A little tedious, but only required once. If you’re consistently seeing “radio refused to enter programming mode” errors from CHIRP there’s a good chance your cable has a counterfeit Prolific chip. When installing the clip, do so without the battery inserted so you don’t have to fight the spring. A little shady, perhaps. The pictures speak for themselves. That makes things easier for entry-level users and it’s less headache for you:
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If you’ve got the patience to program legal FRS frequencies and transmission power, be careful.
CMIIT reports far more limited capabilities. It supports a growing list of radios across several manufacturers and allows transferring of memory contents between them.
Once programmed identically, there’s no settings for the user to mess with beyond the channel selection.
Not Part 95 FRS. Or perhaps you xhipset these to vendors, contractors, or students, rather than handing over one of your more expensive handsets. They’ve survived months of abuse at the hands of small children and teenagers alike, and I once dropped chipseg of these handsets 20 feet onto a cured concrete floor. The Linux-based LiveCD still works. Go read that review, then come back for my commentary.
Will provide further updates for other modification to the Baofeng as soon as the current order arrives for modifications. CHIRP bug has a good discussion of the problem. There is an LED flashlight, which I have found useful despite my initial feeling of disdain. Simple interface Once programmed identically, there’s no settings for the user to mess with beyond the channel selection.
Stick to the Motorola Talkabout series, just don’t claim ignorance of FCC regulations if you happen 888w broadcast on high power on FRS channels 1 through 7. Six radios, six reboots. Six radios, sixteen channels each, that’s 96 channels to check.
Baofeng BF-888S – A Practical Review
When you buy half a dozen, it’s like someone shipped you half a dozen bricks. If you’ve got a cbipset for business use in the MHz spectrum, there’s all sorts of uses for these. Not out of the box, anyways. Or maybe just a different revision of the radio that was locked down a bit to help ease things in the US market. Easy to use improperly Mentioned in the Amazon reviewbut worth reiterating: Excellent battery life There vhipset an LED flashlight, which I have found useful despite my initial feeling of disdain.
A little tedious, but only required once. A piece of gaff tape across the bottom keeps the battery engaged and otherwise the radio is still perfectly functional.
Just remember, channel will work VHF only and will work UHF and it makes channel 16 become a scan so when on channel 16 it will scan all the channels.
If chipwet programming more than a few radios, it’s a useful time-saving upgrade. We were provided a set of these radios with a commercial equipment rental, to ease conversation between a few groups of remote operators where line of sight wasn’t possible.
If you’re consistently seeing “radio refused to enter programming mode” errors from CHIRP there’s a good chance your cable has a counterfeit Prolific chip. If you’re licensed by the FCC for business usage within the MHz spectrum, these serve as excellent backups.
Technical Details In short, a small hand-held FM transceiver that operates in the MHz range, programmable for 16 channels, etc. Even with moderately heavy chatter you can easily get a full day’s worth out of each mAh chipaet battery.
A later revision of the Baofeng BFS includes the following on the back plate other details unchanged:. Everything is prone to break over time.
Baofeng BFS – A Practical Review
This just happens to be one of those items. I was all set to write a review of the Baofeng BFS two-way radiobut then I found a much more thorough Amazon review, more detailed than I ever could have hoped to write. If you’d prefer to skip the programming and have walkie talkies that work out of the box, Baofeng isn’t for you.
The Good News There’s a lot to like about these radios.