[chirp_users] "Most unusual" "Radio did not ack programming mode"

Richard Haney
Wed Jun 11 11:19:17 PDT 2014

Thanks, Jim, for the suggestions.

The version of CHIRP I've been using is

This is on a Dell XPS L502X with Windows 7 Home Premium edition (with
Service Pack 1), 64-bit.  My USB ports are USB 3.0, but I've never had a
problem with their being 3.0 instead of 2.0, except for a puzzling USB 3.0
flash drive I once tried, but as far as I know that problem could have been
"anything"; I did not have time then to try to diagnose the problem; so I
returned the flash drive back to the store for a refund.

In response to your suggestion, I tried the UV-B5's RESET as described in
the manual, namely, turning on the radio while pressing and holding the
[FM] button.  But the radio did not seem to do any resetting.  I surmise
from the manual that I was supposed to get an option displayed of "VFO"
(for frequency reset) and "ALL" (for resetting everything resettable).  But
I got nothing like that.  And my channels were all still programmed as I
had programmed them.  (But before I did any of this I transferred the
channel-programming data back to the UV-B5 from the OEM channel-programming
software just to be sure I could do that without any problem.)

But in case there was some sort of subtle reset when I tried the RESET
procedure, which conceivably might have resolved the original problem, I
afterwards tried reading the UV-B5's channel info via CHIRP.  But I still
got the usual error message and no apparent transfer of data.

On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM, Jim Unroe <rock.unroe at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 9:05 PM, Richard Haney <rfhaney at gmail.com> wrote:
>> So Hooray!  All is not lost!  At least it seems I have not irreparably
>> damaged the radio as I had feared.
> That's good news.
>> But it does seem that a bug fix of CHIRP regarding the problem is in
>> order.  However, I have not checked whether this problem is already
>> regarded as a bug that needs fixing.
> Which version of CHIRP are you using? v0.4.0 or any recent daily build
> should be fine.
> Now that you have the channels and settings saved using the Baofeng
> software, I would give the RESET a try. The UV-B5/B6 has a weird habit of
> changing it's cloning behavior based on the radio's settings (changing ACK
> values and IDENT strings were a real pain during the early development of
> the initial support).
> Jim KC9HI
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