[chirp_users] Tim at Yaesu Tech Support warns against Chirp, recommends RT Systems products

Rick Farina sidhayn at gmail.com
Fri Oct 18 15:54:27 PDT 2013

My VX-3r failed while chirp was programming it.  I thought at the time
the battery level was too low and it just turned off but after plugging
in and charging the battery I found the radio could no longer power on.

I sent the radio into Yaesu saying what happened and asking them to fix
it.  They replaced some tiny capacitor or something and sent the radio
back fully functional.

In my opinion, this was ENTIRELY coincidental, but I'm adding my story
to the list because it is very possible Tim is talking about me.

Personally, I don't see how one serial programmer could harm the radio
any more than another, or how a serial programmer could harm the radio
at all.  Fun fact, chirp is slower than the RT Systems software to
program so clearly it isn't like we are overheating some component by
talking to fast or anything stupid like that.

-Rick WZ3RO Farina

On 10/17/2013 06:02 PM, Charles Stillman wrote:
> Tim at Yaesu tech support says that Chirp "burns out" EEPROMS on Yaesu radios. He says that results in the radios locking up. It was not clear whether he was saying that the EEPROM was destroyed or just programmed into a state that the radio would no longer work. I'm guessing that this might have been a problem during Chirp development and is no longer the case. I see that there are several steps involved in programming the Yaesu radios with Chirp. Does failure to follow the steps precisely create a risk to the usability of the radio? Sorry if this has been discussed before.
> Tim assures me that he makes no money by recommending RT Systems stuff.
> I sure appreciate the universality of Chirp.... support of multiple computing platforms (Mac in particular!), multiple radios! The value is huge since what holds back many beginners is the difficulty of programming in the channels!
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