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Programming Radios

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Lessons learned:

Don't program radios before a ride in a parking lot. It takes longer than expected. Also may need internet access.

Baofeng UV-5R is easy

Baofeng BF-A58 is easy

Rugged RH5R is actually slightly different from the UV-5R, but is easy to program

Rugged RH5R-V2 is much different from other Baofengs and other Rugged Radio's. A little bit of Googling suggests that Rugged made this one purposely hard to re-program. Maybe because they got yelled at by FCC? RTSystems software (and cable) may be able to do it: https://www.rtsystemsinc.com/Articles.asp?ID=634  https://www.rtsystemsinc.com/RRS-5R-programming-software-and-USB-cable-s/2759.htm Chirp maybe not https://chirp.danplanet.com/issues/5251

Yaesu model XXXX Not tested yet. Looks like they can be done from Chirp with a QUALITY cable that works with Chirp and the specific radio model AND the operating system (Micosoft / Apple) of the computer doing the programming. Also not tested, but probably do-able from RTSystems software and cable.

Rugged RH5X not tested yet.

Chirp is free (send them a donation). RT Systems costs a few bucks.

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I can vouch that Chirp works for the Yaesu VX-170 and the FT-270 handhelds. Did both of mine without issue. Nothing special about the cable other than with the older legacy cables you need to load a driver for Win 7/10. With any of the Genuine FTDI cables (link provided in earlier post) you do not need to load a driver for Win 7/10. I do not have any experiience programming with a Mac so I can't comment on that. As for the RT cables it used to be that they only would work with RT software which in my past experience I did not find as feature rich as Chirp. I do not know if that's still the case. The Rugged Radio deal is interesting. They way overcharge for that radio and then lock you out??? Personally I would never buy any radio from Rugged but I get there's a niche that just wants a pre-programmed turnkey radio for the masses. So be it.

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Great,  

I bought a quality cabe (RT at HRO )  As I understand, it will Not work with Chirp. Talking to the clerk, I told him I was using Chirp and he did not say the cable would not work. Could buy the RT Programming software and re-create Jim's document. This would establish a system for the Yaesu environment. 

I will try the Chirp software first. 

 Could

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9 minutes ago, Bagstr said:

Great,  

I bought a quality cabe (RT at HRO )  As I understand, it will Not work with Chirp. Talking to the clerk, I told him I was using Chirp and he did not say the cable would not work. Could buy the RT Programming software and re-create Jim's document. This would establish a system for the Yaesu environment. 

I will try the Chirp software first. 

 Could

It may not be the case any longer with RT. Let us know what you find.

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