[chirp_users] Programming Baofeng UV-5R

John Dodd
Sat Jan 18 07:44:56 PST 2020

Does anyone know if CHIRP supports the Yeasu FT3D yet?

On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 9:21 AM Amnon Zohar <amnon.zohar at gmail.com> wrote:

> If everything works fine you can save an image of the present settings for
> future troubles.
> בתאריך שבת, 18 בינו' 2020, 15:36, מאת zooman ‏<zooman at roadrunner.com>:
>> Hello Ken,
>> Your post has me a little concerned.
>> I love the chirp software and had programmed literally hundreds of radios
>> as a service to my last employer. They were commercial handhelds from
>> manufacturers like Motorola, Yaesu and Kenwood. I had never saved images of
>> each of those radios. That was the past. Fast forward 10 years. I have
>> retired from that firm and I have been a silent ham for about the same
>> amount of time.
>> When I saw the price of these new radios I decided to get back into
>> amateur radio and I purchased my first Baofeng UV-5R approximately 6 months
>> ago. In my excitement I immediately fired up the chirp software and
>> successfully programmed my radio after selecting the right version, the
>> correct software selection of the comm port and the physical selection  of
>> the USB port. I however did NOT save the image file.
>>  Since then my 14 year old grandson became interested in my resurgence
>> back into amateur radio. For Christmas I purchased him a gift of a study
>> guide for his amateur radio license and a new Baofeng UV-5R. Once again in
>> my excitement to show him how his new radio works, I simply used the
>> programming of my radio and downloaded it successfully to his Radio. I of
>> course gave him strict orders and instructions that he is only to listen on
>> the channels and not transmit until he gets his ticket. He is studying
>> diligently and complying with not broadcasting.
>> After reading your post which was very informative, I am now concerned
>> that I did not save  each of these radio's image files.
>> Would it be your recommendation that I try to do a factory reset on each
>> radio and then save each radio's image file?
>> Will each of the image files be unique?
>> Have I already screwed up the ability to obtain each radios image file?
>> Once again my hats off to the people at chirp as they save countless
>> hours programming our radios.
>> Thank you Ken for your post. I learned a few things and you've now got me
>> a little shy about programming without first saving an image file. I'm sure
>> that saving the image file is really because of the quirky nature of these
>> Chinese radios. I have never had a problem with the commercial radios
>> becoming a brick but I will be more careful with programming a new baofeng
>> radio in the future.
>> Paul Valley - KC8AMD
>> Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
>> -------- Original message --------
>> From: Kenneth Strom VA3KRS <va3krs at live.ca>
>> Date: 1/17/20 11:51 (GMT-05:00)
>> To: chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com
>> Subject: Re: [chirp_users] Programming Baofeng UV-5R
>> To start with there are many variations of this popular radio.  Check the
>> model number first and go from there.  Do *NOT* ever try to program this
>> radio with the wrong variation programming software.
>> If it is in fact the basic "bare-bones" Baofeng UV-5R, there are 2
>> variations, * Old* and *New*.  This can be checked easily.  You will
>> have to perform a Firmware test on the radio.  Even if it is "new" it may
>> be in fact old stock lying around for years or an old radio.
>> Go to Miklor to check on the radio's firmware version before you
>> proceed.  This is very important.  The wrong software *will* brick up
>> the radio.
>> https://www.miklor.com/uv5r/UV5R-FWRelease.php
>> Then you can proceed to program the radio.
>> Like all radios, you must first get an "Image" file from the radio, and
>> then you can program it as you please.
>> Also, this "Image" file will be needed to reset the radio should it ever
>> "Brick" up on you.  Just Factory reset the radio and resend this Image file
>> to the radio and all should be okay.  In other words you resurrected the
>> dead.
>> *NEVER* should you buy a radio, take it out of the box and start playing
>> with it.  This probably will mess it up internally.  *ALWAYS* first get
>> that "Image" file and *THEN* program it.  This will save you a lot of
>> grief later if the radio acts up.
>> BTW, I have worked commercially on many radios over the past 40 years,
>> mainly Midlands & Motorolas and cannot overemphasize the importance of
>> saving this "Image" file.  It is particular to that radio alone only and
>> not the one sitting next to it.
>> Also, if perhaps you have several of the same model radio, save the
>> "Image" file labelled with its' last 4 digits serial number, e.g.:
>> UV5R_XXXX1234.img  Then you will know it came from that particular radio.
>> This believe me will save your radio from being a "Brick" or cute-looking
>> paperweight.
>> Note all these recommendations work with all radio Models & Makes,
>> Amateur & Commercial.
>> Kenneth Strom  VA3KRS
>> P.S.  Cheers to the over-worked Staff at CHIRP who do a tireless job at
>> writing these endless programming files out.  Everyday it seems to be a new
>> radio and new model out, mostly tireless variations of one or the other.
>> Regarding DMR radios, most if not all models have very individual
>> programming issues which is why you never see any common software.  Even RT
>> Systems keeps postponing any DMR releases due to this.  Very few models can
>> even import CSV files, so all mostly are manual programming and *DO NOT*
>> make any slight errors or the radio simply does not work.  Make sure you
>> download the correct Factory programming software for the radio, any
>> Firmware updates, cable USB drivers before you even start playing with its'
>> buttons.  If by accident you do then you will have to do a Factory reset
>> before you can even save the Image file.
>> A simple Factory Reset will cure some evils, however that Image file will
>> save that radio.
>> Have a great 2020 to CHIRP and all your Subscribers.
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John Dodd
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