How To Manually Program A BaoFeng Radio


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BaoFeng radios are popular among amateur radio enthusiasts due to their affordability and versatility.

However, programming them can be a daunting task, especially for beginners.

In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of manually programming a BaoFeng radio, step by step.

Why Manually Program A BaoFeng Radio?

While it is possible to program a BaoFeng radio using a computer and a programming cable, manual programming is a useful skill to have, especially in emergency situations where a computer may not be available.

Additionally, manual programming allows you to customize your radio’s settings to your specific needs.

What You Will Need

To manually program your BaoFeng radio, you will need the following:

  • A BaoFeng radio
  • A frequency chart for your area
  • Knowledge of the repeaters and frequencies in your area

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Enter Frequency Mode

Press the [VFO/MR] button to enter Frequency Mode.

Step 2: Choose the A Side

Press the [A/B] button and choose the A Side (upper display).

Step 3: Choose the Frequency Band

Press the [BAND] button to choose the frequency band.

Step 4: Disable TDR

Press the [MENU] button, scroll to option 7 (TDR), and disable it by pressing the [MENU] button again.

Step 5: Enter the Frequency

Enter the frequency using the keypad.

For example, to enter 146.520 MHz, press 1 4 6 . 5 2 0.

Step 6: Optional – Enter the Transmit CTCSS/DCS Code

If your repeater requires a CTCSS or DCS code, you can enter it by pressing the [MENU] button, scrolling to option 13 (T-CTCS), and entering the code using the keypad.Congratulations!

You have successfully manually programmed your BaoFeng radio.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use a frequency chart to find the repeaters and frequencies in your area.
  • Write down the frequencies and settings for future reference.
  • Practice manual programming before you need to use it in an emergency.


Manual programming a BaoFeng radio may seem intimidating at first, but with practice, it can become a valuable skill.

By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can customize your radio’s settings to your specific needs and be better prepared for emergencies.