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Best Baofeng UV-5R Programming Cable


Jan 10, 2019
Near Traverse City, Michigan
It's become that time where i'm putting in so many entries on the UV-5R that doing it by hand is no longer plausible, and i'd like to make the entities appear on my screen. I have a CHIRP compatible computer, now all I need is a programming cable.

That being said, what is the best (highest satisfaction rate) programming cable for the UV-5R? I know there are a lot of phony cables out there, and I want to make sure i'm purchasing a legitimate cable.


Premium Subscriber
Nov 27, 2007


Sep 20, 2008
In the \'patch
I know there are a lot of phony cables out there, and I want to make sure i'm purchasing a legitimate cable.
Well I would suggest you buy a Kenwood 2 pin USB programming cable. Likely cost you around the same price as you paid for that ‘radio’ $25-$30 shipped to your door.

I have an almost complete set of Kenwood LMR cables and they all use Prolific chipset. Never had one fail me yet. Not sure how well it will work with CHIRP though, I don’t use it.