[chirp_users] can't figure out how to convert a csv file to an image file

Scott Raines TRUCK28ENG at live.com
Fri Apr 12 21:05:08 PDT 2019


Well folks,
 I know, I know, most of you think I was dropped, MANY TIMES as a baby but, I simply cannot make this work. I have created a file, using the appropriate format (spreadsheet type) with the names, frequencies, PL, offset and all the appropriate insertions. And it got saved as a CVS format!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For the life of me, I cannot save it as an IMG file. It just won’t happen. I have tried everything I know and tried to save my creation many times but, when I click on save as, it comes up with literally 27 different names and formats but, NOT ONE OF THEM IS IMAGE!!

And, as far as I understand the operations of Chirp, you CANNOT import a CVS file to upload to your radio. ONLY an IMAGE file can be uploaded to a radio. And, as far as IMPORT or EXPORT, it's not available in the save as choices. I’m sorry I’m such a bone head but, I’m just not that good at this stuff. I can navigate around a computer and cut and paste, save stuff, post photos on emails, post photos on forums, and a few other things but, this import and creation of file types, just alludes me.

To most of you, what I’m trying to do is childs play. You can do it in your sleep. It’s a rock and a hard place for me that I can’t go around, over, under, through, etc.
Scott

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Lord, I wish we could sit down face to face for half an hour! All would be clear!

"UI" means "User Interface." It means what you see when you run CHIRP and the menu commands available.

For now, you should forget about .CVS files. Just download an image file (.IMG) from your radio, edit it to add repeaters (frequency and PL tone), save it to your hard drive, then upload the edited filed back to your radio.

This is not rocket science, you seem to be way overthinking things!

On Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 7:24 PM Scott Raines <TRUCK28ENG at live.com<mailto:TRUCK28ENG at live.com>> wrote:
Again,
I sure want to thank you for trying to help me here. I have one question, (for now)
What is a “UI”?
Scott

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Hey Dan,
 I want to thank you very, very much for this info. As stated, I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed for computer manipulation. About 99.9999% of the lingo you boys throw around on these Chirp emails is LIGHT YEARS above my head. I will try and use your system tomorrow. Very, very much appreciated.
Scott

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Hey, Scott. You need to adjust your mental model of how CHIRP works. Don't think in terms of "converting .csv to .img". Instead, you can
   1)download your source radio's data into the CHIRP UI  (or load a .img file into the UI)
   2) edit it within the UI
   3) export the result into a .csv
   4) manipulate the .csv
   5) load a .img file for the TARGET radio into the CHIRP UI
   6) import the .csv file into the UI so as to modify the data in the UI
   7) upload the data from the UI into the TARGET radio, (or save the UI onctent as a .img file.)

Yes, some combination of these steps does result in "converting a .csv into a .img", But that's not teh way it's described.
Hope this helps.

The details for all for the .csv steps may be found at:
     https://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/CSV_HowTo

On Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 9:25 PM Scott Raines <TRUCK28ENG at live.com<mailto:TRUCK28ENG at live.com>> wrote:
Hey gang,
I’ll be the first one to admit it, I’m not a computer guru. I know how to navigate around  here and there but, when it comes to technical stuff, I get lost pretty easy. I’m new to this site and I’m  new to Chirp in general. I’ve asked a question or two so far on here and have been graciously answered. Well, I’m still trying to learn.  I have a Yeasu VX-170 and a new Baofeng UV-5R 8 watt unit. I’ve managed to load a few frequencies onto the Baofeng and it’s all good. But,  a buddy just bought the same exact radio as mine and, I wanted to program his to the same frequencies, minus a few that wouldn’t apply to him anyways.  But, here’s the deal. All of files I’ve saved are csv files. From my brief learning period, csv files CANNOT be uploaded to a radio, only IMG files can. Here’s the problem. If I want to upload frequencies, they must be from an image file and, I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to convert a csv file to  an image file. I’m on about a 6 year old Dell Inspiron running Windows 8.1 on a solid state hard drive. I know, I know, Windows 8.1 is sort of old school but, the reason I have and use it is because, when I had the new SSHD installed, it was at a time when Windows 10 was brand new and many, many folks were not happy with it so, the company that was doing my computer rebuild asked me if I wanted to remain with Windows 8.1.  I said, yep, keep it. So, that’s the story  on that.

Now, how to convert a csv file to an image file so I can alter it and, then upload it to a radio. And please, please, I’m very low tech so, if you explain how to do it, do it as if you’re talking to a senior citizen which, I am.
Scott
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