[chirp_users] Iphone

Tom Hayward esarfl at gmail.com
Wed Aug 7 11:23:35 PDT 2013


On Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM, Davecenturytel <DWB2808 at centurytel.net> wrote:
> Is there any chance of programming my boefeng uv5r radio using my Iphone 4?
> I am thinking of the times that we need the radios to operate during a
> disaster of some kind. We need to have the ability to program these radios
> quickly and all the same so our teams can work together.
> 73
> KD0TUN
> Dave

No, this isn't possible at the moment. Here are some reasons why:

1. The UV5R requires a serial port for programming. Your iPhone
doesn't have a serial port. Some people get around this with computers
with USB-serial cables. Your iPhone doesn't have a USB port either,
nor the USB-serial drivers.
2. Your iPhone can't run Chirp. Chirp will run on any system that will
run Python and PyGTK. Your iPhone cannot run Python and PyGTK.

Android is a little more promising. My Android phone has a USB OTG
port which I have used successfully with a USB-serial adapter.
However, this was with non-open code, so it is not a solution for
Chirp. There are builds of Python for Android, but will likely never
be PyGTK for Android. PyGTK is not a good match for touchscreens, so
porting it to Android would be silly. At least half of Chirp's code
would need to be rewritten to support Android.

Tom KD7LXL



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