[chirp_users] CHIRP and the Yaesu FT-857D

Antoon Rubbens antoonr at gmail.com
Fri Oct 4 01:20:57 PDT 2013

This question must have been asked a million times already, but as I'm a
new HAM in the Netherlands (since last Monday), I ask it one more time.

I have a Yaesu FT-857D (US model) and a cheap Chinese USB cable that I
bought from Ebay.
I have insalled HamRadioDeluxe and this program can communicate with the
radio over COM3. The cable is recognized as USB-SERIAL CH340 (COM3) in

Now I installed CHIRP and I get the error 'Failed to communicate with
radio: Unable to read block 00 expected 4 got 0'

I searched the internet and found some hints:
- Press the send button on the radio after clicking OK in CHIRP (I wondered
what is 'the send button'? This radio has a million buttons)
- Press the A button under the screen after cliking OK in CHIRP (the A
button has manny functions on the 857, so which menu should be selected)
- Set the CAT speed to 9600bps (did that)

So basically the question is which menu I should select before pressing the
A button. Or a step by step for the FT-857D is also welcome.

Thanks for your help!
Antoon (PA2AR).
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