Baofeng UV-B5 / UV-B6

Keys on the main screen

Main display

Pressing the MENU key opens the pseudo menu item 00 MENU. Then after pressing UP or DOWN, it's going to select the item that was opened when you closed the menu the last time.

ItemGlobal / ChannelFunctionDescriptionPossible values
00 MENU MenuDummy item displayed when you activate the menu 
01 STEPChannelFrequency StepHow far are jumps between frequencies5 / 6.25 / 10 / 12.5 / 20 / 25 (kHz)
02 SQLGlobalSquelch LevelCuts low signal communication0..9
03 SAVEGlobalSave BatterySwitches transceiver to low when signal is good (see manual)ON / OFF
04 TXPRChannelTransmit Power HIGH / LOW
05 ROGEGlobalRoger BeepSend a series of beeps after transmissionON / OFF
06 TOTGlobalTransmission Time Out TimerCut transmission after set time; prevents overheating1M..7M (minutes) / OFF
07 VOXGlobalVoice Operated XmtrTransmit automatically without the PTT button1..9 / OFF
08 BEEPGlobalKeypad beepKeys will beepON / OFF
09 VOICEGlobalVoice PromptWill read everything out loudCHINA / ENGLIS / OFF
10 TDRGlobalDual Watch / Dual StandbyMonitor both channel A and BON / OFF
11 R-CODEChannelReception CTCSSFilters communication by a special subtonemany values*\
12 T-CODEChannelTransmission CTCSSSends a special subtone for filtering communicationmany values*\
13 ABRGlobalDisplay Backlight ON / OFF
14 PTTIDChannelSend Signal Code (PTT ID) ON / OFF
15 ANIGlobalAutomatic Number Identification 000000..FFFFFF**
16 PTIDMGlobalMode of Transmitting Signal CodeSend PTTID on the beginning, end, or bothBOT / EOT / BOTH
17 DT-STGlobalDTMF Side TonePlay DTMF tones locallyON / OFF
18 MDF 1GlobalDisplay Frequency AHow to display channel AChannel / name / frequency
19 MDF 2GlobalDisplay Frequency BHow to display channel BChannel / name / frequency
20 BCLChannelBusy Channel LockoutPrevents transmission if the frequency is busyON / OFF
21 SFTDChannelFrequency Shift Direction 0 (zero) / + / -
22 OFFSETChannelOffset Frequency numeric value
23 SCANMGlobalScan TypeSee Scan ModeTO / CO / SE
24 REVChannelReversed Duplex Mode ON / OFF
25 STEGlobalSquelch Tail Elimination ON / OFF
26 NAMEChannelChannel NameNot available in frequency modecustom text
27 W/NChannelWideband / Narrowband WIDE / NARROW
24 TXAB Transmit selection while in dual watchMentioned in the manual but not present on my radio ‽ 
29 COMP Noise ReductionMentioned in the manual but not present on my radio ‽ 

* Use MENU, UP and DOWN to select the value.
** Use 7 and 9 for navigation through digits, UP and DOWN (or selection knob) to choose characters.

Global / Channel

Some functions only apply to a channel. Once you switch channels, or you switch from A to B, the menu item will change. If you're in frequency mode, the value stays the same even if you change the frequency. However A and B is still going to be different.

Storing and deleting channels

To save a frequency to a channel, long-press VM/SCAN, then choose the desired channel number. If the channel number blinks, it's vacant. Finally confirm with VM/SCAN, MENU or AB⏎. Delete channels by long-pressing FM.

There are 99 positions available and 16 positions in the FM Radio mode.

Side buttons

Under the PTT button, there are two other buttons with dots on them.

Button 2 (the top one) temporarily disables squelch, i.e. monitors the frequency regardless the quality of the signal. When tapped, it also switches display backlight on and off. Button 1 (the bottom one) seems to do absolutely nothing.

Scan mode

After pressing MENU and then VM/SCAN, the radio will start scanning either frequencies or channels (depending on current mode). Once it finds a signal, it does one of the following, depending on scanning mode (menu option 23 SCANM):

Stop the scanning with MENU or VM/SCAN. You can also switch the scanning direction with UP and DOWN keys or with the knob.

FM radio

Works pretty much like the "normal" mode. There are 16 positions for FM channels, see Storing and deleting channels for how to use them.

Frequencies go from 65 MHz (!) up to 108 MHz. Frequency step for FM radio is always 100kHz.

Note that if there is signal from the "normal" mode, FM radio will be interrupted.

Factory reset

Turn the radio off, press and hold MENU (not FM as the manual suggests), then turn the radio on. A menu will apear:

UV-B5 vs UV-B6 (comparison matrix)

ModelWhat's next to the volume knobEverything else
UV-B5Selection knobSame as UV-B6
UV-B6FlashlightSame as UV-B5