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How to Remove or Delete the Tone for Repeater Use in Baofeng UV-5R

This is part of a series of posts that hopefully will save people a bunch of time.

How to Delete or Remove the Tone for Repeater Use in Baofeng UV-5R

Important note: if you wait more than 9 seconds between any step below it will automatically go back to home screen and you have to start again, so work those fingers, baby!

  1. Press Menu button
  2. Press 13 on keypad (T-CTCS).  This will bring you to the section of menu where you can edit the tone frequency which will get you into repeaters.
  3. Press menu button again.  This means “I am now editing this part of the menu”. You’ll see a little arrow appear if you have options to see by using the arrow keys.  In this case, a menu will appear because you can toggle between all the tone options.
  4. Toggle with up/down arrows to the setting you want. You can either press the button repeatedly, or press and hold which will turbo-speed you through the frequencies, but what you need to do is get to  *one step above 254HZ* or *one step below 67HZ* which will show the ‘OFF” option.
  5. Press Menu again. This means “I am now saving the settings I edited in step 4. If the voice audio is on you will hear ‘confirm’ which means victory
  6. Press ‘exit’ to get back to the home screen or just wait the 9 seconds or more and it will go there for you automatically

Note for this setting: You will *not* see any indication on your home screen that you have no tone on until you transmit.  When you transmit you will *NOT* see CT lettering appear which means you successfully deleted/removed the tone.

Done! You’ve got rid your tone thingy.

Go to this page for more tutorials as I write them:

RANDOM BAOFENG UV-5R TUTORIALS

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How to Set the Tone for Repeater Use in Baofeng UV-5R

This is part of a series of posts that hopefully will save people a bunch of time.

How to Set the Tone for Repeater Use in Baofeng UV-5R

Important note: if you wait more than 9 seconds between any step below it will automatically go back to home screen and you have to start again, so work those fingers, baby!

  1. Press Menu button
  2. Press 13 on keypad (T-CTCS).  This will bring you to the section of menu where you can edit the tone frequency which will get you into repeaters.
  3. Press menu button again.  This means “I am now editing this part of the menu”. You’ll see a little arrow appear if you have options to see by using the arrow keys.  In this case, a menu will appear because you can toggle between all the tone options.
  4. Toggle with up/down arrows to the setting you want. You can either press the button repeatedly, or press and hold which will turbo-speed you through the frequencies.
  5. Press Menu again. This means “I am now saving the settings I edited in step 4. If the voice audio is on you will hear ‘confirm’ which means victory
  6. Press ‘exit’ to get back to the home screen or just wait the 9 seconds or more and it will go there for you automatically

Note for this setting: You will *not* see any indication on your home screen that you have a tone on until you transmit.  When you transmit you will then see a CT lettering appear which means you got the tone saved successfully.

Done! You’ve got your tone thingy all set.

Now, you need my tutorial page below to figure out how to remove that little gaffer because it ain’t that simple!

Go to this page for more tutorials as I write them:

RANDOM BAOFENG UV-5R TUTORIALS

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How to Set the Plus/Minus Offset Duplex Setting for Repeater Use in Baofeng UV-5R

This is part of a series of posts that hopefully will save people a bunch of time.

How to Set the Plus/Minus (+/-) Offset Duplex for Repeater Use in Baofeng UV-5R

Important note: if you wait more than 9 seconds between any step below it will automatically go back to home screen and you have to start again, so work those fingers, baby!

  1. Press Menu button
  2. Press 25 on keypad.  This will bring you to the section of menu where you can edit whether duplex is + or – (default is 600 by the way).
  3. Press menu button again.  This means “I am now editing this part of the menu”. You’ll see a little arrow appear if you have options to see by using the arrow keys.  In this case, a menu will appear because you can toggle between + , – and blank
  4. Toggle with up/down arrows to the setting you want.
  5. Press Menu again. This means “I am now saving the settings I edited in step 4. If the voice audio is on you will hear ‘confirm’ which means victory
  6. Press ‘exit’ to get back to the home screen or just wait the 9 seconds or more and it will go there for you automatically

Done! You’ve got your offset duplex thing all set.

Go to this page for more tutorials as I write them:

RANDOM BAOFENG UV-5R TUTORIALS

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How to Quickly Manually Program a Frequency in Baofeng UV-5R

This will be a series of posts that hopefully will save people a bunch of time.

How to Simply Manually Punch in a Frequency

 

  1. push VFO/MR orange button to make sure it’s in ‘frequency mode’, not in ‘channel mode’.  If you have the voice feature on (on by default) the girl will tell you which mode you are in.  Push it again to check if you aren’t sure and cycle through the two options
  2. Punch in all the numbers in frequency but don’t forget the last number.  146.55 for example you would punch in as 146550

Done! You’ve got your frequency.

