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Baofeng BF-888 programming issues

rossmi2

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My work has bought 16 BF-888s however I'm having a nightmare trying to program them. I have tried my personal UK simple light frequencies and also PMR just to test them. The range seems to be about 30ft and that's it! 9 times out of 10 they won't take the frequencies, and often when the frequencies are loaded, the radios will react as though there is a transmission, the green rx light will come on and it's like the squelch is wide open (even on squelch setting 9).

I have tried CHIRP and the 888s software - similar results from both. How I wish they'd asked me before purchasing so many!! Any ideas? Does anyone have a UK simple light csv file that they know works that I could try?

Cheers
Michael
 

alcahuete

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If your range is 30 feet, then something is definitely wrong. Not sure why the frequencies won't take, unless you're entering frequencies that the radio can't handle. Remember that it is a UHF radio only. If you're trying to enter VHF or low band simple light frequencies, they will not take.

What frequencies are you trying to enter?
 

KK4JUG

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My work has bought 16 BF-888s however I'm having a nightmare trying to program them.

How I wish they'd asked me before purchasing so many!!

Cheers
Michael
Maybe now they'll understand you get what you pay for and will consult with you. At this point, you have 16 paperweights.
 
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