[chirp_users] No response from radio, TM-V71 and DR-235, Debian

Keith Murlless
Mon Jul 25 03:08:01 PDT 2016

At the risk of offending our highly technical brethren,  I'd like to
compliment CHIRP for producing an excellent "plug - n-play" version for

Honestly, aside from having to maintain separate files for each Baofeng
firmware set, my experience in up/down-loading from Baofeng to Mac,  via
CHIRP, has truly been just that easy.

Good thing too... The frustrations and technical details that you discuss
in this thread are beyond me.  Good luck with that...

I will offer that *cable quality* has popped up in various threads as a
likely culprit in the case of up/down-load fails

On Jul 24, 2016 23:56, "CN85rq" <chirp-info at aberle.net> wrote:

> Ken:
> Thanks for your suggestions.  Since both radios are mobiles with serial
> ports, the PTT isn't an issue.  I was testing with both USB-to-serial
> cables (with chips) and serial-to-serial cables (no chips).  The
> CheckChipVersion appears to be Windoze-only (an OS I haven't had in over
> a decade), and I don't see an equivalent linux tool.
> Tom:
> I appreciate you pointing me in the right direction on breaking the
> problem in half, and the "ID" command for the TM-V71.  I moved over to
> testing with a 3rd computer, one known to connect with my Kantronics
> 9612.  Using the serial port monitor in Outpost PM and the linux minicom
> utility I was able to isolate issues, solve part of the problem, and
> better characterize the remaining difficulties.
> All:
> The dual-port MCS9865-based serial card on the Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P
> motherboard uses /dev/ttyS1 and /dev/ttyS2.  The USB-to-serial cable
> uses /dev/USB0 on both the Gigabyte motherboard and the Raspberry Pi.
> Both USB-to-serial cables (FTDI and unknown) and the Kenwood PG-5G PC
> Serial Programming Cable all work.  Note to self: In order to make
> problem isolation easier, clearly mark the three special APC 940-0024C
> cables so they don't get mixed in with the other serial cables.
> So, chirp works with the Kenwood TM-V71 using both a straight serial
> cable and the both USB-to-serial cables.  Neither chirp, minicom, nor
> the serial port monitor in Outpost PM will communicate with the Alinco
> DR-235 MkIII.  In fact, when I put the mini-tester in line on the serial
> cable, there is no signal (neither a green nor a red LED lit) on the
> Receive Data line.  This is true for all three computers using both
> cable types.
> Is a special cable needed for the Alinco DR-235 to work with chirp?
> Tom Hayward wrote on 07/24/2016 11:19 AM:
> >
> > You might try removing Chirp from the equation and test just the
> > serial port on the TM-V71. First, note the rate set in menu 519,
> > PC.SPD. Then launch a terminal emulator at this rate. Type ID and hit
> > enter. You should get the model number of the radio printed to your
> > console. If not, you've got a problem with your computer/USB serial
> > port, cable, or the radio's serial port.
> >
> > If you do get a response, move on to Chirp. Use only the latest daily
> > build, available on the PPA or here:
> > http://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/LATEST/
> >
> > Tom KD7LXL
> Ken Cone wrote on 07/24/2016 10:58 AM:
> > Hello,
> > In my recent experience programming an Yaesu FT60R, two issues popped up:
> > 1) finding the correct driver for the cable chipset, and 2) holding the
> > button long enough.
> > The chipset driver information was here:
> > http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/ShowProduct.aspx?p_id=225&pcid=41
> >
> > About half way down the page, in red is a link to an app that identified
> > the Prolific the chipset.  Other chipset manufacturers may have similar
> > tools.
> > "Run PL2303 CheckChipVersion tool..."  This helped tremendously in
> > identifying the correct driver.
> > Holding the PTT button long enough came from page 65 of the FT-60R
> manual,
> > in the section on Cloning.  After resolving these two issues, I was able
> to
> > download memory contents to CHiRP, edit, and upload back to the HT.
> >
> > Hope this helps.
> > 73,
> > Ken
> > KI7EIH
> >
> >
> > Ken Cone
> > kencone at gmail.com
> > KI7EIH
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