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Dan Smith, 09/15/2011 07:13 pm


Frequently Asked Questions

Cables

What kind of cable do I need?

Usually the cable supplied by your radio manufacturer is the highest quality cable you can find. However, it's usually also the most expensive, and is often bundled with software which you may not want or need. There are many 3rd party cables available and they should all work just fine for the most part. Check eBay and KawaMall for cables.

What if my computer does not have a serial port?

For the most part, USB-to-Serial adapters work without problems. These attach to a USB port and create a virtual serial port that software can use as if it was a regular port. Some adapters are very poor quality and can cause you issues, so if you are experiencing difficulty, you may want to try a different one.

Without a doubt, the highest quality (and most expensive) adapters come from KeySpan, but you may find that it is worth the money for quality.

On Windows, determine the COM port that is assigned to the adapter by going into Device Manager and looking under Ports.

Can I use a USB cable?

Typically, yes. These cables simply have a USB-to-Serial adapter integrated into the cable itself, and are easier to manage and hook up. Follow the same procedures as if you were using a separate adapter.

NOTE: Recently, RTSystems has been selling "Version 4" of their software with a "New USB Cable". It appears that they have specifically designed the cable to be incompatible with other software packages. Beware that if you bought this "new" cable from them you may be unable to use it with CHIRP!

What if I need to use a COM port other than what is in CHIRP's list?

You can type anything into the box you need, so if your adapter is assigned to (for example) port 15, simply type COM15 into the box and you should be off and running.

Transferring data between radios

I have two different radios, how do I transfer data between them?

CHIRP provides the ability to transfer data between incompatible radios by means of the Import and Export functions. For example, if you have opened a Yaesu VX-8 in CHIRP, you can use the Import function and specify an image from an Icom 2820. A dialog box will open asking you which of the memories from the Icom 2820 you want to import into your VX-8. When the import is complete, you can upload the result to your VX-8.