The Baofeng UV-5R and similar radios are very useful tools. It’s a compact, handheld radio capable of transmitting with 4 watts of power across 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz frequencies. It can be programmed with up to 128 channels. They can receive and transmit a variety of frequencies including those used by weather radios and the often purchased walkie-talkies found at Wal-Mart. Their capability is actually much more and this article will provide instructions on how to manually program the popular Baofeng UV-5R for many common frequencies.
[Disclaimer: You are required to obtain a license to transmit on these devices and punishment for doing so without a liscence can range from fines to having your bottom lip pulled over to the back of your head. You’ve been informed and warned.]
While the frequency can be entered in the Baofeng UV-5R and similar radio’s by just punching in numbers it is also possible to save it as a channel for easy access at any time(see below).
That’s it. Programming frequencies via software is easier and more flexible. That’s for another post at a later date.
Now – go grab your Baofeng UV-5R and give it a shot…….
MURS Radio Frequencies
Commercial “DOT” Frequencies
151.625 Red Dot
154.570 Blue Dot
154.600 Green Dot
151.955 Purple Dot
464.550 Yellow Dot
464.500 Brown Dot
467.7625 J Dot
467.8500 Silver Star
467.8750 Gold Star
467.9000 Red Star
467.9250 Blue Star
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Thanks. This will be useful.
Since you can program the public frequencies used by Walkie Talkies isn’t it legal to transmit on those frequencies with the Baofeng?
That would be a “No” without a liscense on most frequencies as the transmit power is above FCC rules. There are alot of rules which make transmitting illegal without a liscense.
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The marine bands will be useful to me when I’m not on the charter boat. I have a killer system on the boat with 128 code scrambler/de-scrambler but I can keep tabs on things when I’m not out there.
Wow, I look forward to reading your guide, I just got the Baofeng and am totally confused. Also having hard time trying to prepare for technical level exam despite using online program, need a class. Maybe I can at least use it to listen using your info. I’d hoped to get a general license and talk to other countries but if I’m find the tech level hard enough.
StevefromMA – Keep practicing and you’ll get it. A class would be a big help as well.
These small handheld radios are for shorter distance communication from line of sight to many miles with the use of a repeater. The more powerful and expensive radios can do across states and possibly other countries.
Thanks for the info, makes it easier. Saw a copy of the manual from Baofeng, not the easiest to decipher. Awaiting my order currently. Any thoughts on writing about repeaters and how to use/access them? Electronics and such are not that easy to decipher, especially after the majority of the authors out there love to use acronyms for everything, assuming their audience knows what they’re talking about. Might as well speak in foreign tongue. Again, thanks.
@StevefromMA, listening is twice as important than sending. Have read that several times from other radio communication specialists on the web, you’re on the right path.
John, thanks, Baofengs install disc is not the easiest thing to use.
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