So far, the Baofeng UV-5R seems to be a steal of a deal. Not without its flaws though, and one of them is the cryptic and incomplete manual. We're very grateful to Steve M6UEH for putting together the following guide on how to get started with the popular Baofeng UV-5R handheld. Baofeng UV-5R: The (Chinese) Radio Documentation injury, direct, indirect or otherwise caused as a result of following the instructions and procedures herein.


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To adjust the menus, press the Menu key, which is the first key on the first row of the main keypad.


Once you reach the menu you want, press the Menu key again. In most, though not all cases, you will hear voice confirmation of the name of the menu item you have baofeng uv 5r manual. In the cases where you do not hear a voice confirmation, you will just hear a beep.

Keypad Programming the BaoFeng UV-5R

If you do nothing for about 10 seconds, the menu will exit automatically. In either case, you will hear a tone to confirm you are no longer in the menu system. It prevents transmitting on a busy channel and is programmed on a per channel basis.

After loading the UV5R drivers, follow the setup instructions that came with your transceiver, to check that the drivers have been correctly installed on to the Baofeng uv 5r manual and that is has setup a Com Port on the PC.


I found setting the unit up via a PC baofeng uv 5r manual be the best way, as it is a lot easier baofeng uv 5r manual set channel names and setup the frequencies including repeater off sets and the CCTSS config.

Windows will try to update the drivers you have just installed. I also found that if the programming cable is not connected to the PC the application will load but will not link to the transceiver once connected.

Our technical representatives have extensive knowledge regarding the setup and installation of product and explain the process in a manner that is clear and understandable. In later firmware versions a Chinese voice was added and, unfortunately, is default after a reset.

You can change the language back to English in Menu How the menu system works Pressing the Menu button the first time will display the menu items. There are 40 items in total.

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baofeng uv 5r manual USB cable or keypad entry I don't quite understand what the problem is with programming them by the keypad, although others have reported having problems doing this.

I watched one video on YouTube and was able to go from that point with NO problems.

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There are baofeng uv 5r manual few steps that do not seem logical, like having to program in the transmit AND receive frequency for each memory channel after you set the offset to negative or positive in the setting, but remember that the Baofeng UV-5R radios were not designed for the ham radio service although they are perfectly legal to use for amateur radio.

If you find that the best way to program the Baofeng UV-5RE is to drive a screwdriver through it with a hammer, you are probably doing it wrong. Resetting the radio from factory default setting The first thing you are going to want to baofeng uv 5r manual is to reset the radio to erase any memory channels that may be programmed in.

You can do this by pushing the MENU button on the keypad then press 40 to get to baofeng uv 5r manual setting. If no previous codes exist or when setting up the channel for the first time and no codes are needed, set the menu items listed below to OFF.

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Skip this step when setting up baofeng uv 5r manual channel for the first time. Input the repeater frequency offset.

If you know where to go, typing the item number on the keypad will often be faster. Press the Menu button once more to switch to the parameter menu.


Pressing the Up and Down buttons allows you to browse through all the options. After selecting one of the options, press the Menu button again to confirm and save your choice.