[chirp_users] BF-F8HP with BTECH PC03 FTDI - I get "experimental driver" warning

Steve Thomas stevet at alertcpr.com
Thu Mar 7 08:07:24 PST 2019

Since Baofeng firmware changes are often (usually?) not announced, 
sometimes the driver will glitch (or more properly, the radio was 
different than the driver expected based on the last update they knew 
about).  So this warning isn't about your radio specifically, it's just 
a generic "Boateng drivers can change so your mileage may vary). Don't 
worry about it.

On 3/7/2019 4:14 AM, Jim Unroe wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 1:49 AM Gary Fara <garyf2007 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello - please help,
>> I try to use CHIRP to program a new Baofeng BF-F8HP and I receive this warning:
>> "This radio's driver is experimental. Do you want to proceed?"
>> "Due to the fact that the manufacturer continues to release new versions of the firmware with obscure and hard-to-track changes, this driver may not work with your device. Thus far and to the best knowledge of the author, no UV-5R radios have been harmed by using CHIRP. However, proceed at your own risk!"
>> I am using this cable:
>> BTECH PC03 FTDI Genuine USB Programming Cable
>> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HUB0ONK/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
>> I am programming this radio:
>> BaoFeng BF-F8HP (UV-5R 3rd Gen) 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio (136-174Mhz VHF & 400-520Mhz UHF)
>> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MAULSOK/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
>> I've used CHIRP before to program 4 UV5R radios with a different cable.
>> What is wrong?
> Nothing.
>> How can I use CHIRP?
> When you see the message, click [Yes]. If you don't want to see the
> message again, tick the "Do not show this next time" box before
> clicking [Yes].
>> Thank you,
>> Gary
> Jim KC9HI
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