[chirp_users] HELP!

Ted Smith info at pikespeakparagliding.com
Sat Sep 7 13:33:00 PDT 2019

I have a genuine FTDI cable on its way. We will see how that goes. I’ll keep you all posted.
> On Sep 7, 2019, at 1:21 PM, Jim Unroe <rock.unroe at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 5, 2019 at 10:21 PM Jim Unroe <rock.unroe at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2019 at 9:58 PM Ted Smith <info at pikespeakparagliding.com> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> You guys probably get this all the time, but now it’s my turn.
>>> I have been using CHIRP with my Baofeng radios for the past couple of years with no problem.
>>> I recently had to upgrade my Mac OS to 10.11. Now I can’t get CHIRP to talk to my radios.
>>> I assume it is because the drivers are wrong or something. I have tried downloading the Prolific drivers. No luck so far.
>>> There used to be a pl2303 option on the drop down menu when I was uploading/ downloading. It isn’t there anymore.
>>> I’m not sure what to do at this point.
>>> Please help, I’m begging.
>>> Thanks,
>>> -Ted
>> Hi Ted,
>> My son-in-law gave me a MacBook Air a couple of months ago. I'm not a
>> Mac user so I decided that my first project would be to see if I could
>> get CHIRP running on it.
>> Most of my programming cables were furnished with the radios so
>> virtually every one of the freebies has a counterfeit USB-to-TTL chip
>> in it. So I knew up front that using device driver from the Prolific
>> website was out of the question. I also have a homebrew programming
>> cable that has a Silicon Labs chip and a few programming cables with
>> FTDI chips.
>> So what I did was to purchase and install a 3rd party device driver
>> from Repleo. It works for programming cables with Prolific PL2303
>> chips, WCH CH341 chips and Silicon Labs CP2102 chips. They want 7.90
>> euros for it which at the time I bought it came to $9.11 USD.
>> https://www.mac-usb-serial.com/
>> I used the native Apple driver for my programming cables with FTDI chips.
>> Jim KC9HI
> As with with Prolific drivers for Windows, the Prolific company
> intentionally crippled their device driver so it won't work when
> paired with a counterfeit Prolific USB-to-TTL chip. Genuine Prolific
> chips in programming cables are rare. Out of the 20+ programming
> cables I have that are detected as having a Prolific chip, only 1 is
> genuine. It cost $25 because the vendor specifically went out of his
> way to source these programming cables with genuine Prolific chips.
> Like Windows users still can, Mac users can no longer use the old
> generic drivers that are shown on the MacOS Tips page (which used to
> be the workaround Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks) because they are
> not signed. You either have to spend $9.11 and get the signed,
> 3rd-party device driver (which provides functionality with programming
> cables having PL2302 (Prolific), CH341 and CP2102 chips) or put the
> $9.11 toward an FTDI chip based programming cable that allows you to
> use the native Apple driver.
> Jim KC9HI
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Ted Smith
Pikes Peak Paragliding, LLC
2205 Charing Court
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
info at PikesPeakParaGliding.com
EIN: 81-4065089

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