[chirp_users] Baofeng UV5R - Chirp 0.4.1 stable - CTCSS problems

Jim Unroe
Thu Jul 23 03:32:59 PDT 2015

On Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 11:05 PM, Jason Olson <jasisplayinu at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hello fellow CHIRP users.
> I am in need of some assistance. I recently programmed by UV5R after a lot of time spent messing with drivers and cables. Finally got everything talking to each other. Recently went to use the radio with CTCSS tones enabled and discovered an issue. No matter how many times I would program a CTCSS frequency into the menu (11 and 13), the second I move to another menu item and switch back the frequency resets (and yes I hit menu again to confirm each time). In my case specifically the R-CTCSS menu resets to OFF, and the T-CTCSS menu resets to 67.0.
> I don't even exit the menu, just go to #11 > menu > set for specific frequency > menu to confirm > jump to menu #12 > back to menu #11 and it's sitting at OFF. I know I need to set both to the same frequency for this to work properly but I can't even jump between menu items without it getting reset.
> So I figure that either I need to adjust something in the radio and from what I've read in all the online manuals I'm doing this right, OR, I have programmed the radio as such to reset to these settings every time.
> Right now in CHIRP my Tone Mode is set to Tone and Tone frequency is set to 67.0 which is the only frequency the T-CTCSS will set to, but I'm hoping there is a way to program this right so that I can choose a CTCSS frequency on the fly in the radio and not have to program the specific code using CHIRP each time.
> Thanks in advance for any help,
> Jason


Menu 10 (R-DCS), 11 (R-CTCS), 12 (T-DCS), and 13 (T-CTCS) can only be
used to set the DCS code or CTCSS tone when using the radio in VFO
(frequency) mode. When the radio is in MR (channel) mode, these menus
are "read only". In other words, when the radio is in MR mode these
menus can only be used to "see" what has been programmed into a
channel, they cannot be use to change the value.

None of the parameters of a memory channel can be changed from MR
mode. Only T-DCS, T-CTCS and the TX frequency can be updated in VFO
mode by settings up T-DCS or T-CTCS plus the TX frequency in the VFO
and then writing them to the target memory channel using menu 2
(MEM-CH). If you need to change any other parameter of a channel, the
channel must be erased using menu 28 (DEL-CH) and completely
reprogrammed from scratch. Note: The TX power level can temporarily
changed by tapping the [#] key.

You have to remember that these radios are designed to be used as
commercial radios where it is not desired to have the user change the
programmed channel parameters.

I recommend that you look at the following guides...

"Reference for UV-5R Menus"

"CHIRP Programming Reference" and "Understanding CHIRP's Columns"


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