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Budget and Entry Level Transceivers For discussion of budget or entry level radios such as Baofeng, Wouxun, Puxing and other radio communications designated as commercial but not targeted for Amateur or GMRS. Also included are MURS and ISM 900MHz designed radios.

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Old 05-25-2011, 4:31 PM
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Default CHIRP programming software

CHIRP - Software for programming amateur radios | CHIRP


What is it?
CHIRP is a FREE cross-platform, cross-radio programming tool. It works on Windows and Linux (and MacOSX with a little work). It supports a growing list of radios across several manufacturers and allows transferring of memory contents between them. The current list of supported models is:

Alinco
DR135T
DR235T
DR435T

Icom
IC-2820H
ID-800H
ID-880H
IC-2200H
IC-91/92AD
IC-V/U82
ID-RP2000V/RP4000V/RP2V/RP2D
IC-2100H
IC-2720H
IC-T70
IC-Q7A
IC-W32A

Jetstream
JT220M

Kenwood
TH-D7A(g)
TM-D700
TM-V7A
TM-V71A
TM-D710
TH-F6A
TH-D72
Puxing

PX-777 Coming Soon

Yaesu
FT-7800R
FT-7900R
FT-8800R
FT-8900R
VX-3R
VX-5R
VX-6R
VX-7R
VX-8R

Wouxun
KG-UVD1P/UV2D/UV3D
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Old 06-09-2011, 1:57 PM
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Default Chirp and IC-T70A

Has anyone actually used Chirp to program the IC-T70A?
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Old 06-16-2011, 9:05 AM
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This is nice.... Going to try it on my KG-UV2D
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Default chirp - FT8800R

seems like it almost worked once then subsequent tries failed/error message.
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Chirp is Excellent software for easy programming of my Baofeng UV %R.

I do have a question though about loading data on repeaters in Virginia. I am trying to load repeaters that exist in the Norfolk/Hampton Roads/Newport area, which are "independent" cities, and not affiliated with a county. Heading there today camping.

When I try to look up and load data from RepeaterBook, I get no repeaters form any of these cities, and there is no option for an "independent" list ......however, on line there is...

Any ideas?????
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This is nice.... Going to try it on my KG-UV2D
Works perfectly with my KG-UV3D on Comm 10.
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CHIRP may be good software--I may never find out. It came with a virus (PUP=virus) inserted by the installer/downloader that took me the better part of a day to remove. It hijacks your browser and search engine, tries to sell you a "tuneup", shoves adware up your screen at every opportunity, and otherwise made your life miserable. One thing it did was change my search engine to Bing. I assume MS pays them to do this. I am not surprised MS would pay someone to give you a virus, they actually have people pay MS to insert the biggest world virus known: Windows. Unhappy.
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Default CHIRP and Optimizer Pro

I apologize to the CHIRP folks--when I said I got a virus it wasn't from them, but one of those buggers that comes uninvited from a download. The download "service" tries to do all kinds of things like insert ASK as your search engine. You can be VERY careful and avoid most of these, but the Optimizer Pro had no Opt-Out. Optimizer is a scam: they find things "wrong" with your computer then tell you you will suffer the fires of Hades if you don't pay them to fix the problem. Be Careful! It is VERY hard to get rid of this virus. (It took me about 5 hours. Call it a PUP if you want, but it is a virus. MALWARE helped a lot, but didn't finish the job. Watch for SearchProtect.)

Anyhow, CHIRP is quite good. I maintain about a dozen kinds of radios from a single spreadsheet, so CHIRP is just perfect for me. The only problem I had was installing the drivers for the programming cable.

I could not get the driver Prolific 3.2.0.0 to install over a newer driver 3.4.62.293. I was using the front USB on my DELL. See details below. I noticed the transmit light came on when I plugged in the USB and radio. This should not happen. I finally got 3.2.0.0 installed on a USB hub, and then everything went fine. Follow the instructions at dansplanet and miklor.com CAREFULLY. If the Xmit comes on when you attach the cable try another USB port or driver. At this point I don't know if the problem was the driver or USB port; I will report later if I figure it out.

Anyhow, thanks CHIRP--a labor of love.

K1DHL.

Some details:
Baofeng UV-5R
Displays Firmware BFS297
SN 130U686446

a) You push the cable well into place (more force than you would think)
(The transmit light comes on. After a while it times out.)
b) Move to mode A
c) Switch to memory mode.

"Download from Radio"
Behaviour:
An error has occured
Radio did not respond
I notice that when I push in the cable HARD, the transmit light comes on. No joy on the READ while TX nor after TX times out. I back the plug out a bit to turn off TX, and still no joy.

Equipment:
Cable (also from Amazon) marked "USB-02 Cable Programming" with mini-CD
Windows 7(64) Ultimate SP1 Dell T7400
CHIRP daily-20140413
GTK 2.24.10
PyGTK 2.24.0
Python 2.7.2

Prolific USB Serial on correct COM3, driver 3.4.48.272, 9600 bd.

Same-same on HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook Win7(64) ultimate SP1
with power saving turned off on the port.
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