CHIRP Programming Software
CHIRP - Getting Started
Understanding CHIRP's Spreadsheet
How to: Create a Bootable
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 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
- Allows 7 Character Alpha Tags
(was only 6)
- Allows Personalizing
- Upper & Lower
Band Limits for TX on VHF & UHF
- TX Inhibit for
Scanner Only frequencies
Remembers the COM port setting between
Remembers the last folder loaded from or
saved to between sessions
Supports serial ports up to COM256
Displays the actual Firmware release on UV5R series
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.
Q: Error Message "Radio version not
A: Your are running the wrong version of CHIRP. You must load
(see top of page)
Q: Error Message when saving to a UV5R
A: Not actually an error, but more an information Flag.
Reason: Your UV5R radios have different firmware
ALL data has transferred
successfully with the exception of those fields in the
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.
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
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.
Q: How do I print a copy of the CHIRP frequency
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.
NOTE: If the Export function doesn't show a .CSV
option, you may be running Win7 with CHIRP in the XP
compatibility mode. Run CHIRP in normal mode.
Q: Will CHIRP accept special characters in the Name field?
All Upper Case letters A > Z
Numbers 0 > 9
Most special keyboard characters @ # & ( ) -
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
Q: My offsets & tones on the spreadsheet will not save?
A: If this should occur, delete and re-enter the entire
line, then save.
There is no charge for CHIRP. However, 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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