Re: [baofeng_uv5r] UV-5R for blind hams


Aug 4, 2012

 


----------------------------

#5487 Aug 4, 2012

I have a blind ham friend that I immediately thought of about the UV-5R. I emailed and offered to send one of my two UV-5Rs to him to play with. He emailed back, no need, that he had just gotten one a short while back.



I asked further how the voice synthesis was working for him and he replied:



"It is great if you can remember what frequency is on what channel. It only gives the channel number if you are in memory and if you are in VFO it gives the frequency. The programing software is not speech friendly so you need a sighted person to program it for you."



So, is it possible to make this radio read out the channel labels?



As far as his programming software comment, he uses Word, Excell, and other programs with a "screen reader" program. He has no difficulty running his net (he's a net manager and one of the net controls). He uses headphones with a mic boom, foot pedal PTT, his radio has a speech synthesis module, and an LDG talking watt meter. Listening to him on the air running the net you'd never know he was blind. I didn't for several years.



So, what else can be done on the UV-5R for this?



73,

Paul - AE5JU



----------------------------

#5490 Aug 4, 2012

For programming with the computer, the short answer is, "Forget about it". The longer answer is, "Really. Forget about it. No joke."



The good news is that the UV-5R is very usable from the keypad for blind hams. Send your friend this file:

buddy.brannan.name/baofeng-uv5r-eyes-free.zip



No one has come out with a HT that will read out frequencies, unfortunately. The best available are any of the Chinese HT's, Baofeng UV-5R, Wouxun KG-UV-whatever, and I understand, the TYT TH-UVF9. None of these, however, will read alpha tags. Nor will they read out operating frequency. But they definitely read more than anything else out there.

--

Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV - Erie, PA

Phone: (814) 860-3194 or 888-75-BUDDY





On Aug 4, 2012, at 12:40 PM, "tenorman1952" tenorman1952@...> wrote:



> I have a blind ham friend that I immediately thought of about the UV-5R. I emailed and offered to send one of my two UV-5Rs to him to play with. He emailed back, no need, that he had just gotten one a short while back.

>

> I asked further how the voice synthesis was working for him and he replied:

>

> "It is great if you can remember what frequency is on what channel. It only gives the channel number if you are in memory and if you are in VFO it gives the frequency. The programing software is not speech friendly so you need a sighted person to program it for you."

>

> So, is it possible to make this radio read out the channel labels?

>

> As far as his programming software comment, he uses Word, Excell, and other programs with a "screen reader" program. He has no difficulty running his net (he's a net manager and one of the net controls). He uses headphones with a mic boom, foot pedal PTT, his radio has a speech synthesis module, and an LDG talking watt meter. Listening to him on the air running the net you'd never know he was blind. I didn't for several years.

>

> So, what else can be done on the UV-5R for this?

>

> 73,

> Paul - AE5JU

>

>



Contact Us
This Site's Privacy Policy
Google's privacy policies

S
e
n
i
o
r
T
u
b
e
.
o
r
g