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  1. AK, Welcome to the forum and to GMRS. What do you want to test on your radio? From the other replies on the thread, it looks like you don't have anyone to talk to that is near you. Do you know anyone near you that has any FRS "bubble pack" radios (the ones from Walmart, Big-5, etc.)? If so, you should be able to talk to them using simplex (radio to radio) communication. This would allow you to test the functionality of your radio. If you're looking to test repeater operation, you'll first need to figure out what repeater you will use, and unless it's an open repeater, you'll need to get the owner's permission to use it. Anyhow, we can give better advice once we understand what you want to test on your radio. Once again, welcome to the forum.
  2. There is a UV-5X GMRS radio that is the same form factor as the UV-5R series, and can share the same batteries. Unlike the UV-5R which requires an SMA-female antenna, the UV-5X GMRS radio requires an SMA-male antenna. This radio is supposed to be renamed UV-5G for future releases. There is also a dual-band UV-5X that does not share the same form factor as the UV-5R, and does not use the same type of batteries. As far as I know, though, it does use the same SMA-female antennas as the UV-5R models. When talking about the UV-5X radios, we should specify whether it's the GMRS version or the dual-band (ham) version. They are significantly different.
  3. Did you get the UV-5X GMRS radio that comes in a set of two, or did you get a UV-5X Ham radio that is sold individually? These are two different models...
  4. I'm not sure what firmware version my radios shipped with, since I didn't check it before upgrading, but the 006 version I have now works well for me. I do program my radios using my computer, though I've changed CTCSS tones from the keyboard occasionally without any problems.
  5. It sounds like the channel you're trying to program isn't allowing you to customize it with a repeater offset. I've had other radios act wonky in this way, but not any of my GM-30 types. You also didn't mention how you're trying to program the radio. Are you trying to program it from the keypad or on a computer? If you're trying to program it on a computer, it could be that the problem lies in the software application rather than the radio. I believe that was more of the issue for me in the cases mentioned above than it was an issue with the actual radio. Do you know what version of firmware you have? You can check it by pressing the monitor key while turning the radio on. My GM-30 type radios have V06.03.006. I upgraded to this version after I received my radios and it gave me much better programmability. If you're using an older firmware version, that could be part of the problem, too.
  6. For Baofeng and Wouxon radios, the antenna type required depends on the radio. Both of these brands have models requiring differing types of antennas. For example, my Wouxon KG-UV9G requires an SMA Male antenna, as does (I believe) the Baofeng UV-5G GMRS radio.
  7. This is an interesting concept, but is very much specific to Wyoming. For those that don't know, 307 is Wyoming's area code (yes, it's for the whole state). For Wyoming locals this might be easy to remember, but for folks from out of the state, probably not quite so much. In this day and age of cell phones, area codes are now just extra digits in many phone numbers, and don't necessarily represent the area where the phone is located or based out of. Anyway, it's good to know about this movement. I'll try to keep it in mind when I am in Wyoming. I was not aware of it until you posted your comment here.
  8. If you're hearing it on the air, then they are actually using a radio. It may, however, be a remotely controlled radio, whether via Echolink or some other method.
  9. The ones I have came with the old firmware and I updated them when the new firmware update was provided. When I turn them on as described, I also see P51UV01 on the display. I don't know what it showed originally.
  10. On my KG-UV9G Lite, this happens if the TDR option is selected. If I press TDR to turn it off, then it will allow me to scan the active band, and when I press the "Band" button, I can then scan the other (now active) band while the first band continues to scan.
  11. I have the KG-UV9G Lite, and can scan from either or both A and B "bands" at the same time.
  12. Try looking for selections like T-CTC, R-CTC, T-DCS, and R-DCS (It may differ from these, but should look similar). The first two of these are Transmit and Receive CTCSS tones. The second two are Transmit and Receive DCS codes. Assuming you want to transmit a CTCSS tone, you would enter that in the menu for the T-CTC selection. All the other selections should be set to off. The "tone" selection may refer to DTMF, 2-Tone, or 5-Tone options that would not be necessary in this case. This should also be set to off.
  13. I found that Daystar radio on Amazon. It looks like a rebranded (and more expensive) version of the TYT TH-8600: Daystar-KU73011BK TYT TH-8600
  14. 2.29 on the radio I have at my desk. I suspect the one in my truck is different and needs to be updated.
