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#1 BMMS047

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 11:24 AM

Hello everyone. I am brand new to the GMRS world. I received license a few days ago and just got a pair of Baofeng UV-5XP's. Needless to say I was quite overwhelmed by how sophisticated these radio's are for the price. Manually programming them is quite a bear. I made the mistake of not having a programmable download cable to download the free frequencies from CHIRP. I just ordered one from Amazon to help with programming. Anyway, I am impressed with the 3,000 mAh battery, FM radio, and the myraid of adjustments of this radio. I stumbled across an interesting HAM group discussion on 145.430 with folks chiming in from Grass Valley, Auburn, Cool and I can hear them all loud and clear here in North Highlands (about 40 miles away). Hopefully, I can find a group of like minded GRMS folks in the general Sacramento area as well that I can communicate with. 



#2 Lscott

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 04:01 PM

The site below has some good info on various Chinese radios. http://www.miklor.com/ Your specific radio may not be there but a closely related one likely is.

#3 BMMS047

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 06:47 PM

Thank you. I have been watching several youtube video's. I am trying to figure out how to utilize local repeaters in my area. I hear everyone talking and when I ask for a radio check to see if anyone can hear me I get no response (TX'ing at 5 watts on this hand held) I assume I have to hit a repeater in order to amplify my transmission's. I set the R-CTCS and T-CTCS to the required feq but don't understand or don't have the correct information to set the SFT-D (negative or positive)? Then there is the off-set too? For a new GMRS user trying to self learn it is a bit confusing. Seems like all the communication in my area is being bounced of Mt. Vaca at 462.700



#4 n4gix

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 12:04 PM

GMRS repeater input frequencies are always 5.000 MHz higher than the receive frequency: 462.xxx receive; 467.xxx transmit.



#5 BMMS047

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 06:01 PM

Thank you N4GIX!!! That is information a newbie like myself definitely needs. 






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