Programming the Baofeng UV-5R for GB3DA Danbury Repeater

Baofeng UV-5R Handheld
Baofeng UV-5R

The Baofeng UV-5R is proving itself to be a very popular handheld radio, not least because of its price-tag of under £30. It’s a powerful little 2m and 70cm handheld, and a solid successor to the Baofeng UV-3R.

Programming the UV-5R for access to local repeaters such as GB3DA can be a little tricky, partly due to the less-than-ideal manual, which has been translated from the native Chinese. To help out users looking to set this up, here’s a short guide on how to program the Baofeng UV-5R for the local GB3DA 2m repeater.

Essentially, you have two choices – programming from the radio’s front panel, or programming via a PC and a cable. Here, we’ll try to help with both:

Programming GB3DA from the radio

Here’s how to program GB3DA into the Baofeng UV-5R from the radio:

Setting the frequency:

  • Press the blue [A/B] button to get to A (the upper of the two channels)
  • Press the orange [VFO/MR] to get to “Frequency” mode
  • If you’re not on 2 metres, press the [Band] button
  • Tune to the Output frequency of the repeater. For GB3DA, this is 145.725.

Setting the offset:

  • Set the direction of offset first: Press [MENU], then use the [Up/Down] arrows to get to “SFT-D” (Menu item 25) and press [MENU]
  • Now press ‘2’ to set a negative “-” minus offset. Then press [MENU]
  • Now set the offset of 600Hz: Press [MENU], then use the [Up/Down] arrows to get to “OFFSET” (Menu item 26) and press [MENU]
  • Now enter 600 , Then press [MENU]

Setting the CTCSS tone:

  • Press [MENU], then use the [Up/Down] arrows to get to “T-CTCS” (Menu item 13) and press [MENU]
  • Use the [Up/Down] arrows to set the CTCSS code. For GB3DA, this is 110.9. Then press [MENU]
  • Press [MENU] to complete programming

Set bandwidth to “Narrow”

  • Press [MENU], then use the [Up/Down] arrows to get to “W/N” (Menu item 5) and press [MENU]
  • Now use [UP/DOWN] to set “Narrow”. Then press [MENU]

You may also want to set the power to High (5 watts). Do this via [MENU] option 2 “TXP” (0 = high power).

Storing to Memory:

You should now save this to the radio’s memory, so you can recall it easily. To do this:

  • Press [MENU], then use the [Up/Down] arrows to get to option 27 “MEM-CH” and press [MENU]
  • Use the [Up/Down] arrows to select a free channel, eg. “001”
  • Press [MENU] to store the “Receive” settings, and press [EXIT]
  • Next, press [* SCAN] to switch from receive to transmit mode
  • Press [MENU], then use the [Up/Down] arrows to get to option 27 “MEM-CH” and press [MENU]
  • Use the [Up/Down] arrows to select the same channel as used above (eg. “001”)
  • Press [MENU] to store the Transmit settings
  • Finally, press [* SCAN] and [EXIT] to return to normal operation

 

Programming from the PC

Programming repeater information and memory settings into the Baofeng UV-5R is a lot faster and easier if you’re able to connect your radio to a PC. For this, you will need:

  • A Baofeng UV-5R radio
  • A Baofeng USB programming lead – (UV-B6 USB Lead from Amazon)
  • Free Baofeng programming software – www.baofengradio.com
Baofeng UV-5R USB Programming Lead
Baofeng UV-5R USB Programming Lead

For GB3DA, the settings are:

  • RX Frequency: 145.72500
  • CTC/DCS: Off
  • TX Frequency: 145.12500
  • CTC/DCS ENC: 110.9
  • Power: High
  • W/N: Narrow
  • PTT ID: Off
Programming the Baofeng UV-5R with PC software
Programming the Baofeng UV-5R with PC software

That’s it. Hopefully, you’ve now programmed your Baofeng UV-5R successfully. Any questions or problems, please let us know in the box below!

 

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