  15. By "extended repeater channels," I mean those beyond channels 23 - 30. It is on those channels that I was having issues. I haven't had the radio change the programming as you describe. It only happened to me with the software changing the programming. It's held the tone when I've programmed it, so I'm not having the same issue that you are describing.
  16. If you have a cable that works for the GM-30, it should also work for the KG-935G as long as it has the same kind of connector, which I believe it does (My KG-UV9G does). You shouldn't need a separate cable.
  17. I'm not sure what the issue was for me, but with the programming software, I found that the Tx frequency would change to 462.xxx whenever I tried to enter a tone for some of the extended "repeater" channels. If I didn't enter a tone on those channels, the Tx frequency would stay at 467.xxx as I wanted it to. I resorted to leaving the tone off when I send the program to the radio, then I just enter the tone from the radio instead. I haven't figured out what the problem is for me, but I have figured out how to work around it. In my case, it may have something to do with running the software under Wine in Linux, rather than running it natively in Windows. I mention this problem only so you can look to see if your software is acting similarly, and is thus causing the problem you're experiencing.
  18. This does sound a lot like a configuration issue. As for the use of the tones, you want to be sure they are set on Transmit, and if your radio allows it, they should not be set on receive. That way, your radio will transmit the tone necessary to open the squelch on the repeater (so the repeater will hear you), and will not need to receive a tone to open the squelch on your radio (so you can hear all transmissions on that frequency in your area). As for your hand held radios, there is no need to use tones for radio to radio (simplex) communication, unless you're trying to filter out other users on the same frequency. Your radios may be suffering from desense, where the transmitting radio overloads the receiving radio. To test them, be sure both radios are on the same (non-repeater) channel, and are sufficiently distant from each other to prevent the transmitting radio from overloading the receiver on the receiving radio. Having the radios in different rooms, or one indoors and one outdoors should be enough distance to effectively test them. You should use another person to help with this so they can respond when you are testing.
  19. I have a mountain just a couple of miles out my backdoor that has several repeaters on it, and of those, at least one of them is a closed "members only" repeater. This immediately came to mind during the discussion, so that's why I'm bringing it up.
  20. I suspect this was just a ploy to add drama. I'm sure those guys have old-school 2D GPS (paper maps) available to them, as well as direct connection (simplex) via radio. But, how would the show be able to drum up suspense if they simply used their back-up systems without incident?
  21. Generally speaking, you'll want to use the SWR meter to ensure the antenna is properly tuned, then remove the meter. As for the "jumper" cable, no, it does not need to be the same as your feed line. A short length (12 to 18 inches is typical) of 50 ohm coax with suitable connectors is sufficient. Because of the short length and temporary nature of the connection, the type of coax doesn't matter much.
  22. This isn't entirely true. There are "closed" repeaters that are intended to be used only by club members or members of specific groups (such as Search and Rescue). This seems to be the exception for the most part; many ham repeaters are "open" to all licensed hams to use freely. In fact, for most that I'm aware of, use of the repeater is encouraged, likely to increase traffic and give people someone else to talk to. Unlike many GMRS users, most hams I've met like to talk to others whenever the opportunity presents itself.
  23. As of the time of this post, there are only 386 active GMRS licenses in the entire state of Wyoming! Surprisingly, to me at least, Wheatland has 12 of those. That seems to me like a high percentage since there are so many towns throughout the state.
  24. Welcome aboard Ben, Hopefully GMRS won't be disappointing for you. One thing you're likely to find is that there aren't a lot of people sitting around waiting to talk on GMRS. The way the service is licensed, many users have GMRS radios primarily for talking with family members either on simplex (radio to radio) or on private repeaters, and in many cases don't seem interested in talking with anyone outside their small group. This seems to be a fairly common experience shared by new GMRS users. In some areas, however, there is a fairly active GMRS user base that tend to use mostly open (shared) repeaters, and will chat readily with others. The best way to find out if that's the case in your area is to monitor the repeater outputs in your area to "see" what you can hear. You might find that there is an active GMRS community using one or more repeaters in the area. If so, you should be able to get information on who to contact to use the repeater. Remember, permission to do so is granted by the repeater owner, except in the case of open repeaters.
  25. With the prefix "KG" this would indicate that it's a Wouxon radio. Baofeng has a UV-9R model (without the KG prefix). The same is true for the two "9G" models: KG UV-9G from Wouxon and UV-9G from Baofeng. These radios are the GMRS versions of the 9R radios mentioned above.
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