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

Dennis Klipa klipadk at gmail.com
Fri Jun 20 18:55:46 PDT 2014

My brother bought the same radio and got the same message.  We suspect the
cable is the problem.  When we plugged in the cable to the radio while it
was plugged into the computer (XP) and the radio went into transmit mode.
Does yours?  I have read that there are issues with some of the cheap knock
off programming cables.  His UV-5R also would not manually program a
repeater frequency so it is going back to Amazon.com!

On my system, Windows 7, I had to download an older driver to get it to

Good luck,
Dennis N8ERF
On Jun 20, 2014 9:34 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
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