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

Jim Unroe rock.unroe at gmail.com
Fri Jun 20 19:12:13 PDT 2014


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
> KM4BED
>

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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