as well as medic for the County EMS Service and I hate to say, but the handhelds the county has provided to us just don't cut it. They're old and falling apart. I recently bought a new Baofeng UV-5R to carry as my own duty radio, but I can't seem to program both the Tx and Rx frequencies.. Perhaps it's a simple step I'm missing, after all I am very new to this programming. Anybody have information on how to program this radio to be utilized as a functional county radio? (I have all the frequencies needed.)
 

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The problem is the UV-5R doesn't show both freqs easily. It only shows the transmit freq when you press transmit. The only indication that you have two freqs stored on the one channel is the +/- indicator.
 

mirayge

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The problem is the UV-5R doesn't show both freqs easily. It only shows the transmit freq when you press transmit. The only indication that you have two freqs stored on the one channel is the +/- indicator.
If your display is set to show frequency, pressing the *scan key momentarily will show the transmit frequency with an R at the top edge of the screen.
 

JCNHB

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"If your display is set to show frequency, pressing the *scan key momentarily will show the transmit frequency with an R at the top edge of the screen"
With the R showing. Input the Tx frequency then press menu, then press 27 (to add channel), menu again to change that item) I then select the channel number and press menu one more time. It will say confirmed or memory transfered or something.
Go back and make sure it works.


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chrismol1

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boafeng radios can be a pain in the butt for public safety. I'm surprised your employer doesnt provide communication equipment to a firefighter and medic to me you should not have to worry about that while working.
If your radio is old bad shape you would be able to purchase another one online in good used shape. auction sites ebay included you will find the Motorola brand. There is junk and there are decent used radios out there. Be sure to have your new purchase inspected and tuned/aligned to best condition by your radio shop. Remember you always have the option to return an item on ebay if there is any problem
 

Ramchops

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ya spend ten bucks on a cable and download CHIRP and the driver.. CHIRP is free too. I use my UV5R for vol firefighting and have no issues, granted we have pr400 and ht1250 for our bunker gear, but I sometimes carry the UV5R. Wont do paging alerts though.
 

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texasmedic-----besides your programing problem, are you aware that all these Baofengs,Wexcom and other off brand radios, ARE NOT SERVICEABLE by a local radio shop?

There is NO SERVICE or software for these and if you are using them in a life threating enviorment, I am glad I do not live in your area.

I have friends that decied to buy some of these and after going thru the problem of programing we put them on a communications service montior and found that they were off frequency by as much as 2kilohetrz and the recieve sence was VERY bad, (as much as .75microvolts) without any tones and that when using tones is was much worst.

Now, no matter how bad the current equipment is, if I or any of my friends working in life threating enviorments were to buy their own equipment, then for around $250-300 you can get new branded equiopment that you can trust and is serviceable by a local shop.

Do what you wish but as a comm tech, I do not trust off brand equipment, even for ham use.

Good luck
 
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