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Programming Software

   Windows, Linux, Mac

Latest Daily Build
Getting Started
  1.1   Mixing Old and New Image Files
1.2   Latest Daily Build
1.3   How often should I update CHIRP
Loading CHIRP
  2.1   Windows 8 - Smart Screen
  2.2   Desktop Icon
  3.1   Creating the initial image
  3.2   Message - "Radio version not Supported"
  3.3   Printing the CHIRP frequency list
  3.4   Hiding Unused Fields
  3.5   Offsets & Tones on the spreadsheet will not save
  3.6   CHIRP only shows 21 channels
Guides, Examples & Spreadsheets
  4.1   Programming References & Guide
4.2 Column Definitions
  4.3   Programming Examples
Getting Started 
  1.1   Mixing Old and New  Image Files
- When acquiring a new radio, always start with CHIRPs Latest Daily Build. Even radios with similar model numbers can have different internal firmware that prevents total image compatibility.
 If the firmware version does not exactly match, the upload will be aborted.
- Always do a Download from Radio to create a template for the new radio. Copy and paste the frequencies from an existing image to the new template. Then upload the new template to your new radio.

- Always save a copy of the initial template for the new radio should a recovery need to be done at a later date.
- Always use CHIRP's  Latest Daily Build.
Do not use versions 0.4.0 or 0.4.1.  These versions are well over a year old and created prior to many of today's radios.
  1.2   The Latest Daily Build
CHIRP supports multiple platforms. Select the appropriate software for your computer.
Win 2K > Win10 installer.exe
Win 32bit stand alone win32.zip
Apple Mac OS app.zip
Linux tar.gz
  1.3   How often should I update CHIRP
NEW CHIRP users should always start with CHIRP's Latest Daily Build.

1.  If you only have one radio and CHIRP works to your satisfaction, it is not mandatory to update, however,

2.  If you have multiple radios, or want to use your current files to update a friends radio, the LDB will prevent cross loading. Trying to load an older image to a newer radio, (even of the same model) may render the new radio temporarily inoperable if there were firmware changes in the newer radio.

3.  The LDB may include new models, as well as refinements and enhancements.
The advantages of using the Latest Daily Build far out way the disadvantages. It's a quick update and it is not necessary to remove the old version to install the new one. CHIRP will override the old LDB.
Loading CHIRP
  2.1   Windows 8 - Smart Screen
A new Windows 8 feature is "SmartScreen" which may block CHIRP from loading. If this occurs, SmartScreen can be disabled as follows:

Open "Windows Action Center" and "Change Windows SmartScreen" settings.
  2.2   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)
Open the CHIRP folder to display the contents.
Right click on the CHIRP program Select:
SEND TO / Create Desktop Shortcut.
  3.1   Creating an initial CHIRP image
CHIRP supports over 80 makes and models of radio. Even if a radio has the same basic appearance and model number, there’s a good chance that the 'image' files are not compatible. 
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.
Note: After creating the initial image of the radio to be updated, Do Not select File / New. This is used for creating .csv files, not image files.
After your desired frequencies, tones, etc are entered into the template, you can now perform an Upload_to_Radio.
If you have a CHIRP image from another radio, you can Cut / Paste the channels from your old image file to the new template.

  3.2   Message "Radio version not Supported"
Your may running the wrong version of CHIRP. You must load the Latest Daily_Developmental_Build  (see top of page)
  3.3   Printing the CHIRP frequency list
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.
  3.4   Hiding unused fields
There is a View tab at the top. Select Hide Unused Fields.
This will hide fields that are empty making diagnostics a bit easier.
  3.5   Offsets & Tones on the spreadsheet will not save
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.
  3.6   CHIRP only shows 21 channels
This is the Default Memory Range displayed for new installations.
You will need to change this to show the desired range to appear on the CHIRP spreadsheet. 
The Memory Range tab at the upper left of the spreadsheet will show the number of channels to be displayed. Enter the desired range and click on Refresh.
This allows you to preview a specific range when making changes without scrolling though your entire spreadsheet. Your other programmed channels will not be lost even though they do not appear in that range.
CHIRP Guides, Examples & Spreadsheets
  4.1   CHIRP References & Guide
Definitions to each of the CHIRP fields can be found HERE.
  4.2   Column Definitions
A link to Understanding CHIRP's Columns can be found HERE.
  4.3   CHIRP Programming Examples
Spreadsheet examples can be found HERE.
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