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Baofeng-UV5RA Receiving only NOAA freq

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Dec 11, 2013
Just got a BaofengUV5RA. Unfortunately the only frequency I can receive is the NOAA frequency. (I already read here that means the Radio is working).

I know absolutely nothing about radios, have never used one in my life, and am totally lost. When I plug in local frequencies nothing comes in but static. At first I could receive FM radio but now I can't even get that! Can anybody offer some VERY basic advice what could be wrong.


Premium Subscriber
Jun 6, 2005
Well, like I just posted elsewhere on here, using a radio is no different than buying a new vehicle. One must understand what all the buttons do. This question had been posted SO MANY times under this thread, just read through some of them. Or RTFM or the numerous links provided in these threads. For others, please provide frequencies you are trying to use and program legally, your tone settings and even provide a photo of your display on these cheap Baofeng so one can see if tones are set. VERY basic advise, tone is set. Radios are not basic, you have to understand the various settings.
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