[chirp_users] baofeng programming cable

Dan Jolley oldhippie1955 at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 4 20:55:58 PST 2016

Jim, thank you for clarifying that. I have a UV-5R and a UV-5RTP and so far I've been keeping the images separately per radio. I've often wondered if I could upload the UV-5R image I saved and upload it to the UV-5RTP, but now I know it's not possible thanks to your information. Thank you for the explanation about the differences between firmware versions. It sure saved me some problems!

Much appreciated,Thank you,Dan

      From: Jim Unroe <rock.unroe at gmail.com>
 To: Discussion of CHIRP <chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com> 
 Sent: Thursday, March 3, 2016 4:35 PM
 Subject: Re: [chirp_users] baofeng programming cable
Hi Larry,

> now, i only have one issue w/ chirp.  i have a UV-5R and got all 100 of
> my channels programmed into it. i saved it as an xx.img file. then, i
> need to send this same file to my UV-5RHP; but, when i open it and try
> to upload, i cant; the radio box is grayed out so i cant change to the
> BF-8 so it will not send it to my HP unit. how do i save/rename/whatever
> to get the file into my HP H/T ?

You must not directly upload an image from one UV-5R style radio to
another UV-5R style radio unless the firmware version exactly matches.
CHIRP has been programmed to check for a match and to stop the upload
when they do not match.

What you do is use the CHIRP Import feature to transfer channels from
one radio brand/mode/firmware version to another. To make the channel
assignments of your UV-5RHP exactly the same (except the power level)
as the ones in your UV-5R, do this:

1.0 launch CHIRP
2.0 open a tab is compatible with your UV-5RHP (it will have "Baofeng
BF-F8HP:" as part of the tab's label) by doing one of the following
2.1 download from your UV-5RHP
2.2 load a previously saved image from your UV-5RHP
3.0 select and erase all existing channels from the current tab
3.1 click a channel row to highlight it
3.2 press Ctrl-A to highlight all 128 channel rows
3.3 press the Delete key
4.0 import the image from your UV-5R into the tab for your UV-5RHP
4.1 click "File"
4.2 click "Import"
4.3 click the button that shows "CHIRP Files (*.chirp)"
4.4 choose "CHIRP Radio Images (*.img)" from the list that appears
4.5 locate and load the "xx.img" file (the image for your UV-5R)
4.6 click the [OK] button

At this point the current tab has all of the channel assignments from
your UV-5R. It can be save as an image or uploaded to your UV-5RHP.
But the power levels may not be set to the power level that you want.

What Import does is match up the power level of the source radio to
the closest power level of the target radio. So channels set to LOW on
the UV-5R will be set to LOW on the UV-5RHP. Channels set to HIGH on
the UV-5RHP will be set to MID on the UV-5RHP. So to quickly set them
all to HIGH power, do this:

1.0 select all existing channels
1.1 click a channel row to highlight it
1.2 press Ctrl-A to highlight all 128 channel rows
1.3 click the [Properties] button
2.0 select the HIGH power level
2.1 tick the box to the left of the "Power:" setting
2.2 select the HIGH power setting
3.0 click the [OK] button

At this point the current tab has all of the channel assignments of
the UV-5R and all of the power levels set to HIGH. It can be saved to
an image or uploaded to your UV-5RHP.

If you only want a few channels set to HIGH power, you can selectively
highlight the channel rows and the above procedure will only change
those channels.

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