Blog: Why isn’t my Baofeng FM radio working?

No FM radio on my UV-5R or UV-9G

Blog: Why isn’t my Baofeng FM radio working?

One of the most common questions that we have been receiving lately has been: ‘Why isn’t the FM radio working on my radio?’ First, before we dive into the topic, we will preface the answer by affirming that all BTECH distributed radios have fully functioning FM radios and no modifications have been made to our distributed radios or products.

As we are all aware there have many hurdles to manufacturing, including a chip shortage, ever since the pandemic’s start in 2020. Costs have been skyrocketing and there has been little relief to any aspect of distribution or logistics.

Due to these obstacles, most distributors of Baofeng products have decided to modify or cut back on features in their products to try and keep costs down. The most noticeable feature affected has been the FM radio.  While the removal of a feature might be understandable, the issue is those products are still advertised as being the same product they once were, and no mention of the cost-saving changes has been disclosed by those distributors. These changes are affecting all product lines from amateur radios to GMRS radios and are plaguing distributors around the world.

When you purchase from BTECH, you can be assured that it is the same product as it always has been. We have not removed any chips or features from our products to curb costs. We pride ourselves in our support and our reputation and we will continue to work with all our global partners to ensure that no shortcuts are taken to deliver the best radio to you! Shop from BTECH directly at:


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Comments (8)

  • kufi Reply

    The same problem the BTECH V1 have, you can’t have more than one gmrs repeter per frequency. I try but i dit not figure out yet,
    The probleme is when you try you will not have the Split 5000 without that you only have one repeter per frequency

    June 14, 2022 at 3:45 am
    • BTECH Radios Reply

      The GMRS-V2 has replaced the GMRS-V1 to support multiple repeaters

      June 27, 2022 at 2:28 pm
  • Jim Mooter Reply

    Can’t find UV9G

    June 20, 2022 at 6:27 pm
    • BTECH Radios Reply

      That is not a model we sell, but we know sellers have removed the FM radio on those, our GMRS-V2 still has the FM radio included

      June 27, 2022 at 2:25 pm
  • Tucker Reply

    So… Are you going to give any tops? I can switch to fm band, dial in a known good station and get nothing. This is on a Baofenh UV-9g.

    June 27, 2022 at 2:21 pm
    • BTECH Radios Reply

      We do not sell the UV-9G, as stated in the article – other sellers have cut back on features to save money. Our GMRS-V2 does not have the FM radio removed

      June 27, 2022 at 2:23 pm
  • Harry Reply

    I got a UV-9R plus.

    The two way VHF is working fine. But the FM is not working at all.


    July 7, 2022 at 3:37 am
    • BTECH Radios Reply

      The FM radio will not work as your supplier has removed the feature from the radio

      July 7, 2022 at 11:30 am

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