EE123/198 Helpful Radio Hints
- How to talk:
- Hold the radio about 4 inches away from your mouth, antenna in vertical position.
- Press the Push-to-Talk (PTT) button. Wait 1 second before speaking
- Speak clearly, slowly, but not too loud so your voice is not over modulated
- Wait 1 second before releasing the PTT
- Comprehensive instruction manual for the Baofeng UV-5R is found Here
- Switch between low(2W) and high(4W) power: short press # key. Letter L will show up on the screen.
- Repeater reverse mode: short press on * key. Letter R will show up on screen. In this mode, the repeater input and output frequencies are switched. It is used to find out if the person you are talking to, is within simplex range.
- Voice activation mode (VOX): press menu -> press 4 to enter VOX menu. Press menu -> use arrows to set VOX level. We will use VOX in order to transmit using the computer.
DONT FORGET TO TURN OFF VOX or the entire Bay Area will hear your conversations
- About the only way to damage your radio is to transmit (press the side PTT button) without the antenna connected. Further reading
General Operating Tips:
- Phonetic Alphabet
- Our class simplex frequency is 146.430 (ch-4), monitor it for EE123 traffic
- SMPLX2M (ch-1) is 146.520 MHz, the national 2m simplex calling frequency, SMPLX446 (ch-2) is 446.000 MHz. You can most always directly reach fellow hams by transmitting “CQ CQ CQ followed by your callsign” when at higher elevations on this frequencies, especially 146.520 MHz.
- WW6BAY (ch-43,ch-44) is a linked repeater system covering all of the bay area. It’s 2m, 70cm south bay and 70cm north bay are listed in your radios with the 2, S and N suffixes respectively. It is owned and operated by many local engineers.
- N6QOP (ch-23) is a fantastic repeater which is part of the CARLA system and has coverage of the Berkeley area as well as east of the hills. Use CARLA (ch-49) to link to the entire system
- WA6HAM is the Contra Costa ARC repeater. Very good coverage in the east bay
- You are well aware of this by now, but it’s important enough to merit repeating. Your first and last transmission should always contain your call sign. During an extended contact (QSO), you also need to ID with your callsign at least every 10 minutes.
- KB6LED is a repeater on top of Grizley peak. It is also be reached through echolink, which makes it an excellent way to access a person with a radio on campus from the internet.
- N6NFI The most active repeater in the bay area hosting the 9am talknet. Press on the PTT to transmit and then key 699 to get a signal report!
- Please join the monthly emergency communication net. Net takes place each FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH (AT NOON) immediately after the siren tests on the UC Berkeley campus. There are two ways to check in:
- On repeater N6BRK (Ch-20 on your radio)
- On the Cal Bears 2m calling frequency 146.430MHz (Ch-4 on your radio)
- 9AM talk net is a daily net starting at 9am on the N6NFI repeater (Ch 31 on your radio). Its moto: “We encourage new hams to check in and ask questions” Topics vary from very technical:“I built this massive antenna structure” to “I’m drinking my coffee on my commute ,hi everyone”
Programming Cable and Class Bandplan
In order to program the radio, you will need a USB programming cable and a programming software called Chirp. There may be some windows driver issues discussed in Here. Read install instructions on the Chirp Wiki!!!
