September 28, 2020

Quickly set the frequency on a BaoFeng BF-F8HP Radio

Quickly set the frequency on a BaoFeng BF-F8HP Radio

The simple "Cheat Sheet" version

Put the radio into VFO (Frequency) Mode

  • Press the ORANGE VFO/MR button once or twice until shows two frequencies
  • if you have voice prompts ON it will say the mode you are in

Press the BLUE A/B button

  • until the top one has the little arrow pointing to it

Punch in the complete frequency as six digits

  • if the frequency is 146.76 mhz, type in 146760
  • no decimal point is needed
  • add a zero to the end so there are 6 digits


  • If you hit the MENU key by accident press the EXIT key.
  • If you really mess up, just turn the radio off, wait a few seconds, and turn it back on.

After setting the frequency, lock the radio

  • Press the single key marked with a #-sign and a key icon for more than TWO SECONDS.  
  • This will lock the keyboard (so no accidental changes can occur) - you will see a KEY icon in the upper right of the display.  
  • Do the same to UNLOCK it (when you want to make changes).


See the manual here: BF-F8HP User Manual (

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