[chirp_users] Need help programming my new Baofeng UV-5R using my Mac.

Mike & Kara
Sat Jun 21 13:22:31 PDT 2014


I installed the Python package.  Stopped CHIRP and restarted CHIRP.  No change.  Should I restart the computer?


On Jun 20, 2014, at 9:12 PM, Jim Unroe wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 9:33 PM, Mike & Kara <white318 at me.com> wrote:
> I am a new Technician class HAM licensee (KM4BED) and just bought a Baofeng UV-5R from Amazon as my first radio.  A friend told me about CHIRP to program the local repeaters into the radio.  I bought a programming cable from Amazon at the same time.  I downloaded the Mac version of CHIRP from the CHIRP website and installed it with the driver it recommended for the Mac.  I cannot seem to get the computer and the radio to talk.  Can anyone help?  I had the same friend help me checkout the cable and the radio using his computer (he has 5 of these radios) to see if the problem was the cable or the radio.  He could program my radio using my cable with his Windows based computer and CHIRP.  Based on this I am assuming my radio and cable are fine and there is something wrong with my computer configuration.
> My computer is a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.7.5 (this is the latest version this hardware will support).  The version of CHIRP I am running is CHIRP 0.4.0 (GTK 2.24.10, PyGTK 2.22.0, Python 2.7.2).
> This is what I am doing:
> I start CHIRP;
> I plug the cable into a USB port on the computer;
> Then I plug the cable into the radio;
> Then I turn on the radio.
> This is what happens:
> The LED Indicator comes on RED and stays on for several minutes;
> Then it starts blinking Off and Red for a few minutes;
> Then it goes off.
> At that point I figure it is ready to start talking to the computer.
> On the computer I select Radio > Download From Radio;
> I select Port = /dev/cu.Bluetooth-Modem; Vendor = Baofeng; Model = UV-5R;
> I press the OK button;
> Instantly I get "An error has occurred could not open port /dev/cu.Bluetooth-Modem: [Errno 16] Resource busy: '/dev/cu.Bluetooth-Modem'";
> I press the OK button.
> Then I try the other port:
> On the computer I select Radio > Download From Radio;
> I select Port = /dev/cu.Bluetooth-PDA-Sync; Vendor = Baofeng; Model = UV-5R;
> I press the OK button;
> I get a box that says Cloning for a few seconds;
> Then I get "An error has occurred Radio did not respond";
> I press the OK button.
> Does anyone have any ideas?
> Thanks,
> Mike
> Mike,
> You don't mention anything about installing the KK7DS Python runtime package that is required for running CHIRP on a Mac. It is available from a link near the bottom of the download page.
> Also you are not selecting the correct communications port. This could be an indication that you have not installed a driver that is compatible with your programming cable. I assume that you have a programming cable with a copied Prolific chip. Visit this page and get the "generic" driver that is compatible with your OS.
> http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/MacOS_Tips
> Jim KC9HI
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