How To Use A Baofeng UV5R

The UV5R is a simple, low cost handheld transceiver. It can be used for a number of different services with questionable legalities. It is cleared for Amateur Radio services but not for GMRS, FRS, or any other non-Amateur Radio frequencies. However it doesn't mean it cannot be used for any services in an emergency. These instructions are primarily for educational informational purposes only. To learn how to program and use this radio you can visit this site. Note that all handheld radios don't work the same. Even if it is the same brand.

This page is to simply show you how to use your radio. When you first purchase this radio it is programmed with some frequencies that are actually illegal to use here in the U.S. So it is important to program your radios for the frequencies desired. So I just want to use the radio amongst my family or friends. You can program them to the MURS channels or the FRS channels but just be aware it is not really "legal" to do so but it is not enforced....yet.

You should find someone that has a computer program called "Chirp" that can set all your radios on the same set of frequencies. So it will be assumed this has been done. So now you need to learn how to use the radio and some of the features it has.

Charge up all your radios. When it is properly seated in the charger housing the flashing red/green light will turn solid red. Once charged up it will change to green. Depending on the initial charge on the battery it could take all night to turn green. If partially charged it may only take a few hours to reach full charge. It is best not to leave the radio on while charging because it will take longer to charge.

Once fully charged you are ready to test and use the radios. When you turn the radio on you will bear a beep or two and you may hear a voice stating "frequency mode" or "channel mode". You can turn the voice off if annoyed by it. You can turn the display light off if it also annoys you.

You should see two sets of frequencies displayed. For now ignore the lower display and make sure the A/B button places the arrow pointing upwards to select the upper display.

A feature you need to know is how to lock the buttons on the front so you don't accidentally change frequency. There is a button on the lower right marked with a "#" symbol and a little "key" icon next to it. If you hold this button down for about two seconds you can lock and unlock all the front panel buttons. You can tell if the buttons are locked by observing a little key on the upper right on the display right next to the battery level indicator. Press the "#" button every second or so and hold it for about two seconds. You will see the key appear and disappear. This locks and unlocks all the front panel buttons.

On the left side of the case you will see a few more buttons. The one you should familiarize yourself with the most is the large square button. This is the PTT or transmit button. You hold the button down to talk and let up to receive.

On the top you should already be familiar with the knob on the right. This is the power/volume knob. Set this to a comfortable listening level.

The knob on the left is the channel selection knob. You rotate this to select the desired channel.

There is an orange button on the front marked with a V/M. This is the VFO/Memory button. In the VFO mode you can select which frequency you desire by rotating the knob. In the MEMORY mode, you select the channel you desire to use by rotating the knob. It will take a little getting used to.

If you desire to use an external speaker/mic of earbud/mic, you will need to plug it into the right side of the case after you open up the cap on the side. Make sure you push the connector in as far as you can to make sure it is seated properly otherwise it won't work.