Baofeng Basics

Learn how to use your handheld Baofeng UV-5R, starting from the beginning, including:

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Introducing the Baofeng Basics Online Course

For the last 3 years, we’ve been helping thousands of Americans study for their ham radio license exam. However, after becoming licensed ham radio operators, many of our students struggled to take the next step and finally get on the air. Because of this demand, we decided to take our system that has been so effective in prepping for the ham radio exam, and actually show how to use your ham radio.

It's designed so you can learn to use your Baofeng quickly.

We’re going to start from the very beginning, and teach you all the fundamentals of operating your Baofeng UV-5R. To make this course simple and easy-to-use, we focus specifically on the Baofeng UV-5R. Our videos are short and easy to understand.

Course lessons:

Course features

Learn how to connect to repeaters and repeater systems where you can talk in chat groups, practice emergency communications, meet other hams, and more!

Our course shows you how to make your first call step-by-step, so you can learn quickly and avoid rookie mistakes.

We took the most important concepts and boiled them down into lessons you can reference and use easily.


Materials You Need for The Course:

To truly get the most out of this class, you need two things:

1) Your FCC Technician License (learn more here

2) A Baofeng UV-5R

Disclaimer: Ham Radio Prep and Critical Communications Media LLC are in no way associated with Baofeng, Baofeng Tech or any similar radio manufacturers or distributors. We are an independent organization that makes online courses and educational materials for those who want to learn how to use Baofeng radios and we enjoy these radios ourselves.

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