Scan a range of frequencies with your UV-5X3

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Scan a range of frequencies with your UV-5X3

One of the cool things that you can do with your BTECH UV-5X3 Triband Radio is easily scan a range of frequencies. Now, with the UV-5X3, you don’t have to scan an entire band, but instead program the radio to scan only a portion of a band. This saves a lot of time, as you don’t have to scan frequencies that you’re not interested in.

For example, I wanted see what NOAA weather stations that I could receive where I live here in Ann Arbor, MI. It was easy to program the UV-5X3 to do this.


  • Set the radio to frequency mode by pressing the VFO/MR key.
  • Set the frequency step by pressing the MENU key, then 1/STEP key to view the current frequency step. To change the step, press MENU again, then the up and down keys to select the desired frequency step. Once selected, press MENU again. I programmed the radio for a step frequency of 10 kHz.
  • Press and hold the */SCAN key for about two seconds. The display will show: “RANGE —:—.”
  • Enter the frequency range (in MHz) that you want to scan, as shown in the figure at right. Since I knew that the NOAA weather stations were located around 162.500 MHz, I entered 162:162. This programmed the radio to scan the frequencies between 162.000 and 162.990 MHz. As soon as I entered the frequencies, the radio began to scan.

When it located one of the NOAA weather stations strong enough to break the squelch, the radio stopped on that frequency for a short time. I found that I could hear WNG647 on 162.450 MHz and KEC63 on 162.550 MHz.

To listen to one of the stations found, I pressed the */SCAN key to end scanning. And, since KEC63 was the stronger of the two stations, I pressed that key when the radio stopped on 162.550 MHz. Then, I listened to the weather report.

You can, of course, use this feature to scan for activity on other frequency bands. To listen for activity on the 2 m amateur radio band, for example, you would program the radio to scan between 144 and 148 MHz by keying in 144:147 when asked to do so. To listen for activity on the GMRS and FRS frequencies, program the radio with the frequencies 462:462 and a step frequency of 12.5 kHz.

The UV-5X3 will also scan the frequencies that you’ve programmed into memory in channel mode. To scan in channel mode, all you have to do is to set the radio to channel mode by pressing the VFO/MR key, then press the */SCAN key and away it goes.

Comments (15)

  • Johan Reply

    Will this work with the “BAOFENG UV-5R” and/or “BaoFeng UV-S9 Plus” also?

    March 25, 2022 at 2:47 am
    • BTECH Radios Reply

      No it is an exclusive firmware limited to BTECH branded radios

      March 28, 2022 at 10:46 am
    • Riss Emerson - AEØPX Reply

      Fine. But the entire midwest adheres to a 15kHz channel spacing. My BF-F8HP jumps from 12.5kHz to 20kHz. No 15.
      How can I set it to 15kHz spacing?

      December 4, 2023 at 4:11 am
  • Chris Reply

    Hi, having issues with a UV-5r model and an earmor M32 headset via an Earmor PPT switch, is there an impedance limit on the radios kenwood style socket?

    May 31, 2022 at 4:44 am
  • Tom Reply

    Can the unit scan APCO phase 1 & 2?

    August 6, 2022 at 7:21 am
  • kwis Reply

    I tried this on my UV-5RX3 and the “RANGE” option never comes up.. when I hold */SCN button it just says “Scanning begin”.. and being scanning..

    Any ideas??

    December 5, 2022 at 6:13 pm
    • BTECH Radios Reply

      The UV-5RX3 is not the same as the BTECH UV-5X3 – you would need our BTECH UV-5X3 for this feature

      December 12, 2022 at 11:00 am
  • Kevin Reply

    Somehow got out of my saved channels foe scanning any ideas how to get back to it. Wish they made these easier to operate.

    January 22, 2023 at 11:31 am
    • Jim Scan Reply

      Is the speed comparable with dedicated scanners that can scan 50 to 100 frequencies a second??

      March 15, 2023 at 1:41 pm
      • Matthew Parrish Reply

        No, it’s not a scanner

        January 17, 2024 at 3:39 pm
  • Kevin Butler Reply

    Having issues getting back to my saved frequencies for scanning

    January 22, 2023 at 11:33 am
  • Yeti Reply

    I have BF-F5XT.
    Followed directions (well pretty sure I am…)
    Can not get the RANGE -:- screen
    Any remedial help would be appreciated.
    PS I was unaware of the scan function before reading article. Even though I can not get the range function to work it is useful to know how to scan and to scan my presets.

    December 9, 2023 at 2:15 pm
    • BTECH Radios Reply

      This feature is only compatible on ‘BTECH’ branded radios. Looks like its time to get a UV-5X3!

      December 9, 2023 at 2:15 pm
  • Rick Adkins Reply

    I just bought a Baofeng 5RX and wanted to scan a certain set of frequencies; how do I set it to do that?

    April 12, 2024 at 4:39 pm

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