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BaoFeng BF-888S Two Way Radio Long Range Manual

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BaoFeng BF-888S Two Way Radio Long Range


To turn on the power, control the volume, and choose the channel, crank the knob up top. The intercom will broadcast the voice to you as you work. To start the intercom, press and hold the ppt button. This makes it convenient for kids and elders as well as for adults. Directly setting the hands-free mode on the radio allows you to talk without pressing the ppt button. allowing you to utilize it conveniently when cycling or climbing in hectic situations and freeing up your hands.

  • LED INDICATOR Lights red during transmit, green when receiving a signal
  • CHANNEL SWITCH Rotate to select a channel. No. 16 is the scanning channel
  • POWER SWITCH / VOLUME CONTROL Turn clockwise to switch ON the transceiver. Turn counterclockwise to switch OFF transceiver. Rotate to adjust volume.
  • PTT (PUSH-TO-TALK) BUTTON Push button to transmit. Release to receive.
  • MONI (MONITOR) BUTTON Press and Hold (Squelch OFF) to hear background noise; Release to return to normal operation.
  • FUNC (FUNCTION BUTTON) BUTTON Press to activate LED torch function.


  • SWITCHING POWER ON/OFF Turn the Power switch/Volume control (A) clockwise. You will hear a beep and speech indicating the transceiver is ON.
  • ADJUSTING THE VOLUME Hold Monitor button (E) own to listen to audio level while rotating the Power switch/Volume control      (A). Rotate Volume Control to increase / decrease the volume.
  • SELECTING THE CHANNEL Turn the Channel Switch (B) to the desired channel. No. 16 is the Scanning Channel.
  • TRANSMITTING To transmit, Press and Hold PTT (D) and speak into the microphone in a normal tone of voice. The LED indicator lights continuously red when transmitting. For maximum sound clarity at the receiving station, hold the transceiver 2 to 3 inched from mouth and talk in a normal tone of voice.

NOTE: Yelling does not make your signal louder.


Charge the battery pack before using it. The new or stored (more than 2 months) battery pack cannot reach full capacity after the first charge. After 2 or 3 charges and discharges, it will reach full charge.

  1. Plug the adapter into electrical socket.
  2. Insert transceiver or battery into the charging tray.
  3. Ensure that the battery contacts connect with the drop-in charging tray. While charging is taking place, the LED will glow Red.
  4. After 3 hours charging, the LED indicator will light Green.
  5. Remove battery or transceiver from the charging tray.

Asterisk [ * ] designates function changed via software

  • SQUELCH LEVEL The purpose of the Squelch is to mute the speaker when no signals are present. With the squelch correctly set, you will only hear sound when a signal is present.
  • TIME-OUT TIMER (TOT) The TOT limits the length of a user’s transmission. The purpose of the TOT is to prevent transmitting for a long period of time, causing thermal damage to the radio. And alert will sound when the limit for that transmission has been reached.
  • SCANNING Scanning is used for hands off monitoring of your favorite frequencies. When the transceiver options are set to SCAN (via software), setting the channel selector to channel 16 directs the radio to scan the selected channels from 1 -15.
    • Transceiver stops scanning when a signal is detected and continues when signal is gone.
    • If there are less than 2 channels, it cannot scan. (Go figure)
    • On channel 16, Press and Hold the PTT and MONI buttons while switching ON the transceiver to turn the Scanning ON or OFF.
    • If FM radio function is activated, Radio cannot scan.
    • VP can be set ON/OFF via software.
    • On channel 10, Press and Hold the PTT and MONI buttons while switching ON the transceiver to also Activate or Deactivate Voice Prompt.
    • On channel 15, Press and Hold the PTT and MONI buttons while switching ON the transceiver to change Voice Prompt Language (CHI / ENG)
    • Any channel 1-16, Press and Hold MONI only while switching ON the transceiver will Deactivate Voice Prompt for that session only.
  • VOX (VOICE OPERATED TRANSMIT) VOX eliminates the need for using the PTT key to transmit. The transmitter is keyed when the VOX circuit senses you are speaking into the microphone.
    • When operating the VOX function, set the VOX Gain level to recognize the desired sound level.
    • If level is too sensitive, transceiver will key with noise in the background.
    • If level is not sensitive enough, it will not pick up your voice. Set level for smooth transmission.
    • On channel 1-5, Press and Hold the PTT and MONI buttons while switching ON the transceiver to turn the VOX ON or OFF.


On channel 11, Press and Hold the PTT and MONI buttons while switching ON the transceiver to turn the Alarm Function ON or OFF.

This is a function for your receiver only. You will Not transmit the alarm.


Reduces the battery power used when not receiving a signal. Battery saver turns on automatically 10 seconds after no signal is received and no operation is being performed.


Reminds you that battery needs recharging. Alert tone will sound and Red LED will blink.


When no signal is being received, Press and Hold the MONI. This is helpful for adjusting volume level and receiving weak signals.

