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CHIRP – Open source programming of your amateur radio

Cross post with Radio W4OTN blog

A screenshot of CHIRP


In the past I’ve been frustrated by a lack of Linux-supported software for programming my amateur radios.  Sure, the Kenwood software that they gave you to use would kinda work under Wine but it’s Wine and who wants to operate under that?  Last year I discovered a project that aimed to solve my problem.  CHIRP is an open source alternative to other pieces of software that allow you to program your radios.  Supporting many of the current radio models, this software allows you to create your channel list and then use that on every radio you own.

Last year when I tried the software it wouldn’t program frequencies in the 70-cm band correctly.  That bug has been fixed and many features added as well.  There are even static lists of frequencies one might want to include on their radio including the FRS channels, 60m channels, NOAA weather radio channels, and others.  The software even interfaces with online frequency repositories making it easy to program repeaters into your radio when you are traveling to a new area.

The software is available for Linux, Mac, and Windows and is currently available in the Fedora software repositories (sudo yum install chirp).

Categories: Amateur Radio, Evangelism
  1. 2013-03-07 at 11:18 EDT

    If it wasn’t for Chirp, I wouldn’t have considered getting my wife a Baofeng HT for her birthday last year because programming it manually is about as obtuse as you can get. Chirp, however, worked like a charm!

    • 2013-03-07 at 11:50 EDT

      Yes! I tried helping someone with their new Baofeng radio and just plain gave up. Even the software *they* provide sucked.

  2. Kieran Mccormack
    2013-04-14 at 02:55 EDT

    Hi I was hoping someone could tell me does this chirp software work on the h777 or baofeng bf 480 radios? I recently trying got two h777’s for eBay and want to re- program them.
    I would be grateful for any help you could give.


  3. jeff
    2013-10-26 at 13:12 EDT

    When to the chirp wesite, my antivirus said there is a potential problem with that open source web site for windows, stay away!

    • 2013-10-26 at 15:52 EDT

      Yes, you should definitely stay away from Windows. All Microsoft products are known to be harmful and can damage your computer.

  1. 2013-02-18 at 16:03 EDT

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