Bug #8829

Problems with Leixen Two way radio VV-898s

Added by Fred PA3ETM about 1 year ago. Updated about 1 year ago.

Status:Closed Start date:02/20/2021
Priority:Normal Due date:
Assignee:- % Done:


Target version:-
Chirp Version:daily Platform:Windows
Model affected:Leixen VV-898S


I use CHIRP for several radios, but I have now problems with my new radio.
The transceiver is a dual watch radio with A and B channels.
Downloading and writing to and from the set is working without problems.

The problem now is that I don't know how to define a channel to A or to B.
In the picture you see the settings, but I don't see A or B

print-01.jpg (232.4 kB) Fred PA3ETM, 02/20/2021 06:54 am

IMG_1243.jpg (248.5 kB) Fred PA3ETM, 02/27/2021 05:54 am


Updated by Fred PA3ETM about 1 year ago

I don't know what is wrong with the radio but the channels are not confirm the settings in CHIRP.
Reading and writing is no problem, but the channels are a mess.
I think there is a communication problem between CHIRP and the set.
The original software is not connecting with W10 even when I installed the drivers.

Updated by Bernhard Hailer about 1 year ago

  • Status changed from New to Feedback
  • Model affected changed from (All models) to Leixen VV-898S

This is likely to be a cable / driver / connector issue. Please refer to these Wiki articles:
CableGuide FTDI OEM Cables
RTSystemsCablesAndMavericks (if you're running MacOS)
If there's no solution to be found in any of them, please read: How To Report Issues and provide a debug log. Thank you!
Windows notes: If you are using a generic cable with a Prolific chip, you will very likely need to downgrade your driver to version
It can be found at http://www.miklor.com/COM/UV_Drivers.php
MacOS notes: this OS is apparently very picky about USB to Serial cables. From what I heard, only (genuine) FTDI-based cables can be made work.
On older MacOS versions, you must have the KK7DS Python runtime for Mac OSX installed. I don't have information yet what to do on new versions (like Big Sur).
Big Sur is a problem on its own, because basically all USB drivers need to be rewritten. FTDI is still working on it.
Also see MacOS Tips!
Linux notes: Linux generally is quite good with USB to Serial converter drivers. The most likely cause for grief is a connector which doesn't provide good electrical contact.
Bluetooth notes: connections often suffer from timing issues, please try a cable instead.

Updated by John LaMartina about 1 year ago

Several years ago, I believe the 898 series changed from a single channel bank to dual. It's possible the radio is not indicating which model is being programmed.

Updated by Fred PA3ETM about 1 year ago

This is the cable I use from the set.!!
I don't know what kind of cable it is.
I tried several drivers, but there is no change.
I send a mail to the seller, but he wants me to react on a website full of Trojans..... :)

Manually everything is programmed well but when I download it, its still a mes

Updated by Bernhard Hailer about 1 year ago

Well, it's a USB cable... Not much else to determine from your picture.
But John is right. From what I heard, the VV-8898S has been altered by the manufacturer over the years, without really updating the version information in the firmware. Unfortunately, that means that Chirp can't really tell how to deal with the data correctly. Until we found a way to deal with these various firmware versions, I'm afraid you're out of luck.

Updated by Fred PA3ETM about 1 year ago

Thanks for your support and its now clear to me that it won't work.
I used several USB-drivers for W10 but the result is the same.
The set works fine and so I have change frequenties manually.
No problem.

Updated by Bernhard Hailer about 1 year ago

  • Status changed from Feedback to Closed

Looks like this cannot be resolved.

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