|1||SMPLX2M||146.520||National 2m simplex calling frequency|
|2||SMPLX446||446.000||National 70cm simplex calling frequency|
|4||SPLXCAL||146.430||Simplex channel for the Berkeley campus|
|20||N6BRK||440.900+ 131.8||NALCO Repeater on Alta Bates|
|21||WA6ZTY||442.275+ 100.0||LBNL Repeater|
|22||WA6HAM||145.490- 107.2||Contra Costa ARC Repeater (Berkeley Hills)|
|23||N6QOP||443.050+ 114.8||CARLA Repeater (Grizzly peak) use this one for local operation and ch-49 for entire California. Internet linked|
|24||WB6NDJ||146.880- 77.0||Oakland ORCA, ARC Alameda Internet linked|
|25||WB6NDU||442.400+ 77.0||Oakland ORCA, ARC Alameda|
|26||KB6LED||145.290- 131.8||Grizzley peak repeater|
|27||W6CX||147.060+ 100.0||MDARC Mount Diablo Internet linked|
|28||W6CX-70||441.325+ 100.0||MDARC Mount Diablo (low power)|
|29||K6POU||145.330- 100.0||Mt Diablo|
|30||W6SRR||147.045+ 94.8||Sunol Ridge|
|31||N6NFI||145.230- 100.0||SRI Repeater Stanford Dish – very active 9 am talk net|
|32||N6BDE||440.200+ 123.0||W6YX Stanford Amature club repeater|
|33||W6TI||147.360+ 110.9||Northern Cal DX Club, Palo Alto – very good sensitivity|
|34||W6RGG||147.240+ 107.2||Northern Cal Contest Club San Leandro|
|35||N6ICW||147.195+ 123.0||N6ICW Mt. Vaca Vacaville Linked to Tahoe|
|36||AG6AU||147.825- 82.5||Placerville, Western Sierras – wide coverage of central valley|
|37||K6FB-2M||145.450- 100.0||Los Gatos, Castle Rock|
|38||K6GWE||146.700- 179.9||Mt Tamalpais|
|39||W6PW||145.150- 114.8||San Francisco ARC Twin Peaks|
|40||WA6TOW||146.925- 114.8||CoastSide ARC Pacifica, North Peak|
|41||AB6VS||440.550+ 94.8||Loma Prieta Amature Club|
|42||K6SIX||441.350+ 107.2||Mariposa, Mt Bullion|
|43||WW6BAYS||443.225+ 100.0||BayNET South repeater linked|
|44||WW6BAYN||443.975+ 100.0||BayNET North repeater linked|
|45||WR6ABD||146.640- 162.2||WinSystem linked over the world|
|46||WR6ABDW||442.900+ 162.2||WinSystem linked over the world|
|47||K6KYAWN||444.850+ 114.8||WinSystem linked over the world|
|48||K6SJIWN||441.675+ 100||WinSystem linked over the world|
|49||CARLA||443.050+ 173.8||CARLA Same as N6QOP, but with tone squelche that opens the link to the entire system. Internet linked|
|50||ISSAPRS||145.825||International Space Station Packet|
|51||ISSCREW||145.800||International Space Station Voice|
|60||SO50T74||145.850||Oscar SO-50 Turns on satellite if sleeping (timeout after 15min)|
|61||SO50-TX||145.850||Oscar SO50 TX frequency|
|62||SO5015||436.815||Oscar SO50 RX frequency 15 Doppler|
|63||SO5010||436.810||Oscar SO50 RX frequency 10 doppler|
|64||SO505||436.805||Oscar SO50 RX frequency 5 doppler|
|65||SO50-0||436.800||Oscar SO50 RX frequency|
|66||SO50-5||436.795||Oscar SO50 RX frequency -5 doppler|
|67||SO50-10||436.790||Oscar SO50 RX frequency -10 doppler|
|68||SO50-15||436.790||Oscar SO50 RX frequency -15 doppler|
|70||MURS1||151.82||MURS VHF unlicensed band (not ham band) ch1, only low-power|
|71||MURS2||151.88||MURS VHF unlicensed band (not ham band) ch2, only low-power|
|72||MURS3||151.95||MURS VHF unlicensed band (not ham band) ch3, only low-power|
|73||MURS4||154.57||MURS VHF unlicensed band (not ham band) ch4, only low-power|
|74||MURS5||154.60||MURS VHF unlicensed band (not ham band) ch5, only low-power|
|83||MRN-SOS||156.8||Marine SOS Emmergency Frequency (not ham!)|
|84||MRNSFTY||157.1||Marine Safety Frequency (not ham!)|
|100||SSTV-V||145.510||Slow-scan-TV Calling frequency|
|117||APRS||144.39||National APRS frequency|
Special thanks for John Pauly AG6WH and Sawson KG6NUB for helping gather all the information!