Google your local Amateur Radio club. They are usually enthusiastically happy to get newcomers set up to start talking.
@ Winfield johnson Did you get the programming cable with your radios, if so you can download a program called chirp from the internet for free and that makes programming much easier. Disclaimer though using the radio (Transmitting) in a not emergency situation or non SHTF event does require you to have at least your technician license (very easy to get)
yes I did , but I was under the impression that there are problems . Currently studying for test . Will give the supplied cable a try thnx .
@erichaagen What problem are you having, Hams love solving problems please do not hesitate to ask thats what we are here for.
@electromech I couldn't get the computer to import from the radio at first < after connecting and disconnecting two or three times it then decided to import . Probably the loose nut behind the wheel .. . . LOL !
Yup, got the stuff, including an Elmer that has been struggling to teach me enough to be worthy of my General ticket,lol......He's got a computer program he says is better than Chirp. Works for me.....KI7JMZ, 73's.
Good deal and having an Elmer around is like having gold.
Oh, you betcha!I'm not young, but he's verging on old, so I gotta learn as well as I can.
Also do not forget youtube has more info than you can shake a stick at.
Lol, I just realized he's only about 10 years older than me.....I guess I'm old too.
I stopped using chirp and started using RTsystems software for all my HT's and a few mobiles. It will require a windows machine to run it on. https://www.rtsystemsinc.com/BAO-5R-Programming-Software-Only-for-the-Baofeng-UV-5R-Series_p_210.html
there may be better options, but I've been pleased with their software - way fewer headaches
the understanding piece, the path of least resistance is someone who's got a number of years logged as a HAM and who is kinda nerdy.
Yup, they're called an Elmer.
Find an Elmer, and make friends.....
@Winfield Johnson they take payment in coffee and danish