[chirp_users] Baofeng UV-5R won't program

adinserter .
Sun Jan 17 18:53:26 PST 2016

Yes, two things I found help..#1 definitely check to see you are using a
Prolific driver for your cable...most I have seen are prolific and mined
worked fine after prolific driver.
#2 yes, must download from radio before you try to upload and programing.

On Sun, Jan 17, 2016 at 5:43 PM, Jim Unroe <rock.unroe at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Don,
> On Sun, Jan 17, 2016 at 8:15 PM, lofty don <loftydon at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Sir,
> >
> > I recently purchased two of these radios, but am having trouble
> programming
> > them using the purchased cable that interfaces with the radio and ends
> in a
> > USB cable.  I have tried with both a Windows 10 and a Windows 7 Home
> pc.  I
> > checked the firmware version and saw that it read: BFB297
> The firmware version of these radios can no longer be determined by
> powering on the radio with the [3] key pressed. Ever since BFB299
> firmware was released about 3 years ago, all UV-5R radios (and their
> variants) masquerade as BFB297 in this power on message. Unless your
> radio is over 3 years old, the only thing that we can be sure of is
> that the "real" firmware version is not BFB297.
> >
> > I check the devices in Windows 10 and it shows com3 or com4, depending on
> > the USB port and it looks good.
> You shouldn't need to guess which COM port to use. Device Manager
> should show you exactly which COM port is assigned to your programming
> cable. If you have a programming cable with a Prolific USB-to-TTL
> chip, the device driver auto installed by Windows 10 is incompatible.
> Unfortunately the latest Prolific driver installed by Windows no
> longer shows an error, so you can be fooled into thinking everything
> is OK when it isn't. What you will have to do is download, install and
> select an older, but compatible, device driver (v3.2.0.0).
> http://www.miklor.com/COM/UV_Drivers.php
> >
> > I click on new and then click on the radio tab and put in com1 or com2 or
> > com3 or com4 and always get an error (vendor is Baofeng and UV-5R).
> Once again, you shouldn't be guessing which COM port to use. One you
> get the correct device driver selected, Device Manager should clearly
> show you which one to use. See examples in the guide above.
> Also you cannot click new to create an image that will upload to your
> radio. You must download from your radio first to create a tab that is
> compatible. Save your first successful download to a CHIRP Radio
> Images (*.img) file to be kept in a safe place as a backup. Then you
> can save it a second time for your "working" copy. Make the change you
> want and upload it back to your radio. See these guides and examples.
> http://www.miklor.com/COM/UV_CHIRP.php#guides
> >
> > Thanks for any help you can give.
> >
> > Don in sunny Florida
> >
> Jim KC9HI
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