[chirp_users] New Daily Build - DOESN'T WORK.

Thu Jun 7 06:46:56 PDT 2018

I agree 110%.  It seems that cables are the #1 cause for troubles across the board, not only with CHIRP, but with many other programs too.  It stems from hams being too cheap to pay for quality.  They have an old serial cable, and that was good enough back in the day.  Yeah, it was!  But no modern computer has a serial port anymore.
There are 4 possible solutions to the situation.  One is cheap, three are more costly.  The cheap solution is the $5 USB-serial adapter.  And that will work.  For a while.  But for $5, you aren't getting one of the authentic adapters, you're getting a clone.  And somewhere down the road an official Windows update is going to over-write that driver, and the headaches begin.
The second and perhaps most costly approach that still retains your original serial cable is to install a serial port board into your new computer.  I haven't priced serial port boards in a while, but they are more than $5.  A quick search shows a cheap 1-port board at $8, and the expensive 4-port board at $88.  I'm not sure I would trust the quality of the $8 board.  But I certainly don't need the 4-port $88 board either.  So the cheap ham is still enticed to the USB-serial adapter, which will eventually quit working.
The third solution is to just suck it up and pay for a modern cable.  It is going to cost something around $30.  I just checked RT Systems for 3 popular cables.  My Yaesu FTdx5000MP, the Yaesu FTdx3000, and the Icom IC-7300 are all $30 each.  I've caught them cheaper on sale.  RT systems writes their cable drivers, so Windows will not over-write them with something that will not work on the next update.
The fourth solution is to hold on to an older computer with a serial port.  The problem is that nobody sells DOS anymore, and not many modern programs run under DOS anymore.  But your serial cable will plug in just fine.  Windows 3.1 anyone?
Well, there is one other solution.  Once you get it working, do not update windows.  It is a possibility, but I wouldn't do that.  Of course, another possible solution is to not run Windows.  But we're talking main-stream here, not specialized.  Howl as you will, Unix/Linux/Mac are just not main-stream.
So here is the question.  You spent several hundred dollars or more on a new radio.  You also spent a few hundred dollars or more on a new Windows-10 computer.  Your investment in antennas and tower, quality coax, and other equipment to make a reliable station all adds up.  Then you go cheap on a USB-serial converter?  And when Windows over-writes the driver, you struggle to get it working again.  Isn't your time and frustration worth a $30 cable to avoid all of that?  After days of poking at it, cussing and discussing it on the forum, and declaring the software doesn't work, isn't $30 a cheap price to pay to avoid all that?  
Get a good cable.  No matter what software you use, no matter what O/S you run, a good cable is an investment in sanity.
Vy73 -- Mike -- KD5KC.
From: chirp_users-bounces at intrepid.danplanet.com [mailto:chirp_users-bounces at intrepid.danplanet.com] On Behalf Of Jock via chirp_users
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 22:08
To: chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com
Subject: [Norton AntiSpam]Re: [chirp_users] New Daily Build
CHIRP works with Windows 7 ,8 ,9 and 10 without any problems.
Get a quality cable like those from RTSYSTEMS. com

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Eugene Baleme via chirp_users <chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com> wrote:
Thanks. I tried it but still will not work, error 2, on my port. chirp just does not work with windows 7 or 10. 
On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 12:18:41 AM PDT, Build System <donotreply at danplanet.com> wrote: 
A new daily build of CHIRP is available.  This includes changes made
directly to the tree yesterday, and may include additional features,
bug fixes, and/or bugs.  If you are interested in trying it, grab it
from the following location:
A list of the changes included in this build (since the last daily)
Changes for Build #527
[Dan Smith <dsmith at danplanet.com>] Fix Jetstream 270MH offset and mode/power bugs
The mode bit is elsewhere, and the power field is actually two bits.
Also, the offset for the start of the alpha tags was wrong, causing the
tags to be out of sync with the memory channels.
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