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Baofeng UV-5R Plus Kit 136-174/400-520MHz review

New GT-3 MRK II Programing

Spent half the night last evening trying to program My Nephew's Graduation Gift for party Saturday.
GT Mark II...new out of box...I bought 2/ I got to have one right?
Complete Kit Pg. w/software+cables and Spkr Mics....
Program disk did not help can not connect to radio
Chirp Software...seems better....can not connect to radio
Tried BOTH USB cables supplied
Tried "Newest" software on-line from dealer...same issue
All seems to revolve around this Damn COM PORT issue
Tried every USB Port (all 8) on my system...
New Drivers...(That's another story also)
Everything or should I say Nothing will connect with the radio...says wrong Port or comm fault....

So help me out Guys....I can't give this kid an empty radio!
All the Best
Gary
 
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Spent half the night last evening trying to program My Nephew's Graduation Gift for party Saturday.
GT Mark II...new out of box...I bought 2/ I got to have one right?
Complete Kit Pg. w/software+cables and Spkr Mics....
Program disk did not help can not connect to radio
Chirp Software...seems better....can not connect to radio
Tried BOTH USB cables supplied
Tried "Newest" software on-line from dealer...same issue
All seems to revolve around this Damn COM PORT issue
Tried every USB Port (all 8) on my system...
New Drivers...(That's another story also)
Everything or should I say Nothing will connect with the radio...says wrong Port or comm fault....

So help me out Guys....I can't give this kid an empty radio!
All the Best
Gary

Don't let Windows install new drivers. They won't work. Use the old driver. This video will show you, and it works for all of the Baofeng's for programming via computer.

Brick O'Lore: Baofeng GT-3: Programming

Also an excellent source of information:
Baofeng Pofung Wouxun UV5R UV82 UV8D UV82X GT3 UVB5 Information Site, Ham Radio



73,
Brett
 
another thing to realize is that the driver has two components, one for the USB side and the other is the com (serial) port. You need to downgrade both components manually if you let it install a newer version (the new driver was programmed to not allow the cloned chinese chips to run)
 
THANKS GUYS...BY GEORGE I THINK I'VE GOT IT!:LOL:

All the Best
Gary

Glad to hear that! And probably the easiest thing to screw up on once you have the drivers installed and working: "All programming MUST be initially done in the Frequency Mode using the Upper Display only".

73,
Brett
 
Digging this up from the thread cemetary.

My dad has one of these, and I was able to fool around with it - accidentally reset to factory default. It was odd hearing a Chinese voice prompt. :oops:

One thing I noticed, though: When in channel mode, any change to the power setting (from low to high and back) didn't seem to take. It's as if the radio was continually "reading" the channel information and wouldn't allow any temporary change. When in FVO mode, I could change the power at will.

Is this a normal thing for these radios, or did I miss a step? I pressed "menu" to accept any change.

All in all, seemed like a capable enough radio, I may buy one myself. I'm not a big fan of a missing squelch knob, but that's not a deal breaker for radios in this price point.
 

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