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Reviews Categories | Ham Software/Apps - Other than logging | Chirp Help

Reviews Summary for Chirp
Chirp Reviews: 39 Average rating: 3.7/5 MSRP: $free
Description: CHIRP is a FREE cross-platform, cross-radio programming
tool. It works on Windows and Linux (and MacOSX with a
little work). It supports a growing list of radios across
several manufacturers and allows transferring of memory
contents between them.
Product is in production.
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G6IYD Rating: 5/5 Oct 5, 2018 15:46 Send this review to a friend
Does the job  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have used Chirp on many different radios from cheap Chinese imports to Yaesu and Icom. Seldom had problems (I use Linux) and if I have it has been down to cables. The only one which did really cause me headaches was programming my Icom T-70 HT. This was fixed by buying a genuine RT-Systems USB-29A cable. For those giving negative reviews, buy decent programming cables. Chirp does a superb job for free software.
AE2S Rating: 5/5 Aug 13, 2018 17:28 Send this review to a friend
Good Software when using a good cable  Time owned: more than 12 months
I had problems with Chirp also in the beginning BUT I looked into the possible problems with my set-up.


After you spend $15-$20 for a decent cable with an authentic Prolific or FTDI chip everything becomes so easy!!

Second step - download the contents of your radio even if it's empty and save the file.

Third step - Export that file to the CSV format that the software recognizes.

That's it..... That's all you have to do in order to get this FREE software to work!!

The cheap Chinese cables seem to allow you to download from your radio but not upload to it...... Sound familiar??

The Chirp website gives you a list of decent vendors for a good cable..... check them out.

Copy your repeater data into the CSV and upload to your rig!!

Remember, if you make a mistake in your data it's your fault not the software.

I like the software.... it works as it should!! And best of all..... it's free!!!

Steve - AE2S
KC0NVI Rating: 1/5 Jul 7, 2018 21:34 Send this review to a friend
No Chirpin  Time owned: more than 12 months
I purchased one of those cheap HT's as well. I installed CHRIP, ordered the cable with the CD, installed it on a windows OS.

Tried to get CHRIP to run, kept giving errors every time. I gave up on even trying to use the software.
G7HZZ Rating: 0/5 Nov 20, 2017 15:10 Send this review to a friend
Doesn't import data sensibly  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Firtsly, I am not a novice concerning data and databases. But goodness me the way Chirp handles CSV AND the convoluted and sometime garbled explanations of how to get it to import CSVs is a sign that this software needs to be sharpened up significantly.
VE7VJ Rating: 4/5 Apr 1, 2017 21:22 Send this review to a friend
works  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've been using CHIRP for about two years now. Works just fine once you get the correct cable and spend some time learning the program. Certainly easier than key punching everything in.

Does it have some quirks? well yes, everything has quirks and it could always have a few more features but as it is free I cannot complain. I certainly appreciate all the work the developers are putting into it.

If you are having problems check out the documentation on the webpage, read through the FAQ, join the mailing group or ask around.

K8DXX Rating: 5/5 Apr 1, 2017 18:00 Send this review to a friend
Works for me, even on oddball radios  Time owned: more than 12 months
One thing we all need to remember, Chirp is free!

I've had great success in turning some cheap Chinese radios from almost useless bricks into usable communications devices. In my case, both Baofeng UV 5R and QYT 8900D software wouldn't work on my cheap Windows 10 laptop. Chirp helped me program and better understand the memory functions and radio specific features. It provides useful/helpful defaults when the radio did not.

As a retired IT professional, I can't help but comment that if you insist on using a somewhat non-mainstream product like Apple OS/X, you may encounter some hurdles that Windows people don't. I've managed Mac/Windows comparability labs so I can say without emotion, it just happens.

Hard off to the people at Chirp.
W9OD Rating: 0/5 Apr 1, 2017 16:56 Send this review to a friend
POS  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I didn't look to review this product. First, I purchased a Chinese made HT. It was very difficult to program. I read Chirp was an easy way to do the job. I have to admit, programming that radio was a lot less painful then using Chirp which NEVER worked. I use a MacBook Pro. Going back to the big three for HTs.
KO4AB Rating: 0/5 Apr 1, 2017 14:57 Send this review to a friend
Pure Frustration  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am attempting to use the OS X version of Chirp to program an ICOM ID880H with a BlueMax49ers FTDI USB serial cable. I can program a limited number of memories without a reset of the radio. When I do get the radio to program then the repeater offset is WRONG. 1.44MHz instead of 600KHz on 2 meters. A very frustrating experience.
WB0KWJ Rating: 2/5 Dec 15, 2016 03:42 Send this review to a friend
Useful for some, disaster for others  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've been using Chirp to program various radios for several years. Perfectly in some cases, disastrously in others.

Having done this kind of work, I fully understand the issue involved in figuring out obscure data protocols and programming quirks, and appreciate the huge effort behind the product. I am also not insensitive to the fact that Chirp is used on thousands of combinations of computers and operating systems, through serial and USB drivers of varying levels of functionality.

However, this does not change the fact that Chirp is a fundamentally unreliable product, with poor communication with users about known issues--including bugs that will do things such as erase the radio's memories despite correct setup and implementation. That is, just because your radio is in the menu does not mean you can use Chirp with it.

If the program works for your radio, then great. But, Chirp is very definitely a use-at-your-own risk option.
W9MT Rating: 4/5 Nov 19, 2016 07:15 Send this review to a friend
Good shareware effort  Time owned: more than 12 months
For programming frequency channel sets into my Baofeng and TYT handhelds, Chirp works fine. To get the extra conifguration and personalization stuff configured in these radios often takes a "second round" of programmimg with the more cryptic manufacturer's software.

That's not Chirp's fault. It does the frequency info programming better than anything else out there...(but here's the rub) FOR THE LIST OF RADIOS IT SUPPORTS.

I have owned the popular Yaesu FT-2600M for years. It's a wonderful, bulletproof 2m FM radio. I bought ADMS-2E from Yaesu long ago to program it. The deficiencies of this floppy based software are well documented elsewhere here on eHam. Add the fact that computers and OS's have evolved greatly since Y2K (e.g.: going from 32 bit to 64), and it's hard to find an old computer that's still compatible with this old code.

The complaints others have documented with cabling are really a Windows datacomm setup issue or a counterfeit USB communications chip issue, and not Chirp induced problems.

Since Chirp can program many of its sibling radios, including the FT-90R whose disk is also included in the ADMS-2E kit, it would be a simple job to adjust Chirp for the data packet size of the '2600.

Multiple tickets have been opened with the Chirp people requesting this. All have been rejected...some with hostility.

I wish they would reconsider. There are a lot of '2600M's still out there in faithful daily service. That's why 4 stars for what is truly a 5 star program.

I also really don't care to spend another $45 with RT for updated software to get their CD and proprietary USB cable ONLY for my '2600's rare reprogramming needs. Chirp has blazed a "better path". I'd pay them the $45 instead !!!
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