Bug #6663

Problem when programming multiple Baofeng UV-5R radios - settings tab is empty

Added by Trevor Jacobs 3 months ago. Updated 3 months ago.

Status:Feedback Start date:04/03/2019
Priority:Normal Due date:
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Target version:-
Chirp Version:daily Platform:Windows
Model affected:Baofeng UV-5R


Hi Jim,

I just received in the mail yesterday 3 brand new Baofeng UV-5R radios. Their serial numbers are very close together within 10. All report firmware version BFB298 (I guess that doesn't mean much?). I'm using the latest build of CHIRP.

So here's what happened. I downloaded the codeplug from the first radio, edited it with all of the repeaters, channels, settings, etc. and then uploaded it to the radio. Everything worked great. I was able to read the new codeplug off of this radio and confirm that everything programmed correctly. I then unpacked the second radio, and burned the same codeplug into it. I got an error message which you can see as I attached a screen shot. When I went to read the second radio, it appears that all of the frequency information got programmed, but when I went to check the settings, there was nothing there at all, a blank page.

I did a little reading on your web site, and it sound to me like the img got corrupted somehow, so I reset the radio, downloaded the reset img file, and attached it also to this report for you to examine. If you need any further information please let me know.

The only thing I could think that may have happened, is that somehow the codeplugs are only valid for the radio that you downloaded it from? This seems like a major inconvenience when programming batches of radios. I hope this is not the case. I know that this has not been the case using CHIRP and other Baofeng radios. I'll be curious to hear what you think happened and what you think a fix is.

Thanks in advance and Kind regards,

73 Trev K6ESE

Baofeng_UV-5R_20190403_Corrupt.img - img downloaded after resetting the radio (6.5 kB) Trevor Jacobs, 04/03/2019 08:47 am

CHIRP ERROR.jpg - screen shot of error message (91 kB) Trevor Jacobs, 04/03/2019 08:47 am

CHIRP Other Tab.jpg (84.2 kB) Trevor Jacobs, 04/03/2019 10:37 am


Updated by Trevor Jacobs 3 months ago


One thing I forgot to add, in the code plug that I downloaded from the original radio and modified, it had the number 170506N in the "Other" section of setting in the "6+Power-On Message1" tab, but when I power up the radio that gave me the problems, holding down the 6 button I get the number 180531M displayed momentarily. Anyway, thought it might be a further clue.

73 Trev K6ESE

Updated by Trevor Jacobs 3 months ago


I got the settings tab back. OK, so here's what I did. I downloaded the Baofeng factory CP software here: http://www.miklor.com/uv5r/software/BF5R_VIP_v120725_BFB291_ENG(VB6).zip I then installed it and read the damaged radio. I thought that maybe if there was a parameter out of range, It would show as an obvious bad entry. Well it did, and on the "Other" tab in their VIP software, it showed the upper limit of transmit for UHF to be 1.3 GHz! Well I knew that was wrong and didn't find any other errors, so I corrected that to 520 MHz, uploaded to the radio, read the radio in CHIRP and the settings tab was back. Now the number in the "Other" section of setting in the "6+Power-On Message1" tab reads correctly as 180531M. Also the second firmware tab displays a longer version number. I'll send you a screen shot. Don't know exactly what all that means, except maybe they've change the firmware storage locations around a bit? Let me know what you think. I'd still like to be able to program multiple radios off of a single codeplug. Assuming they have the same firmware of course.

Kind regards,
Trev K6ESE

Updated by Jim Unroe 3 months ago

  • Status changed from New to Feedback

CHIRP is working as expected. The firmware is not the same in all of these radios so CHIRP must avoid swapping images between them.

You need to download from each radio separately (which you should always do anyway to acquire and save a "backup" image from each radio. Edit a copy of an image from one of the radios as your "master" image containing your memory/channel layout. Save that image an then import it into a tab from each of the other radios.

A web page showing how to do this can be found here.


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