I haven't looked at the software for that radio... I need to order one up and play with it. But on my Yaesu HT I can set scan groups, so that I don't have to scan the entire memory. Don't know if that's possible.
There are two main software platforms for the bow phung
, the VIP that's supposedly the mfr's software, and a freeware project called CHIRP (which supports most other brands of radios, btw). I can't attest to the VIP, as I'm usually running a netbook and VIP needs 1280 min resolution, and I can only get 1024. On startup, VIP just errors out, gets stuck in an error loop, and I have to do a hard restart.
No scan groups
per se, but you can set it to skip certain memory channels in CHIRP. The dual monitor works, but you give up the power key for some stupid reason. UPDATE I just tried it, and I can
switch from high to low power while in dual-watch. Maybe it's the older radios that have that bug. I wish it was easy to skip a channel in the scan list on-the-fly, like when someone is sitting on their HT tx button, or when there's some other interference on a certain channel.
IF YOU BUY A BAOFENG UV-5R, MAKE SURE IT'S THE UV-5R+
WITH FIRMWARE VERSION BFB291 OR LATER.
Radio 1 & 2 identical - programmed with local repeater & simplex freqs, GMRS & MURS (set to 'skip' in the scan list)
Radio 3 - Travel-home-to-see-the-folks freqs, local freqs (skip), GMRS & MURS (skip)
I'll set up a few more profiles, like routes to see other family, places we camp a lot, bug-out routes, etc.