A new Windows 8 feature is "SmartScreen" which may block CHIRP from loading. If
this occurs, SmartScreen can be disabled by:
Opening "Windows Action Center" and "Change Windows SmartScreen" settings.
CHIRP Desktop Icon
If CHIRP does not put a desktop icon on your screen, you may
need to create one manually. This can be done as follows:
Go to Windows START (in the lower left)
Select: ALL PROGRAMS.
Open the CHIRP folder to display the contents.
Right click on the CHIRP program
Select: SEND TO / Create Desktop Shortcut.
CHIRP software has many features, some of which are not available using
the Baofeng factory software, such as:
Uses the familiar RX frequency and ± Offset for repeaters
Upper & Lower
Band Limits for TX on VHF & UHF
TX Inhibit for
Scanner Only frequencies
Remembers the COM port setting between
Remembers last folder loaded from or
saved to between sessions
Supports serial ports up to COM256
1 Q: How do I create and initial CHIRP image?
A: Before an image can be uploaded to your radio, you must first create a template. This is done by selecting the Radio tab in the CHIRP toolbar and 'Download from Radio'.
This shows CHIRP the existing parameters of your radio as well as what firmware your radio has.
This gives CHIRP a starting point. From here you can make your changes and upload them back to your radio.
2 Q: How do I print a copy of the CHIRP frequency list?
A: With the frequency list displayed on your computer
Select: FILE /
Select the Location
where file is to be saved
Select: .CSV format
You can now alter the appearance and print the .CSV file.
3 Q: My offsets & tones on the spreadsheet will not save?
A: If this should occur, delete and re-enter the entire
line, then save.
4 Q: Why does CHIRP only show 21
A: This is the Default Memory Range for new
installations. You will need to change this to reflect the
desired range for your radio. This field is at the upper left of
This allows you to select a specific range to view when making
changes. You can view a pre-determined range without scrolling
though your entire spreadsheet. Your other programmed
channels are not lost.
PESONAL NOTE: There is no charge for CHIRP.
However, these guys put in a lot of time as a Labor of Love and
donation thru PayPal is a great way of showing your
appreciation and saying thank you.