[chirp_users] Will Chirp work with the Baofeng BF-F9 V2

Tony ajd at industrynet.net
Sat Jan 10 13:17:34 PST 2015


Probably.

 

Regardless, the battery that came with the BF-F8HP is considerably bigger and heavier.

 

Maybe some bolts?  J

 

From: chirp_users-bounces at intrepid.danplanet.com [mailto:chirp_users-bounces at intrepid.danplanet.com] On Behalf Of John Kellas
Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2015 2:45 PM
To: Discussion of CHIRP
Subject: Re: [chirp_users] Will Chirp work with the Baofeng BF-F9 V2

 

Just a head's-up about those stated battery capacities.

 

In the world of LED's, flashaholic's have the term 'Chinese Lumens'. There also appear to be 'Chinese milliamps'.

 

I have some Baofeng batteries that are model BL-8. They weigh 86g and claim 2800 mAh. I should throw them on our analyzer to confirm, but given that Wouxun KG-816, and UVD-1P batteries weigh 86g and are claimed at 1700 mAh, an Anytone AT-3318 battery that is claimed 1800 mAh weighs 96g, a 1600 mAh Xianjing battery for the XJ-928 weighs 93g. Indeed the only 7.4V battery case that I've seen that can yield a capacity in the vicinity of 2800 mAh is the AA Battery case for a Wouxun 1P, and it needs 5 LiFeS2 lithium primary cells to accomplish approx 3000 mAh, and even that will tip the scales at 108g. (LiFeS2 weighs 25% less than Li-Co when packed into the same volume, and has 3X more energy capacity). I think it's safe to assume that all these rechargeable battery packs are using Lithium Cobalt chemistry, and that therefore Baofeng is in the habit of overstating their battery capacities.




Regards,

John 

 

On Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 10:56 AM, Tony <ajd at industrynet.net> wrote:

Before I wrote that I had done a ton of reading/research about the differences between the BF-F8HP & the BF-F9V2+. 

 

I then purchased three F9’s which I have owned for approximately three weeks. 

 

I just received a BF-F8HP yesterday morning and have had the chance to play with it quite a bit. 

 

As stated before the radio does come with a larger 2100 Mah battery, the better manual and a better antenna.

 

In terms of functionality the radios appear to operate exactly the same however the firmware IS different. 

 

Now the minor differences: (opinion mostly)

 

The radio looks better. 

 

The radio feels much nicer in the hand. (bigger battery)

 

It appears to me that the F8-HP has better quality control.

 

The three F9’s I purchased came from the seller Foscom via Amazon.   All three of them had issues of some sort, none particularly serious but issues none the less.   One of them was missing the side plastic piece opposite the PTT.  The nameplates have fallen off on all of them and one of the radios will not work with an external microphone.

 

I honestly think the extra couple bucks for the F8 is worth it and I’ll probably end up with another one. 

 

Though I do like the box the BF-F9 V2+ comes in better..  ;)

 

Hope that helps, sorry for any misinformation.

 

-Tony

 

 

 

From: chirp_users-bounces at intrepid.danplanet.com [mailto:chirp_users-bounces at intrepid.danplanet.com] On Behalf Of Kurt
Sent: Friday, January 9, 2015 3:41 PM
To: Discussion of CHIRP
Subject: Re: [chirp_users] Will Chirp work with the Baofeng BF-F9 V2

 

Only thing I can say is the BF-F9 V2+ didn't work. The battery release would have needed to be sanded if I would have kept it.

Since it was not programmable for repeaters, useless to me.  There was only a $6.00 price difference so an F8 after this experience was a no brainer for me.  I tried multiple resets and used Chirp with the F9 and no dice.  An isolated bat unit?  Maybe but the F8HP

turned out better for me.  Kurt 

 

From: Tony <ajd at industrynet.net>
To: 'Discussion of CHIRP' <chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com> 
Sent: Thursday, January 8, 2015 8:26 AM
Subject: Re: [chirp_users] Will Chirp work with the Baofeng BF-F9 V2

 

There is nothing wrong with the BF-F9 V2+  -- That’s all marketing hype from Baofeng.  Both work fine with Chirp.

 

The firmware is up to date on both the F9 and F8.

 

The only real difference is you get the better owner’s manual and a better antenna with the BF-F8.   The batteries that came with my F9’s were 1800 Mah.   If you have a problem with a tight battery on either the F9 or F8 just hold down the release button firmly when inserting/removing the battery.

 

The fact that you can get the better manual on the ‘Net (miklor) and that you’ll likely replace both stock antennas anyways really makes it a moot point.

 

Ignore the hype and enjoy either radio.

 

Tony

 

 

 

 

From: chirp_users-bounces at intrepid.danplanet.com [mailto:chirp_users-bounces at intrepid.danplanet.com] On Behalf Of John Kellas
Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 10:43 PM
To: Kurt; Discussion of CHIRP
Subject: Re: [chirp_users] Will Chirp work with the Baofeng BF-F9 V2

 

I checked that link. They say they are in the USA, and that they are a 'Distrubutor'. What is that? Are they to be trusted?​




 

Regards,

John Kellas
403-762-2333

 

On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 2:19 PM, Kurt <ksaves2 at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

 Before you buy an F9, look at this link:

 

https://baofengtech.com/BF-F9v2+

 

I bought one and it wasn't programmable to a repeater period.  I tried Chirp and no dice.  I sent the radio back and 

thank heavens for the liberal Amazon return policy.  I bought an F8HP and am much happier.  Worked just fine.

The F8HP was listed out of stock when I tried to get one originally but had come back up online after my experience with 

the F9.  F9 didn't work with Chirp or possibly was dorked by it.  Master reset didn't work.  The 3800mah pack had to be pried off.

 

The BF-F8HP works perfectly with Chirp in spite of the disclaimer.  Get an F8HP.  Kurt KC9LDH

 

From: Jim Unroe <rock.unroe at gmail.com>
To: Discussion of CHIRP <chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com> 
Sent: Friday, January 2, 2015 5:08 AM
Subject: Re: [chirp_users] Will Chirp work with the Baofeng BF-F9 V2


On Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 4:43 AM,  <chaplainblack at centurytel.net> wrote:
>
> I  am wanting to buy a Baofeng Radio and am looking at the new Baofeng BF-F9
> V2
> Does anyone on the list know if CHIRP will work for this radio
> Is there anything I would need to do specifically to make it compatable
>
> One dealer said it should work but I am not sure if that is true or not.
>
>
>
> thank you all, Ron in WA    KA7MUB

Hi Ron,

>From the "Supported Radios" list on the CHIRP home page...

BF-F8HP (in daily builds)
Also includes the BF-F9V2+
Also includes the GT-3TP
Also includes the UV-5R TP


Yes, it is supported. You must use a daily build.

Jim KC9HI


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