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Baofeng UV-5R Not Reciving

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Kraany

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HI there, i have a UV-5R vhf radio and i cant seem to get it to receive other radios comms, i can transmit fine and the radio will also receive when pressing the 'MONI' Key, has anyone got a fix to get it to receive normally?
 

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Enable key beep in the menu. Some firmware has a bug that disables reception when key beep is turned off.
 

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Or, you might have a CTCSS tone or DCS code set for receive. If that's the case, the squelch won't break until it hears the correct tone or DCS code on the signal. Make sure those are turned off.
 

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I’ve had the same exact problem. I had to turn the key beep back on and it started working. I had even tried fully resetting the radio and that didn’t work either.
 
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The UV-5R is not much as receivers go. I would start with the basics-try broadcast FM on one of your local FM stations. Then I would program in the 'local' national Weather service broadcast (in the 162.4 -162.6 range). Having a strong (and always transmitting) signal will allow you to check settings, antenna ect much more effectively than trying to 'catch' a transmission. If you are trying to communicate with another radio get some distance to avoid desensing the receiver. Verify narrow/wide FM mode. And disable tone squelch- most of the units had a 'bug' that prevented proper decode. They will send a tone ok (for repeater use) but will not 'open' when they receive a tone.

If you have tried all of the above, provide more detail (using stock antenna frequency ect) and we may be able to help further.
 

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First, I am not anti-CCR. I have a couple that I've had for several years. Fortunately, I've never had trouble but I don't use them much. Of course, I didn't pay much for them but I went into it assuming they probably would not work like the "Big 3," as people like to call them.

What I normally use is either my Yaesu VX-1 or VX-6. They both worked perfectly right out of the box.

What I'm saying is, you pretty much get what you pay for and if you pay $25 for a radio and expect it to perform like a $150 radio, you need to re-think your expectations. I've said it before on this forum: CCRs are like Bic lighters. If they quit working, you throw them away because you can't fix them.
 
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