New Model #7145

Baofeng BF-R3

Added by Tim Vendt over 2 years ago. Updated over 1 year ago.

Status:Closed Start date:10/06/2019
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Description

All, I purchased a BaoFeng BF-3R Tribander recently (2m/220/440).

I don't see this model listed in the model's list. I'm wondering if I can use the setup for the
UV-5RX3 to set it up.

Thoughts?

Thank you


Related issues

duplicated by New Model #7593: Programation du Baofeng BF-R3 Closed 01/23/2020

History

Updated by Dave Lowe over 2 years ago

I have to bump with a "me too," the error I get when downloading the UV-5RX3 was "received more data than expected" or something. This is my first time using either Chirp or a Baofeng/BTech radio.

Updated by Tim Vendt over 2 years ago

I have not received my BF-3R yet. I think it's on a slow boat from China...very slow boat.

I did purchase a UV-5X3 a few days back from BTECH and received it last night. I was able to program it manually with some difficulty (I mean, after all, who reads the manual?) and programmed some frequencies with no problems at all using Chirp.

Is the UV-5X3 the same as the UV-5RX3?

Tim KB1MM

Updated by Tim Vendt over 2 years ago

Dave, in my last post I meant to say that I didn't have any issues such as "received more data than expected" when I uploaded the first .img file from the radio.

Tim KB1MM

Updated by Tim Vendt over 2 years ago

OK, I just answered my own question about the difference between the 5RX3 and the 5X3...it appears the 5RX3 is the RadioOddity version of the BTECH 5X3

Tim KB1MM

Updated by Jim Unroe over 2 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Feedback

The Radioddity UV-5RX3 would most likely be the correct selection for a BF-3R.

In the case of the "received more data than expected" issue, are you using a generic programming cable with Windows? If yes, does it show up in Device Manager as having a Prolific type USB-to-TTL chip? Then if yes, have you downloaded, installed and selected the required older v3.2.0.0 Prolific device driver? A link to the device driver and instructions for installing and selecting it are available here.

If it still doesn't work, attach a debug.log file to this issue.

Jim KC9HI

Updated by Tim Vendt over 2 years ago

Thank you Jim.

I just received the radio yesterday and after several false starts, I was able to deduce that this radio is programmable using what you suggested. I tried several models before landing on the Radioddity UV-5RX3. I still received a couple of "are you sure?" messages. Clicking through them got me what I was looking for.

The programming cable I have is from BTECH which incorporates a bonafide FTDI chip. That worked perfectly.

Thanks for your help...

Tim KB1MM

Updated by Gary Ferguson over 2 years ago

FWIW, I was able to download a short "program" from a BF F8HP into the BF-R3... lucky I guess.

Updated by Jim Unroe over 2 years ago

Gary Ferguson wrote:

FWIW, I was able to download a short "program" from a BF F8HP into the BF-R3... lucky I guess.

That is what someone else on the [chirp_users] mailing list reported. Does the radio have 3 power level settings as well as 3 bands?

Jim KC9HI

Updated by Gary Ferguson over 2 years ago

from the AMZN Product page: (3 bands, 2 power levels)

tri-color display,dual standby, Programmable PC software,We will give you the software,you can download from the ABBREE official website or can contact our service to help you.( ABBREE down link:http://www.abbree.com/modules/download/slides/BF_5R_3Band_v2.1.zip)
Description:
1.*Tri-band* / Tri-display ,dual standby
2.128 groups channels storage: Shortcut menu operation mode
3.VFO & Memory channels scan:Emergency Alarm
4.Time-out Timer (TOT):0~9 grades VOX selectable
5.PTT & ANI ID:FM radio and 25 stations storage
6.Voice companding:50 CTCSS/104 DCS
7.*High/Low TX power* selectable:Busy channel lock-out(BCLO)
8.DTMF function:OFF SET function

When I tried to access the URL shown above via Chrome, Google intervened with a RED BOX warning that the website is dangerous so I closed the window and found CHIRP.

Updated by Tim Vendt over 2 years ago

I got the same red screen. I opted not to take any chances. I used the Chirp app made for the Radioddity UV-5RX3r on my BF-R3 and it worked fine. As I remember, there were a couple of caution screens but I just went through those with no issues.

Tim KB1MM

Updated by Jim Unroe over 2 years ago

Does the BF-R3 also have 3 power levels (TXP=HIGH/MID/LOW) or just 2 (TXP=HIGH/LOW)? On a radio with 3 power levels you will see an H, M or L in the upper status display. On a radio will 2 power levels you will see an H in the upper status display when HIGH is selected and nothing when LOW is selected.

Jim KC9HI

Updated by Tim Vendt over 2 years ago

It only has two power levels. Low (1watt)and High (4.5-5watts, depending on band).

Tim KB1MM

Updated by Bernhard Hailer almost 2 years ago

  • Status changed from Feedback to Closed

Assuming this is resolved. The BF-R3 is on the list of supported radios.
Please let us know if this should be reopened due to the power level issue.

Updated by Michael Bilow over 1 year ago

I recently bought what may be a more recent BF-R3, and it behaves differently than described here. Holding down "6" during power-on displays "190831M" although CHIRP shows the expected message as "151123H".

Trying to read as a BTECH UV-5X3 never works.

I can read and program memories as a Baofeng BF-F8HP, but the settings tab is blank.

I can read and program both memories and settings as a Radioddity UV-5R EX, but the settings show only VHF/UHF without 220.

After reading as a Radioddity UV-5R EX, but not before, I can read and program as a Radioddity UV-5RX3, but the settings show only VHF/UHF without 220.

When I say that settings do not show 220, I can set the VHF range to 134-225; the radio does work on 220 regardless of what this setting is. (Does this affect the radio or is it just an internal check for CHIRP?) Is simply widening the VHF range the correct approach? If so, then CHIRP seems to be fully working.

Updated by Jim Unroe over 1 year ago

Michael Bilow wrote:

Trying to read as a BTECH UV-5X3 never works.

It won't. Only a genuine BTECH UV-5X3 from Baofeng Tech (the radio dealer in the USA) will work with those Vendor/Model selections.

Michael Bilow wrote:

After reading as a Radioddity UV-5R EX, but not before, I can read and program as a Radioddity UV-5RX3, but the settings show only VHF/UHF without 220.

The UV-5R EX is only a dual band model and choosing it will only provide support for 2 bands (VHF 136-174 and UHF 400-520). Unless you've made the mistake of uploading a "foreign" image from another radio, downloading using the Radioddity UV-5RX3 Vendor/Model selections (the correct selections for the BF-R3), the VHF band limits should be should be 136 and 260 for the VHF Lower Limit and VHF Upper Limit respectively in order to cover both VHF bands.

Michael Bilow wrote:

When I say that settings do not show 220, I can set the VHF range to 134-225; the radio does work on 220 regardless of what this setting is. (Does this affect the radio or is it just an internal check for CHIRP?) Is simply widening the VHF range the correct approach? If so, then CHIRP seems to be fully working.

As mentioned above, your radio should have come from the factory with the VHF band limits set to 136-260. The Baofeng UV-5R like tri-band models stretch out the VHF band limits to cover both the 136-174 MHz and 200-260 MHz VHF bands. The in between frequencies (174-200) are locked out by the firmware.

Jim KC9HI

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