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Synchronizing the DMR Amateur Digital Contact Lists in the DMR-6X2 Radio Series

There seems to be a LOT of discussion on how to manipulate the DMR digital contact lists for use in the DMR-6X2 Series (DMR-6X2, DMR-6X2 PRO) of radios. Let’s start off by stating — the contact lists are out in the wild, and FREE. Granted radioid.net costs money to operate (as all websites do) and Glenn does have a subscription option to help maintain the site, but other sites are just out to generate pocket change and you will be paying...


Wirelessly Share Memory Channels between different GMRS-PRO Radios

One of the best features on the GMRS-PRO is the ability to share memory channels between radios using only the keys on the front panel. This eliminates the hassle of having to program your radio with a separate device.To utilize this channel sharing mode, you must have at least ONE channel group on the radio you wish to share from. This can be the default group which is loaded at the factory, or another group you have modified either on...


GMRS-V2 Wideband & Narrowband Fix

The BTECH GMRS-V2 is the first GMRS radio of its kind. It is the first GMRS radio to allow you to quickly add any GMRS channel to any memory location in a few button presses. Using the new GMRS 'quick add' option in Menu 43 ('GCH-AD') you can add another GMRS channel to any of the 200 channel locations. Here's how that new menu works: First you select this new menu option (Menu 43) and it will allow you to enter...


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....


BTECH FRS-B1 Walkie Talkies Giveaway

3/4/21 UPDATE: WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT Congratulations to our FRS-B1 giveaway winner: Tom P. from Troy, OH. There are multiple ways to enter our BTECH FRS-B1 Giveaway. You automatically receive one entry by signing up. You are eligible for additional entries by completing actions such as: subscribing to our newsletter, following us on social media, and sharing the contest on social media. Learn more about the most versatile commercial FRS radios at: https://baofengtech.com/frs-b1


Multiple ways to charge your BaoFeng & BTECH Radios

In our age of technology, we continue to produce more and more gadgets that just make our life, a little easier. This also brings new sources of power, or to be more precise, additional ways to convert energy to power all our devices, including your favorite BaoFeng or BTECH radio. Let’s look at a couple of our most popular power adapting cables, the BT1013 and the 10V USB Smart Cable. You’re probably aware of the BT1013’s use with connecting your BL‑5L...


New firmware adds analog APRS to the DMR-6X2 handheld radio

BTECH recently released version 2.0 firmware for the DMR-6X2 handheld, and the most exciting new feature is analog APRS support. Previously, the DMR-6X2 could send APRS packets via DMR, but now it can also do analog APRS, making it more versatile than ever. Here’s how to set up analog APRS on your DMR-6X2. First, you’ll have to upgrade the firmware. Go to the DMR-6X2 Software and Firmware Repository and download CPS & Firmware 2.01. This package contains new firmware for the...


Program your UV-5X3 with CHIRP

One of the most frequently asked questions that we get here at BTECH is, “How do I program the channel memories in my UV-5X3?” The answer is, “Get CHIRP!” CHIRP is a free, open-source application for programming many different radios from dozens of manufacturers. You can use CHIRP to program 11 different BTECH models, including our amateur radios and our GMRS and MURS radios. In this post, we’ll show you how to program a BTECH UV-5X3 with CHIRP. CHIRP runs on...


Why can’t I hit the repeater?

One of the first things that many new radio amateurs do is to purchase a handheld radio, like the BTECH UV-5X3 (right), to talk with their friends on a local repeater. After programming the radio, they're often able to hear the repeater, but not access it. When this happens, the first question out of their mouths is, “Why can't I hit the repeater?” This is such a frequent problem, that there's even a question (T2B04) on the Technician Class exam that...


Get your CTCSS tones right to access repeaters

One of the things that many newcomers to FM and repeater operation fail to do when programming a radio is to program the CTCSS tone properly. There's even a question on the Technician Class exam that addresses this issue, question T2B04: QUESTION: Which of the following could be the reason you are unable to access a repeater whose output you can hear? ANSWER: All of these choices are correct Improper transceiver offset The repeater may require a proper CTCSS tone from your...