Tag: GT-3

And if you prefer to manually program your Baofeng GT-3, A52, B580T…

It’s really simple. First put the radio into Frequency mode. It’s different among all models but on the B580T it’s the orange button with a black circle inside it. If your have the speech activated the radio will say “Frequency Mode”. 

To setup a repeater you’ll need three pieces of information; the output frequency, input frequency and type of squelch (CTCSS, DCS). If you’re in the New England area use the New England Repeater Directory online. 

Now to offsets – the offsets for the 2m band is +/- 600kHz:

Here’s a handy table to figure it out based on the frequency:

2-Meter Repeater Output Frequency Standard Input Frequency Offset
145.1 MHz – 145.5 MHz -600 kHz
146.0 MHz – 146.4 MHz +600 kHz
146.6 MHz – 147.0 MHz -600 kHz
147.0 MHz – 147.4 MHz +600 kHz
147.6 MHz – 148.0 MHz

-600 kHz

Now on the 70cm band it’d 5mHz offsets. So let’s do an example:

Let’s say I want to setup 146.835MHz – while in Frequency Mode on the radio key in 1 4 6 8 3 5

Then hit the Menu key, then 27 (MEM-CH). Then hit menu again to choose the memory channel. An easy way to do this is to scroll until it’s just digits not CH-###. That way you know it’s an empty memory. 

Once you’ve selected the memory location hit the Menu key again. You’ll hear the radio say “Receiving Memory”. Make a note of what channel you assigned. 

Now key in the repeater input channel. For 146.835 the input is 146.235 and the CTCSS code is 192.8

On the radio and in Frequency mode hit 1 4 6 2 3 5

Now press menu key again and then 13 (T-CTCS). The nice part about this radio is you don’t have to scroll through all the CTCSS codes – you simply type it in. 1 9 2 8, then hit menu again to save it. 

Now press Menu and then 27. Make sure you’re on the same memory location you stored the receive frequency. Hit menu and you’ll hear the radio say “Transmitting Frequency”. 

Now go into channel mode by hitting the orange button at the top left of the radio and presto – the memory channel is there. 

 

Got my new Baofeng Radio

It’s actually a B-580T the twin of the GT-3. Bit of a bear to program in that you have to enter the receive and transmit frequencies. I’m about to do a master reset on the radio again.

I’m just downloaded the Chirp software. And I ordered the programming cable for the thing.

I would have linked the videos I posted but I could only post them to Facebook – for some reason YouTube video uploads don’t work from my phone even when I turn on WiFi. So I’ll just have to put it in words here:

1) Once you install the belt clip, it’s not a terribly easy time to re-install the battery pack. Minor engineering flaw.

2) The one that really kills me – the radio has settings for offset spacing and direction. But to commit to memory you have to do it twice, first for the receive, then for the transmit. Stupid – why have the ability to determine the offsets and directions then?? it does work fine for VFO mode though.

3) The display is pretty unreadable without the backlight.

4) I like the flashlight but I do have a flashlight app on my phone too.

5) The voice isn’t Chinglish but proper English now. Yippee!

6) Doing a master reset on the radio cuts off the voice. I do leave key beeps enabled.

7) The screen printing on the keys is horrid. I’ve already managed to rub off the numbers on some of them.

I did manage to sell my KST V6 for only $5 less than I paid for it. Not bad – so effectively the Baofeng only cost me $20. I guess I can’t complain too much.

Yet Another Radio

Yes, another one. I already have a Yaesu VX-7R which is a quad band radio. Pretty cool but I really only use 2m and 70cm for the most part. Then I have a dedicated 1.25m radio if only because the VX-7R is limited to 300mW on 1.25m

But I’ve always been interested in the Baofeng radios. The successor to the UV-5R was recently introduced, the GT-3.

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I like the feature set that the GT-3 has – it improves upon some of the shortcomings of the UV-5R most notable the display, the manual, etc. The specifications are also pretty good – it’s got a more sensitive and selective receiver in it.

But the best part – $45. Seriously – Iove that the Chinese are starting to eat into the market that the Japanese had held for years. And consider too they’re doing it at a serious discount. The Japanese radios were never cheap. My VX-7r was $350.