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How to manually program the Baofeng UV-5R from the keypad

Baofeng UV-5R-2.jpgThe Baofeng UV-5R is one of the most popular dual band handheld two way radios on the market worldwide. It's compact, feature packed, and very inexpensive. For many users who are new to programming portables, it is also one of the most challenging to program, primarily due to a poorly written user manual and an all but complete lack of support from its manufacturer, Baofeng.

Fortunately, there are some helpful resources available from a global community of UV-5R enthusiasts, including an easier to read and understand owner's manual and an excellent software application designed to program the UV-5R from a computer. The programming software is called CHIRP, and it is freely available online.

Of course, CHIRP is a great solution, provided you have a computer, an easy to install programming cable and the time to input all the data for 128 channels. But, what if you are on the road or out in the field and don't have a computer handy? What if you need to add in a frequency or program a channel on the fly?

We often receive calls from customers who just purchased their first Baofeng UV-5R from Buy Two Way Radios and want to know how to to operate it. More specifically, they want to know how to program their radio manually, directly from the radio itself.

So, here's how to do it. Follow the instructions below to manually program your Baofeng UV-5R direct from the keypad of the radio.

How to manually program a simplex channel
  • Step 1. Press [VFO/MR] and enter Frequency Mode.
  • Step 2. Press [A/B] and choose the A Side (upper display).
    The A side must be used to program channels into the radio. Programming data entered on the B Side (lower display) will not be saved.
  • Step 3. Press [BAND] for the frequency band.
    Toggle [BAND] to choose 136 MHz (VHF) or 470 MHz (UHF).
    If the incorrect band is chosen for the frequency entered in Step 5, the radio will cancel the operation.
  • Step 4. Disable TDR (Dual Watch/Dual Standby).
    Press [MENU] 7 [MENU] [press up/down arrow keys] OFF [MENU] [EXIT]
    It is highly advised to turn TDR off when programming directly from the radio.
  • Step 5. Enter the frequency.
    Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
  • Step 6. optional - Enter the transmit CTCSS/DCS code.
    • CTCSS - [MENU] 13 [MENU] [enter/choose code XXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • DCS - [MENU] 12 [MENU] [choose code XXXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 7. Assign the frequency to a channel.
    [MENU] 27 [MENU] [enter channel number XXX] [MENU] [EXIT]

How to manually program a repeater channel
  • Step 1. Press [VFO/MR] and enter Frequency Mode.
  • Step 2. Press [A/B] and choose the A Side (upper display).
    Like the simplex channels, the A side must be used to program the repeater channels into the radio. Programming data entered on the B Side (lower display) will not be saved.
  • Step 3. Press [BAND] for the frequency band
    Toggle [BAND] to choose 136 MHz (VHF) or 470 MHz (UHF).
    If the incorrect band is chosen for the frequency entered in Step 6, the radio will cancel the operation.
  • Step 4. optional - Clear any CTCSS/DCS codes previously assigned to the channel.
    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.
    • RX DCS - [MENU] 10 [MENU] [enter 0 (OFF)] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • RX CTCSS - [MENU] 11 [MENU] [enter 0 (OFF)] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • TX DCS - [MENU] 12 [MENU] [enter 0 (OFF)] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • TX CTCSS - [MENU] 13 [MENU] [enter 0 (OFF)] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 5. Disable TDR (DualWatch/Dual Standby).
    Press [MENU] 7 [MENU] [press up/down arrow keys] OFF [MENU] [EXIT]
    It is highly advised to turn TDR off when programming directly from the radio.
  • Step 6. optional - Delete any existing data on the channel to program.
    Skip this step when setting up the channel for the first time. Press [MENU] 28 [press up/down arrow keys to choose channel number] [MENU] [EXIT]
    It is highly advised to turn TDR off when programming directly from the radio.
  • Step 7. Enter the frequency.
    Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
  • Step 8. Input the repeater frequency offset.
    Press [MENU] 26 [MENU] [enter the offset for 2 meter or 70 cm repeater] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 9. Enter the Transmit Frequency Shift.
    Press [MENU] 25 [MENU] [enter 1 for positive shift or 2 for negative shift] [MENU][EXIT]
  • Step 10. optional - Enter the transmit CTCSS/DCS code.
    • CTCSS - [MENU] 13 [MENU] [enter/choose code XXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • DCS - [MENU] 12 [MENU] [choose code XXXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 11. Enter the repeater output frequency.
    Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
  • Step 12. Assign the receive frequency to the same channel in Step 6.
    [MENU] 27 [MENU] [enter channel number XXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 13. Press the [*Scan] button to activate Reverse Mode and display the transmit frequency.
  • Step 14. Assign the transmit frequency to the channel.
    Press [MENU] 27 [MENU] [enter the same memory channel in step 12] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 15. Press the [*Scan] button to exit .

