Feature #7


Support for VX-8DR

Added by Mark Keiser over 11 years ago. Updated over 11 years ago.

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I submitted the request to support the VX-8DR a few days ago, and I noticed today that it was closed, with the notation that the VX-8DR is already supported.

Running CHiRP on Windows 7, I have been unable to import the files in which my VX-8DR frequencies are saved. I note that your importation function lists several formats, one of which is the .vx7 format. Changing the file name from .vx8 to .vx7 still does not allow the file to be imported. The ARS software for the VX-8 saves files in the .vx8 format, so there doesn't seem to be a way to import those functions (or CHiRP shouldn't be running on Win7 - please advise).

Also, I have not been able to import any frequencies from either of the two web-based sources for repeater information into CHiRP. Is this because I'm running on Win7?


02032011.rsf (47.6 KB) 02032011.rsf Yaesu Programming for other radio features Mark Keiser, 09/15/2011 05:24 PM
02032011.VX8 (320 KB) 02032011.VX8 Yaesu frequency file Mark Keiser, 09/15/2011 05:24 PM
Actions #1

Updated by Dan Smith over 11 years ago

You actually filed the issue while switching to the new tracking software which made it hard for me to get in touch with you since it didn't require a login (not your fault). So, sorry about that.

Importing from .vx8 files is not the same as supporting the radio itself. You should be able to upload and download from the radio with CHIRP...correct?

If you want to attach a .vx8 file to this bug, I will take a look to see if it can be trivially supported. We should also change the subject of this item to be one related to importing and not support.

Regarding the repeaterbook interface, it looks like that web service is broken. I will contact the owner and see what's up.


Actions #2

Updated by Mark Keiser over 11 years ago

I'm running the CHiRP on a Dell Netbook (where the Yaesu VX-8 software also lives, along with the Kenwood TM-D700 software). The attractiveness of CHiRP is the ability to load the same set of frequencies into multiple radios without building completely new files for each radio and its related program.

Tonight I'll try downloading from the VX-8 and seeing if it stores correctly. And, even better, if I can then upload that same list to the TM-D700, since the portable has the better list of frequencies in the file I built for it.

Also, tonight I'll send you the .vx8 file (I'm in the Eastern time zone) for you to play with.

Thanks for looking into repeaterbook. I registered over there and could create repeater lists there, but couldn't find a way to suck them into CHiRP.

Actions #3

Updated by Dan Smith over 11 years ago

Yes, the goal of chirp, of course, is to let you upload the same list of frequencies to both the VX-8 and your D700. The ability to import from every single file format, however, is not always the focus as it's just a lot of extra work. Given that you can use the other software to program the VX8 and then download that list in CHIRP, there's a reasonable workaround.

Please attach the .vx8 file to the bug here for the record when you get it.


Actions #4

Updated by Mark Keiser over 11 years ago

Attached is the Yaesu original file that is used to program the radio. I tried to download the radio into CHiRP, but the Yaesu cable is USB and there doesn't seem to be support for a USB interface in the program.

Actions #5

Updated by Dan Smith over 11 years ago

The USB cables behave just fine. All you need to do is determine which COM port they show up as (using device manager on Windows) and tell chirp to use it. If it's not in the list, just type it in (e.g. COM15).

Actions #6

Updated by Mark Keiser over 11 years ago

That was the first thing I thought of. Unfortunately, it only showed up as connected to the USB hub, and not with a COM number.

Actions #7

Updated by Dan Smith over 11 years ago

Then you're looking in the wrong spot. Check under "Ports".

Actions #8

Updated by Mark Keiser over 11 years ago

I did - it wasn't there at all.

Actions #9

Updated by Dan Smith over 11 years ago

Well, it's unlike any USB cable for programming a radio that I've seen. My VX-8 USB cable works just fine.

Actions #10

Updated by Mark Keiser over 11 years ago

Is it the cable from RT Systems?

Actions #11

Updated by Dan Smith over 11 years ago

No, it's a clone of that, but other people with the RTSystems cable seem to be able to use it without any trouble. The one I'm using is the inexpensive one listed on the main chirp webpage. Their software page mentions that version 4 includes a cable that isn't compatible with other software and that their software is not compatible with other cables. It's possible that they have moved to using a cable that doesn't feature a standard USB-to-serial bridge, although the only reason I can think of for doing this would be to specifically limit the usefulness of your purchase. The dark side of proprietary products I suppose.

The .vx8 file also seems intentionally obscured or transposed, so I don't think it would be very fruitful to attempt to decode it, given that it would only provide compatibility with software that requires a cable that can't be used in CHIRP anyway.

I opened another bug to check with the repeaterbook admin, so I think I'll close this one since there's nothing less to do unless you have something else...


Actions #12

Updated by Dan Smith over 11 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Rejected

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