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Welcome to the forum MikeRod, The UV5r is not a good radio for a beginner. It is capable of TX'ing on frequencies that you are not licensed for and could easily interfere with Public service and Emergency services. Not to mention it is not Part95 certified for use on GMRS. Consider the Baofeng GMRS V-1 or the Tera GMRS radio.

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Welcome to the forum MikeRod, The UV5r is not a good radio for a beginner. It is capable of TX'ing on frequencies that you are not licensed for and could easily interfere with Public service and Emergency services. Not to mention it is not Part95 certified for use on GMRS. Consider the Baofeng GMRS V-1 or the Tera GMRS radio.

Thank you for the info. Im only looking to use it on the one gmrs repeater in my area for me and family  nothing more nothing less.  I am new at this nknew i needed a license got that part right  now just got to save and get better radios All local law and emergency service in my area are on 800 trunking systems  there are a few repeaters in the ham range that are used for emergencies off limits when there is a disaster . but im learning  so thanks again.  

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It's Part 90 certified (somehow), which is better than no certification. CHIRP is the programming software to use. Regardless of whatever service you're operating on, you will want to turn off STE, RP-STE, and ROGER, and leave PTT-ID disabled, AL-MOD on SITE, and RPT-RL on OFF. Within CHIRP, you can disable transmit on a memory channel by setting its offset to "off", and that should be done for anything you don't have authorization to use (such as out-of-band frequencies and private repeaters).

 

All GMRS repeater channels have an offset of +5.0000 MHz, and a receive frequency between 462.550 and 462.725 MHz. Any other offset other than 0.0000 (simplex) or +5.0000 (repeater) can take you out-of-band, so it's important that you double-check your frequency entries on Part 90 radios.

 

Once you know which repeaters you want to add, check both their transmit and receive CTCSS/DCS settings. If transmit CTCSS/DCS is wrong, the repeater won't hear you; if receive CTCSS/DCS is wrong, you may be hitting the repeater but you won't hear it (the green light on top will still light up, but audio won't play unless you hit the monitor button).

 

If you've got it all loaded and you want to check if it's working, you can hop on a repeater, give your callsign, and ask for a radio check. Anyone else out listening will usually tell you how well they can hear you, and at a minimum you should hear the repeater's tail.

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It's Part 90 certified (somehow), which is better than no certification. CHIRP is the programming software to use. Regardless of whatever service you're operating on, you will want to turn off STE, RP-STE, and ROGER, and leave PTT-ID disabled, AL-MOD on SITE, and RPT-RL on OFF. Within CHIRP, you can disable transmit on a memory channel by setting its offset to "off", and that should be done for anything you don't have authorization to use (such as out-of-band frequencies and private repeaters).

 

All GMRS repeater channels have an offset of +5.0000 MHz, and a receive frequency between 462.550 and 462.725 MHz. Any other offset other than 0.0000 (simplex) or +5.0000 (repeater) can take you out-of-band, so it's important that you double-check your frequency entries on Part 90 radios.

 

Once you know which repeaters you want to add, check both their transmit and receive CTCSS/DCS settings. If transmit CTCSS/DCS is wrong, the repeater won't hear you; if receive CTCSS/DCS is wrong, you may be hitting the repeater but you won't hear it (the green light on top will still light up, but audio won't play unless you hit the monitor button).

 

If you've got it all loaded and you want to check if it's working, you can hop on a repeater, give your callsign, and ask for a radio check. Anyone else out listening will usually tell you how well they can hear you, and at a minimum you should hear the repeater's tail.

Thanks for that info it helped alot  but going through the steps you mentioned i seen some other stuff im not sure about  if i havent mentioned im very new at all this. what about the DTMFST  S-CODE  SC-REV  Can you tell me how that should be set . . In my area there are only 2 gmrs repeaters near me only one is up and running the other will be up end of month. I really appericate  the help. One day ill be able to pass it on and help someone myself . 

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Welcome to the forum MikeRod, The UV5r is not a good radio for a beginner. It is capable of TX'ing on frequencies that you are not licensed for and could easily interfere with Public service and Emergency services. Not to mention it is not Part95 certified for use on GMRS. Consider the Baofeng GMRS V-1 or the Tera GMRS radio.

 

I have to say, the Tera is possible to be programmed to Emergency services too. I currently have one channel on my Tera 505 programmed to receive my local police radio. I programmed the transmit to a GMRS frequency to be safe though. 

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Thanks for that info it helped alot  but going through the steps you mentioned i seen some other stuff im not sure about  if i havent mentioned im very new at all this. what about the DTMFST  S-CODE  SC-REV  Can you tell me how that should be set . . In my area there are only 2 gmrs repeaters near me only one is up and running the other will be up end of month. I really appericate  the help. One day ill be able to pass it on and help someone myself . 

Just leave them on default. Miklor has a good explanation of the menus here and here.

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