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 June 2016, CHIRP supports the following radios we currently sell or previously carried:
- Baofeng UV-5R
- Baofeng BF-F9 (Choose UV-5R)
- Baofeng BF-F8+ (Choose UV-5R)
- Baofeng UV-82
- Leixen VV-898
- Leixen VV-898S (Choose VV-898)
- Leixen VV-898P (Choose VV-898)
- Leixen VV-898SP (Choose VV-898)
- TYT TH-7800
- TYT TH-9800
- Wouxun KG-UV6D
- Wouxun KG-UVD1P
- Wouxun KG-UV8D
- Wouxun KG-UV8D Plus
- Wouxun KG-UV9D Plus
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.