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Baofeng my job has radio's and how to program them like a CB.

zigzagman95

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My job bought a bunch of baofeng UV-5R radio's. And how do you program them like a CB. For the Fm side that's that they are. just what to know what frequencies channel 1-40 are so it can be done the right way.
 

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My job bought a bunch of baofeng UV-5R radio's. And how do you program them like a CB. For the Fm side that's that they are. just what to know what frequencies channel 1-40 are so it can be done the right way.
Those radios will not operate on the CB channels. You can use CHIRP to program them for legal frequencies, keep in mind, if you are using them for work you need to have FCC authorized and licensed frequencies, not just any set of numbers you choose to use as a frequency.
 

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Those radios will not operate on the CB channels. You can use CHIRP to program them for legal frequencies, keep in mind, if you are using them for work you need to have FCC authorized and licensed frequencies, not just any set of numbers you choose to use as a frequency.
yeah going to do every thing by the book but just looking for the right info. New at this and do not what to get in to trouble with anyone.
 

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Those Baofeng radios need to be properly programmed before use. Most VHF and UHF channels are not "channelized" like CB channels, and will require the correct frequencies, as well as bandwidth, subaudible tone (if needed), and other possible settings to make them work correctly in your situation. Incorrect settings could cause interference to other radio users or could prevent a radio fromm working altogether. If you're not familiar with two-way radio programming, it might be best to seek out someone to assist.
 

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yeah going to do every thing by the book but just looking for the right info. New at this and do not what to get in to trouble with anyone.
Have your employer send them back. If you need CB's, then get CB's.

There are no license free channels you can legally use these radios on in the United States. The process for proper licensing through the FCC will cost a lot of money to do right, and it's not for the uninitiated. The process is complex to do correctly. After you go through all that and spend the money to get properly licensed, you are still stuck with cheap low quality radios.

Seriously, get some CB's if that's what you need.
 

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Have your employer send them back. If you need CB's, then get CB's.

There are no license free channels you can legally use these radios on in the United States. The process for proper licensing through the FCC will cost a lot of money to do right, and it's not for the uninitiated. The process is complex to do correctly.
To add to this, if your employer needs real radios, then they need to contact a local, reputable two way radio vendor. Most two way shops will assist you in getting a FCC license. Most will do all the paperwork for you.

You don't need expensive digital radios. Simple, analog only units are very affordable....and legal. A good sales rep will look at what your company needs are and recommend a solution for you. It could be as simple as some portable radio on a simplex channel or maybe renting airtime on a trunked radio system.

The best part of having a local two way shop is the ability to contact them is, if you have problems in the future, you will have someone to call instead of relying on a internet website.
 

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If I have a proper radio what is the cost to get a specific frequency?
Depends on what you mean by specific frequency, and if you are referring to going through the frequency coordination/licensing process, or just simply programming the radio for use on a frequency you already have licensed.
 

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If I have a proper radio what is the cost to get a specific frequency?
Between the frequency coordinator fees and FCC license fees (unless you are a state/local government or 501c3 non-profit) you can expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars. That depends on how complex your requirements are.
 
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