The Baofeng UV-5R Channel Mode is used for long-term frequency storage. If you have a list of favorite repeaters or simplex frequencies, you will want to save them on a channel.
A channel will save all of the settings associated with a freqency, and apply them to the channel. For example, you can set a CTCSS tone and repeater offset on one channel, and use a completely different repeater offset on another channel.
Once you have programmed several channels, you can scan through your list of favorites in order to quickly find an active channel.
Tip: Press the “UP” arrow key to add a “half step” to the frequency. For example, enter “147225 UP ARROW” for 147.2255 MHz.
If you want to save a new channel, the steps can be slightly confusing at first. However, once you complete the process a few times, it is not very difficult.
Dealing with a repeater offset is a different process for Frequency Mode and Channel Mode. This is one of the quirks of the UV-5R, but you can get the hang of it. In Frequency Mode, you use Menu #26 to set the repeater offset. The Repeater Offset – Menu #26 – is completely irrelevant to Channel Mode. Just view Channel Mode as a completely different process from Frequency Mode. It makes life easier.
You must start in Frequency Mode in order to save a channel. This also confuses many users. You enter the Receiving and Transmitting frequencies separately into a channel. For instance, if you want to save a channel for a repeater with a receiving frequency of 146.800 MHz and an offset of -0.600, you have to save both 146.800 and 146.200 into the channel.
Tip: You can save a different Transmitting frequency on an existing Memory Channel, but you can NOT override an existing Receiving frequency. To save a new Receiving Frequency in a channel, delete the exisitng channel using Menu #28, and then save the desired frequency as a brand new channel.