New Model #4011

Klein electronics Blackbox+ series

Added by Charles Price over 5 years ago. Updated 9 months ago.

Status:Feedback Start date:09/10/2016
Priority:Normal Due date:
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Target version:chirp-daily
Chirp Version:daily Equipment Loan Offered:Yes

Related issues

related to New Model #1285: Blackbox plus radios? Closed 12/04/2013


Updated by Charles Price over 5 years ago

I will loan a blackbox+ UHF version, just let me know when/where to send it.

Updated by Jim Unroe over 5 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Feedback


This radio looks suspiciously like a Baofeng BF-888s (except with a Motorola speaker/mic socket). After getting the software to run, I was able to determine that the "magic" string that is sent to the radio to initiate cloning is the same as for a BF-888s. I would suggest that you try to read the radio using BF-888 and see what happens.


Updated by Charles Price over 5 years ago

Hi Jim,

I tried accessing the Blackbox+ using the baofeng 888 settings as you suggested. CHIRP gave me an error of 'no response from radio'. I plugged in my 888 to make sure it wasn't a cable error and it parsed just fine. That doesn't completely rule out a cable issue, though, as the BB+ uses a motorola 2 pin so I had to switch to the k2 cable to test to the connection. I'm up for more suggestions, and will happily send you a BB+ if all else fails. Also, I can snap photos of the two radios side by side to show the little differences if it'd help.

Thanks for your time,

Charles KA3IFL

Updated by Jim Unroe over 5 years ago

Does the Klein radio work with the OEM software? That would rule out the cable being a problem.


Updated by Charles Price over 5 years ago

It does. I did note that the driver versions are different between the 888 and the BB+. v3.2000 is used on the baofengs, the driver for the BB* is I swapped the drivers and tried using the 888 protocol with the same result.


Updated by Bernhard Hailer almost 2 years ago

  • Subject changed from Klein electronics Balckbox+ series to Klein electronics Blackbox+ series
  • Target version changed from 0.4.1 to chirp-daily

It might be helpful to see a debug log (obtain as described in How To Report Issues).

Updated by Bernhard Hailer almost 2 years ago

  • Equipment Loan Offered changed from No to Yes

Updated by Jeff Coronado 9 months ago

Has there been any progress in adding the ability to program the Blackbox+U model?

Updated by Bernhard Hailer 9 months ago

The radio is not yet on the list of Supported Radios; however, the suggestion has been made to try the radio with the Selection "Baofeng BF-888" in Chirp. We didn't get the feedback we need - we require a debug log as described in the Wiki "How To Report Issues". -
The driver @Charles Price mentions appear to be the one for the Prolific chip in the cable, not for the radio.
Also, the Motorola style connector on these radios are known to not always provide good electrical contact, so this is another thing to check (these plugs often need to be altered to properly fit).
So, try the radio the OEM software, then try with the same cable and with Chirp, selecting the BF-888. Collect debug log!

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