[chirp_users] Please help me program my radio

Mathew Mrosko chirp at matmrosko.com
Tue Feb 21 16:56:59 PST 2012


Judy,

FWIW, I installed the prolific driver from the link below for my Baofeng 
cable last night on a Mac running Lion (10.5) and it worked.  The 
installer did need to reboot because it is in the form of a kext that 
apparently needs to be loaded at boot time.  Hopefully it will work for 
the Wouxun cable you have.

Follow Dan's directions for a mac, which means if you're running a daily 
build, you need to install the python runtime available here:
http://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/MacOS/

I used Python Runtime R10 and the 2/18 nightly build, which is available 
here:
http://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/daily-02182012/

Mat WD4DDY

On 02/21/2012 02:49 PM, Robert Terzi wrote:
> Judy:
>
> Welcome to the hobby of radio.  The wouxun USB serial cable has a prolific chip
> which is pretty common.  Unfortunately I'm not a mac user so I can't help with
> mac specifics.  I suggest trying the driver from Prolific's site. It's for
> 10.6 and 10.7
>
> http://www.prolific.com.tw/eng/downloads.asp?id=31
>
> There is a possibility that driver won't work with the wouxun cable, there
> are some clones of the prolific chip which are slightly different.
>
> An alternative is to get the wouxun cable with a DB-9, and get a USB serial
> adapter that is known to work well with Macs, usually one that has an FTDI
> chip.
>
> Once you have the driver loaded on your mac and recognizing the cable,
> you can use chirp to program the radio.  There are several versions of the
> Wouxun radio, KG-UVD1(P), KG-UV2D, KG-UV3D.  These are essentially the same.
>
> There is a newer radio KG-UV6D, which has 199 memories instead of 128
> that the 1,2,3 models have.  At this time I believe chirp can only program
> the earlier models.
>
>
> A few suggestions since you are new to radio&  the wouxun:
>
> - There is a wouxun Yahoo group which has lots of wouxun specific traffic
>     You might want to join the group and check the message archive for mac
>     related info as well as other new info.
>
>     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Wouxun_KG-UVD1/
>
> - I suggest reading Buddy Brannan's "Eye's Free Guide to operating the Wouxun KG-UVD1P"
>
>       http://buddy.brannan.name/wouxun-eyes-free.rtf
>
>     It was originally written to help visually impaired operators use the wouxun, but it
>     is the best introduction to the Wouxun HT that I've seen, so far.  It answers many of
>     the frequently asked questions that come up over and over.  Since it's written
>     for people without eye sight, it has no diagrams, just good explanations.
>
>     I believe Buddy and other have posted some audio podcasts and/or youtube video walk
>     throughs of using and programming the radio.
>
> - If you are looking to use the radio with ham radio FM repeaters and that is new for
>     you, I suggest looking for some tutorials that explain the details of transmit
>     offset, CTCSS/PL squelch tones, etc as you'll need to get all of those details
>     programmed correctly to use repeaters.  Here are two that I've found.
>
>     * New Ham's guide to repeaters:
>     http://www.hamuniverse.com/repeater.html
>
>     * About 2 Meters, Info for new hams, (shorter, more direct, less overall info)
>     http://www.hamuniverse.com/2meters.html
>
>
> Hope This Helps,
> --Rob
> W2RCT
>
>
> On 2/21/2012 1:41 PM, Judy wrote:
>> I'm brand new to radio, just bought a Wouxun Dual band 2M/440 or 2M/220, and need help programming it. I have a Mac, but no cable. Wouxun says they don't know about Macs, but their cable requires a driver. They suggested I find a prolific USB driver somewhere, or ask CHIRP for help.
>> I had found you through the downloadable programming tool on the Oro Valley Amateur Radio club. But you say my radio can be programmed with a little extra effort. What kind of extra effort? And should I buy the Wouxun cable that needs a driver? Does your CHIRP programming tool contain a driver for an iMac?
>> Or is there someone who has this who would be willing to help me through his/her PC or mac?
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