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

Dave Nathanson kg6zjo.lists at nathanson.org
Fri Jun 20 20:50:31 PDT 2014

Hi Mike,
I'm writing this from memory, please let me know if it helps, or if it is even correct. 

In many cases you need to connect the cable to the computer & radio first, then power the radio on, while holding down some radio buttons. Then launch CHIRP. The exact procedure varies by radio. 

If you want to know what "port" to select when CHIRP asks, try quitting CHIRP, disconnecting your cable, then launch CHIRP. Make a note of what ports CHIP has available. 
Then quit CHIRP. 
Connect the cable. 
Launch CHIRP & see what ports CHIRP has now. The new port ought to be your radio cable. That's the one to select. 

Remember to always download from the radio first, then make your changes & upload back to the radio. 
(There are some exceptions to this, but beyond the scope of current conversation). 

 Dave Nathanson

On Jun 20, 2014, at 6:33 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
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