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Baofeng Does anyone know how to program a BF F8HP radio from china?

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Jul 18, 2007
Hi There!

Well, you can program the Radio with the freeware program "Chirp":

Next and most importantly, you will need a programming cable. The cable is very similar to a "Kenwood" cable.

There are other threads on RadioReference that give you all the info you will need. there are cheap cables with a USB chip that you should stay away from, but do a bit of research here and you should be alright.

The most important thing to remember when you finally get connected up to your PC with Chirp is, first do a download from your Radio, and save it somewhere safe, then make any changes to a copy (input frequencies e.t.c.), and up load that back to your Radio. it's important to have that base framework backup copy incase things go wrong.
Mar 20, 2019
In my opinion, everyone should own one Arduino. Arduinos have the necessary FTDI chip on board for Chirp/usb/baofeng connection and it is trivially easy to make a cable with three strands of solid core hookup wire and one each 2.5mm and 3.5mm stereo audio connectors. Just three wires to Tx/Rx/Ground, and bridge the Arduino reset to keep the Atmel from interfering.
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