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Baofeng UV-3R problem

Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by RatsoW8, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. RatsoW8

    RatsoW8 Supporting Member

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    Well, I just received a new UV-3R and usb programming cable from Wouxun USA today. Nice little radio. Here is the body of the email I just sent to the seller.

    "I received the radio today. Downloaded the drivers and software to program the radio. Seemed simple enough. I tried to write one local repeater to the radio and got the confirmation that it was successful. The radio turned itself off and then back on. Both vhf and uhf displays now show DDD.D25 and I have to remove the battery to get it to turn off. Won't do anything else."

    So, am I missing something or did I get a lemon?


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  2. Moleculo

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    Congrats! You bricked the radio. This happens when you use the software for the old UV-3R to program the new UV-3R MKII. I found this solution for fixing it from a FAQ for the UV-3R from the Yahoo group:

    Help! Display shows DDD.D25!
    This happens when a UV-3R Mark II is programmed with an old version of the programming software. Download the newest software version and try re-programming your UV-3R: it should return to normal operation. A solution from John WB1GCQ follows, posted on the UV-3R mailing list and reproduced here with his authorization.

    Here is what I did using the information provided by the Group.
    1) If you have preciously installed the software for the UV-3R; delete it from the computer before you start this procedure for the Mark II.
    2) Download from the Files Section the Mark II software. I also found this software on the 409shop site. Not sure if both are the same version.
    3) Download the driver you require from the 409shop site. I downloaded the usb driver for Windows XP. I did this even though I had the original driver installed. The install will inform you if you have current driver or newer version available for install. In my case I installed tthe newer driver.
    4) Plug usb cable nto computer. Go to Device Manager.Click on Ports and determine Comm port assigned to Prolific usb to serial comm. Mine was Comm 6.
    5) Run the UV-3R Mark II software from the shortcut on the Desktop. Click on Settings and select an available Comm port. In my case I selected Comm 6 and clicked Ok to close.
    6) On the grid at top it indicates Freq Range. The range 136-174/400-470 is presently selected. Click on down arrow to right and another range 144-146/430-440 is shown. Click on this range so it is now slected.
    7) At this point my grid filled in the Channel 1 with a rx Freq of 146.0000.
    8) My display on the UV-3R had DDDD25 on upper and DDDD25 on lower line at this point. Its been that way for a week looking for a solution!
    9) I clicked on Program on top line of grid and selected "Write to Radio". Got a dialogue box. Clicked on Ok and program began writing to radio. Upon completion the DDDD25 disappeared from the first and second lines of the display. My display now shows 146.0000 on first line and 440.0000 on second line.
    10) I clicked on Program on top line of grid and selected "Read from Radio". Got dialogue box. Clicked on Ok and program began reading from radio.
    11) Success! things are going back to normal! Clicked on Files on top of grid and save As. The Mark II sortware format is *.3R. Original software was *.dat. The original Baofeng Memory Files are still on the computer so I saved this file as UV-3RMarkIIinitialread.3R.
    12) Back to the grid and the Freq Range. Click on down arrow and select 136-174/400-470. When I did this Channel 1 was filled in with a frequency of 136.0000.
    13) Clicked on Program on top of grid and selected "Write to Radio". Got dialogue box. Clicked on Ok. and program began to write to radio.
    14) Upon completion my display showed 136.0000 on first line and 400.0000 on second line.
    15) Clicked on Program on top line of grid and selected "Read from Radio". Got dialogue box. Clicked on Ok and program began reading from radio.
    16) Clicked on Files on top of grid and save As. The Mark II sortware format is *.3R. Original software was *.dat. The original Baofeng Memory Files are still on the computer so I saved this file as UV-3RMarkIIrevisedread.3R.
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  3. RatsoW8

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    Interesting my friend. I downloaded the software from Ed's site for the dual display radio. Thought it was the most current but I guess not. After walking away for an hour I came back and on the third try got the radio to accept the programming.

    That worked so I tried to add a couple more local repeaters. No luck as the software lost sight of the radio. I looked at the device mamager on my PC and foung the com port had changed from com 3 to com 4. Seems the prolific USB to Serial com port is actually a wandering com port? All I had to do was re-assign the com port in the software and it programmed just fine.

    I will go download the new version though. It's always nce to find the quick fix! :D Appreciate the info!
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  4. Moleculo

    Moleculo Administrator Staff Member

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    I had to mess around with the COM port also, but once I got that settled, it programmed fine. That really is an issue with the Prolific drivers and not the radio or software. I've had that same issue with those drivers with other devices.
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  5. Anderson2519

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    Uv-3r rx and tx codes vox ??

    When i try to transmit the radio almost sounds like its on a talk around channel. It does not hit the repeater to dispatch. How do i know which rx and tx codes to use? The uhf/vhf channels are 453.050/ 155.49 . . How do i set it so that the transmittion will hit the repeAter????
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  6. RatsoW8

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    Talk to the person who administers the repeater/comm systems at your company.
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  7. nobody

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    Did you enter the PL tones? Also keep in mind it's only 2 watts.
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