Bug #3513

Baofeng BF-A58

Added by Alex Stephens about 6 years ago. Updated about 2 years ago.

Status:Closed Start date:03/25/2016
Priority:Normal Due date:
Assignee:- % Done:


Target version:chirp-daily
Chirp Version:daily Platform:All
Model affected:Baofeng BF-A58


I am having issues downloading form the Baofeng BF-A58 radio. I have tried solving it with New Model #2261 but to no avail.

debug.log (27.8 kB) Steve Gonzalez, 04/04/2016 09:10 am

debug.log (18.9 kB) Alex Stephens, 04/07/2016 02:28 pm

uv5r_a58_test.py (55.3 kB) Jim Unroe, 04/07/2016 05:45 pm

debug.log (21.2 kB) Alex Stephens, 04/08/2016 04:51 am


Updated by Jim Unroe about 6 years ago

The latest BF-A58 and UV-82WP radio models do not have any data in the region of memory that CHIRP expect to see the firmware version. This makes these radios incompatible with CHIRP. If you supply the debug.log we can confirm that this is the issue.


Updated by Steve Gonzalez about 6 years ago

I am also having issues and need to resolve it ASAP. I'm attaching my debug file. Please let me know if there's anything else I can do to help.


Updated by Alex Stephens about 6 years ago

Here is my debug file. hopefully it will be fixed soon.

Updated by Jim Unroe about 6 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Feedback

After looking at the debug.log file I see that Steve was successful and downloading once.

The problem seems to be that the Baofeng radios have changes to where they no longer like to be sent one "magic" and then another "magic" until one is recognized. This works perfectly for my very old UV-5R that I have been programming with CHIRP for nearly 4 years.

Let me get you something in a few minutes to try.


Updated by Jim Unroe about 6 years ago

Alex and Steve,

1 save the attached file to where you normally save your .img files
2 load CHIRP
3 click "Help" and enable "Enable developer functions"
4 click "File" followed by "Load module"
5 locate and load the "uv5r_a58_test.py" file that was saved in step 1
6 attempt to download from your radio

After you have don't this, report your success or failure and we will go from there.


Updated by Alex Stephens about 6 years ago

Chirp said it was the incorrect model and then the radio restarted.

Updated by Jim Unroe about 6 years ago


INFO: Radio Version is '\xff\xff\xff\xff\xff\xff\xff\xff\xff\xff\xff\xff\xff\xff'

Unfortunately, your radio is one of the recent models (BF-A58 and UV-82WP) that does not report a firmware version. I don't know of a way that CHIRP can support it.


Updated by Jim Unroe over 5 years ago

This should be resolved with patch for issue #3485

Updated by Bernhard Hailer over 2 years ago

  • Target version set to chirp-daily

Can the submitter confirm that the issue has been resolved? Thanks!

Updated by Bernhard Hailer about 2 years ago

  • Status changed from Feedback to Closed

This radio is supported.

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