• How to install and use CHIRP for radio programming

    04/01/2021 at 06:34 0 comments

    I bought a Baofeng BF-T1 radio and needed to write the channel configurations into it, so I googled a bit and found out that it can be done with CHIRP but I could not find an easy way to install it without littering the operating system's Python.

    After checking CHIRP's requirements and dependencies I figured out a way to install it into a virtual environment without a single sudo ;)

    Of course there are some preconditions, you need to have wget, xarchiver, python2.7, pip2.7 and virtualenv already installed and a permission for /dev/ttyUSBx devices or belong to dialout group, below is the script: (should work for debian / ubuntu but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY)

    # I hope that this will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY;
    # Copy this into a file install_chirp.sh and call it in the current bash session
    # by typing: . install_chirp.sh
    # this will create a new dir called "chirp" and will setup chirp for you
    mkdir chirp && cd "$_"
    # grab the latest CHIRP tarball (chirp*.tar.gz)
    wget -e robots=off -r -npd -A tar.gz https://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/LATEST/
    # download the packages
    wget http://ftp.br.debian.org/debian/pool/main/p/pygobject-2/python-gobject-2_2.28.6-13+b1_amd64.deb
    wget http://ftp.br.debian.org/debian/pool/main/p/pygtk/python-gtk2_2.24.0-5.1+b1_amd64.deb
    wget ftp://xmlsoft.org/libxml2/libxml2-python-2.9.4-1.fc23.x86_64.rpm
    # create virtual environment, activate it
    # & install requirements with pip (this
    # will install into the virtual env.
    # -> .pyenv/lib/python2.7/site-packages)
    virtualenv --python=python2 .pyenv
    source .pyenv/bin/activate
    pip install pyserial pycairo
    # extract the downloaded packages and copy them
    # into the virtual environment
    xarchiver -x . libxml2-python-2.9.4-1.fc23.x86_64.rpm
    cp -r usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/* .pyenv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/
    rm -r usr/
    xarchiver -x . python-gobject-2_2.28.6-13+b1_amd64.deb
    tar -Jxf data.tar.xz
    rm -r data.tar.xz control.tar.xz
    cp -r usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/* .pyenv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/
    rm -r usr/
    xarchiver -x . python-gtk2_2.24.0-5.1+b1_amd64.deb
    tar -Jxf data.tar.xz
    rm -r data.tar.xz control.tar.xz
    cp -r usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtk-2.0/* .pyenv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/
    rm -r usr/
    # finally install chirp into the virtual environment
    pip install chirp*.tar.gz
    ln -s .pyenv/bin/chirpw
    sed -i '1i#!'`pwd`'/.pyenv/bin/python' chirpw
    echo 'Now you can run "./chirpw" from '`pwd`

    Now you can start chirp by running ./chirpw

    Here I found how to make a cable for programming my BF-T1:

    Connect the radio to the PC through a FTDI board.

    Here is a video how to install and start chirp with BF-T1:

    #baofeng #bf-t1 #bft1 #BF-T1 #BFT1 #chirp #CHIRP #python2.7