BTECH PC03 FTDI Genuine USB Programming Cable for BTECH, BaoFeng, Kenwood, and AnyTone Radio
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- Genuine FTDI USB Programming Cable (Only Sold by BaoFengTech - insure BaoFengTech is your selected distributor to guarantee accuracy in receiving what is described)
- No Driver Issues - No old drivers needed - Plug and Play
- Unlike the common "clone" USB programming Cables available Amazon - These cables just work!
- Works with BaoFeng's Latest Radios: UV-5X3, BF-F8HP, and UV-82HP
- Helpful BaoFeng Guides and Programming Tips at Miklor.com
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Genuine FTDI Chipset - Works with the latest Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux Drivers
If you are tired of messing with the "counterfeit prolific chips" in the 'other' cables available on Amazon - this cable this is your answer. This cable works with the latest FTDI drivers
The drivers are also downloadable directly from http://baofengtech.com/pccable
Drivers are available which allow FTDI devices to work with the following operating systems: Windows, Max OSX, Linux, and Android
Works with the BaoFeng UV-5Rs, UV-82s, BF-F8HP, UV-5X3, UV-82HP and more!
Works with the BaoFeng and Kenwood portable radios requiring the 2-pin KPG-22 type connector.
Also works with other models of radios that use the same 2-pin configuration including: AnyTone, FDC, Linton, Puxing, Surecom, Weierwei, Wouxun, and Quansheng.
Q: Do I need to “back-date” or install a prolific driver?
A: NO – those procedures found online are for counterfeit cables. This cable will automatically install with the drivers on your computer.
Q: My computer did not automatically install the driver – now what?
A: Download the and update to the latest FTDI driver at: baofengtech.com/pccable or at anytonetech.com/anytone-usb-cable
Q: I need help using the software
A: Miklor.com is an excellent resource site for AnyTone and BaoFeng FAQs and Software questions.
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Long answer is that there are apparently other cables with chipsets that will never connect your computer and radio. After buying another cable and driver disk that cost a few bucks and several hours worth of frustration, I rolled the dice once more on this. No connection errors, no fruitless hunting for drivers, no trolling endless message boards.
DON'T buy the cheap one they contain a counterfeit chip this one has the built-in PROPER chip BaoFeng is a bear to program manually use the free CHIRP program you get online do some YouTube searches tutorials BEST programming video I found was hoshnasi he really helped me I'm brand new to HAM 1st time may be a challenge but if your programming more than 2-3 stations it will be way worth it
It was a great relief after messing around with cables that apparently had either old or counterfeit chips (which only lead to headaches). If you want plug-and-play get this cable, forget the others (except for SUNDELY which also worked) and download the CHIRP freeware from the web. 73
If you have, or plan to get more than one radio (and most of you will, especially for the CCR fans) it's just not worth the $13-14 you will save buying a Prolific knock-off cable. With those if you are lucky you might get one to work however unless you have a lot of free time and incredible patience it's just not worth it. Some things in life you get what you pay for and this is definitely one of those cases.
The jury is still out so far on the BTech 5X3 I just received yesterday. This cable not only works with that model but is recommended by the seller as the preferred cable for PC programming. It seems like a nice little compact 2M/1.25M/70cm rig but the one thing that still has me hesitant is the antenna situation. I already had the Baofeng A-V85 upgraded 2M/70cm as well as a legit Nagoya 702 2M/1.25M antennas prior to purchasing and the radio comes with 2 antennas to cover either 2M/70cm or 1.25M only. I don't know how well I will like having to routinely swap antennas since I use 1.25M often and after paying $65 for the radio I'm not too crazy about paying yet another $18 for the Nagoya tri-band antenna. I will post a more detailed review on that radio in the appropriate place after I get a chance to do some "real world" testing.
Anyways I hope this helps those of you trying to decide on a cable solution for your programming needs. If you see FTDI, it's a winner. If you see Prolific, don't just walk away, run while you still have your cash. BTech does charge a little bit more for their products however in return you get a US Warranty, US Tech Suport and if you for some reason need to exchange your radio depending on if you have Prime or not, you should have a replacement radio in your hands in under a week, not months like when you deal with "rock-bottom price sellers" that everything gets shipped on the "slow-boat" from China. Again, this is a case of getting what you pay for.
73 de KA4WXS
Radio: Baofeng bf-f8hp
Cord synced with my computer with no issues, using Chirp I was able to easily program my radio. Only issue I can think of that may interfere with programming is just choosing the correct port before trying to program your radio.
Before using I researched how to locate the appropriate port using the device manager on my computer. Checking this also made sure the appropriate software was installed before attempting programming.