Recently I was having problems sending Baofeng DTMF tones to my IRLP board. This only seemed to happen when I was approximately 100 yards, or more, away from the base unit/receiving antenna.
Ask For Help
One Sunday I was listening to the WIN System Tech Net (IRLP Reflector 9100), and I inquired if anyone knew anything about this problem I was having. Shorty (K6JSI) suggested that I may need to adjust the DTMF decoder potentiometer inside the RX radio. Ron (WB6IAG) suggested that my IRLP audio levels might be wrong. I continued to do more research and came across a possible solution from the Radio Reference website.
What Was Happening
As it turns out, the Baofeng HT radio I was using to send the DTMF tones to the IRLP board was the problem. While pressing the PTT + DTMF key(s), the mic does not mute. This can cause the mic to pick up any sidetones from the speaker and will overdrive and/or distort the transmitted tone(s).
The solution is in the Baofeng’s menu settings. The menu #16 (DTMFST) setting needs to be set to “OFF”. This is accomplished by following the steps below.
Press the following buttons on your Baofeng UV-5R:
Menu > 1 > 6 > Menu > 0 > Menu > Exit
I have not had any further problems since adjusting this setting in the radio.
Note: It is worth mentioning that SOME of the Baofeng UV-5R’s do not transmit the DTMF tone “D”. The “0” tone is transmitted when the “Exit” button is pressed. This is a firmware problem and can not be fixed.