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1clo1

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i just received a Baofeng UV-5R radio and trying to figure it out, i was given some frequencies for repeaters here in the area and wanted to know if any one know how to program them. the radio dealer said they could program them for a small fee but the guy that does it is out on vacation till after the new year, they said i could program them on my own but im not sure how?
I have an input frequency and an output frequency was told its a 600 khz offset and requires ctcss and given a 103.5 hz code. I dont understand any of this can any one help me?
 

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Based on the info you provided about the repeater (The offset being 600 kHz) it sounds like you're trying to program in an Amateur Radio repeater. Please be sure you're licensed to use whatever frequency you're trying to use, if you plan on transmitting with the radio.

(Your post didn't say what frequency you're trying to program in, or if you have an FCC license, so I'm going ahead and throwing that information out there.)
 

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im not sure if its amateur or not, i pay the radio dealer to use their repeaters, i may just have to wait till the programming guy gets back. im trying to replace a broken radio.
 

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im not sure if its amateur or not, i pay the radio dealer to use their repeaters, i may just have to wait till the programming guy gets back. im trying to replace a broken radio.
Okay, gotcha :) That wouldn't be amateur radio then, would probably be business band radio.

If you know the repeater's output and input frequency, and the correct PL tone, you should be able to manually program it in to the radio. There's several step-by-step guides online (including this forum) that can help you accomplish that. If you purchased a programming cable for your radio, you can use the software Chirp to easily program the radio from a computer.


If you read the step-by-step instructions and get lost, you may want to wait until the programmer can do it for you. When it comes to programming radios, if you're not sure what you're doing, you could end up transmitting on the wrong frequency and causing interference to other licensed users. On the other hand, if you're willing to learn and interested in learning, there's a lot of good material online (including the wiki here at Radio Reference) that can help you understand how radios and repeaters work.

Good luck!
 

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thank you for your reply i believe they said they are business band, i do want to learn to program the radios the cant be to much different then programming scanners, just some extra steps im sure. I have some business band radios now that are programmed and we are using but when i program the frequenicies into the UV5R it will receive fine but when i try to transmit with it the current radios get no audio only the led stating that its receiving so i must be doing something wrong.
 

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Using radios should be no different than learning the functions in a new vehicle. RTFM first, or the links provided. Learn what frequency you can legally transmit on and how to program it from RTFM. If for business use, and using software, you still need to know what the terminology of what the settings mean. It is like knowing the difference between a vehicle accelerator pedal and the brake.
 
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