Testing new Baofeng UV-5RV2+ radio

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    I recently bought a Baofeng UV-5RV2+ and would like to pair up with another ham radio operator to test it. As it is, I haven’t been able to pull up any local repeaters… I walked away from ham radio a few years ago and am not attempting to get back into it.


    Rob Ramsey
    USAF Academy.



    Hi Rob,

    I’m up on the hill in Monument and might be able to connect with you on the air at the Academy via simplex. But there’s some substantial terrain down there — those ridges that roll off the mountains — so it may depend on exactly where you’re located. You could probably go up on the overlook area or perhaps near the hospital and ensure a clear path up this way.

    I’d recommend that you program up the KØNR repeater and try that too. It’s also on the summit of Monument Hill, just a little west of I-25. 447.725 MHz, standard -5 MHz offset, and a 100.0 Hz CTCSS tone required. I monitor that frequently, as do many others in the WØTLM organization, and just about anyone listening up will be happy to give you a signal check.

    Let me know if you’d like to try the simplex connection. It might be a stretch, but we can try. Good luck!

    Stu WØSTU



    Hello Stu,

    Thanks for your response and sorry about my super late reply. In frustration, I set aside my radio again and haven’t picked it up until yesterday. I’ve read several websites and watched several videos on how to get my radio set up. However, I’m still able to key up the Pikes Peak repeater or Cheyenne Mountain repeater. Unfortunately, I don’t know any local hams to try simplex with. Maybe I have a bad radio?

    Where do you suppose I could meet another ham to try simplex?





    Take a look at their meeting and net tab. The Facebook group also has lots of info for you so you can pop on by during a meeting as well. Every 1st Monday of the month (I Think?). Im sure someone would be happy to help.. I have the same handheld, so here are my programming notes for you to help you out. The Beofeng is a little tricky, but you should be able to receive several nets. A popular one is everyday at 7:00 MST on 145.130 as well to give it a spin, and the Field Day link has a CHIRP file you can take a look at in any text editor for popular repeaters and frequencies in your area. You can also google or lookup other clubs in the Colorado Springs / Monument area and they also would love to help out. W0TLM has a lot of helpful folks though.

    To program the UV-5RV2+ (From my notes with some additions here for explanation)
    1. Toggle VFO mode, the little red button. The radio will announce “Frequency Mode” and the display will have a frequency listed, you can key in any frequency directly using this mode. Notice that “Channel Mode” is also announced, where there are little numbers besides the main frequencies displayed where you channels are listed on the right. These are smaller and in a different font. You want Frequency mode before proceeding.

    2. Enter the primary frequency you want to listen into. enter 447.725 on your radio. Its now set to receive on that frequency. You should hear something on this mode, but you may need to adjust the squelch, a digital menu setting. Of course you won’t hear something all of the time, but it is a repeater in the area in use often.

    3. Hit the Menu Button and select Menu item 25, this is Shift. If you press 2 then 5 on the keypad it goes right to it from the menu, otherwise you can use the up and down arrows to select it. its titled “SFT-D”. Hit Menu Again to select the Shift. Use the arrows to select – for negative offset. The display will flash indicating your SFT-D option, there you have the options of “Off” “-” or “+” Hit menu again to confirm. You’ve just entered the menu, selected a menu item, set it, and stored it. You’ll do this for a couple more options. Menu (Option) Menu (To Select), Arrows or key pad entries to set, and Menu again to save/ confirm.

    5. Navigate to menu item 26, you can press up once, or hit 2 then 6, to navigate to it. Since were in the 440 band you can set this to 005.000MHz, to do this hit Menu, so that the frequency below offset is selected, and type it in again on the keypad. Enter 0 0 5 0 0 0 and hit Menu, it should now display the correct offset.

    6. Next is the CTCSS tone. There are two CTCSS tone settings on this radio R-CTCSS, and T-CTCSS, you would want to set the T-CTCSS tone, this is the Transmit (Tx) tone to break into the repeater. This is menu option 13, so if you’ve timed out on your selection hit menu then 1 and 3, then push menu again and set the tone. The radio will announce “CTCSS” STU says its a 100.0 Hz tone, so you’d type in 1 0 0 0, that will populate the T-CTCSS tone. Hit menu again to save… You almost done.

    7. Now you need to save all of this into a channel, when saving you will need to save the frequency settings 2 times, one for all that you set above, and the second for the transmit frequency. The Baofeng UV-5RV2+ needs your Receive frequency, the T-CTCSS tones, the Offset, and the Frequency Shift, but it does not calculate the Tx frequency, so you’ll need to also save that. For the time being your programming the Receive frequency (Entered first, the CTCSS Tone, The Offset, and the Shift) to do this hit menu if your not in it already, then navigate to menu option 27, hit 2 then 7 on the keypad or use the arrows to get to 27 (The menu item number is the in the same spot as the channel number) and hit Menu again the radio will announce “Memory Channel”, if you see a channel listed as CH-07 for example this means that the channel already has a setting stored, where as the same channel if blank will only display 072 if for example channel 72 is blank. Save these settings to any free channel. Remember what you saved this too, because you will still need to enter the transmit frequency for your transmitter to hit a repeater. If you’ve successfully saved all this it will announce “Receiving Memory”. Some important notes here, when you save channel 0 and channel 127 may have some strange behavior on this radio. Start with channel 1 and go from there. If you save to chan 127, it may reset and corrupt your channel, mine does anyway.