But you might not have your tone or your offset frequency.  To deal with those bad boys, try:

HOW TO SET THE OFFSET FREQUENCY FOR REPEATER USE IN BAOFENG UV-5R

and…

HOW TO SET THE TONE FOR REPEATER USE IN BAOFENG UV-5R

 

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How to Program your Baofeng UV-5R with Ubuntu

First of all, I thought I had published this long ago and then when i needed it for my own reference it was gone!  I searched high and low but alas – I shall start again. So, as I re-learn this class, I hope it helps you too.

First, credit where credit is due.  This gent happened to have all the command line instructions to make it possible.  I will paste the codes right here below, but here also is a link to his site:

sudo apt-get install python-serial
sudo apt-get install python-libxml
tar zxvf chirp-0.3.0.tar.gz
cd chirp-0.3.0/
./chirpw

The problem I had with the instructions above were as follows:

  1. I didn’t know how to use the command line well and had to give myself a tutorial.  For your reference it’s quite good enough to do a quick self study.  Here is the full meal deal.  However, for our purposes you really just need to know how to change folders (directories) and execute the Chirp file you downloaded.  This link will also teach you how to open the Terminal if you haven’t done so before.
  2. I somehow wasn’t logged in as ‘sudo’ so the software opened but it wouldn’t actually do anything.  I found a random post somewhere where someone suggested adding ‘sudo’ to the command lines. It worked.
  3. I thought you could just edit a .csv file and upload it to the radio but I found out after many hours it was just easier t edit everything in the Chirp software
  4. I couldn’t really figure out how to deal with all the stuff that showed up in my radio after I got it working!

So, here is a super, duper slow version of the other gent’s tutorial.

Getting Chirp on your Ubuntu Machine for Use with your Baofeng UV-5R

1. make sure Baofeng is totally wiped of stuff.  Press ‘menu’ and ’40’ (reset all) and then ‘menu’ again.  ‘All’ should be on the screen so press ‘menu’ again. It will ask ‘source?’  Once you press it one more time it will say ‘wait’ which means ‘Wait.  I’m wiping your radio.”  It will soon finish with a friendly Chinese greeting.  Since I don’t know a word of Chinese, I immediately press ‘menu’ and ’14’ and ‘menu’ again, down button until ‘ENG’ shows up and then the ‘menu’ button again whcih sill save it.  Done.  Your radio is wiped and back to English.

2. Make sure you have run these scripts in your terminal:

sudo apt-get install python-serial
sudo apt-get install python-libxml
tar zxvf chirp-0.3.0.tar.gz

3. It seems that this file above gets downloaded to different places or some people want to move it to their own ham folder. No problem. Do so but remember where you put it.  Now use the the command lines in the terminal to point to your downloaded folder using this command:

cd chirp-0.3.0/

You might have to do some other ‘cd’ commands until you find the place where you put it. Once you find it and hit the command above, you will be inside the chirp folder and just one command away from opening Chirp software.  Now run this one one:

sudo ./chirpw

It may ask for your master password so input it.

Getting your Favourite Repeaters into your Baofeng UV-5R using Chirp

Now that your software is open, let’s put in some repeaters and then drop those into your radio.  You can just read Marcus Jennings’  page again about how to plug in the radio

Before you do anything, if this is your first time, you must download from your radio the set up.  You just, in Chirp, go to “Radio” menu option at the top and ‘Download from Radio’.  That should give you the fields that are in your radio.  From there you can just edit away.

It might also be helpful for you to know that when you use the ‘save’ or ‘save as’ feature in Chirp, it saves the file as a .img file.  This file didn’t seem to play well with Calc.  It seems that the .img file is the one that goes back and forth to between the radio and your computer.  I was messing around with the import/export feature. I’m sure there is an awesome way to use that feature but I’ve not figured it out yet…

Now what I do is edit my original and then do a ‘save as’ to get my new file that can go up to my radio.  I use ‘save as’ because I’m worried about goofing something up and then not being able to revert…

That’s all for now. This will need a review from someone else as well as myself when I’m not so tired.

 

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Ain’t Nothin’ But a Baofeng, Chicken Wing

Do you like ham?  You don’t have to eat ham to like it because now you can do the Baofeng UV-5R+ Plus.

I’m not paid to make sense so suck it up, Buttercup.

I’m talking about the most awesome ham *radio* ever.  Well, it’s definitely the smallest and cheapest ham radio ever.

Leave it to the Chinese to make a good thing cheaper – and add on a flashing LED flashlight to boot.  First it was Dim Sum, then Bruce Lee and now, ladies and gentlemen Baofeng.

As is standard with all Chinese products, there are a few flaws that you have to live with as punishment for not paying enough as follows:

  • horrific user manual with creative Chinglish
  • a bit of overheating

Not too bad, considering my radio and a handful of other accessories came to less than $100 on amazon.ca.

Here is what I gained:

  • super small ham radio
  • improved sound quality over my 15 year-old beast
  • an LED flashlight…. ?
  • VHF frequencies (my other one didn’t have it)

As much as I don’t want to admit it nor support it, my experience shopping on the Rainforest-like web shopping site went very well.

I will very likely, in the next little while, put a post together that brings all the Baofeng Wisdom of Ancient China together in one convenient place so keep your eyes out for that .

 

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