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What to do if CHIRP does not list your radio

CHIRP is a free, open source application created by a team of volunteer amateur radio operators. The software is used to program a wide variety of different makes and models of two way radios with a computer.

When programming certain models of two way radios purchased from Buy Two Way Radios, some of our customers, particularly those who are ham radio operators, prefer CHIRP in lieu of the programming software provided by the radio manufacturer. This preference for CHIRP is largely due to a couple of reasons. CHIRP is often easier to understand and use than the original programming software from the manufacturers of certain radios, particularly those in China. The use of CHIRP also often minimizes or even eliminates the need to install and use a different programming application for each individual product when using a mix of of different radios.

CHIRP supports an impressively wide selection of radios, but not all of them. The list is expanding over time. When a new product is introduced to the market, depending on its popularity and relevance, The CHIRP project team may add support for the new model in a future version or build of the software.

We often receive calls from customers who request tutorials, tech support or other instruction for CHIRP. Although we do include CHIRP as a free add-on with a few select programming cables, we do not support it ourselves, as it isn't ours. It was created by a community of ham radio operators, and relies on the community to support it. We merely provide the application as a courtesy to our customers who may need or want it.

As of May 2020, CHIRP supports the following radios we currently sell or previously carried:

If your radio is currently listed in CHIRP, you should be good to go. If your radio is not listed, download the latest daily build of CHIRP.

If the latest build of CHIRP does not list your radio, CHIRP does not currently support it. The CHIRP programming team does accept requests for support of new radios. You can submit a request to the CHIRP project and ask them to add the radio to a future version or build of CHIRP.

35 thoughts on “What to do if CHIRP does not list your radio”

  • Helsa

    need help with motoplus tc-144

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    • Rick

      We do not carry that model in the US and are not familiar with it. You may need to contact the seller in your country or the manufacturer directly for support.

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  • anup kumar

    need tyt 8800 programing software . Anybody help me . Thanks

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  • Boris Machula

    Bought a BAOFENG BF-S5PLUS. It's not on CHIRP list. Tried to upload using a few different models but got error. Any ideas which model is compatible with BF-S5PLUS

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    • Rick

      This is a handheld radio advertised at 18 Watts. We do not carry this model, so we have no information on its cross compatibility with other models listed in CHIRP. You may need to contact your dealer or the CHIRP developers for assistance. As a side note, I personally think 18 watts is way too much for safe operation of a handheld transceiver. I would exercise caution when transmitting from that radio while holding it so close to your body or face.

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  • WanhuaH26

    Can it be programmed in ChIRP Wanhua H26?
    Thanks Karel OK5RK

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    • Rick

      You will need to contact the CHIRP development team and ask them. It's not our program. The link to the supported radios is in the article above. If your radio isn't listed, it probably isn't supported.

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  • Doug

    Will the Alinco DR140T program with a different Alinco radio using chirp?

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    • Rick

      Hi Doug, we don't carry that brand so we have no information on it. That is probably a question for the good folks at CHIRP. A direct link to their site is in the article above.

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  • cris verdida

    how can i program my cignus uv 85 with Chirp? i been looking for kind of software.

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    • Rick

      We don't carry the Cignus UV-85, so we have no information on it, but a quick search for it online pulls up an image that looks very much like a Baofeng UV-5R. It is entirely possible this radio is just a rebranded UV-5R, which is quite common, given the popularity of these Baofeng radios. Have you tried setting CHIRP to the UV-5R to connect with your UV-85 radio? It sometimes works with other UV-5R clones and variants. You may want to contact the CHIRP developers and ask them if it may work with your radio.

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  • Michael Wilson

    Is there a way to read the configuration of a Motorola CP200 using Chirp ? I'm trying to program a Baofeng UV9rPlus to use as a spare. I have my usb set to Com1 and have no problem reading and writing to the Baofeng with the cable. I can't get it to talk to the Motorola using its cable.

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    • Rick

      No. CHIRP does not support the CP200d or any other Motorola business radios. As stated in the article, if the latest build of CHIRP does not list your radio, CHIRP does not currently support it.

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  • Henry

    first time user... just got me an old Firstcom FC-7... was cheap but am regretting it cos I can't find the software to reprogram it... would love if your team could add the support of Firstcom in CHIRP....

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  • Dave Dee

    How many ways can you rephrase the answer, consult the list of supported devices?

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  • Ross

    Is there any chance the CHIRP software can program my Xiaomi Two-way radio?

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  • Phil

    for the list tyt-8600?

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  • Bob Mayfield

    Is there any chirp programs for TYT TH 350

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    • Rick

      Bob, there is only one CHIRP program, and it is designed to work with many makes and models of two way radios. For a complete list of supported radios, or to submit a request to add one to the list, contact the CHIRP project listed in the last paragraph of the article.

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  • Reg

    Any chance Chirp will support Kirisun in the future?

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  • Rick

    Larry, we are unable to add the TH-8600 to CHIRP, simply because we aren't the developers of the software. We are users, just like you. If you would like CHIRP support added for a specific radio, please contact the developers of the CHIRP project at https://chirp.danplanet.com.

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  • larry kemp

    my radio is TYT TH-8600. it is not listed in chirp software list. can you please add this to chirp if possible. thank you
    larry kemp.....w9hy

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  • Rick

    Dave, you would need to contact the CHIRP developers and ask them. A link to the CHIRP project is in the last paragraph of the article.

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  • Dave

    What about adding support for Motorola cp 040 , it'd be great to program to that from already programmed baofeng and visa versa

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  • Rick

    No. The TSX100 is a 900MHz radio and is not programmable.

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  • Saber

    Will CHIRP support this discontinued 2way?
    TriSquare TSX100
    eXRS

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  • Rick

    Michael, CHIRP does not support the VX-2200. The Vertex Standard programming software must be used.
    You can find a complete list of radios supported by CHIRP on the project web site.

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