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VX-354 Programing Help

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Premium Subscriber
Jul 3, 2012
Im new to this radio and want to program it for my VOL FD. I set everything in the channel settings using CE86 3.03 to the best of my ability then went to upload to the radio and every time i do it starts in programing mode and says it uploads but it just uploads the blank --CH01-- default and clears the channels i have set in front of me. I have to re open the saved file but it doesnt actually write to the radio. Any help would be great. It can see the radio and displays its serial number.


May 4, 2006
Charlotte, NC Metro
Try downloading from the radio first, then upload to radio. The software needs to get info from the radio. That will also tell you if your communications link (serial or USB) and cable is working.


Nov 4, 2013
Borden, IN
Please verify you are using CT-106 & either FIF-10A or FIF-12 USB Programming Interface.
- Verify File > Configure > COM Port
- Choose Radio > Upload
- Create your code plug the select File > Save As > Name File > Save
- Choose Radio > Download
If you are in North America it will force your W/N to N, due to FCC Regulations
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