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"MYCALL", "URCALL", "RPT1CALL", and "RPT2CALL" are used to program D-STAR channels in D-STAR-capable radios. Those columns should be left blank for analog FM channels. MYCALL is your own call sign, eight characters maximum; "/" and suffixes are allowed, as long as everything fits in eight characters. URCALL is ostensibly for the call sign of the station ...


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The memory name display (and storage) on the FT-60 is only 6 characters. Your names will be truncated to that length no matter what. The names use a limited (LCD-friendly) character set that doesn't include any lowercase letters. The Chirp driver for the FT-60 replaces any out-of-charset characters with spaces. Probably it would be better if it turned ...


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There are online instructions and YouTube videos on how to program a BaoFeng radio -- it's the same for all or almost all of their HT models, so if you find instructions for a BF-F8HP, for instance, they'll work for the UV-5R. The radio, however, doesn't really support half-kilohertz precision in frequency entry from the keypad, so you'd be ahead to spend ...


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I can't speak to how it compares to the Alinco software, but I've used the RT software for a few different radios and it's straightforward, if pricey. But $50 for the RT solution is probably cheaper than a new mobile/base rig, and if I were in your shoes it's the route I'd take. As for CHIRP compatibility for Yaesu radios, check out the project's ...


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You don't mention what programming cable that you're using. The programming cable has a very important job: it interacts with the OS as a USB device, and acts as a "virtual serial port", which means that the radio talks to the chip in the cable using a serial communications protocol. The problem is that many inexpensive programming cables contain a USB-to-...


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That's ... complicated. You indicated macOS 10.15, which adds a ton of strict security pertaining to just what third-party apps are allowed to do. The download page on the CHIRP website has a link for macOS downloads. The download list highlights the recommended download in green (the "unified daily app" build). Just beneath that, the "...


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You might try changing the Tone Mode from TSQL to just Tone. TSQL mode does two things: sends a tone on transmit requires a tone on receive to break your radio's squelch Tone mode only does one thing: send a tone on transmit.


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A friend bought an M1 Mini and is having trouble. Asked me to download Chirp from https://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/LATEST/ chirp-unified-daily-20210704.app.zip runs on my 2013 MacPro with 11.4. Or at least "it looks to me like it runs" as I haven't tried to run it through its paces. To override the lack of a developer signing key open ...


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I have a different model Alinco radio. I presume that the "cryptic and hostile user interface" you speak of is not the front panel of the radio, but rather part of Alinco's programming software. I didn't want to pay for RT-Systems' expensive software and cable, so I persevered and figured out Alinco's software. What helped a lot was programming a ...


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I have not found any of the Alinco models in CHIRP to work with the DR-635T. In an effort to add it none of the methods used by the other models returned any useful data. I tried contacting Alinco for information but was ignored.


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Yes, it'll probably work with CHIRP Of course, the first place you'd look would be the CHIRP project page. That doesn't list the DR-635, but it does list the DR-135, DR-235 and DR-435, and that might be a good sign (but clearly not a guarantee, since the hardware might simply be different). In fact, CHIRP's alinco driver has a common DR-x35 base class, ...


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