I would like to be able to connect my radio to my computer in order to record audio. It seems like this would just be a matter of getting the right cable, but after trying a few cables (listed below), I'm realizing it's not that simple. I would like to be able to record audio so that I could save morse to practice decoding, record call signs so I can update a log book later on, and - somewhere down the line - be able to do something like record connections with satellites / ISS).
- Baofeng UV-5x3
- MacBook Pro running High Sierra (10.13.5)
What I've tried
I have naively attempted to use these cables to connect to my Mac:
- Retevis 2 Pin to 3.5mm Adapter (with a male-to-male audio cable)
- BTECH APRS-K1 Cable (tried this both with and without a APRS-K1 Cable, Reverse Connector Adaptor, which was shipped along with the first cable)
In both cases, the Mac doesn't receive any audio. Thinking that the issue might be with configuring the Mac's audio, I tried connecting each cable to my car's auxiliary input (which I can use to play audio from my iPhone). There again, I didn't hear anything from the radio.
After searching online, I've seen a lot of people just use their computer's external microphone to record audio. It seems like there should be an easy way to send radio output directly to a computer, though.
I found that these existing questions provided interesting information, but didn't quite answer my question: