[chirp_users] CHIRP DOWNLOAD problems (USB Serial leads)

Joel Weinstein (MA)
Sun Oct 29 14:50:38 PDT 2017

There are a total of 128 memory locations. There are *not* 128 for band A and 128 for band B (Band A frequency may vary between radios).


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From: chirp_users-bounces at intrepid.danplanet.com [mailto:chirp_users-bounces at intrepid.danplanet.com] On Behalf Of SCOTT PETERSON
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2017 5:30 PM
To: 'Discussion of CHIRP'
Subject: Re: [chirp_users] CHIRP DOWNLOAD problems (USB Serial leads)


The USB Serial Leads I purchased from Amazon is working fine, my current problem is understanding mapping the memory locations, as I said before I opened the repeater local listing selecting 220 MHz and populated the Radio image list 1-44, then went to 440 MHz attempting to populate list 45 plus. Didn’t work instead it overwrote the 1-44 list. I need to understand the memory map and can I fill the 128 Memory Locations and see the list ?






From: chirp_users-bounces at intrepid.danplanet.com [mailto:chirp_users-bounces at intrepid.danplanet.com] On Behalf Of Dave B
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2017 7:39 AM
To: chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com
Subject: Re: [chirp_users] CHIRP DOWNLOAD problems (USB Serial leads)


> you will most likely
> have to download, install and select the older Prolific v3.2.0.0
> driver that was available before the Prolific company decided to
> combat piracy of their chip.
Trouble then, unless you "hog-tie" Windows (whatever version) not to
update that driver each time it phones home, it will want to "update"
the older driver for the current one, so your interface lead stops
working (again.)
I believe, "there are ways" to prevent particular drivers from updating,
but not being a Windows user at home any more, I can't say how you'd do
Blocking all updates, is *not* recommended, in this insecure day and age.
Best to use a newer cable with genuine chip-set in (it doesn’t have to
be Prolific) though that can be difficult to impossible to check
without breaking it out of the packaging, and even then, not always easy
for many...
If it's any consolation (probably not) 10's of 1000's of genuine companies 
got caught out by the Prolific counterfeiters to their (and our) cost.
The only guaranteed way to get a genuine chip-set, is to buy direct from
the makers, or their official agents, but as well as the cost, you then
you have to make up an adapter from RS232 to whatever connector the rig
of interest uses.
But, isn't that what were all supposed to be able to do?
(Tin hat at the ready!)
Such an adapter would be good to have anyway I think.
Regards. Dave B.
PS:     I have personally come across, a "so called" (and marked up as)
FTDI chip, but it identified itself as, and worked as a Prolific chip! 
The counterfeiters are using micro-controllers programmed to emulate the
genuine chips, and other than a few esoteric little used functions
(changing the function of I/O lines etc) they have actually done quite
an impressive (I'm not saying good) job.
Someone programmed that one wrongly, or forgot to set it's emulation mode.
Take care.
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