New Model #9734

Add support for the BTECH FRS-B1

Added by Jim Unroe 8 months ago. Updated 5 months ago.

Status:Closed Start date:02/01/2022
Priority:Normal Due date:
Assignee:Jim Unroe % Done:

100%

Category:-
Target version:chirp-daily
Chirp Version:daily Equipment Loan Offered:Yes

Description

Baofeng Tech provided a sample BTECH FRS-B1 to be used for development.

Jim KC9HI

Screenshot 2022-04-16 140650.png (225.5 kB) Aaron Blankenship, 04/16/2022 06:13 pm

Default FRS-B1 via CHIRP BF-888 profile.img (1.1 kB) Aaron Blankenship, 04/16/2022 06:13 pm

Default FRS-B1 from original software.xml (8.2 kB) Aaron Blankenship, 04/16/2022 06:13 pm

Associated revisions

Revision 3653:bb9204ee2234
Added by Jim Unroe 8 months ago

[FRS-B1] Driver Maintenance: radtel_t18.py [patch 1 of 2]

This patch reorders some of the settings to make it easier to add support
for additional radios. No features have been added to or removed from any of
the currently supported radio models.

related to #9734

Revision 3654:164528caafdc
Added by Jim Unroe 8 months ago

[FRS-B1] Add BTECH FRS-B1 [patch 2 of 2]

This patch adds support for the Baofeng Tech FRS-B2.

related to #9734

History

Updated by Aaron Blankenship 5 months ago

(I'm not a dev)

You can get the "official" software on BTECH page:
https://baofengtech.com/product/frs-b1/
https://baofengtech.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/frs-b1-v1-cps.zip

BTECH software isn't fully updated for this radio either but it does expose some of the new settings, such as "WX #" channels (preset to NOAA Rx only). It also enforces USA Fed compliance by limiting the settings you can change. "Side key" setting appears to do nothing? "Beep" only controls if the radio beeps for orange button (flashlight) short press. Long press of orange button is monitor. Orange button cannot be configured.

CHIRP daily-20220408 will import 16 channels via BF-888 profile, but not the other 8 (15-22) channels that allow transmit. The WX channels do not show up either.

Updated by Aaron Blankenship 5 months ago

Notes from attempting to use CHIRP to configure FRS-B1 via BF-888 profile:

High/Low voltage inhibit transmit settings appear to be swapped. Not sure which is correct since I can't test this. The mysterious side key settings appears in both software but of course doesn't exist as a physical button on the FRS-B1.

The power limit lock that makes these compliant with FRS regulations is built into the programing software, not the firmware of FRS-B1. This matches some people's "theory" that the programing+operator of a radio is what makes it compliant with Fed regulations, not the hardware itself. This "theory" is not universally shared by all operators.

I saw no issues using the BF-888 profile to program one of these radios, and they work fine with my older units via the DCS code that I like to use. I do not recommend using CHIRP for programming FRS-B1 unless you know how to test that there are no problems caused.

Updated by Aaron Blankenship 5 months ago

Opps, I found the BTECH profiles in CHIRP for FRS-B1.
This fixes my report of backwards inhibit settings.

Updated by Jim Unroe 5 months ago

  • Status changed from In Progress to Closed
  • % Done changed from 0 to 100

Aaron Blankenship wrote:

Opps, I found the BTECH profiles in CHIRP for FRS-B1.
This fixes my report of backwards inhibit settings.

Yeah... this issue should have been closed a couple of months ago. It now will be.

Jim KC9HI

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