[chirp_users] Programming Yaesu Radios using CHIRP

Dan Clemmensen danclemmensen at gmail.com
Thu Mar 28 13:24:36 PDT 2019

Doug, I wonder how the Yaesu manager would respond if asked "has any
customer ever 'damaged' a radio while using Yaesu-supplied software?"

On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 11:20 AM Doug Schafer <schafer at pobox.com> wrote:

> As a newbe with a new Yaesu FT-70D, on 3/16/2019 I used CHIRP to easily
> import into it the 43 repeaters within 20 miles of me, per
> RepeaterBook.com.
> I first installed a virtual com port to my Win10 laptop using:
> https://www.silabs.com/products/development-tools/software/usb-to-uart-bridge-vcp-drivers
> I first manually programmed two repeaters into my FT-70D so I'd have some
> data to view.
> Then I ran the CHIRP program, following its on-screen instructions to
> connect my HT.
> Using the CHIRP program, I then imported my area's repeaters.
> Then I exported the data so I could use Excel to re-arrange the rows.
> Having the data in Excel allowed me to print a list on paper, that I now
> refer to.
> Then I imported the data back to my FT-70D without problems.
> FWIW, on the "Official Yaesu USA" Facebook group site, the Yaesu nat'l
> sales mgr, John Kruk, on 3/12/2019, responded to a comment, "Is there a
> problem using chirp?" by writing "Yes CHIRP has damaged radios".  Perhaps
> someone had tried using CHIRP with an unlisted radio or had failed to
> follow the CHIRP instructions.  I discovered Mr. Kruk's comment after I
> had
> successfully used CHIRP.
> Thank you for the volunteers who developed and maintain CHIRP!
> Doug K7KDG
> PS. I'm re-sending this msg as "plain text" 'cause my first effort using
> html was "scrubbed" by Mailman.
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