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Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by KC2WHV, Oct 21, 2014.

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  1. KC2WHV

    KC2WHV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Got the RT Systems software, installed it on my netbook after a slight hiccup, and was able to program the 997-S. Did encounter a slight hitch, and had to press upon the strain relief of the adapter going into the radio to get a good connection. I'm thinking there's some issue with the 2.5 mm (receive) jack. Has anyone else had that issue with the Baofengs? If I can get inside the case, I might be able to adjust and resolder the connector (suspect that's a big if--or maybe not).

    Thanks for all hints in this thread. I'll let you know how that goes if I can get the courage to crack the case...

  2. ND5Y

    ND5Y Ham Member QRZ Page

    A lot of people have had problems with the speaker/mic/programming jack where the plug does not seat properly, doesn't make good contact, or the switches inside the jack don't make contact.
    Sometimes it can be fixed by cleaning the connector with alcohol and a tooth pick or Q-tip stick.
    Other people have had to file down the plastic on the plug or radio case to make it fit properly.
    It probably isn't bad soldering.
  3. K4ISR

    K4ISR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Windows 8 does not play well with any of these cables and software.
    I have a UV-5R, use only Chirp, and I can read and write from/to it with 0 problems in Win7, yet on my Win8 system I have to keep selecting "read from radio" at least 3 or 4 times before it finally picks it up and reads, and so far have not been able to write to the radio from Win8. Reason #5384 why I hate Win8. If it wasn't for testing software for work, I would have never bought it, or sold it by now.
  4. KC2WHV

    KC2WHV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Will give swabbing out the speaker (2.5 mm) jack a try...think I might have some Caig DeOxit around. If that does not work, perhaps I can get inside and look around; sometimes jacks need a wee nudge toward the opening so all the tips, rings and sleeves on the plugs can contact properly (not much of a nudge, like 1/8th to 1/16th of an inch). Thanks for the reminder to try cleaning the jack first.
  5. KC2WHV

    KC2WHV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Once W8 Pro on my netbook installed the software, it was rather simple to program in the channels, offsets, etc. once I moved the strain relief around to get a better mechanical connection. I was impressed with RT Systems' customer service. No major wailing, gnashing of teeth or pulling out of hair.

    Now the only thing is trying to find someone working 2 m/ 70 cm simplex...I know (good luck with that)...
  6. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hopefully it won't be too hard to find somebody on two meters. It's been a few years since I visited Endicott, but there used to be quite a bit of two meter activity there, and I remember working somebody at quite a distance with a handheld from there, too, so there must be some big repeaters in the region. My favorite repeater web site, K5EHX, came up with these repeaters -
    3.0 442.7 K2ZG
    3.0 444.1 WA2QEL
    3.0 145.47 W2EWM
    3.0 146.73 K2TDV
    3.0 146.82 WA2QEL
    3.0 147.075 K2VQ
    6.4 145.555 WX2USA
    6.4 145.39 N2YR
    6.4 444.3 N2YOW
    6.4 147.255 WA2VCS
    6.9 444.55 AA2EQ
    6.9 147.12 K2ZG
    9.0 146.865 WA2QEL
    21.0 146.76 W2VDX

    The number that precedes the frequency is the distance in miles from Johnson City - looks like you have a lot of repeaters in HT range.
  7. ND5Y

    ND5Y Ham Member QRZ Page

    These are surface mount jacks. They aren't moveable. If you try to move them they are likely to break off the board and take the pads and traces with them.
  8. K3NXU

    K3NXU Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you are having a problem programming the 997-S, go to
    Select the UV5R, and go to the Manual Programming section. There are examples and Flowcharts to get you started.

    If you purchased your FTDI cable from BaofengTech, it is a genuine cable. The Windows drivers that load from the Internet will work fine. It's a Plug-n-Play cable.

    If you are having driver issues with a non-FTDI cable, you want to review

    If CHIRP not loading with Win8, take a look at

    For the audio issue,
    Select Microphone/Audio issues.

    At the bottom of is a section describing the Newest Radio. I think you'll find they are all basically the same.

    Did I skip anything ? :- )
    I hope this helps.
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