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Programming Baofeng UV-5R Was:New to Ham radio

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Benoit55

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I've been trying to self teach myself on a Baofeng UV-5R so I will try my best to describe my issue. I also apologize if I have the wrong forum room.

Trying to catch my local FM mode on my police frequency Im not successful. Only successful on FMN. Im putting it on frequency step 12.5k adding the tone to my frequency 146.2 as listed and leaving it on wide band. Still not successful. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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This is probably the right forum but I fail to see anything to do with ham radio.

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You don't need tone to listen. If you use wrong type tone, decode vs encode, you could be blocking the signal if the repeater is not sending out the tone. Turn off the tone and give it a try.
 

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Trying to catch my local FM mode on my police frequency Im not successful. Only successful on FMN. Im putting it on frequency step 12.5k adding the tone to my frequency 146.2 as listed and leaving it on wide band. Still not successful. Any help would be appreciated.
Your local police frequency is 146.2 Mhz ?

That's an amateur frequency. Do they monitor that frequency like some departments monitor CB channel 9? Do some local cops have their ham license?
 

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I would program it with Chirp software, it works great and will protect you from breaking the law. Set Duplex to off so you don't transmit on the police frequencies.
 

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I have a license and I'm unable to work this radio. Lol
You don't mention what type of license you have. I will assume Amateur Radio. In that case, see if some local amateur radio operators can help you. In answering your first question, if you are only listening, you probably do not need to have a PL tone. This is one reason the CCR are poor starter radios. They transmit on every frequency in them, which a lot of new users do not understand that they shouldn't just because they can.

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I use a UV-5R to monitor local police. No special settings needed, just punch in the frequency you want to monitor and you should be good. You don't need a tone or another frequency in the setting. You also want to be sure you do not send on this frequency (police), or any frequency if you don't have an FCC license. You can listen all you want without a license. As others have said Chirp is probably the easiest way to program your Baofeng, but you should punch in a frequency and make sure that works before programming it in with CHIRP.
 

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I use a UV-5R to monitor local police. No special settings needed, just punch in the frequency you want to monitor and you should be good. You don't need a tone or another frequency in the setting. You also want to be sure you do not send on this frequency (police), or any frequency if you don't have an FCC license. You can listen all you want without a license. As others have said Chirp is probably the easiest way to program your Baofeng, but you should punch in a frequency and make sure that works before programming it in with CHIRP.
You can't get a license to talk on the police frequencies. Ham licenses will not permit anyone to use police frequencies. If you're only interested in listening to the police, get a scanner. There will be more variety available, you can hear other towns, you can listen to things beside the police and you won't accidentally hit a transmit button.
 

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Programming trunked freq's to uv-5r plus

Can i program my uv-5r plus to scan and listen to trunked frequencies?
Or is there any way to make it so it can?
 
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