Thursday, February 27, 2014

How to program multiple radios using CHIRP

Chirp is a wonderful program that supports a number of different radios.
The software is located at: on the Internet.

As of Feb. 27, 2014 these are the radios supported by the software.
They are adding radios on a regular basis.

  • AT-5888UV (in daily builds)
    Also includes the Intek HR-2040
    Also includes the Polmar DB-50M
  • DR-03T
  • DR-06T
  • DR135T
  • DR235T
  • DR435T
  • DJ596T
  • DJ175T
  • IC-80AD
  • IC-2820H
  • ID-800H
  • ID-880H
  • IC-208H
  • IC-2200H
  • IC-91/92AD
  • IC-V/U82
  • ID-RPx000V/RP2x
  • IC-2100H
  • IC-2720H
  • IC-T70
  • IC-T7H
  • IC-T8A
  • IC-Q7A
  • IC-W32A
  • IC-746
  • IC-7200
  • IC-7000
  • ID-31A
  • ID-51A (in daily builds)
  • JT220M


  • PX-2R (UHF)
  • PX-777
  • TH-UV3R
  • TH-UVF1
  • KG-UV6D/UV6X
Note that not all functionality is supported on all radio models. Take a look at overview of what features are supported for each model.

Other Data Sources

File Formats

I suggest loading the Daily Build version of the software to give you all the recent radios that Chip can work with.   The Daily Builds are located at   and it is always best to load the ZIP version.

There are versions of Chirp that support the Macintosh as well.

I found this wonderful demonstration on how to run the software and program multiple radios using Chirp:

Baofeng Model Comparison Chart

I found this very handy comparison chart posted by BAOFENG TECH.

For best viewing you can RIGHT-CLICK the Image and save it on your hard disk to view with Microsoft Picture Manager.

It outlines all the features of the different Baofeng radios available.    

Check out the UV-82 as right now it is the best bang for the buck and is supported by Chirp.

The new GT-3 is the second generation of the the UV-5 but it is not yet supported by Chirp.

Monday, February 24, 2014

How to Build a Fox Hole Radio

With a  few parts and a little creativity people used build fox hole radios out of a coil of wire, a transistor radio earphone, paperclips, thumb tacks, a pencil and a few feet of wire.  

Back in the 1960's my father and I built one of these and it actually worked.

I found this great video on how to make a radio on YouTube:

Click this link to see how it is done: