HAM Radio Programming

CSV files I use with CHIRP

Overview

CHIRP is software used to program many equipped radios. A cable can be purchased for a given radio or group of radios. When attached to a computer one can program the radio, either by filling in the data by hand or by copying the info such as found here to the rows as you wish. If you delete after cloning the radio, you can select as a batch all of the rows found here and paste them into the cloned radio. Just download the data to the radio you initially just cloned. You should be ready to use each channel as programmed. CHIRP can be downloaded from http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Download.

One of the main purposes of this is so that all of us can go to a specific 'channel' or memory location and everyone will be on the same programmed frequency. A number of these frequencies are used by our local government emergency preparedness people who we will want to be able to listen to or communicate with in an actually emergency.

Here are two lists in PDF format for printing:
Baofeng
Yaesu FT-817_857_897 (US)
AnyTone 5888UV

Now for the easy way. Download CHIRP and use the FTDI transfer cable for the Baofeng. Do not create a head ache for yourself using old Baofeng cables. The Yaesu does not seem to need a driver download. Download this Cloning.zip and unzip it. Import the *.csv file you need, clone your radio, copy the rows you wish from the imported *.csv file to your radio and save your programmed locations back to your radio. It is important to clone your radio then copy the imported file to your clone and save it back to your radio. There are many settings in the clone of your radio that you will not want to have changed.

Finally, the date of data is 6/30/2021 (New updates from WCARES). When I change the data I will changed this date here. Washoe County CERT and EOC change their data and so will we on the frequencies we are using. This is a fluid environment. There are many other frequencies than Washoe County Ares has listed in the files here. I cross the State every once in a while and like to know the repeaters I can use. The Eastern part of the State of Nevada has had considerable changes in the available repeaters. I have family living in Panaca so some of the Utah repeaters are useful.

 

 

I will be honest with you. Cloning the radios with CHIRP is not simple. It might be somewhat simple for me, but it took me a while to get there. I have worked with PCs since the early days of PC. I even programmed in machine language to make a TRS80 work with a gas chromatograph using an interface board I made myself.

When I write 'use the FTDI transfer cable for the Baofeng' do it. Avoid the hassles of finding the right old driver for the older cables. The Baofeng handhelds work well for the price. I have several. To get the most out of them means understanding how to adjust the settings. The settings for squelch are worthless as they come from the factory. Squelch "1" needs to be set for 1 or 2 in Sparks, NV. I forget what the factory setting is. I think it was something like 10. That is my experience.

You can contact me at 775-331-0416 if you want help using CHIRP for programming the Baofeng. I am really only familiar with the Windows environment using CHIRP. I tried CHIRP on a Raspberry Pi 2B with the 4 USB ports. I was using Rasparian Jessie. The CPU speed was 1Ghz. I downloaded from a UV 5RE+ and uploaded to it. No problems! A little credit card footprint Raspberry Pi is all I need.