[chirp_users] Programming Yaesu Radios using CHIRP
danclemmensen at gmail.com
Thu Mar 28 21:30:24 PDT 2019
About a screen reader for CHIRP: apparently this question comes up so
frequently that it's in the FAQ:
Answer: Yes if you use Linux, no for Windows and Mac because they do not
properly support the UI library CHIRP uses. What the FAQ does not mention
is that CHIRP will run quite comfortably on a very inexpensive Linux system
such as a Raspberry Pi ($35.00 or less) or even on a Raspberry Pi zero
($15.00 or less), which can also run a screen reader. I have successfully
used CHIRP on a Raspberry Pi Zero W to program a Baofang HT. I did this
because I was in a hurry and did not have a programming cable and I knew
that the Baofang uses a 3.3V UART. The Pi has a 3.3v UART, so I just
connected it directly to the Baofang with one 2.5mm and one 3.5 mm phono
plug, but you could use the regular programming cable if you already have
it. Add a speaker for audio output from the screen reader and run it
headless from your main computer, so no separate keyboard is needed. Since
I'm not blind I ran VNC to see the virtual screen on my main computer.
On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 6:28 PM D.J.J. Ring, Jr. <n1ea at arrl.net> wrote:
> Yaesu FT2600M is NOT supported by CHIRP.
> You can fill out a request for it to be supported.
> Does CHIRP even work with a screen reader?
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