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I'm trying to program my Baofeng bf-f8hp with the chirp software, but as I have to do, "Download From Radio", after I choose the appropriate maker, product and model, all I get is an error message which reads, "An Error has occured: The Radio did not respond." I've unplugged all, restarted computer and plugged all back in, turned on radio, same result. Ideas?

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The most common error is not selecting the correct COM port for the virtualized USB cable.

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  • $\begingroup$ or tty port, if you're using Linux, BSD or Mac OS. $\endgroup$ Apr 10, 2018 at 15:09
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A lot of the USB programming cables are not supported by the new Windows drivers that are installed automatically -specifically those with the Prolific PL-2303 USB chip set. You 'can' sometimes use them by downloading and installing an older driver. Better to get a proper cable though.

CHIRP Cable Guide

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For me I didn't have my radio cable fully pushed into my radio. It took some extra pressure and then it snapped in place. I had to press harder than expected.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hello Ray, and welcome to ham.stackexchange.com! $\endgroup$
    – rclocher3
    Jan 6, 2021 at 23:38
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    $\begingroup$ @rclocher3 Thanks, I should be taking my ham technician test next week! I'm excited to try out my radio :) $\endgroup$ Jan 6, 2021 at 23:41
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    $\begingroup$ Excellent! Good luck! $\endgroup$
    – rclocher3
    Jan 6, 2021 at 23:44
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    $\begingroup$ This ended up being the problem for me. I thought for sure I'd pushed the cable all the way in, but I hadn't. It really does require a firm little push! $\endgroup$
    – plafratt
    Jul 21, 2021 at 17:19
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Another common error is related to their quality control. I had a unit (UV-5R+) that wouldn't work, like that.

Contacted the seller and they sent me a new "body" - and it worked.

So in a case where you are really stuck, I suggest you contact the seller.

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the most common problem I have encountered with folks I've helped ... the connector is not all the way seated in the radio.

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The USB -> Baofeng cable can be difficult to seat properly in the radio. If it isn't making good contact, it can affect whether CHRIP will function correctly or not.

You might check the connection and connect your cable with the radio more tightly.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to ham.stackexchange.com! In the future, try to include more detail in your answers. It's fine for them to be short, but including some explanation or reasoning can go a long way. $\endgroup$
    – David Hoelzer
    Sep 4, 2021 at 16:51

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