New Model #5687

Baofeng BF-230 pro

Added by Ron Boisvert over 2 years ago. Updated 4 months ago.

Status:Feedback Start date:04/02/2018
Priority:Normal Due date:
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Target version:chirp-daily
Chirp Version:daily Equipment Loan Offered:No

Description

This is the upgraded version of the BF 888s. Ads say it will communicate with the BF888s which there are several here where I work. I can get the download from the BF888s no problems, but not the BF230s. Both 230s say the radio is not responding. I checked to see the cable was fully seated. I don't know if there is a certain procedure to get it to program. It seems weird that Both models advertise the same family and they should communicate with each other; But the 230s have a little better range and clarity. Any advice?

BF-480forBF-A&Kseries (1).rar - BF-480 PRO Software (1.6 MB) William Bell, 03/23/2020 07:09 am

History

Updated by Marcus Bittle about 2 years ago

I'm having this issue also

Updated by Ron Boisvert about 2 years ago

Seems as if this is not as important as it is to me.
no attempts to respond other than you. So I guess they are boat anchors. No don't weigh enough, or cost enough. Lesson learned , Waisted money.

Updated by Marcus Bittle about 2 years ago

What operating system and programming cord are you using?

I have been researching this issues for a few weeks now.

Updated by Ron Boisvert about 2 years ago

Windows 10 professional version 1803, EZsync 701 programming cord, no driver needed.

Updated by Marcus Bittle about 2 years ago

Same here, also tried a cheap knock off cable and on windows 8. With my uv-100 I set it as uv-3r and it works fine. With the bf230 it just doesn't ack first command. On the bf230 I tried bf888 and it doesnt respond. I've seen videos of people changing stuff and it working but it hasn't helped me. Ive tried chirp and other software from baofeng. I'm going to try it with my windows x
p soon and see if it works there.

Updated by Marcus Bittle almost 2 years ago

I'm not sure if your still trying to program this but I found out how to today. I used the bf-480 pro software and it works ok. When reading from or writing to the radio it does fail some but it will work after you retry. Here's the link for the software.
http://www.baofengradio.com/endownload.asp?BigClassName=Programming%20Software&SmallClassName=&page=5

Updated by Bernhard Hailer 5 months ago

  • Tracker changed from Bug to New Model
  • Status changed from New to Feedback
  • Priority changed from High to Normal
  • Target version set to chirp-daily
  • Chirp Version changed from 0.4.0 to daily
  • Equipment Loan Offered set to No

Updated by Bernhard Hailer 4 months ago

Ron Boisvert wrote:

Seems as if this is not as important as it is to me.
no attempts to respond other than you.

The addition of a new radio to Chirp requires two things:
1) a volunteer developer who takes the task to work on this driver,
2) availability of test equipment, such as a loaner radio (see Rules For Loaning A Radio).
Unfortunately, you need to wait until both conditions have been met.

Updated by William Bell 4 months ago

Ron Boisvert wrote:

This is the upgraded version of the BF 888s. Ads say it will communicate with the BF888s which there are several here where I work. I can get the download from the BF888s no problems, but not the BF230s. Both 230s say the radio is not responding. I checked to see the cable was fully seated. I don't know if there is a certain procedure to get it to program. It seems weird that Both models advertise the same family and they should communicate with each other; But the 230s have a little better range and clarity. Any advice?

I have run in to the same problem. After a bit of looking I found that the OEM software for the BF-480 PRO does work on the 230. It MUST be the PRO version. Check on the site hamfiles.co.uk - there was a very helpful tech on there that forwarded me the correct programming and I'm happy to say all is well. Note that I used Windows 10 and a true Baofeng cord and not a knock-off. I will include the .rar file with this post - it worked for me but obviously nobody on here knows me from Adam so use the required amount of caution.

As a side note I really do like the radios. So we'll see how all this turns out long term

Updated by Marcus Bittle 4 months ago

I have noticed the link I provided doesn't seem to still have the right software. After using 4 of these radios over a year I can say they are poor, while they do work the range is bad. Most of mine barely still work and I can only get about half a mile now. I have a uv-100 and some uv-5rs and they work very well. The uv-100 I have been using about 5 years I think and it has held up better than any radio I've ever had, The uv-5rs I have had about a month so not sure how long they will hold up but the range on them is very good and I can't say anything bad about them.

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