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Baofeng UV-5R Software.

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Software' started by W2LEC, Mar 27, 2012.

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  1. W2LEC

    W2LEC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello Everyone,

    I recently purchased a Baofeng UV-5R. I am pleased with the radio and impressed especially with the price. However I downloaded the software and can't get it to work with Windows 7. I keep getting a comm port error even after trying all of the comm port settings. Any ideas are greatly appreciated as the software makes it a lot easier to program. Thanks for your time.

    Eddie - KJ4LRB
  2. KJ4VRB

    KJ4VRB Ham Member QRZ Page

  3. DUPE-K2QB

    DUPE-K2QB Guest

    Let me know if you get it figured out. I'm waiting for my UV-5R to arrive any day now. BTW...where did you download the programming sofware from?

    Jim - K2QB
  4. WA6MHZ

    WA6MHZ Subscriber QRZ Page

    The problem is the with programming cable device driver. It is supposed to be PROLIFIC compatible but evidently is a bogus cable, so it won't work. I uploaded the Win7 Device drivers to the files section of the UV-3R Yahoo group, so join that group and they are there. Even though it is for a UV-3R, the device driver is the same for the 3 and 5. Look for 409shop USB Drivers.

    By the way, there is a UV-3R group and also a Baofeng UV-5R group. Join them both!
  5. W5RKL

    W5RKL Ham Member QRZ Page

    The USB to serial driver that I use that works with Windows 7 64 bit is


    You have to remove all other UV3R and UV5R USB drivers then reboot windows before installing the above driver. This driver will work with the UV3R and UV5R
    programming software so you don't need 2 separate drivers for the 2 radios.

    The UV3R and the UV5R transceivers WILL transmit on any frequency within the range (VHF and UHF) the transceivers are designed for. That mean, if, in addition
    to normal ham band 2 meter and 70cm repeater frequencies, you also enter a few public service (police, fire, and rescue) frequencies, both transceiver WILL transmit on those frequencies and both WILL produce RF output that WILL produce interference and you can easily get into trouble if you are NOT authorized
    to transmit on those public service frequencies.

    To prevent the transmitter's from being keyed on public service frequencies simply ensure the programming software's "TX FREQ(MHZ)" block is left blank
    for those public service frequencies. This prevents the transmitter from being keyed no matter how many times you press the PTT button and for how long you
    press the PTT button. You do NOT have to set the CTCCS/ENC block to blank either because the CTCCS/ENC block has absolutely NOTHING to do with
    preventing the transmitter from being keyed. This will NOT affect the normal amateur repeater and simplex frequencies you program, it only affects the
    individual public service frequencies you program into the radio using the radio's programming software. This is the method I have used to prevent the
    transmitter from activating on public service frequencies I monitor.

  6. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Can you link to or send the driver? I would like it too.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  7. W5RKL

    W5RKL Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you send me an e-mail I can send the file to you, it's only 1.9Meg in size.

    I don't know how to send it to the forum.

  8. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    My email ls listed here but you can use t l a m b at m e s a dot net. Thanks.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  9. VK2APA

    VK2APA Ham Member QRZ Page

    G'day Mike,
    I have also the same problem and have been watching this thread. Could you please also include me in your email? My email address is anslow(at)optusnet(dot)com(dot)au

    Thanks and Regards,

  10. W5RKL

    W5RKL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Paul and Tom,

    I sent the Windows 7 64 bit USB to Serial driver plus the UV3R and UV5R programming software to both e-mail addresses you both provided. Please let me know via e-mail if you received them.

  11. DV6DKL

    DV6DKL Ham Member QRZ Page


    hi! have the same problem too..can you include me, i need the Windows 7 64 bit USB to Serial driver plus the UV3R and UV5R programming software. tnx! my email add is

  12. W5RKL

    W5RKL Ham Member QRZ Page


    I sent the Windows 7 64bit USB to serial driver to you via e-mail this morning. I also included UV3R and UV5R programming software. All the files are in a single 5 meg zip file.

