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

Lee Alexander leealexander at cox.net
Sat Jun 21 10:54:02 PDT 2014

I don’t know if this will help, but when I program my Baofeng UV-5R radios, I have to leave the radio turned off until just before you’re ready to transfer info. I click the upload button, then I get a message saying something like “turn your radio off, then attach the cable, then turn your radio on”. If I have my radio turned on and plugged in to the cable before I see this message, it won’t work for me.

Also, for new radios, the cable is REALLY stiff when you plug it in. I thought I had a defective cable at first, but I justs didn’t have the cable plugged in far enough.

Hope this helps,



From: Mike & Kara
Sent: ‎Friday‎, ‎June‎ ‎20‎, ‎2014 ‎6‎:‎33‎ ‎PM
To: Discussion of CHIRP

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?

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