Bug #5169

Cannot program Yaesu FT-2900R from Mac running OS X Sierra (10.12.5)

Added by Bryce Leinan about 5 years ago. Updated over 2 years ago.

Status:Closed Start date:09/17/2017
Priority:Normal Due date:
Assignee:- % Done:


Target version:chirp-daily
Chirp Version:daily Platform:MacOS
Model affected:Yaesu FT-2900


I am receiving the dreaded "Failed to communicate with radio: failed to read header message" in Chirp daily 20170714. I darn near threw my Mac onto the concrete out of sheer frustration. I have a masters' degree in IT management, and am proficient with Macs, yet failed to make this work. Please make something USER friendly - something with step-by-step instructions would be much appreciated. I shed tears over trying to get the cable recognized by MacOS. I'm using the RT Systems Cable I picked up at HRO in Oakland. There has to be a way to make this work without resorting to Windows.


Bryce Leinan, KI7NIK

debug.log (29.8 kB) Bryce Leinan, 09/17/2017 06:51 pm


Updated by Bryce Leinan about 5 years ago

I also forgot to mention that Chirp works flawlessly with my Baofengs. My Yaesu is the only thing giving me fits.

Updated by Bernhard Hailer over 2 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Feedback
  • Target version set to chirp-daily
  • Model affected changed from FT2900 to Yaesu FT-1900/FT-2900/FT-8800

The log suggests that there is an issue with the cable. Please refer to these Wiki articles:
CableGuide FTDI OEM Cables
RTSystemsCablesAndMavericks (if you're running MacOS)

Updated by Bernhard Hailer over 2 years ago

  • Status changed from Feedback to Closed
  • Model affected changed from Yaesu FT-1900/FT-2900/FT-8800 to Yaesu FT-2900

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