[chirp_users] importing to radio

Jim Unroe rock.unroe at gmail.com
Mon Jun 28 05:24:56 PDT 2021

On Mon, Jun 28, 2021 at 6:37 AM Joel Magee <jmagee385 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have on several occasions tried to program my Baofeng uv5r, and every time I get to the point where I Import  info to radio Chirp informs me it is not working
> Any suggestions???
> Joel

You don't "import" to a radio. You upload to it. CHIRP will provide a
specific error message. CHIRP also puts information about the error in
the debug.log file that it creates.

You should provide this exact error message and/or debug.log file.
Without this information, it is hard to give specific advice.

The most common error message is cause of problems is "Radio did not
respond". The 2 main causes of this are...

1. An incompatible device driver for the programming cable is
installed. This mostly happens when using Windows (you didn't say what
you are using) and the programming cable was manufactured with a
Prolific type USB-to-Serial chip. The driver installed by Windows is
incompatible. A workaround for this is to download, install and select
the older Prolific v3.2.0.0 driver.


2. The 2-pin plug of the programming cable and the socket of the radio
are fully engaged. This can be due to variations in manufacturing of
the socket in the radio and/or the length of the pins on the
programming cable. Sometimes putting pressure on the plug during the
cloning process can help with getting the required connection. Other
times there is an interference between the plasting shell of the plug
and the case of the radio that prevents the plug from being fully
inserted. Sometimes a modification of the plug's shell is needed to
make a proper connection.


Many times both of these conditions exist at the same time. Both have
to be addressed before CHIRP can communicate with the radio.


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