CHIRP Radio Programming Software

I just ran across CHIRP, a multi-radio programming software. I gave it a quick try on my Baofeng UV-5R and it seem to work great. It supports a number of radios from Kenwood, Icom, Yaesu, Alinco, and various Chinese models.


  1. You say you used it on the Baofeng uv-5?… Only software I could find was the uv-3r? I down loaded it and installed the software and when I go to down load, it asked for port and I gave it port1,the it asked for the type radio, gave it Baofeng, then it came back with uv-3r, then I said o.k and it went out and looked for the down load from the radio….but came back with an error….it never connected? Any ideas ? Thanks, Mack KE6SKT

  2. Yes, I've used it on a UV-5R. I haven't used it since the day I posted, so I don't recall what I did to make it work, but I don't recall having to do anything special. I don't have the cable handy so I can't try it right now. I'll try to remember to look at it next week sometime.

      1. The only way I found to print it out was to do a Print Screen, go to Paint, do a paste & then print. If anyone has a better way, I’m all ears.

      2. use ; snipping tool program. Go to the globe in the lower left corner of your screen and type in snipping tool. Left click your mouse and drag it over the section you want to save. Then save it to your desktop. Once on the desktop right click your saved i-con and press print. remember to remove the print to page check mark.

  3. hello i downloaded the software but it comes up a different unit not UV-5 comes up the UV-3R  cant change it to the UV-5  but when i try to download from the radio i get a message  clone but then i get a message saying cant connect due to first command??  i am having a problem with the com port  i am using com3 but i have to go into the advance mode and i have to change it. because i plug in my cord and it comes up com port 6,7,8  so i change it to com port 3 but its it does not work?? any suggestions  thanks mikeb

  4. Yes, but WHICH daily build supports the UVD-5R?  I've tried 3 of the daily builds prior to the 8th March 2013, and one read from the radio – once only – and I can't remember which one.
    Hardware is working fine (I used it on my Wouxun immediately before trying my 5R and there was no problem.  The COM port (3 in my case) is correct, but I can't get it to work again on any of the 3 builds that I downloaded.  All these £daily builds" might not be necessary if Baofeng wouldn't keep changing the firmware, as it seems, every few days!


  5. Just downloaded the CHirp software.  I do not use a serial port, USB only.  Cannot seem to get radio to talk to software.  U have the 5R.

    1. I haven’t used the software since making this post, since I almost never use a HT. I was using a USB cable, I don’t recall where I got it, but I think I ordered it with the radio. I need to reprogram the rig for the new narrowband public safety frequencies, I’ll try to do that in the next day or two and update this post.

    2. you have to shut off your internet cause the programming cable brings in another program then after you shut of internet to the computer plug in the programming cable and use chirp it will find your port and radio

  6. I recently installed a newer version of Chirp on my laptop and was able to reprogram my Baofeng radio without any trouble. 

  7. I want to down load chirp to progran My Yaesu VX-7R I think that it is free down load?
    also need a cable for that radio.
    Need Help Jim

  8. I’ve downloaded and reloaded the chirp program several times. When it recognizes the radio it will read from radio, but, when I try to write back to radio with changes, it loses it’s mind. Reads radio fine (BF-F8+, ver. BFS297) . I then make changes and save. When I recall that file, random parameters have been changed. If I read back to radio directly from changed read file and close file, the file gets changed. If I re-read radio, info has changed from what I thought I sent. Are there any other programming programs for BF-F8+ (should be same as GT-3)?

  9. I downloaded Chirp and tried it, but it doesn’t recognize my Icon V8o Sport. Now what shall I do ?

  10. i just orderd the Baofeng UV 5 RA radio . I just hope i can program it . when it comes to things like this im as dumb as a rock

  11. I have programmed a few radios but the last two (both UV5RE) will not RX, they TX fine on both FRS/GMRS and HAM Chanels but will not RX anything, anyone have any ideas???

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