Bug #5841

TONFA UV-985 (BFB229) Settings is unavailable

Added by Yegor Maksimov over 4 years ago. Updated over 2 years ago.

Status:Closed Start date:06/01/2018
Priority:Normal Due date:06/01/2018
Assignee:- % Done:


Target version:0.5.0
Chirp Version:daily Platform:Windows
Model affected:Tonfa UV-985 (Baofeng UV-5R)


When the reading data from radio is complete, the Settings window is empty and I can change frequencies only.
Model: TONFA UV-985 (Baofeng UV-5R firmware?)
Firmware version: BFB229

TONFA_UV-985_BFB229.img (6.3 kB) Yegor Maksimov, 06/01/2018 09:55 am

chirp_screenshot.png (25.7 kB) Yegor Maksimov, 06/01/2018 09:55 am

debug.log (34.8 kB) Yegor Maksimov, 06/01/2018 09:56 am

uv5r_tonfa.py (61.5 kB) Jim Unroe, 06/01/2018 06:05 pm


Updated by Yegor Maksimov over 4 years ago

Updated by Jim Unroe over 4 years ago

This radio doesn't supply the band limits or squelch squelch thresholds. It, unfortunately, also does not report its firmware version to CHIRP. This doesn't make it easy to develop a patch to support this radio.

I did modify the UV-5R driver to remove the features that your radio does not support (which is the cause of the Settings tabs to not display.

To use this custom driver module, save it to where you keep your CHIRP Radio Images (*.img) files. Then click Help in the menu bar and enable "Enable Developer Functions". This adds a "Load Module" entry in the "File" menu so that you can load the "uv5r_tonfa.py" driver module. Doing this will not permanently change your CHIRP installation in any way. So every time to load CHIRP you will have to load this driver module before you can see the Settings tabs of this radio.


Updated by Yegor Maksimov over 4 years ago

Thanks Jim, your driver really works. The settings tab is available now. Another issue is the radio not support to change welcome message. it has a "WELCOME UV-5R" and can't be changed, CHIRP strings "welcome message" and "6+power on message" are ignored by this radio.

If I'm understand, this is not a BFB229 firmware? It's unknown version?

Updated by Jim Unroe over 4 years ago

It is most likely a BFB229 firmware which is very old. The earliest firmware that I have seen for a Baofeng UV-5R is BFB231 (I still have mine purchased back in 2012).

The problem is the firmware version that is shown when the radio is powered on does not appear in the radio's image like it should. This has been an ongoing problem with some of the more recent Baofeng radios.


Updated by Bernhard Hailer over 2 years ago

  • Status changed from Feedback to Closed
  • Assignee deleted (Yegor Maksimov)
  • Priority changed from High to Normal

Appears to be complete.

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