Bug #7755

Icom IC-208H Programming

Added by John Barr 7 months ago. Updated 5 months ago.

Status:Feedback Start date:04/02/2020
Priority:Normal Due date:
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Target version:chirp-daily
Chirp Version:daily Platform:MacOS
Model affected:Icom IC-208H

Description

I am using a FTDI cable to program via CHIRP on OSX (Macbook Pro). I can download from the radio and initiate the upload to the radio just fine. The radio goes into "CL IN" mode without issue but then goes to "CL NG" (cloning error) and freezes. After power cycling the radio, it resets all settings and programming to factory default.

I have no issues using CHIRP to program Baofengs with FTDI cables on the same OSX machine. Thanks in advance.

History

Updated by John Barr 7 months ago

I can also use the same cable and settings successfully on a Windows 10 machine with CHIRP.

Updated by Bernhard Hailer 5 months ago

You're locked in a catch-22.

Some Icom radios are known to deny cooperation with FTDI cables (even genuine ones). Please try a cable with a genuine Prolific chip.
Unfortunately cables with fake "Prolific" chips make the vast majority of cables on the market; genuine Prolific cables are on the more expensive side.

Now the problem with MacOS is that it seems to like FTDI, but not so much Prolific (even genuine ones).

The one thing you can try is a different operating system for now - and that you found out yourself already)... :-/

Updated by John Barr 5 months ago

Bernhard Hailer wrote:

You're locked in a catch-22.

Some Icom radios are known to deny cooperation with FTDI cables (even genuine ones). Please try a cable with a genuine Prolific chip.
Unfortunately cables with fake "Prolific" chips make the vast majority of cables on the market; genuine Prolific cables are on the more expensive side.

Now the problem with MacOS is that it seems to like FTDI, but not so much Prolific (even genuine ones).

The one thing you can try is a different operating system for now - and that you found out yourself already)... :-/

Thanks for the explaination. I have a genuine FTDI cable and also have multiple genuine Icom cables. The Icom cables won't work with OSX or Win10, but the FTDI works with Win10. I don't have anything running XP or Win7 to test the Icom cables as was suggested on a different forum.

Funny enough if I Bootcamp the MBP into Windows 10, FTDI works just fine with the IC-208H on the same machine.

Updated by Bernhard Hailer 5 months ago

  • Status changed from New to Feedback

In this case - i.e. FTDI cable works under Windows, but not on Mac - you have an FTDI driver problem on your Mac side. From what I hear, drivers for USB to Serial converters are a bit on the weak side on Macs.

My previous comment doesn't apply, since you already had stated that it works under Windows - my apologies.

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