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Baofeng mystery please help!

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Baofeng mystery please help!

Postby colonelchimp » Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:07 pm

Hi there guys, looking for some tech heads to save my own head from exploding trying to work out the following problem i have.....I am not a tech head so please.....be gentle hahaha

I have a baofeng uv5r that is a great little radio for the money, i have one, i am in the local fire department, and with the blessing of my fire department, i have the frequencies tuned into the radio, which helps as i am not near the dept, so it keeps me in comms, as i am often on scene first, and frees up one of the depts radios, anyway, my problem lies in the fact that all the channels work except the main one that we communicate on, it is programmed exactly to the frequency but, i can hear them fine but they cannot hear me, and it's typical that its our main channel that wont work, i have tried to date the following....wiping and reprogramming the whole range of channels, ..wiping and reprogramming just the faulty channel, transmitting to a scanner, which shows the correct frequency, AND i can hear my transmission through the scanner, so i know i am actually transmitting on that frequency,
i have even had a dept radio the scanner and my baofeng next to each other on the desk, and i can hear the dept radio fine through my radio and the scanner, but the scanner is the only one that makes a sound when i transmit from the bao to the dept radio.....help my brain hurts hahahahah :roll:
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Re: Baofeng mystery please help!

Postby Denob » Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:26 pm

Are you programming with the keypad on the radio or using CHIRP on a PC?
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Re: Baofeng mystery please help!

Postby colonelchimp » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:49 pm

Denob wrote:Are you programming with the keypad on the radio or using CHIRP on a PC?


i am using the keypad on the unit, which works fine for all but that one dag nabbit channel lol
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Re: Baofeng mystery please help!

Postby HopeImReady » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:06 pm

When I did my amateur license in 2015, I ran into an issue with the local nets - one of the senior dudes gave me some advice that worked - you can give it a try, assuming your fire dept is using a repeater:

although the repeater is listed as requiring CTCSS, it, it may not transmit a CTCSS tone, so if your receiver requires the tone, it won't hear anything. For a Baofeng radio, try setting R-CTCS to OFF, rather than the repeaters CTCSS tone. This will allow any signal received to go to the speaker. If T-CTCS is set to the repeater CTCSS tone, you will still be able to transmit through the repeater. Many older radios can only operate this way, as they can send a tone but have no way to detect one.
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Re: Baofeng mystery please help!

Postby myrrdan » Tue May 02, 2017 5:50 am

I was going to suggest the same thing. if you can hear but can't transmit, its gotta be an issue with the ctcss tone.
are you still having issues or did this fix it?
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