Program the Baofeng UV-5RA by and for New GMRS License Holder





Introduction: Program the Baofeng UV-5RA by and for New GMRS License Holder

About: There are thousands (or maybe millions) of pictures you can use on Wikipedia Commons as long as you credit the owners correctly and use the correct license. Google Pictures only show pictures you can use if ...

Using Chirp (Daily build) for setting up the Baofeng UV-5RA VHF/UHF tranceiver (hopefully)legally for GMRS license holders who wants to use the FRS, GMRS and MURS channels without getting in trouble with the FCC.

1. Buy USB cable for it (I found mine on ebay) and install using driver from Miklor or the CD.
2. Install Chirp (Daily build)
3. Download setup file (GMRS-MURS-FRS1-7-and-1-COP.img) from this site
4. Open setup-file in Chirp. Load stations from radio -and delete them. Copy and paste stations from setup file instead
5. Upload to radio.
6. Disconnect and you're done!

So why are these seemingly simple instructions even posted?

1. Because the FCC has determined that you now need to transmit more “narrow” on some channels than you used to -and that is “enforced” in this file
2. Because the UV-5RA is simply too powerful (even on the low transmission setting) for use on many FRS channels -and those are removed from this setup file.
3. Because researching this information took a lot of time and now you don't need to waste yours.
4. Because the last station is an example of how to block yourself from accidentally transmitting on a "listen only" channel. The channel used here is the local Police dispatch. Find your local station on

Use these instructions at your own risk.

UPDATE/IMPORTANT: Don't buy this radio for use without a Technichian licens (or better). This radio is not approved for GMRS/FRS.



    • Creative Misuse Contest

      Creative Misuse Contest
    • Water Contest

      Water Contest
    • Oil Contest

      Oil Contest

    7 Discussions

    §95.129 Station equipment.

    Every station in a GMRS system must use transmitters the FCC has certificated for use in the GMRS. Transmitters that have been certified for use in the GMRS may be found on the FCC Web site at All station equipment in a GMRS system must comply with the technical rules in part 95.

    [80 FR 53752, Sept. 8, 2015]

    No matter how you re-program the radio it will still be in violation of the FCC Type 90/95 rules. You cannot legally program a ham transceiver for use on GMRS/FRS frequencies. It can be done and done easily but is still illegal.

    1 reply

    There is no rule against receiving on any of these frequencies, only against transmitting, with proper license. I hold both amateur and GMRS/FRS Licenses, the only restrictions I have to worry about is transmmition power levels.

    However, you can RECEIVE any of those frequencies, as well as NOAA WX

    and your local public service frequencies.

    NOTE: CHIRP has GMRS/FRS, MURS, NOAA and others pre-loaded. You can
    open one of these in a new page, then cut-and-paste.


    In CHIRP (may not work on older versions of BaoFeng) for each channel you can

    set the DUPLEX column to "OFF" -- (as oppposed to "NONE" for Simplex) to

    inhibit transmit, keep you from accidentally transmitting on channels you're not authorized.