Programming Your Baofeng for SO-50 with Chirp



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  1. blank Marc Cromis says:

    The offset tab, this is the difference in the frequencies, not the second frequency you want to use. This may help with hearing the bird. (i.e. 436.810-145.850=290.960 TX freq) Set your offset to 290.96 +/- .05 to get correct transmit frequency you want.

  2. blank K0PIR says:

    Hi Marc,

    It’s nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting. I hear you and yes that works as well.

    From the Chirp manual: “If the duplex is set to split then the Offset field should contain the absolute transmit frequency to be used (if the radio supports this capability).

    I wonder if trying it differently as you mentioned would help the receive come back faster after I TX??? That is the only annoyance I have. It’s worth a try.

    Thank you so much and have a great day, best to you and yours.

    Rich, K0PIR

  3. blank Phil says:

    Hi Rich,

    I really enjoyed your video on using the Elk antenna for satellite work. You got me motivated to try it so I manually programmed my FT-60 HT yesterday and ordered an Elk antenna. This morning there was an SO-50 pass so I tried to hear it with just my rubber duck. I did manage to hear some stations but figured I’d be too weak in transmit to work anyone. I can’t wait to try it with a good antenna.

    Thanks and 73,

    Phil N3ZP

    • blank K0PIR says:

      Hi Phil,

      Thank you for commenting and it’s nice to hear from you. That’s great and I was watching (and reading) others with the FT-60 and that’s what got me motivated, hi! I saw one or two Hams using a whip and they received SO-50, but I don’t think they made a contact with anyone. That would be something.

      It astonishes me each time I make a contact with the Elk and my HT. Just amazing! I hope I never get used to it 🙂

      I hope to hear you on.

      Thank you again and 73,

      Rich, K0PIR

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