New Model #8263

Baofeng BF-U9

Added by David McGlothlin about 1 year ago. Updated 4 months ago.

Status:Closed Start date:09/19/2020
Priority:Normal Due date:
Assignee:Jim Unroe % Done:

100%

Category:-
Target version:chirp-daily
Chirp Version:daily Equipment Loan Offered:No

Description

Looking to see if the Baofeng BF U9 UHF Radio can be added to the CHIRP programming. Thanks.

bf-t8 - concept demo.py - For download testing only (21.6 kB) Jim Unroe, 04/30/2021 03:22 pm

Arcshell_AR-8ham_20210503.img - ar8 arcshell windows 10 pc factory oem single pin connector(amazon) (3 kB) kenneth schmitz, 05/04/2021 06:18 am

arcshell ar8.jpg - arcshell AR8 with factory oem cable (amazon) (228.9 kB) kenneth schmitz, 05/04/2021 06:24 am

Associated revisions

Revision 3509:47a1e0330871
Added by Jim Unroe 4 months ago

[BF-T8] add support for the Baofeng BF-T8

This patch adds support for the Baofeng BF-T8 (and it variants)

related to #8263

Revision 3516:a80c110bce62
Added by Jim Unroe 4 months ago

[RT16] Add support for Retevis RT16

This patch adds support for the RT16 variant of the Baofeng BF-T8

related to #8263

History

Updated by Mad Marc 9 months ago

David McGlothlin wrote:

Looking to see if the Baofeng BF U9 UHF Radio can be added to the CHIRP programming. Thanks.

+1

Also sold as:
Baofeng BF-T8
Retevis RT16
Radiodiddty PR-T1

Updated by Jim Unroe 9 months ago

  • Status changed from New to Feedback

It appears to be just another 16-channel UHF Baofeng radio. Do you have the OEM programming software? Have you already tried the BF-888 selecton?

Jim KC9HI

Updated by Bernhard Hailer 9 months ago

  • Subject changed from Baofeng BF U9 to Baofeng BF-U9
  • Target version set to chirp-daily

Please let us know whether the BF-888 driver does work for you so that we can add the BF-U9 to the list of Supported Radios. Thanks!

Updated by Mad Marc 9 months ago

Bernhard Hailer wrote:

Please let us know whether the BF-888 driver does work for you so that we can add the BF-U9 to the list of Supported Radios. Thanks!

The BF-888 doesn't work, error is: Radio retuned unknown identification string.
Do the BF-888 and clones have a Display? The BF-U9 has a Display and buttons to change channels, also channel dual watch.

Updated by Bernhard Hailer 9 months ago

In this case it might be helpful if you added a debug log as described in the Wiki: "How To Report Issues". Collect this log while trying the BF-888 driver. Thanks.

Updated by Jim Unroe 5 months ago

I have gotten my hands on a set of Baofeng BF-T8 radios and have been doing some experimenting with developing a driver module. I would be interested in finding out which of the other radio variants mentioned above can be read using this demo driver module. To use it for testing...

1 save demo driver module to a convenient location
2 load CHIRP
3 click "Help" and enable "Enable Developer Functions"
4 click "File"
5 click "Load Module" and then locate and load the demo driver saved in step 1

The CHIRP background will be red to indicate a driver module is being used. Loading a driver module this way does not permanently modify your CHIRP installation in any way. Once you close CHIRP you must load the demo driver module again to access its features.

Use the Vendor: Baofeng / Model: BF-T8 selections to attempt a download from your radio. If successful, attach a CHIRP radio images file (*.img) to this issue with a mention of the actual Vendor/Model of the radio used. If the attempt results in an error (not related to a programming cable issue), create a "clean" debug.log file and attach it to this issue. The steps to create a "clean" debug.log file are...

1. Close CHIRP
2. Open CHIRP
3. Cause error
4. Close CHIRP

Jim KC9HI

Updated by kenneth schmitz 5 months ago

I have tested this and seems to be working ok..if there is anyhing else i do to help please dont hesitate to ask
thank you again(thanks Jim)
kenny
N1ODJ

Updated by kenneth schmitz 5 months ago

FYI
thia is a 99 channel frs radio ARCSHELL

Updated by Bernhard Hailer 5 months ago

Kenny, this ticket is about a Baofeng BF-U9 (apparently identical with Baofeng BF-T8, Retevis RT16, Radiodiddty PR-T1). Is the Arcshell AR-8 also related?

Updated by Jim Unroe 5 months ago

Bernhard Hailer wrote:

Kenny, this ticket is about a Baofeng BF-U9 (apparently identical with Baofeng BF-T8, Retevis RT16, Radiodiddty PR-T1). Is the Arcshell AR-8 also related?

Exactly the same as my BF-T8 as far as I can tell. Just another one of many variants. I'm about ready to submit a patch to support the Baofeng BF-T8 and Arcshell AR-8, but I am sort of waiting to see if I get some feedback from David and Marc so I can add their model(s) as well.

Jim KC9HI

Updated by Jim Unroe 4 months ago

  • Assignee set to Jim Unroe
  • % Done changed from 0 to 100

Patch submitted. It adds support for the Baofeng BF-T8 (the radio that I have here). The Baofeng BF-U9 and Arcshell AR-8 are each supported as an alias.

Jim KC9HI

Updated by Jim Unroe 4 months ago

  • Status changed from Feedback to Resolved

The patch was approved and support is in today's CHIRP Daily Build.

Jim KC9HI

Updated by Bernhard Hailer 4 months ago

  • Status changed from Resolved to Closed

Added Radioddity PR-T1 and Retevis RT16 to list of Supported Radios. Also marked the Baofeng BF-U9 and the Arcshell AR-8 as T8 variants.

Updated by Jim Unroe 4 months ago

Bernhard Hailer wrote:

Added Radioddity PR-T1 and Retevis RT16 to list of Supported Radios. Also marked the Baofeng BF-U9 and the Arcshell AR-8 as T8 variants.

I didn't add them because they being mentioned as a variant was only speculation.

The Radioddity PR-T1 does not use the same programming software and looking at the captured cloning process I would not expect it to work with this driver. I chatted with Radioddity briefly hoping that they would offer a radio for testing but that didn't happen.

The Retevis RT16 might work but the OEM software was enough different from the Baofeng software that I didn't want to chance it. I haven't had time to discuss it with my contact at Retevis to see if they would provide a sample.

Jim

Updated by Bernhard Hailer 4 months ago

Makes sense - I will take these radios out again until we have confirmation.

Updated by Jim Unroe 4 months ago

  • Status changed from Closed to In Progress

Issue reopened to allow adding support for the Retevis RT16 variant.

Jim KC9HI

Updated by Jim Unroe 4 months ago

  • Status changed from In Progress to Resolved

A patch to add support for the Retevis RT16 has been submitted.

Jim KC9HI

Updated by Jim Unroe 4 months ago

  • Status changed from Resolved to Closed

Patch accepted. Support will be in the next CHIRP daily build.

Jim KC9HI

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