Step-by-Step Programming for the Baofeng UV-82: Manual and Software Methods Explained

The Baofeng UV-82 is a powerful and versatile dual-band radio that can operate on both VHF and UHF frequencies. Programming this radio allows you to customize it for your specific needs, whether you’re using it for amateur radio, emergency communications, or personal use.

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This guide will walk you through the steps to manually program your Baofeng UV-82 and also show you how to use software like CHIRP for easier programming.

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Manual Programming of the Baofeng UV-82

Manual programming can be a bit complex but is essential to know for on-the-fly adjustments when you don’t have access to programming software. Here’s how to do it:

Turn On the Radio

  • Power on the Baofeng UV-82 by turning the knob on the top of the unit clockwise.

Switch to Frequency Mode

  • Press the “VFO/MR” button to enter Frequency Mode. This mode allows you to manually enter frequencies.

Select the Desired Band (VHF/UHF)

  • Press the “BAND” button to toggle between VHF (136-174 MHz) and UHF (400-520 MHz).

Enter the Frequency

  • Use the keypad to enter the desired frequency directly. For example, to enter 146.520 MHz, simply press the buttons in sequence: 1, 4, 6, 5, 2, 0.

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Set the Frequency Offset and Direction for Repeaters

  • If you are programming a repeater frequency, you need to set the offset and direction.
  • Press the “MENU” button, then use the up/down arrow keys to navigate to menu item 25 (OFFSET).
  • Press “MENU” again, enter the offset value (e.g., 0, 0, 0, 6, 0, 0 for 0.600 MHz), and press “MENU” to confirm.
  • Navigate to menu item 26 (SHIFT-D) to set the direction of the offset. Press “MENU”, use the arrow keys to select +, -, or OFF, and press “MENU” to confirm.

Set the CTCSS/DCS Tones (Optional)

  • If the frequency requires CTCSS (Continuous Tone-Coded Squelch System) or DCS (Digital-Coded Squelch), navigate to menu items 13 (T-CTCS) for transmit tone or 14 (R-CTCS) for receive tone.
  • Press “MENU”, use the arrow keys to select the desired tone, and press “MENU” again to confirm.

Save the Frequency to a Channel

  • Navigate to menu item 27 (MEM-CH).
  • Press “MENU”, select an available channel number using the keypad or arrow keys, and press “MENU” to save.

Exit the Menu

  • Press the “EXIT” button to return to the main display.

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Example: Programming a Simple Frequency

To program a simplex frequency (no repeater offset) like 146.520 MHz:

  1. Turn on the radio and enter Frequency Mode.
  2. Ensure you are on the VHF band by pressing the “BAND” button.
  3. Enter 146.520 using the keypad.
  4. Save the frequency to a channel by pressing “MENU”, navigating to menu item 27 (MEM-CH), and selecting a channel to save it.

Programming the Baofeng UV-82 with CHIRP Software

Using CHIRP software simplifies the programming process and allows for more advanced configurations. Follow these steps to program your Baofeng UV-82 using CHIRP:


  • A computer with Windows, macOS, or Linux.
  • A USB programming cable compatible with the Baofeng UV-82.
  • CHIRP software (download from CHIRP’s official website).

Step-by-Step CHIRP Programming

Download and Install CHIRP:

  • Install CHIRP on your computer by following the instructions on the CHIRP website.

Connect Your Radio to the Computer:

  • Turn off your Baofeng UV-82.
  • Connect the USB programming cable to your radio and computer.
  • Turn on the radio.

Download the Current Configuration from Your Radio:

  • Open CHIRP and go to “Radio” -> “Download From Radio”.
  • Select your radio model and the correct COM port.
  • Click “OK” to download the current settings from your radio.

Enter New Frequencies and Settings:

  • You can manually enter frequencies and settings into the CHIRP spreadsheet-like interface or import a pre-configured list.
  • Each row in the spreadsheet represents a different channel. You can enter frequencies, names, tones, and other settings for each channel.

Upload the Configuration to Your Radio:

  • Once you have entered all your desired frequencies and settings, go to “Radio” -> “Upload To Radio”.
  • Confirm your radio model and COM port settings.
  • Click “OK” to upload the new configuration to your Baofeng UV-82.

Test the New Settings:

  • After uploading, test your radio to ensure that all frequencies and settings are working as expected.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Radio Not Recognized by CHIRP:

  • Ensure the correct drivers for the programming cable are installed.
  • Check that the radio is turned on and connected properly.
  • Verify the correct COM port is selected in CHIRP.

Programming Errors:

  • Double-check the frequency and settings entered.
  • Ensure you are using the latest version of CHIRP compatible with your radio model.

Audio Quality Issues:

  • Make sure the correct CTCSS/DCS tones and offsets are set for repeater use.
  • Verify that the antenna is properly connected and suited for the frequency range.


Programming your Baofeng UV-82 can greatly enhance its functionality and allow you to communicate effectively across various frequencies. Whether you choose to manually program the radio or use CHIRP software for more convenience and advanced options, understanding how to configure your radio is crucial for its optimal use. Always remember to comply with local regulations and obtain the necessary licenses for operating on specific frequencies.

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