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A Real Baofeng UV-5R Owners Manual

Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band RadioThe Baofeng UV-5R is very popular among ham radio enthusiasts, and for good reason! It is a dual band radio (2m/70cm) with tons of options at an almost unbelievable low price. This has made the UV-5R a perfect choice for amateur radio newcomers as well as a must-have for long time hobbyists.

The biggest complaint with the Baofeng UV-5R? The lack of documentation. Baofeng is a Chinese manufacturer and these products are imported (this helps explain the low price). It is pretty common for imported radios to have poor documentation, and the UV-5R is no exception. A printed users manual is included with the radio, but it doesn't even scratch the surface in explaining the many functions of the UV-5R.

Looking for a better option, I stumbled upon The (Chinese) Radio Documentation Project. This project aims to create quality documentation for popular but notoriously poorly documented Chinese amateur radios. The project, created by Lennart Lidberg, produces open source documentation that is released under an extremely generous license.

Fortunately for us, the radio that they have started with is the Baofeng UV-5R. They have released version 1.0 of their manual and it is detailed, illustrated, and extremely well written. Anyone who was hesitant to purchase this radio in the past because of poor documentation can now scratch that concern from their list.

Writing manuals like this one is a very time consuming process and it is extremely generous that they are releasing the documentation to the community for free. If this manual was helpful to you, I would encourage you to visit the project web site and make a donation. Donations show that the work was appreciated, and will encourage them to keep the documentation up to date and add other products in the future.

8 Comments

You folks certainly have a nice establishment here from what I have seen and read. I have one question. I live in Columbia,SC,do you have a brick and mortar store there in Rock Hill where we can stop in and buy a radio or cable?

Thanks, David! We certainly do accept walk-ins and pickup orders at our Rock Hill headquarters Our contact information including our address is available on our contact page.

Do you know if the Motorola 2 prong plug will work on the BaoFeng radios?

The Motorola connector is not compatible with the Baofeng, but the Kenwood KW1 two prong connector is. Our list of accessories includes earpieces, speakermics and other accessories with Kenwood connectors that will work with the Baofeng UV-5R.

The software that comes with the radio doesn't work on most computers.
Download "CHIRPW". It works, although it sometimes takes some fiddling with to get it to work.

The biggest problem with CHIRPW is determining which USB port is assigned to the radio.

Hi Capt Turk, the software is called CHIRP (there is no "W" in the name) and we include the latest stable version of it with the genuine Baofeng USB Programming Cable from Buy Two Way Radios. The software works very well but it can be tricky to set up the programming cable if one is not familiar with it. Fortunately we provide full instructions for doing so on the CD that comes with the cable and in our article How to install the Baofeng USB programming cable and software. It is easy once you know how to do it.

Thanks so much. Love the manual. I haven't figured out how to use mine in forever. Now I can. Awesome. Thanks bunches.

Thanks for your help!

Keep up the great work!

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