  13. DUPE-K2QB

    DUPE-K2QB Guest

    I'm having a different problem. Just received the cable and software and installed it on my XP system. Said it installed succesfully and my system discovered the new USB device and indicated it was good to go. I checked my Com ports and Com port 5 was assigned to the cable. I set the radio software to Com 5 and tried to read from radio but keep receiving communication error.
  14. W5RKL

    W5RKL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Plug the USB to serial cable into any open/free USB port on the computer.
    Plug the USB to serial cable into the UV5R, ensuring the plug is fully seated into the UV5R.
    Turn the UV5R ON. The transceiver MUST be turned ON in order for the software to read and write to the UV5R.

    You should also check to see if hardware flow control is turned on. Hardware flow control is not used and should be set to "None" in the serial port settings.

    Right click on the desktop's "My Computer" icon
    Select "Properties"
    In the Properties window, click on "Device Manager"

    When Device Manager window opens, look for an entry that say "Ports (Com & LPT) and click on the "+" next to "Ports (Com & LPT)".
    Notice that a line appears below "Ports (Com & LPT)" that says "Prolific USB to serial Comm port (Com3)". The USB to serial driver "typically" assigns "Com3" as the communication's port (your comm port may be different as you
    said, your comm port is assigned "Com5". Simply replace any indication of "Com3" with "Com5" in the following.

    Right click on the "Prolific USB to serial Comm port (Com3) line and select "Properties". The line showing "Prolific USB to Serial Comm port (COM3)" must NOT have nay Yellow "!" indication.
    If there's a Yellow "!" then there's a problem, quite often it's the driver not working with the OS (Operating System) due to incompatibility or otherwise.

    When the Comm Port Properties window opens, click on "Port Settings" and check to ensure "Flow Control" is set to "None". If Flow Control is set to anything other than "None", click the Flow Control drop down menu and select "None".
    Do NOT change any other settings, regardless of what they are showing. Now click "OK".

    Close the Device Manager window then ensure the UV5R is turned ON.
    Launch the UV5 Programming software, select Communications and click on Com3 then click Confirm.

    Click "Program" and select "Read from Radio".
    Click "Confirm" and the software should read the configuration/frequency settings in the radio.

    Last edited: Apr 17, 2012
  15. K9WY

    K9WY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi, Having problems with my driver too. Does anyone have one that works, send the file to I have XP. Thanks and 73, Rick, K9WY.
  16. KI6USW

    KI6USW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Found out that if you give the programming plug and extra squeeze/push into its socket, it will read and write to the radio. Apparently, this cable's tips are quite the right length as they should be. Mine is very finnicky. Takes a few squeezes before it will work.

    Just a heads up . . .

    BTW - the software writer that writes the CHIRP programming software is already working on cracking the UV-5R. Dunno if it is done yet. It wasn't ready the last time I checked.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2012
  17. KA7ARA

    KA7ARA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am using Win7 and to program my 5r. Everytime I use it I need to reset the comport from #1 to #5, it will then read and write to the rig FB. The problem I have is there appears to be NO way to save the info into a file, it keeps saying something about nullity or a word similar. Me being an old bugger cant figure what its trying to tell me.
    Does anyone know how to save the contents of the read file to a file on disk?????

    73 ka7ara
  18. KK4IZA

    KK4IZA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I too have a UV-5R and have yet to successfully program it using the baofeng or CHIRP software(s). When using CHIRP it simply says "Radio did not ACK first command". I'm assuming based on the previous posts that I need to take a closer look at the driver situation. If anyone has any luck please post back your results.
  19. KK4IZA

    KK4IZA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Issue solved, radio programmed.
  20. SA7BVT

    SA7BVT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I got runtime error 8020 each time i tried to connect.
    The problem was that I couldnt use the newest drivers with my cable.
    I had to use old drivers, (others have had the same problem/made the same solution)

    so to get the old drivers, google "Prolific PL2303 Driver v.1.0" and download them from

    73 well met on the bands
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