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Baofeng How to link radioreference data base to CHIRP

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N1HRB

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How do I link a radioreference data base to CHIRP so I can enter into my Baofeng radio? When I use CHIRP, when I select "Query for data source" and select radioreference, it asks for my username, password, and zip code. When I enter that info and I get an error message, "Suds library required for RadioReference.com import." Try installing your distribution's python-suds package. What is a "Suds library"? I can access Repeater Book .
I use a MAC.
 

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I have not and have given up trying. Only advice I have found is to "install Suds Library" which NO ONE has told what that is and how to install. I have asked for advice on 4 or 5 websites, as well as, the CHIRP website. If you find a solution, please let me know!
 

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I've learned to download what I wanted as a .csv file, edit it the way I want and then import it into Chirp as needed. Some radios want a different format, like when I use a Kenwood vs. a Baofeng. You can edit csv files with free programs such as OpenOffice or LibreOffice. There are numerous programs which need memory files in a different manner than others, like one for Chirp as opposed for one for SDRUno, etc. So I've just grown accustomed to do it myself via editing csv files as needed for each program. Using something called global edit makes it a snap from going from one program to another.

This is where the RadioReference downloads shine, being able to download in different formats. I'll do a download with both a pdf and a csv for all of a certain county, use the pdf as a visual reference for manually programing, making notes and/or logging, and then the csv for programing the radios or SDR programs. If you have a SDR and use it for scanning, I totally recommend CSVUserlistBrowser by DF8RY (it's free and he refuses donations!)

Anyways - back to Chirp and RR. There's quite a few YouTube vids on downloading csv files and loading them into Chirp, so I won't list them here. And there may be a simpler way of doing it directly from Chirp, but I'll leave that to others. But for me, I'll download the freq lists by county, etc., and then cherry pick what I want, just Ham, railroad, USCG, etc. I'll download from the HT with chirp, save it and export it as a csv, then going back to the files I created earlier, do a copy and paste of what I want into the Baofeng's list and then use Chirp to send it back to the radio. Some radios like Kenwood have a live mode so you can edit each memory as needed, but the Baofeng isn't that simple. I'll record which needs changing, like repeaters that went digital, bad tones for certain Ute's, etc and then next time I have a chance I'll dump it back into the Baofeng. This works for me, your mileage may vary. Good luck!
 

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I tried CHIRP once or twice - it does connect to the RRDB, but only at a very high level - I think it's by zip code, and only conventional data. It's very sloppy - I tried writing the authors but got a polite 'go away' message. So I did...Mike
 

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I tried CHIRP once or twice - it does connect to the RRDB, but only at a very high level - I think it's by zip code, and only conventional data. It's very sloppy - I tried writing the authors but got a polite 'go away' message. So I did...Mike

I don't think the author of CHIRP ever completely upgraded his software to the newer interfacing standard which RR switched to a year or so ago. I use the CSV method with CHIRP myself, gives me more control over how the data appears when it's dumped into my radio.

RR uses SOAP for XML transfer of the data, and the "SUDS Library required" message the OP quoted would seem to indicate that his version of CHIRP doesn't have the proper SOAP library.

To the OP: Make sure you're running the current version of CHIRP, but if you are then I'd guess RR download isn't a very high priority for the author.

Update: from another thread on the same topic, try this command in the Terminal on your Mac: sudo easy_install -z suds


PS - I use a Mac myself; annoys me greatly to have to keep a Windows virtual machine around for programming certain radios.
 
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Your suggestion to use "sudo easy_install -z suds" was spot on. Made the change on my Mac, accessed the RR DB and sucked in a pile of frequencies. Thank you for the tip!!
 

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Your suggestion to use "sudo easy_install -z suds" was spot on. Made the change on my Mac, accessed the RR DB and sucked in a pile of frequencies. Thank you for the tip!!

Glad it helped!
 

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Your suggestion to use "sudo easy_install -z suds" was spot on. Made the change on my Mac, accessed the RR DB and sucked in a pile of frequencies. Thank you for the tip!!

Where is this "terminal" please? Have zero clue where to find this. Thanks
 
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