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Old 05-25-2011, 5:31 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:





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Old 06-09-2011, 2:57 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, 10:05 AM
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This is nice.... Going to try it on my KG-UV2D
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:55 PM
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Default chirp - FT8800R

seems like it almost worked once then subsequent tries failed/error message.
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Old 08-23-2013, 9:07 AM
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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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Old 08-24-2013, 1:35 PM
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Originally Posted by KX4KDH View Post
This is nice.... Going to try it on my KG-UV2D
Works perfectly with my KG-UV3D on Comm 10.
Scott - NIU
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Old 04-23-2014, 2:53 PM
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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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Old 04-24-2014, 12:34 PM
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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 to install over a newer driver 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 installed on a USB hub, and then everything went fine. Follow the instructions at dansplanet and 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.


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"
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.

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, 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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Old 02-26-2015, 9:04 AM
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Just an FYI, This software will also program multiple Baofeng radios.
Radios: IC-7000 | Yaesu FTM-350 | Yaesu VX-8DR | Baofeng UV-5R
Scanners: GRE PSR-500 | BCT15X x3 | BC370CRS
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:56 PM
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and it has its own mailing list - which is where you should go for questions and the like...

chirp_users Info Page

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Old 05-03-2015, 12:44 PM
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CHIRP with ease on baofeng but wont view kirisun
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Old 05-28-2017, 10:22 AM
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Default Using a MacBook Air and Blue Max Cable

Very frustrated, been trying to program my Kenwood TMV71 with CHIRP, using a FTDI cable from BlueMax49 and my new Mac Air. The computer will not download from radio. I installed multiple versions of the FTDI drivers and nothing. Even switched the cable for a new one just in case. I was able to program this radio with the same cable and software last year when I had an older MacBook (which I no longer own)
Any ideas?
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Old 05-28-2017, 11:01 AM
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Are you using the Mac version of the software?
Uniden scanner internal GPS installations--making mobile scanning work the way it always should have.
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Old 05-28-2017, 11:02 AM
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Yes I downloaded the MAC version
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