To add more channels, simply repeat the steps above. If these step-by-step instructions are followed correctly, you should be able to program all 128 channels (000-127) in your Baofeng UV-5R as you need.

53 Comments

Very Helpful! How do I name the programmed channels?

Just wondering wat would the frequency channel be at step 6 it has me a bit confused.thank you in advance

Dear Friends,
How to hide or disable Channel mode B from showing up or using it. ?
please advise

Hi all i recently bought a baofeng UV-5R and found it easy to program from the keypad. However when i checked how low it went i discovered it works as low down as 130 mhz and as high as 176.9975 VHF and on UHF 400 mhz to 520.9975, the info says 136 mhz to 176 mhz VHF and on UHF 400 to 520 mhz. Has anyone else found this extended range? Not programmed via a computer so not been expanded. Cheers Dave in UK M6DOA

Hello Dave,

I have a Baofeng UV-5RV2+ I picked up off of Amazon last summer. Mine also transmits in the extended ranges you describe. I've read that these radios were't necessarily designed for Ham Radio. That would explain the wider transmit coverage.

Cordially,

Rob
kc8kpx

Dave,

You can set the min and max boundaries using the CHRIP software.

Cordially,

Rob
kc8kpx

Is there any way that I can program if I don't have the frequency number that other radios around me with in the same building? Thank you for any help with this issue.

I'm stuck on step 3 as my UV-5RV2+ doesn't have a Band key/button. Thanks.

I still can't get my Baofeng uv-5r programmed to my emergency channels

How can I tell what band I'm using? nothing shows up when I hit the band button.

Salut à tous
J'ai acheté le mien aujourd'hui alors ma question .Est'il possible de descendre sur les frequences 118 mhz

You tell by the frequency range you're in. 130MHz - 176MHz is VHF, 400MHz - 520MHz is UHF. There's no specific indicators on the LCD screen to identify the band you're set to.

step (14) is confusing. It say enter same memory channel as in step (27). Did you mean step (7)?

My voice prompts are in Chinese . How can I get it speaking English.

hi new bies... what is the frequency of channel 1 thanks

Hello,
I bought a UV-5r (BFB 297) last week or so, and i have 2 questions to ask:

Q1 - Is it possible to expand the 127 Ch to more capacity?
Q2 - With radio off, i punch key 6 plus radio on and on tehe screen apears " 170508N". What is the meaning?

Thanks

Good afternoon people,

Can someone replay the questions i worte before?

Thanks

Hello Rick,
Thanks for reply my questions. I'm just waiting for the cable program to star programing the radio and see what he is able to do.
I have also a Alinco DJV5E, Icom W32E and Wouxun KG-UV9D(Plus) and with this one i enter in a repeater at 47 miles from distance.

How do I program a 4 digit frequency like 33.94 instead of xxx.xxx

Hi people, i received a cable from Baofeng, to program my uv-5r (BFB297), and i connected to shirp software, and when i chose the port and vendor and type of radio, it tries to download from radio, it apears on screen "radio did not respond".
Can you help me with this?

Thanks

Witam czy uv-5r moge sie polaczyc z radiem o zakresie czestotliwosci od 30mhz do 87mhz jesli tak to jak to zrobic bo nic mi nie wychodzi dziekuje i pozdrawiam.

