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UV-5Rv2+ Transmits on UHF but not VHF

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BAILEYAMPS

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This radio was working fine until one day when I actually needed it. I don't have another VHF radio to test it in simplex mode, but it was working fine on a number of local repeaters until one day it just didn't work. It does work on UHF, though, as I could test with another radio. I tried resetting it with MENU 40 and also reloading an old known-working CHIRP file (no available"Reset" CHRIP file for HN5RV01 1FB297 firmware that I can find). I also did the hardware hack where you solder the two pins together. No luck. Any suggestions?
-Adam
 

jfranruiz

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This radio was working fine until one day when I actually needed it. I don't have another VHF radio to test it in simplex mode, but it was working fine on a number of local repeaters until one day it just didn't work. It does work on UHF, though, as I could test with another radio. I tried resetting it with MENU 40 and also reloading an old known-working CHIRP file (no available"Reset" CHRIP file for HN5RV01 1FB297 firmware that I can find). I also did the hardware hack where you solder the two pins together. No luck. Any suggestions?
-Adam
Did you get the file? I also need it.
 

jonwienke

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First of all, the "hardware hack" allows you to enter frequencies outside the radio's programmed range, but it does not actually expand the radio's functional frequency range. So it's pointless to mess with it. Especially if you are doing it to TX on a frequency where the radio is already supposed to work.

Second, these are cheap radios. If one breaks, it's not worth the time and hassle to repair it; get another one. If it was working, and suddenly stopped working without you changing its configuration or settings, it's probably not fixable.

Third, if reliability is of any importance to you, HAVE A SPARE. The old saying "two is one, one is none" applies even if you have Motorola, Icom, Yaesu, or other high-end gear. But especially so when using radios 1/10 the cost of the big-name brands. Having a spare radio is also useful for testing and troubeshooting.

Fourth, the first thing you should do with a new radio is make an image of the factory configuration for disaster/error recovery. Especially if you're new to radio stuff.
 

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I've said it before and I'll say it again. Beofeng radios are like Bic lighters. When they quit working, you throw them away. No one will work on them and if they do, it'll cost more than the radio.
 
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