Well the local club had their net. When they asked if anyone wanted to introduce themselves I hit that PTT button and... nothing. Im not sure what I've set wrong.

@Capheind I'm happy to help troubleshoot! Did you set the offset and tone properly? Have you used any programming software, do you have a programming cable?

@wilbr No i need to order the cable and program it. All ive changed is the offset (just listed as minus on their website) and the PL tone i set to 100. Im guessing there are other settings i need to fiddle with. Its 145.150 mhz

@Capheind so repeater offsets are set by convention based on band, I believe it's generally 0.6MHz for the 2m band. I don't memorize such things though, I just download from to my radio haha.

So you're gonna ensure that T-CTCS is set to 100.0HZ, SFT-D is set to -, and OFFSET is set to 00.600. You may need to be in VFO mode to get settings to save. These menu options are usually 13, 25, and 26 for quick access.

@Capheind I have a UV82 and you can check that you've done it right when you're in memory mode (made your changes and saved them to a memory location with menu MEM-CH, #27 then switched back to non-VFO mode) and ready to make a call on that memory channel, and you hit the * button and the display changes to R, CT, and 0.6MHz lower than before. The display should also have +- displayed on your memory item.

@Capheind sure! Here's a guide I referenced when giving you that advice.

You can also obviously test things out by disconnecting your antenna and pressing the PTT button. If your display is set to show frequencies, it should switch to the transmit (-0.6) frequency accordingly.

This guy's UV-5R doesn't behave 100% like mine but you can see the process

@wilbr I think its working but nobody was on right then. Should have my programming cable soon. Also thinking of joining the local club.

@Capheind make sure you have the PL/CTCSS set. If there isn't one listed you might need to ask someone directly. See if you can figure out which club runs the net. If you can't figure that out, you could just send a letter to the address listed under the callsign of one of the regulars.

@Anarkat they have it listed as "100" so i think i have that right. It's the local club (W6LIE) so if i can get over to their meeting tomorrow I may join up.

@Capheind if you bring your radio to the in-person meeting they may be able to help you get it set up.

Keep in mind though that the baofeng has absolutely garbage signal rejection/selectivity.

Someone transmitting on the same band on a different frequency in the same physical room is enough interference to deafen a baofeng. This could make it difficult to test settings after they're adjusted.

I was transmitting to a repeater on one of my baofengs a few days ago, with another one in the same room set to a different frequency in the same band, and the interference was strong enough to break squelch on my other radio.

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