    8. Now the last step, exit the menu, hit exit or wait for the time out, so that the frequency is displayed, should be 447.725, now you’ll have that all saved, you need to calculate the offset frequency, to do this use the offset and the shift, and subtract or add that from the offset frequency. so 447.725MHz – 005.000MHz = 442.725, type this number in over the original number. 442.725, your still in VFO mode.

    9. Save this over the channel you just entered, what your doing is calculating the offset and shift and using this to store in addition to your receive frequency and all of the other params. Hit Menu, 27, Menu the radio will announce “Memory Channel” store this over the memory channel you use previously, so if it was channel 1 store it over channel 1, if you used 72 save it over 72. Notice that since you already stored something there it now says CH-01, instead of 01, on the display. You can use the arrows or keypad to select the same channel used previously. Once that’s entered hit Menu to save. The radio will announce “Transmitting Memory” indicating that the transmit frequency is now stored. This is the part that gets a ton of people.

    Now your done, to confirm this was correct, enter channel mode, hit that VFO/MR button to get “Channel Mode”, select your new channel 01 for example, this take key shortcuts as well, but its 3 digits so for channel one you can press 0 0 1 on the keypad, it will announce each letter and display the receive frequency. 442.725, There will also be a CT indicator on the left of the screen, a +_ on the top and the channel number on the right.

    if you hit the * /Scan key you will see the Transmit frequency, and an R next to the +_ on the display. Note that the radio is now monitoring on that frequency, so you will not be listening to the repeater but the input frequency to the repeater at this point! Hit the * / can key again to go back to the receive frequency.

    Give it a test, key up and see if the repeater comes back to you with a call sign.

    You can delete the channel and start over, AND you can also adjust the params (but not really the frequency settings) buy navigating the menu items for that channel and re-setting them as well. Sometimes its easier to just delete it though and try again….

    Now your a Beofeng pro! But before you go, here are a couple more useful settings.

    Adjusting the squelch.
    Set your squelch (Menu item 0) to 3 or 4, the default is way to high.
    Use Monitor Button on the channel to ensure your receiving. You can toggle with the side button, holding it disables squelch while held, pushing it turns the flash light on or off.

    Disabling the Alarm Mode,
    Menu Item 32 “Al-Mode” set this to “Site” Menu 3 then 2 then Menu Up / Down to “Site” and Menu to confirm.

    Tun off Rodger Beep
    Menu Item 39 “Rodger” to “Off” Hit Menu 3 than 9, menu again, use the Up / Down to select “Off” and Menu again to confirm.

    Voice is not in English!
    This is menu item 14, Hit Menu 1 then 4, menu, Use the Up / Down keys to select “Eng” and hit menu again to confirm.

    In the manual there is a section on “Setting up the radio for HAM/Amateur use, in there it describes some setting which may also help. Just follow the instructions here, now that you know how to set up the menu items to set these options as well.

    Remeber that each time you set a channel or use VFO mode, you also have to enter/ clear these menu items. If you’ve been hand programming these in to set the offset, frequency, CTCSS tone, or any other setting you need to go through and clear them on VFO mode, or they will remain enabled, they will pull from set memory in channel mode, but your last used setting will stick in VFO mode.

    If your still not getting anything PM me here, or ask the club here to respond and maybe we can get it tested for you at the next event! You never know it could very well be defective. Signal strength can also very quite a bit. The UV-25R stock antenna is OK, but a little mag mount, or driving to a different spot can also help, clamp the mag mount to the metal rafters or duct work in your house, or on your car and try again as well.

    OK so this is a huge PITB… So what’s next.
    See the field day link / video about programming cables. I have personally ordered 2 for my BTech/Beofengs and they’ve all be counterfeits or failed QC in some fashion and been impossible to use with CHIRP. I’ve even tried multiple drivers and what have you with no luck. Personally nab the file from the field day link, and import that with RT systems cables, they are a little more pricy but well worth it, and it will save you and your thumb an afternoon to program all of the channels (Which is what I did and why I have notes on this 😛 CHIRP and RT Systems are the best, CHIRP is software, RT has both.

    Anyway hope that helps some with these crazy radios! Enjoy.



    Hello Zazh,

    Thanks for all the info. I did a simplex radio test with Dr. Gruber (KE0LJN) and Stu (W0STU) back in April and verified that my Baofeng radio did/does work. In May, I picked up a Yaesu FT-60r which has a much (MUCH) easier to use user interface. For whatever reason, once I familiarized myself with the FT-60r’s interface, the Baofeng’s interface seemed easier to use. In May, I managed to program around thirty local repeaters into my Baofeng by hand and using the CHIRP software. However, now that I have the Yaesu HT, I don’t use the Baofeng HT very often.



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