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Chirp support for Kenwood TK-280 and family.

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by CO7WT, Jan 16, 2017.

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  1. CO7WT

    CO7WT Ham Member QRZ Page

    For the users of the Kenwood TK-280 radios: Pavel (CO7WT) is starting to develop a Chirp driver for this radios, if you have one and what it supported on Chirp keep reading.

    Pavel has noted that he found outstanding similarities with the family/series 60G driver he build some time ago for Chirp, so, chances are good for the support for this radio and the entire family of radios supported by the OEM software (TK-780/880/280/380/980/981/480/481)

    But, he don't has a radio at hand to work with: he needs some willing users of this radios to collaborate with him to meet the goal: make Chirp support this radio. (He is the co-author of the BTECH driver for Chirp, it has experience working remotely)

    The help is mainly on taking serial logs to reverse-engineering the communication protocol, answering his questions, make some special test to figure out radio memory properties and beta testing the driver.

    All coordination must be done via the Chirp's CMS in this link, there you can follow the development of the driver.


    Chirp is a CHIRP is a free, open-source tool for programming your amateur radio. It supports a large number of manufacturers and models, as well as provides a way to interface with multiple data sources and formats
    WD9GCO, AD0JA and AE7RZ like this.
  2. NA4IT

    NA4IT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Glad to see writers of software like this willing to continually help the ham community.

    Scanner users need software like this that is free.
  3. WB8VLC

    WB8VLC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Additionally; Chirp for the Motorola APX and XTS lines would be nice.
  4. AD0JA

    AD0JA Ham Member QRZ Page

    It would be nice, but the the XTS and APX radios are so advanced compared to Kenwood's, I think it would take too much time and effort.

    Kenwood commercial radios are very simple to program and it is probably very easy to make a driver for CHIRP.
  5. AD0JA

    AD0JA Ham Member QRZ Page

  6. NI4QM

    NI4QM Ham Member QRZ Page

    moto maxtrac too ??
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  7. N2MDA

    N2MDA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Funny, a word that used to describe a bad thing, chirp, is now a good thing. Technology marches on !
  8. KA9UCE

    KA9UCE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kenwwod version for the TK-280: KPG-49D.
    I have copies that can be modified, as well as codeplugs for the TK-280 radio, as I have one in daily use.
    I do not currently use CHIRP, so I have nothing to go by concerning this software, and do not work in software, only the RF engineering field.
    If interested, please Email me here: AECRADIO1@GMAIL.COM, or call/text: 480.828.1927
    I will b happy to assist you with your endeavors in any way I am able.
    73! Ernest, KA9UCE
  9. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    That will be the day of real news.
  10. W2JLD

    W2JLD Ham Member QRZ Page

    CHIRP has made it so easy to program your radios...i have several ht's that use chirp. Also have icom and yaesu which use their own software.
    I think one needs to program radio manually just in case . you might not have a computer in the field
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