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    So I finally got my call sign which I'm excited to finally have (KI5BHQ). I was trying to transmit with my baofeng only to realize that no one is hearing my transmission. I can't figure out that is. When I do transmit i see a red LED. I'm not sure what is going on. Can someone help?

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    There are a hundred and one reasons you may not be being heard.
    What band/frequency, what mode and what time are you trying this and how busy is your local area for radio use?

    First up, what frequency are you transmitting on? If you're using a local repeater, then have you set up the necessary access stuff, such as tone bursts, CTCSS and so on?

    If you're using simplex, then what channel are you on and how busy is your local area? I mean, the usual calling channel on 2 metres is S20, 145,500 MHz, but if you don't have any local radio amateurs who are active on the band at the same time, then no one will here you.

    Can you get to a local club, or do you know another radio amateur who can use their radio to listen out for you.

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    So in the DFW area I was on the frequency 145.330. I was trying to transmit to that. I went to this website and saw that the tone is 110.9 http://kc5fml.com/texas-repeaters/no...nty-repeaters/. I also don't know anyone currently from an amateur radio club.

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    1) how far is that from your location?
    2) were you indoors, on foot, in you car??

    The answers to 1+2 will have a huge bearing on whether or not your radio's signal will actually reach that repeater. Before anyone starts Baofeng-bashing, it's agreed by all that the supplied rubber duck antenna isn't that efficient!

    3) are you sure you've programmed the radio properly? If 145.330 is the output frequency, the input frequency will be different, of course. You need to find the frequency offset and make sure your radio is transmitting on that frequency.
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    1) I don't know the exact location of that repeater but I am confident it's not that far from my location.

    2) I was in my car. I also do have a stock rubber duck antenna on the radio.

    3) It's safe to say no, I have not programmed the radio properly. All I have done was input the repeaters frequency on my radio and have been able to listen very well.

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    Here is the main info about the repeater:
    https://www.artscipub.com/repeaters/...t_Worth,_Texas

    You need to transmit on 144.73 MHz and listen on 145.33 MHz.
    The PL tome is 110.9 Hz

    I put its coordinates (N 32.787173 W 97.258979) into Google Maps and got this:
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/32...3!4d-97.258979

    So, hopefully you can work out how far you are from it.

    I also did a quick search for "dallas fort worth radio amateurs" and got this in return:
    https://www.google.fi/search?q=dalla...hrome&ie=UTF-8

    Hopefully, you can find someone to help you locally.

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    Okay, So I see two frequencies. How do I transmit on 144.73? Also for the PL tone or tome I will try reading the manual to set that one.

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    You need to set it up to have a repeater shift. It's been a long time since I did mine and the radio is now packed away. It wasn't that difficult to do.
    This may help:
    https://w7apk.com/baofeng
    Scroll down to: How to manually program a repeater channel

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