[chirp_users] Programming Yaesu Radios using CHIRP

Mike Solon michael.e.solon at gmail.com
Thu Apr 4 07:40:09 PDT 2019


This is a bit off topic, but it would be incredibly cool if someone would document a novice-oriented “how to” project to set up a Raspberry Pi as a dedicated CHIRP machine.

I’m still combing through the threads for such - and thanks for that “how to” instruction Aubrey. 

Michael Solon
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> On Apr 4, 2019, at 10:28 AM, Aubrey Turner <aubrey.c.turner at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> There doesn't appear to be an "official" way to search the archives, but you can use Google's "site" directive to do it.
> 
> For example, if I want to search for "Raspberry" (i.e. Raspberry Pi), then I can put the following into the Google search bar:
> 
> "site:intrepid.danplanet.com/pipermail/chirp_users/ raspberry"
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>> On 4/4/19 9:23 AM, sam walton wrote:
>> I'm personally fascinated by your results. As far as I know there is no way to search this mailing list to filter for topics like this? Happy to be pointed to instructions.
>> 
>> Are there resources for learning how to integrate boards like the RPi with radios like my Baofeng? Or is this knowledge mostly around the Direwolf community?
>> 
>> thx, sam452
>> 
>>> On Apr 3, 2019, at 11:16 PM, Dan Clemmensen <danclemmensen at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> I ran CHIRP successfully on a Raspberry Pi Zero W  (Pi0W) as an experiment to see if I could eliminate the need for a USB-to-Serial cable. It worked. Many modern HTs use a 3.3V serial interface, which is what the Pi0W exposes on its header pins. I just connected the Pi0W's RxD, TxD, and GND to the appropriate pins on the Baofeng UV-5RA. with  2K resistors in the RxD and TxD wires and just a straight wire for GND. It worked. CHIRP did take a very long time to get itself initrialized the first time. I think that is because the Pi0W is a slow single-CPU machine.  For packet, I intended to use the Pi0W,  running Direwolf, but I'm now shifting to the FriendlyArm NanoPi Duo, because is has on-board audio I/O which eliminates the need for a USB audio dongle. The NanoPi is also only about half the size of the Pi0W  and it has four CPUs. The downside is that it is not as well supported, so I'm on my own for pretty much everything. I have CHIRP running on the NanoPi Duo now. I intend to see if I can build a CHIRP wire for my Yaesu FT-4.
>>> 
>>>> On Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 8:47 PM Larry Lovell <larry.lovell76 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Thanks, I mentioned the other platforms.  Right now, I am trying to get Packet and then APRS running on my Raspberry Pi.
>>>> I will try CHIRP on it as well.
>>>> 
>>>>> On Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 8:04 PM Chuck Hast <kp4djt at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> Also do not forget it runs on the major platforms, i.e. It started out on Linux and is of course available for
>>>>> Windows (as you have presented) and Mac. I believe it will also run under BSD. 
>>>>> 
>>>>> A lot of us like to run it on a Raspberry Pi. 
>>>>> 
>>>>>> On Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 6:57 PM Amnon Zohar <amnon.zohar at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> remark for your presentation
>>>>>> the cheap cables with clone prolific chips works fine with the older driver version 3.2.0.0
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> a good source for technical staff  can be found at www.miklor.com (the bible ofradios)
>>>>>> you can download that driver there....
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> ‫בתאריך יום ג׳, 2 באפר׳ 2019 ב-23:44 מאת ‪Larry Lovell‬‏ <‪larry.lovell76 at gmail.com‬‏>:‬
>>>>>>> I wish to thank all of you for your findings on the Yaesu radios.
>>>>>>> I am giving a presentation on CHIRP to our local (Eastern Idaho) HAMs tonight.
>>>>>>> If you are interested, the PDF of my presentation is located at: http://www.qrvtronics.com/CatHAM_Radio/files/UsingCHIRPorOtherSoftware.pdf
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 10:36 PM <chirp.cordless at xoxy.net> wrote:
>>>>>>>> Well there's some truth there, but what truth I'm aware
>>>>>>>> of should not scare anyone off from using chirp with Yaesus.
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> Back in early 2014 I was doing some chirp code development
>>>>>>>> on FT-60s, fixing some bugs and with the eventual goal of
>>>>>>>> adding "Settings" control. Someone else has since done that.
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> Part of that process is mapping the memory by twiddling bits
>>>>>>>> in the image, uploading to the radio, and seeing through the
>>>>>>>> radio's button interface what changed. It went pretty smoothly
>>>>>>>> for a while, then I managed to brick *TWO* FT-60s. One of
>>>>>>>> which was repaired by sending it to the factory to replace
>>>>>>>> an eprom.
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> I'm not going to add any further detail here, my investigation
>>>>>>>> was pretty thoroughly documented in a thread on the chirp_devel
>>>>>>>> mail list with subject "How to brick an FT-60" starting 3/22/14.
>>>>>>>> See also Bug #1547: [FT-60] Chirp should check parity on download.
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> But normal use of chirp to program radios doesn't do this. The
>>>>>>>> user interface only lets you make limited, well understood
>>>>>>>> changes to the radio image bitmap. I still do that with mine.
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> -dan
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> > Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2019 22:05:06 -0600
>>>>>>>> > From: Larry Lovell <larry.lovell76 at gmail.com>
>>>>>>>> > Subject: [chirp_users] Programming Yaesu Radios using CHIRP
>>>>>>>> > To: Discussion of CHIRP <chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com>
>>>>>>>> > 
>>>>>>>> > Has anyone had a problem programming a Yaesu radio with CHIRP?
>>>>>>>> > Someone mentioned that their Yaesu was damaged and had to be sent to the
>>>>>>>> > factory because CHIRP had overwritten some code controlling the processor.
>>>>>>>> > It also had to be re-flashed.
>>>>>>>> > Since I don't fully understand how CHIRP works this doesn't make sense to
>>>>>>>> > me, but knowing manufacturing companies, they may share Channel Memory with
>>>>>>>> > processor memory and not think much about it.
>>>>>>>> > Thanks for your information.
>>>>>>>> 
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>>>>> 
>>>>> -- 
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>>>> 73's N7RGW
>>>> http://QRVTronics.com
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