Radio Familiarization/How to operate your HAM Radio UV-5Ra
April 2016 Handout
WARNING: FCC requires a HAM Radio license to transmit on HAM Frequencies. I hear the fine is pretty high! A license is NOT required to LISTEN ONLY.
Take time to review the law for yourself, YOU are responsible for your safety!
The UV-5RA covers TWO HAM bands, the 2 meter & 70 cm, and can listen to FM radio Frequencies.
https://hamstudy.org/ is the quickest & easiest way to study to pass your HAM Radio license test.
Your Radio has been pre-programmed for Emergency Radio Communication (ERC) frequencies in “memory channels” for the Saratoga Springs, UT area. We recommend you charge your battery at least every 3 months.
For more quick start tips, visit my blog at (future how-to video):
How to operate your HAM Radio LAB/HANDS-ON
- What Frequencies do not require a license? FRS do NOT require a license. These are channels 21 through 34. GMRS technically requires a license, which is ch35-ch42.
- How to listen to “Emergency Radio Communications (ERC)” Frequencies in our area? Ch. 8 is our most used ERC freq., followed by Ch 1.
- How to get to the “memory Channels”? If your LCD display does not have text, push the ORANGE V/M button.
- How to toggle between “Memory channels”? See your BLUE A/B button? That toggles between top/bottom Freq.
- How to listen to the FM Radio? Push the LEFT side ORANGE CALL button to get into FM mode, then enter the 107.500 or whatever or use the arrow keys.
- How to tune-into NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)?V/M mode, use arrow buttons to get to ch 0.
- The radio has the ability to monitor two channels simultaneously, channels A (upper display line) and B (lower display line). The A and B channels that are stored in memory are the same, but the A channels are listed by frequency and the B channels are listed by name.
Search amazon for uv-5r accessories.
Priority #1, https://signalstuff.com/ (many have already purchased these with the stake group-buy)
Priority #2, Battery back-up shell