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Baofeng UV 82 programing

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Jnnk

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I just bought a UV82 to replace my West Marine Marine radio that's battery is completely dead. I have called West Marine to try and buy a replacement and they told me they couldn't order because the radio is no longer made. So the Rep gave me another number to call that was a battery store and they told me the same thing. So as I looking I found the UV 82. I thought why not, maybe I can get both of two worlds(calling for help on a marine radio, and maybe if SHTF I could have a radio that might be useful other than on the water).

I have done what I have seen or read online.... Reset the radio... Download Chirp and use a good USB plug ... download radio... open config I chose US Marine VHF and NOA weather alert. I copied the NOA frequencies onto the US Marine VHF database. I also added frequencies I though might have good onfo if I just listened too. Then I uploaded to radio. Looks like everything made it to the radio. But when I went out on the water I did my normal radio check on SEA 9 (I am assuming that is a typical CH9) I got nothing. I couldn't even hear the NOA updates. Did I miss something? Do I need to do something else to the radio? I did notice that when I looked at the database on Chirp, I see offset numbers of 4.60000 and tune step of 25.0. When I checked the radio via the menu buttons the offset number is 0.0000 and tune step is 25.0. How do I get it to match with what's on Chirp? I have gone to the site that MIKLOR has about the UV82 and did change the sql settings to what is on the site. I have seen this radio work online and hoping I did not get a broken one. I did scan via frequency mode and did hear people talking for a few seconds. I also get static sound once in awhile. Thanks
 

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Aside from not being Part 80 certified for legal use on Marine Radio, that radio is also not waterproof...at all. Not sure I would be relying on that for anything.

SEA9 on CHIRP is Channel 9, yes. If you aren't even hearing the NOAA updates, something is definitely happening.
 

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The UV82 is a cheap starter ham radio and I wouldn't depend on it for a marine distress use. It is not waterproof and you really can't depend on these type of radios working during a marine emergency. I think you life is worth more than the price of cheap Chinese radio.

Going forward see the link below to a name brand Standard VHF handheld for $99 and this a much better choice. The channels will be correct and it's able to last in a damp marine area. The radio will have one button access to VHF channel 16 the distress channel, so it something happens to you others onboard the vessel should be able to use the simple radio. Marine radios are made simple to be able to used by non-radio types.


If it has an offset on you need to turn this off, so it can transmit and receive on the same frequency.
 

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The UV82 is a cheap starter ham radio and I wouldn't depend on it for a marine distress use. It is not waterproof and you really can't depend on these type of radios working during a marine emergency. I think you life is worth more than the price of cheap Chinese radio.

Going forward see the link below to a name brand Standard VHF handheld for $99 and this a much better choice. The channels will be correct and it's able to last in a damp marine area. The radio will have one button access to VHF channel 16 the distress channel, so it something happens to you others onboard the vessel should be able to use the simple radio. Marine radios are made simple to be able to used by non-radio types.


If it has an offset on you need to turn this off, so it can transmit and receive on the same frequency.
Completely agree with everything except the last part. Not all marine frequencies transmit and receive on the same frequency, so an offset would be used. It would not be used on Channel 9, but would be on others, so it's perfectly normal to see the 4.6 offset as he is seeing on some channels, and then 0.0 offset that he is seeing on others.
 

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You are correct that some marine channels are duplex, but the ones we mostly use are simplex.

The duplex ones were used for the old marine telephone operators.
 

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You are correct that some marine channels are duplex, but the ones we mostly use are simplex.

The duplex ones were used for the old marine telephone operators.
Right...what I'm saying is that he was questioning the offset he was seeing in CHIRP. It is perfectly normal to see that in there.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I will probably spring for a Marine Radio. But I have this one now and still wondering why I see the frequencies on the radio but the settings that I see on CHIRP are not there.
 

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So do I need to set the radio settings in a certain way?
Yes and you need knowledge and experience in radio programming to be able to do it correctly.
If you don't have that then you should sell the Baofeng and buy a real marine radio that doesn't require programming or messing with other settings.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I was hoping to use this cheapy until I got the hang of it then spring for a more expensive one. I saw mixed reviews and how to program it via chirp. Seemed easy enough. Guess I will try and find a place that can do it for me.
 
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