[chirp_users] Programming Baofeng UV-5R

Tom Henderson
Sat Jan 18 12:00:25 PST 2020

I was just loading new settings to my FT2D and noticed that the 3D had 
been added.

Tom Henderson

On 1/18/20 9:44 AM, John Dodd wrote:
> 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 
> <mailto: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 <mailto: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
>         <mailto:va3krs at live.ca>>
>         Date: 1/17/20 11:51 (GMT-05:00)
>         To: chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com
>         <mailto: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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