  • BUSY CHANNEL LOCK-OUT (BCL) BCL prevents you from transmitting on a channel if a signal is present. Pressing the PTT switch while a channel is in use will emit an alert tone and inhibit the transmitter.
  • BEEP TONE If turned on, radio will give short tone to indicate that there is nothing programmed for that channel.
  • CTCSS / DCS CTCSS (Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System) or (Digital Coded Squelch).     CTCSS / DCS Description You may sometimes want to hear calls only from specific persons or groups. This option allows you to ignore unwanted calls from others on the same frequency. These tones are sub-audible (cannot be heard) and are selectable via software.

NOTE: These tones do NOT cause your conversation to be private or scrambled. It only relieves you from listening to unwanted conversations.


  • Ch 1-5, Press / Hold both PTT and MONI, and Power ON
  • VOX – ON / OFF. Ch 10, Press / Hold both PTT and MONI, and Power ON
  • VOICE PROMPT – ON / OFF Ch 11, Press / Hold both PTT and MONI, and Power ON
  • ALARM FUNCTION ON / OFF (if selected via SW) Ch 15, Press / Hold both PTT and MONI, and Power ON
  • CHANGE LANGUAGE (CHI / ENG) Ch 16, Press / Hold both PTT and MONI, and Power ON
  • SCAN ON / OFF  (if option set via software) Ch 1-16, Press / Hold MONI only and Power ON Deactivates Voice Prompt for that session only.
Frequency Range 400 – 470MHz
RF Rated Power <= 5W
Channel Capacity 16
Operating Voltage 3.7V
Dimensions 115mm x 60mm x 33mm 4.53″ x 2.36″ x 1.30″
Weight 150g    (5.3oz)
No Power Check Battery Installation and/or replace/charge battery.
Can’t Verify that the frequency and CTCSS tones are the same
communicate for all members. If all checks out okay, make sure you are
with other all within range.
Hearing other


Change your CTCSS for that channel. Change to another


I can clearly hear Check if microphone is blocked. If so, return radio to
members of my dealer for maintenance. Sometimes your frequency is the
group, but my same as the frequency of other groups.
voice is
Can’t turn on the radio, or it turns on and quickly

shuts down.

Check the battery contacts on the radio. If they are broken or twisted, return your radio to an authorized dealer for maintenance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do these come in packs of 2? 5 packs of 2?


What kind of ac plug does the charger have? American 110v or European 220v?

We have American 110v two-prong wall plugs on our chargers.

How much signal can a BaoFeng Bf-888S send?

Maximum Range of 3 Kilometers: The Baofeng BF-888S provides good sound quality and has a maximum range of 3 kilometres.

How many signals can a BaoFeng send?

BaoFengs operate in the very high frequency (VHF) and ultra-high frequency (UHF) regions of the spectrum, which are constrained by the topography and can often only travel one to ten miles.

How far can a BaoFeng two-way radio be used?

A 1500mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery and a US charging station are included with each two-way radio.

Can large distance be covered by walkie-talkies?

One of the top long-range walkie-talkie two-way radios of 2022 is without a doubt the rechargeable Midland 50 Channel GMRS, and for good reason. This set offers a significant advantage for persons in open locations who need to communicate efficiently because it can send and receive transmissions up to 36 miles away in open spaces.

Do Baofeng Bf-888s call for a permit?

If you want a commercial “walkie-talkie” to be able to communicate with an amateur radio, the baofeng UV-5R is a good option because it is dual band and definitely covers MURS. It’s okay if you’re forced to use FRS/GMRS; FRS is also license-free (but GMRS is not).

Which frequencies can BaoFeng detect?

While it is true that many Baofengs are wide open on frequencies between 136 and 174 MHz and 400 and 520 MHz, and that it is unlawful to import, market, and sell these devices, it is legal to own and use these devices if you are an authorized Amateur radio operator who is only using amateur radio frequencies.

What television channels should I set up on my BaoFeng?

Starting with channel 1 and moving on to channel 2 is advised. A frequency has previously been saved for a channel if it begins with “CH-.” To save the frequency to the chosen channel, press MENU.

Which frequency is most suitable for long-distance?

Which Is Best When Comparing VHF and UHF Radios? In general, VHF (136-174MHz) transmissions perform better outside since they have a somewhat longer range for the same power output than UHF signals (400 – 470MHz).

Can you use a walkie-talkie while driving?

The quickest response is that they do! Before selecting the best walkie-talkie for your needs and your road trip, there are a lot of factors to take into account. For all the information you require on walkie-talkies for road trips and how to make the best decision for your upcoming excursion, keep reading!

What frequencies are used by GMRS?

A licensed radio service called the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) operates on channels between 462 MHz and 467 MHz Short-range, two-way voice communications using handheld radios, mobile radios, and repeater systems are the most popular usage of GMRS channels.

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