[chirp_users] Programming Yaesu FT7900

Milton Hywatt mhywattt at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 14 13:40:38 PST 2014

Just one final thin Dave, you don't need to export as CSV with chirp.
You can import the .img file from other radios without going through the CSV export.
It usually works pretty well. However there are some cells in the row that are not
compatible between radios. I've taken the .img file from my Anytone and just as a
test imported it into my FT8900 template. There's a couple things it didn't like but
only took me 5 minutes to sort out. Glad you're a happy Chirp user now. own 4
different brands of radios and use the .img import all the time.  


 From: Dave Cavanaugh <cavanadd at frontier.com>
To: Discussion of CHIRP <chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com> 
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:58 PM
Subject: Re: [chirp_users] Programming Yaesu FT7900

Milton pretty much got all of it.

A little more detail:

After successfully getting the radio into clone mode I started Chirp and 
told it to read the radio, and put the radio in TX mode.  This 
downloaded the blank radio profile into Chirp.

Once I had the radio profile into Chirp, I had Chirp import my Anytone 
file.  The Anytone Chirp file had previously been EXPORTED (this is the 
important part) from Chirp as a .CSV file.  I told Chirp to import that 
file into the empty FT-7900 profile, which it did.  All of the fields 
populated fine with one minor error message at the end, which I was able 
to ignore. The error message was due to a minor data format mismatch 
between the Anytone and Yaesu radios.

Anyway...once I had the Chirp file populated I told it to upload to the 
radio, and once the upload process started in the computer I put the 
radio in RX mode and the file went up the wire into the radio just 
fine.  After a restart all of my 125 or so channels were in the radio 
and I was able to use the radio normally in channel mode.

Hope this us useful to someone in the future.

On 2/13/2014 2:36 PM, Dave Nathanson wrote:
> Thanks Milton, I'm always happy to hear about what works!  :-)
> Dave C if you have anything to add - I'm happy to hear that too.
> Either way, I like to try & get the winning answers into the permanent record. I know from my own experience that these little details (exact & in sequence) can be important when you're trying to transfer to or from a radio.
> Best,
>   Dave Nathanson
> On Feb 13, 2014, at 1:36 PM, Milton Hywatt <mhywattt at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Hate to answer for another but the step he was missing
>> was to press and hold SET until the radio was ready to
>> rx or tx data. He was half way there by holding down the MHZ key while powering up. Then rotating the channel knob to F7 CLONE.
>> Now he can press and hold the middle button BAND/SET until the
>> display blacks out and then release the button and the display
>> comes back with CLONE. He was missing that step. Now he can set his
>> software to rx or tx data and then hit the appropriate button on the
>> radio to start the transfer. TX or RX will appear on the display depending on what he wanted to do. The last time I programmed my FT8900 which is nearly identical in setting it up to clone I too forgot to
>> press set. On the 8900 you just press it momentarily. the 7900 you press and hold. That is what Joe was referring to down at the bottom
>> of this message. More than a momentary push of SET on the FT8900 will cause the transfer to fail. I'll have to give that a try to see what exactly happens.
>> Milton
>> From: Dave Nathanson <KG6ZJO at nathanson.org>
>> To: Discussion of CHIRP <chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com>
>> Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:57 AM
>> Subject: Re: [chirp_users] Programming Yaesu FT7900
>> Hey Dave C, so what was the full final winning procedure that worked for you?
>> Best,
>> Dave Nathanson
>> On Feb 12, 2014, at 10:26 PM, Dave Cavanaugh <cavanadd at frontier.com> wrote:
>>> Thanks for all of the help; after reading all of the responses to my
>>> post and re-reading the manual I realized I was missing a step in the
>>> clone procedure.  After I fixed that I eventually figured out the
>>> correct sequence for downloading a clone of the radio into Chirp, then
>>> importing my old Anytone file into the FT7900 file and then uploading it
>>> into the radio.  Works fine now.
>>> On 2/12/2014 3:17 PM, Joe wrote:
>>>> This may be a similar problem that drove me crazy on the FT-8900. After
>>>> you select CLONE START, only press the [SET] key for 1/2 second, no
>>>> longer!  A longer push will cause it to fail.
>>>> 73, Joe, K1ike
>>>> _____________________
>> ____________________________
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