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

Dave Nathanson KG6ZJO at nathanson.org
Sat Jun 21 13:15:08 PDT 2014


It could be a driver problem, or maybe you are selecting the wrong one in the dialog box after selecting "Download from Radio". Look at those driver names carefully, if your cable is plugged in to the computer, one driver will be correct and the others will be not what you want for this. See attached photo as an example. I have the FTDI cable, your driver may be named differently. 

What USB drivers do you see in the dialog box after pulling the "Radio" menu to "Download From Radio"? 
Hint: the correct driver will not be named "bluetooth".  (To the best of my knowledge, please correct me if I'm wrong). 

Best,
 Dave Nathanson
 KG6ZJO



On Jun 21, 2014, at 12:59 PM, Mike & Kara <white318 at me.com> wrote:

> Dennis,
> 
> I think it does go into transmit mod.  Could my cable work on Windows and not on the Mac?
> 
> Thanks,
> Mike KM4BED
> 
> On Jun 20, 2014, at 8:55 PM, Dennis Klipa wrote:
> 
>> Mike,
>> 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 work.
>> 
>> 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
>> KM4BED
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