I am using a BTECH UV-5X3, but these are similar enough to be useful to me. The FIRST item I hadn't realized is that you need to be setting your repeater settings on band A or they won't save (i.e., DON'T save settings when you are on the lower band B setting!)

I especially appreciated step 11 (menu no. 26 on my radio): "Use the KEYPAD (my emphasis) to enter the frequency into the radio." Throughout most of the rest of the menu items, it is necessary to use the up and down arrow buttons to set menu items. I tried this in vain, finally searching and finding this web site, which gave me the answer, which was that I actually needed to TYPE IN THE OFFSET USING THE KEYPAD, which is in MHz. So if I want a -5.0 MHz offset, I set the offset to negative using another menu item, no. 25 SFT-D on my radio, set to negative. Then I go to menu item no. 26 to type in the offset. Type in 005000 for a 5 MHz offset.

Thank you so much!

de SRE, K6QT

My voice prompts are in Chinese . How can I get it speaking English.
model: UV-5RE

How to set channel mode ?
model: UV-5RE

I have a baofeng uv-5r I don't have a band key so how do I change bands. just by putting in the freq I want
robert

The new radios automatically know the band you are entering because of the first two digits. There is no need for the band setting anymore. Just skip that part and enter the frequency.

Fifteen steps to enter a repeater frequency? That's crazy.

But thanks for the instruction. I never would have figured-that out myself.

I just bought the Baofeng uv-5r plus to use on job sites to communicate with my guys. Is there an easy guide to setting channels as presets for us to use as ptt channels? I like the cost and size of these, but obviously not smart enough to figure it out on my own!! Thanks!!

How do i program for satellite AO-91- Thanks sarma vu3zmv

So is there a basic " walkie talkie use for dummies" out there? I 'm still stumped even with the new expanded manual I downloaded. It's like you have to take some technical class before you're allowed to use a walkie talkie. I say that in all fun and total confusion. It does the basic that I wanted it to do, but I feel like I'm missing out on all the neat things it could do.

I was trying to program the UV-5r but our local fire department frequency only has two numbers before the period like 46.23400 and I can't find anyway to program it in can anybody help me

I have 3 Baofeng UV-5R and a Mitex General . How do I get them to communicate with each other?

Can someone walk me through programming the UV-5R for satellites, no matter what I try I keep screwing it up, I tried simplex per the above instructions then I tried repeater per the above instructions, I can receive signal but cannot transmit I will give example frequency for AO92
Uplink is 435.3500 Downlink is 145.8800. I know it’s operator error but I cannot get the steps above to work. Thanks for any help

Thank you for your step by step walk through. Tried the disc that came with radio, and website listed in packaging, as well as reading the manual, all to no avail. Your accurate and concise directions had me up and running within minutes. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !!!!!

Rick, your step by step instruction is the best I've seen so far. However, my Baofeng UV-5R still is not picking up the repeater.

I feel sure the problem is with the confusion over which frequency your referring to in each step that mentions "frequency."

Please replace the various uses of "frequency" with "repeater input frequency" or "repeater output frequency" as appropriate, to remove all ambiguity in steps 7,12,13, and 14.

I'm optimistic that I'll finally get on the air after that.

Ron

Omg help! I’m trying to program this Baofeng radio to my local Police
In Broward Country Florida!!

Please help!

Thank you.
Debbie

I can't get 155.610 frequency to work?

After watching the (How To )video on you tube and Google it was very simple and then the instructions made since I have the UV5R great little transceiver

Thank you for the article...drove me nuts trying to enter frequencies manually.

Now that I have all the frequencies, how can tell the actual frequency of a saved channel?
73 KK4ZFT

I bought the cable and cd from a vendor on ebay. Then found the CHIRP software and used it to program my 5R. Nothing to explain why the default setting for the squelch is 5. Not having a SQ. control is unusual indeed. Whether or not you use tone squelch on the receive side, a default setting seems to be 88.5, even for the simplex channels. Hope that isn't really the case. Otherwise it was pretty simple using CHIRP software to put the channel frequencies in place. Now to figure out how to or how does the channel scan process work? Clear as mud!

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