Programming the Wouxun

The confusing part with the Wouxun radio is the programming due to it's 'mode' concept. There are multiple modes to the Wouxun.
Think of them as being in VFO mode or memory mode to relate to a 'normal' amateur handheld approach.
To program a repeater, do the following,

1. Turn on the Wouxun.

2. Press the green TDR button once. This is simply to put the display into single channel mode, just makes the display less confusing.

3. Press menu 2 1 menu.Do that right in order, literally "menu 2 1 menu" Then rotate the selector knob to FREQ and hit menu again.

4. "Menu" puts you into menu mode, select toggles which menu, menu puts you into the active mode on that selection. You make your change and must hit menu again for it to be saved.

5. Now we are in "frequency mode" , this is basically VFO mode as with any other 'normal' amateur HT approach.

6. Now enter in your data. 1 4 6 5 2 5 just as an example. This will be your repeater output frequency.

7. Set your offset/shift. Press menu 2 4 menu and rotate the selector for + or - or skip this step if you are doing a simplex frequency. After you have it selected, hit menu again to save the change.

8. Now you have your offset direction programmed. If you key the HT now, you will see the TX frequency in the display for the offset direction you programmed. The Wouxun doesn't have built in auto offsets so you manually configure the offset with menu 23.

9. To do a manual offset do the following, menu 2 3 menu Then enter in your offset (600 for VHF 5000 for UHF and so on), and hit menu again to save. You should now have your offset all configured.

10. Next is to set up the PL tone for transmit. menu 1 6 menu then selector knob to the PL you want, then menu again to save it.

11. If you want CTCSS, tone encoded squelch decode press menu 1 5 menu then selector knob to the PL for CTCSS squelch decode.

12. Now you want to save to a channel.Press menu 2 7 menu rotate the selector knob until you see an empty channel to use. Filled channels look like CH-001 where if it was empty it would just show you a 01. Press menu again when you want to save it to the slot selected.

13. Now this is where it gets a bit weird, you just saved into CH-001. You now need to put the HT into "NAME" mode to label the channel with alpha tags. Press menu 2 1 menu rotate the selector to NAME mode and hit menu again.Now turn the selector knob to the new channel, in this case you only have one CH-001. You MUST have the channel selected in NAME mode to now label it.

14. Now do menu 2 6 menu The up arrow cycles the letters in order, hold it down to fast cycle, hit it once at a time to go letter by letter. The down arrow moves over one space in the name. This is a bit tricky to get used to. Once you get the name in, quickly hit menu again to save it, or you'll have to start over. You'll probably screw this part up So the shorthand to label the frequency is,
menu 2 1 menu select NAME menu.
menu 2 6 menu select the name you want to use and hit menu.

15. Now when menu 21 is in NAME mode you will see what you set as the alpha tag instead of the CH-XXX name. If you want to see the frequencies with a channel number do menu 2 1 menu and set it to CHFREQ. If you just want channel numbers, menu 2 1 menu CH menu. Menu 21 in FREQ mode is putting the radio into VFO mode.

Don't forget, menu puts you into the menu, selector switches menus, menu again activates that menu, then you change it, then menu AGAIN saves what you did.

I hope this helps someone.


Programming the Wouxun Radio
(Altering Frequencies)

When programming the Wouxun radio I discovered something that caused me some issues until I figured it out.

I had decided to change some frequencies around and had my radio file saved and set for channel Number 10 and 125 when I turned the radio on. I changed some frequencies around in the saved software and deleted the channel number 125 frequency because it was moved to another location. I only modified the file I had originally saved and when I wrote to the radio, (the modified version) the radio went into another style mode, VFO, default settings or something.

Well it turns out the fix was this. I restored my settings from my back-up file. Before doing anything else I had to change my radio settings to frequencies I was not going to alter. I did not move channel 1 and 2 so I set my radio to those frequencies, (moved from channel 10 and 125). I then saved that file with a new name, (read from radio) then changed my frequencies around the way I wanted. I then wrote to the radio and everything was ok. I then changed the radio start up frequencies to the frequencies I wanted to appear after programming, (channel 10 and 110). I then saved this final file because it was working properly. I made an additional back-up copy as well.

So here is what happened. I originally used the file that had channel number 125 saved to start up when the radio was turned on. After I changed it in the software, channel number 125 was blank. My radio software was still set to add that channel as a start up channel but got confused because nothing was there now. The radio I guess decided to revert to original settings or something because of the software glitch that I had created. My fault! It was something I was not even thinking of. It took me a couple of hours to actually figure out what was going on. I made a lot of attempts to get it to work but never thought that I was telling the radio to start up in an un-programmed channel. There is nothing in the software to set what channel to have at start up. The software just remembers what channels you were on when you saved the file. When you re-lode that file to your radio it will always go back to the channels set at the time of saving the file. I hope this information helps.

Always have a back-up file saved of your original settings before changing anything. It saved me.