Setting up the Quansheng TG-UV2 for GB3DA Danbury Repeater

The Quansheng TG-UV2 is a powerful little 2metre / 70cm handheld amateur radio. It’s gaining in popularity due to its very low price.

It’s a great radio, let down by only one thing – it’s tricky to set  up (not helped by the poorly-translated Chinese-to-English manual)

I’ve had a couple of conversations with other amateurs about this device, and the trick appears to be to use a PC to program the radio, as the PC interface is more intuitive.

Quansheng TG-UV2 Handheld Transceiver

The Quansheng TG-UV2 Handheld Transceiver

Programming the Quansheng TG-UV2 from a PC

You’ll need a special lead. It’s a Kenwood USB Radio Programming Lead. Bought from a UK dealer with software, expect to pay £20. Far cheaper to get the lead on eBay (for £5) and  download the software for free. Kenwood USB Programming Lead on eBay

I ordered one from Hong Kong, and it turned up within about 10 days. I’ve added a “how-to” page: Programming the Quansheng TG-UV2 from a PC

Program in the Danbury GB3DA Repeater Manually

If you’re operating in Essex, being able to access the Danbury Repeater GB3DA is a must, but programming repeaters can be tricky. The TG-UV2 manual is unhelpful, but I’ve been able to set my Quansheng TG-UV2 set for use with DA as follows:

  • Enter Receive frequency: Switch on, and type 145.725
  • Set the Repeater offset: Press F then 0 then 2  to get to the repeater offset setting. On the top line, enter “00.600″ (600kHz). Then press the MR/VFO button. Then press PTT to get back to standby
  • Set the Repeater offset to Minus: Press F then 4 until you see a minus sign in the top right of the screen. See screenshot 1 below. F4 scrolls between +, – and blank
  • Set the CTCSS tone: Press F then 3. You should see “TC OFF” (Transmit Code off). Now, press the BAND button to scroll through the tone types until you get to “TC” with a number (e.g. TC. 67.0). Then use the Up arrow to select “TC110.9″. See screenshot 2 below. Then press MR/VFO to get to standby
Quansheng TG-UV2 Screenshot 1

1. Quansheng TG-UV2 screen showing a minus offset

Quansheng TG-UV2 - Screenshot 2

2. Quansheng TG-UV2 screen showing CTCSS 110.9 tone

Want to save this to a memory? Set up access (as above), then do the following:

  • Press F then MR/VFO. The screen says “SAV”
  • Use the Up and Down arrows to pick a memory number
  • Press MR/VFO to save. Screen says “SAVE?”.
  • Press MR/VFO to confirm the save

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Setting up the Quansheng TG-UV2 for GB3DA Danbury Repeater — 10 Comments

  1. What do I do if the repeater uses a CTSCC tone of 131.8 and the radio only has 131.5? If I buy the program cable can I enter this? All the repeaters use this tone in my area. What do I do?

  2. One of the local repeaters I use (GB3VA) does not need CTSS, only tone access, how do I program the TG-UV2 to not add CTSS, when putting in the frequency etc to memory ?

  3. Assuming you;re programming into the handheld, the steps are as above, but for the CTCSS tone, when you press F and 3 to get into Tones, press the Band button until you get “TC OFF” – This will turn off CTCSS

  4. Hi Bill. F then 2 takes you to the receive CTCSS code setting. You don’t want this. You will need to transmit CTCSS, and the Transmit code is set from F then 3.

    If it’s the Repeater offset you’re struggling with, note that this is F 02 (Function, then 0, then 2)

    If you’re still struggling, please confirm which step is causing the issue.

  5. Bless you my son! Finally got to put a repeater freq in the h/t. Next time I’m in England I will look you up and buy you a beer or 6

    Bill de k4agy

  6. hi i am a ham with a tech class and i am thinking about getting one of these quansheng tguv2 dual band radios is it like the puxing px888k i like the single display but i also like the dual display the px888k can do both i would like some opinions on this radio

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