How to reset the Baofeng UV-5R

Under certain circumstances, you may need to perform a reset on your Baofeng UV-5R amateur radio. Performing a reset is extremely easy. A variety of issues can occur that affect your Baofeng’s operation, and many can be fixed with a simple reset or reboot of the device.

Perform the following steps in order-

To Reset the Baofeng UV-5R:

Total Time: 5 minutes

  1. Turn on the radio and press the MENU button.

  2. Press the UP and DOWN arrow key to select RESET (Menu Item 40).

  3. Press MENU to choose RESET.

  4. Press the DOWN arrow key to choose VFO.

  5. Press MENU.

    The radio will display: SOURCE?

  6. Press MENU to confirm.

The Baofeng UV-5R is a two-way radio that operates on both the UHF and VHF frequencies. It has a maximum power output of eight watts and a range of up to six miles. The UV-5R is equipped with 128 channels, a backlit LCD display, a VOX function, and an emergency alert function. It also has a built-in FM radio. The UV-5R is powered by a rechargeable battery and comes with a charging cradle and AC adapter.

A VFO RESET only resets the frequency values in VFO mode. To reset the radio back to factory defaults, choose RESET/ALL

To perform a VFO Reset

1.Turn on the radio and press the MENU button.
2.Press the UP and DOWN arrow key to select RESET (Menu Item 40).
3.Press MENU to choose RESET.
4.Press the DOWN arrow key to choose VFO.
5.Press MENU. The radio will display SOURCE?
6.Press MENU to confirm. The radio will display WAIT… for a few seconds, then beep twice to confirm the reset is complete. The radio will revert to Chinese language mode. The reset is complete.

If your radio now speaks in Chinese

Press MENU.
2.Press the UP and DOWN arrow key to select VOICE (Menu Item 14).
3.Press MENU to choose VOICE.
4.Press the DOWN arrow key to choose ENG.
5.Press MENU to choose ENG.

Commonly Used Menu Items

0SQLRF Squelch
2TXPTransmit power (Tap # to temporarily change power)
11R-CTCSReceive CTCSS (PL)
13T-CTCSTransmit CTCSS (PL)
25SFT-DRepeater Shift Direction
26OFFESTRepeater Offset (MHz)
27MEM-CHSave to memory channel
28DEL-CHDelete memory channel

Important Menu Items

7TDRDual watch (monitor A and B at the same time). May change the transmit side – be careful with TDR-AB setting*
34TDR-ABSide for transmit after receiving a signal when TDR is on
9TOTLimit transmission time to xx seconds
14VOICEVoice confirmation of keypresses/menu selections. Choice of English, Chinese, or OFF
15ANI-IDA coded signal that is sent when an “alarm” is activated. You probably don’t need this.
17S-CODESends a DTMF code on transmit/end of transmit
19PTT-IDActivates the DTMF code on transmit/end of transmitting. Best left OFF.
20PTT-LTDelay before sending PTT-ID
23BCLBusy channel lockout – prevents transmitting when a channel is busy. (What is “busy”?)
32AL-MODAlarm mode.
35STESquelch Tail Elimination – squelches tail noise in simplex.
36RP-STESquelch Tail Elimination Repeater – squelches tail noise from a repeater (i.e., the courtesy tone)
37RPT-RLSquelch Tail Delay.
39ROGERSends an end-of-transmission tone after PTT release. Turn this OFF or you’ll annoy people quickly.
40RESETResets all settings and erases memories.
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