How To Program A Ham Radio With CHIRP Software


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Are you interested in Ham radio and want to program your radio with CHIRP software?

You’re in the right place!

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process step-by-step, so you can get your radio up and running in no time.

What is CHIRP Software?

CHIRP is a free, open-source software that allows you to program your Ham radio.

It’s compatible with most common radios and manages the radio’s address book by plugging the radio into your computer.

CHIRP is a great tool for anyone who wants to program their radio quickly and easily.

Getting Started

Before you start programming your radio with CHIRP, you’ll need to download the software.

You can download CHIRP from their website.

Once you’ve downloaded the software, you’re ready to start programming your radio.

Basic Procedure for Programming

Here are the basic steps to program your radio with CHIRP:

  1. Download contents from the radio: Start CHIRP and click the Radio menu and choose Download From Radio. This will download the current settings from your radio to CHIRP.
  2. Make changes: Once you have the radio contents displayed in the memory editor, you can proceed to make your changes. You can add or delete channels, change frequencies, and more.
  3. Upload changes back to the radio: Once you’ve made your changes, you can upload them back to your radio. Click the Radio menu and choose Upload To Radio.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks to help you program your radio with CHIRP:

  • Use a FTDI cable that works with your radio.
  • Be patient. CHIRP can be frustrating to use, but it’s worth it in the end.
  • If you encounter any problems, start the process over again. In our experience, problems pop up in the initial handshake between the computer and radio. Once you’re past this point, it tends to be smooth sailing.
  • CHIRP’s interface uses tabs. When you download the contents from your radio, it will open in a new tab. You can switch between tabs to make changes to different channels.


Programming your Ham radio with CHIRP software is a great way to get started in the world of Ham radio.

With a little bit of patience and some basic knowledge, you can program your radio quickly and easily.

We hope this guide has been helpful to you.

Happy programming!