[chirp_users] Programming Yaesu Radios using CHIRP

Dan Clemmensen danclemmensen at gmail.com
Thu Apr 4 07:50:15 PDT 2019


Sam, the Direwolf community knows a lot about using Direwolf with the RPi
and there is a separate pdf in the Direwolf doc folder for this. They use a
USB dongle for the modem audio because the RPi lacks an audio input.
Direwolf does not depend on a serial connection, so there is no discussion
that I know of of the serial port for this use.

I thought of direct-connecting the serial port to the Baofang for CHIRP
myself, based on the simple observation that USB-->serial 5vdc --> serial
3.3Vdc is basically a kludge: If you already have a 3.3vdc serial port,
then why add all that extra stuff. My guess is that you need to be a new
user like myself to see through the years of accumulated evolution in the
interface.

My personal project is to support my HT with a completely portable tiny
Linux system running both CHIRP and Direwolf, using a smartphone or tablet
connected via WiFi or OTG as the UI.  With the  Pi0W, the Pi0W itself is
small, but the two USB dongles and their associated cables and a tiny USB
hub are all much bigger than the Pi0W itself. Using the NanoPi eliminates
all of that extra stuff, replacing it with six wires and a few passives.

On Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 7:24 AM sam walton <sam at foofrancine.com> 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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>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> --
>>>>> Larry Lovell
>>>>> 73's N7RGW
>>>>> http://QRVTronics.com <http://qrvtronics.com/>
>>>>> Cell: 214-697-1729
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>>>
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