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CHIRP Software
 
Load the:  Latest CHIRP Developmental Daily Build and select the appropriate software.    
 
          Win 2K > Win 8 =       installer.exe
          Win 32bit stand alone =     win32.zip
          Apple Mac OS =         app.zip
          Linux =                        tar.gz
 
Loading CHIRP with Windows 8
 
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 Features
  
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 sessions

  • Remembers last folder loaded from or saved to between sessions

  • Supports serial ports up to COM256

CHIRP FAQs
 
1
Q:  How do I create and initial CHIRP image?
A:   CHIRP supports over 80 makes and models of radio. You must first create an initial template for your specific model. This gives CHIRP a starting image of your radio and firmware.

This is done by selecting the Radio tab in the CHIRP toolbar and perform a  Download_from_Radio

This loads your radio's initial parameters. After your desired frequencies, tones, etc are entered into the template, you can now perform an Upload_to_Radio.

  
2
Q:  Error Message  "Radio version not Supported".
A:   Your are running the wrong version of CHIRP.  You must load the Latest
Daily_Developmental_Build       (see top of page)
 
 
3
Q:  How do I print a copy of the CHIRP frequency list?
A:  With the frequency list displayed on your computer
          Select:  FILE / EXPORT
          Select the Location where file is to be saved
          Select:  .CSV format and SAVE
You can now alter the appearance and print the .CSV file.
 
 
4
Q:  Can I hide the fields on the spreadsheet I don't use?
A:   There is a View tab at the top. Select Hide Unused Fields.
      This makes diagnostics a bit easier.
  
 
5
Q:  My offsets & tones on the spreadsheet will not save?
A:   If this should occur, delete and re-enter the entire line, then save.
 
Note: After entering your information, you must click on another line for CHIRP to know your entry is complete. 
 
 
6
Q: Why does CHIRP only show 21 channels?
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 the spreadsheet.

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.
 

7
Q:  Error Message  "Radio version not Supported".
A:   Your are running the wrong version of CHIRP.  You must load the Latest
Daily_Developmental_Build       (see top of page)
 
 
 
UV5R / UV82 Series

 
 8
Q:  Error Message when saving to a UV5R / UV82 series only.
 

A:  Not actually an error, but more an information Flag.

Reason: Your UV5R radios have different firmware versions.
  
Impact: ALL data has transferred successfully with the exception of those fields in the Settings / Other Settings tab.  In most instances, this data remains unchanged. (i.e. Power On Message)
  
Result: By not transferring these fields, it allows you to use the same image file to update multiple UV5R radios having different firmware releases.

 
9
Q:  Will CHIRP accept special characters in the Name field?
A:   CHIRP supports:
            All Upper Case letters A > Z        Numbers 0 > 9
            Most special keyboard characters   @  #  &  (  )  -  /  etc


Note1: CHIRP Settings / Basic Settings / Display must be set to Name to view Alpha in the display.

Note 2: CHIRP will not accept lower case letters  a > z  in the Channel Name field but will accept them in the Power On message.  
 
 
 
UVB5
 

10
Q:  Error message  "Unsupported Model"
A:   UV-B5 firmware bug.  This occurs when uploading to the radio with Work Mode A and/or B set to Channel Mode.
  
To correct:
   Run the OEM software.
   Download from Radio.
   Change setting to Frequency Mode
   Upload file to Radio.
 

11
Q:  Will CHIRP accept special characters in the Name field?
A:   CHIRP supports Upper Case A > Z    0 > 9    _ - +
* /

CHIRP
Settings / Basic Settings / Display must be set to Name to view alpha in the display.


 
PESONAL NOTE: There is no charge for CHIRP. These guys put in a lot of time as a Labor of Love and a small donation thru PayPal is a great way of showing your appreciation and saying thank you.  

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