[chirp_users] Mac to Vaesu communication problem

Ken FitzGerald-Smith ei7dkb at logicatrium.com
Tue Jul 10 09:27:32 PDT 2018


This covers most, if not all OSX USB-Serial Drivers.

The most important thing to realise that from 10.9 on Apple required signed drivers. All chips needed new drivers from then on.
It does not always mean that the modern driver wouldn’t work on an older OS, it depends on how it was written.

More notes at the bottom. If I forgot something just ask!

Ken
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FTDI Drivers FT232R USB UART (Best in class)
All drivers available here: http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm
For Mac OSX you must choose the right one, older 10.6 - 10.8 or 10.9 and newer

If you have one, this is what you'll see. (numeric suffix varies):
Oasis:Test kfs$ ls -l /dev/tty.*
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   21,   0  4 Jul 10:33 /dev/tty.Bluetooth-Incoming-Port
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   21,  22 10 Jul 17:06 /dev/tty.usbserial-A50285BI

VendorID/ProductID:   0x0403/0x6001   (Future Technology Devices International Limited)

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Silicon Labs CP210x USB to UART Bridge
Drivers for all OS are available here:
https://www.silabs.com/products/development-tools/software/usb-to-uart-bridge-vcp-drivers

If you have one, this is what you'll see:
$ ls -l /dev/tty.*
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   21,   0  4 Jul 10:33 /dev/tty.Bluetooth-Incoming-Port
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   21,  10 10 Jul 16:18 /dev/tty.SLAB_USBtoUART

VendorID/ProductID:   0x10C4/0xEA60   (Silicon Laboratories, Inc.)

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Prolific Drivers
All OS drivers listed here: http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/supportDownload.aspx?FileType=56&FileID=133&pcid=85&Page=0

10.9 - 10.13 http://www.prolific.com.tw/admin/Technology/GetFile.ashx?fileID=352
10.6 - 10.8  http://www.prolific.com.tw/admin/Technology/GetFile.ashx?fileID=238

Waring: There are fake Prolific chips around and their drivers now detect them and refuse
to work!

If you have a prolific adaptor plugged in you will see this when you type:
Oasis:Test kfs$ ls -l /dev/tty.*
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   21,   0  4 Jul 10:33 /dev/tty.Bluetooth-Incoming-Port
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   21,  12 10 Jul 16:58 /dev/tty.usbserial

VendorID/ProductID:   0x067B/0x2303   (Prolific Technology, Inc.)

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WinChipHead (Cheap Chinese but works ok)
CH340 and CH341

Difficult to find drivers originally but I found signed drivers here:
https://blog.sengotta.net/signed-mac-os-driver-for-winchiphead-ch340-serial-bridge/

Older unsigned drivers available from their website:
http://www.wch.cn/downloads/file/178.html
Goodluck understanding Chinese though!

If you have one of these plugged in with the correct driver, you'll see this (numeric suffix varies:
ls -l /dev/tty.*
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   21,   0  4 Jul 10:33 /dev/tty.Bluetooth-Incoming-Port
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   21,   6 10 Jul 16:11 /dev/tty.wchusbserial1420
crw-rw-rw-  1 root  wheel   21,  20 10 Jul 17:05 /dev/tty.wchusbserial210

VendorID/ProductID:   0x1A86/0x7523   (Prolific if known)

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Notes
1. These device listings were produced in a terminal which everyone one has in /Applications/Utilities.
2. Ignore anything related to Bluetooth! These are default entries setup to make it
   easy to communicate with old Feature Phones that have their own USB Serial interfaces
3. There is nothing at all stopping you from installing all these drivers at the same time.
   Only required ones will load. If you are missing the driver, it will not show!
4. From 10.9 Apple required drivers that were signed and things have gotten tighter since.
   Nowdays, thirdparty drivers can only be installed in "/Library/Extensions"
5. If you have installed a driver and its not loading, check the system log. It could be
   that you got an older unsigned driver and it is rejected. Ask for assistance.

 

> On 9 Jul 2018, at 23:04, Mary Graff <megraff at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> I also use a Mac and have a Yeasu 7900R & FT60R both communicate well, but I did have to install the RT driver which then shows an additional com port. I did find in my case, I think because of the lighting ports and using a lightening to USB connector cable I have to use 2 different physical ports for the 2 different radios.
> On the RTsystems inc website click on support then on the right select Yeasu Prolific driver
> 
> Good luck,
> Mary
> KM6RMA
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Jul 9, 2018, at 1:51 PM, Bruce Warren <bruce at sendlgm.com <mailto:bruce at sendlgm.com>> wrote:
>> 
>> I am using a Mac with OS 10.6.8. I want to use Chirp to communicate with a Yaesu VX-6R. 
>> 
>> I have a USB cable from RT Systems specifically designated for the Yaesu. I installed the driver and my computer says it recognizes the USB cable.
>> 
>> I installed a version of Chirp and it does not crash. When I try to download from my radio using Command-D, I get a window for selecting the Port, Vendor, and model. Under the choice for Port, I get two options: "/dev/cu.Bluetooth-PDA-Sync" and "/dev/cu.Bluetooth-Modem". When I try with "/dev/cu.Bluetooth-Modem", it immediately tells me it cannot open the port. When I try with " /dev/cu.Bluetooth-PDA-Sync", it tries to do something and then errors out, saying: "Failed to communicate with the radio."
>> 
>> Any ideas on what is wrong or what I can do to fix it?
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