Product Review: Bluetooth Baofeng Programmer.

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K4RZM, Jun 20, 2021.

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  1. K4RZM

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    It took a bit to get this little gadget to work, but once I found workarounds for the glitches I was able to clone one Baofeng to another in about a minute.
    The main glitch was that the app would crash if it does not see both a TX and RX frequency. I had some weather channels on the unit I was cloning, that did not have TX frequencies, which caused the app to fail. Once I stuck 146.52 into the TX fields it worked like a charm.
    This programmer sells on Amazon for about $13 and is made by TidRadio.

    I'm pretty new to the whole Ham/YouTube world, so any comments or criticism is welcome.
     
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  2. KK9W

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    $13? That's more than the radio is worth!:cool: I kid, but the capability is neat! Would be nice to be able to do with some of my mobiles and hand helds. Good job.
     
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  3. GETOFFMYLAWN

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    Is this basically a bluetooth to serial adapater and a repackaged version of Chirp?
     
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  4. K4RZM

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    Yes its basically a Bluetooth Serial Adapter, and No, its nothing like Chirp.
    The apps programming interface is not awesome.
    I had already programmed the Baofengs with Chirp, then used this device to clone the channels and settings to a freshly factory reset Baofeng.
     
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  5. N1IPU

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    Sometimes we go down paths that make no sense at all.
     
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  6. N8HCS

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    I cant find this thing on amazon
     
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  7. K4RZM

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    It sold out at its original listing and Tidradio has just created a new listing for the product that will be 'in stock soon'.
    Basically there were issues with the programing app when it first came out, so to rid themselves of the negative reviews they re-released the product.
    The current product link is: https://amzn.to/2SnSW5D
     
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  8. K2HJ

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    I cannot locate the Odmaster android app on the Google Play store - has the name been changed?
     
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  9. K4RZM

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    I just checked and it's not coming up for me either.
    The version I have on my phone is still the same name.
    Maybe they are pushing an update?
    I messaged my contact at Tidradio to see whats going on.
     
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  10. K4RZM

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    I received the following reply from Tidradio:

    TIDRADIO sent Yesterday at 10:38 PM
    Sorry, there is a problem with our App, it is under repair. You can download it through this link.
    bit.ly/Odmasterdownload
     
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