[ Don't have a UV-3R yet? Get one here. ]
UPDATE 11-12-12: A new version (1.10) has been released under the UV-X4 model. It adds the ability to update the FM Broadcast memories via the software.With the release of the new Baofeng UV-3R Mark II, the original software has also been updated. (You still have the option of using CHIRP.) And, as usual, Julian is ahead of the curve with his post about the updated software.
To use the software, you will need a few obvious items - the UV-3R (Amazon), the free software, and a programming cable. Download the software here for version 1.09. You can order the programming cable or build one. If you don't have a radio, then you can order one here, there, and yonder.
Before walking through the install, here are some trouble-shooting tips to keep in mind.
- Make sure the first memory location is populated. It will cause errors if it is left blank.
- Always read from the radio first and save the file as backup. It is nice to have a known good config. This practice does assume you can read from the radio without writing first.
- As you may have gathered from the lines just above, sometimes you must write a file to the radio first. An example of this situation is when you get an NKT_3R.EXE Error Signature.
- Likewise, if you get both rows on the display showing DDD.D25 then try adding some frequencies via the software and write to the radio.
- Make sure your cable is good.
- Confirm in Device Manager that the USB driver installed correctly.
- Verify that the COM Port used by the USB device matches what you have configured in the software - see screen shots below.
- Set the baud rate to 1200 if you have inconsistent results using the software.
Also, you should note that the old software created ".dat" files. The new software creates ".3R" files. You cannot simply rename a ".dat" to ".3R". However, you can open the new ".3R" files in the old software.
The install process is fairly simple.
I plugged the USB cable into the radio and then into my computer. I turned on the radio and Windows 7 installed the Prolific appropriate driver. In this case, it is using COM8.
As I mentioned in the trouble-shooting, you may need to change the baud rate to 1200. Right-click the device and select Properties. You can change the baud rate (Bits per second) using the drop-down box.
Now that we know the USB driver is installed correctly and which port it is using, we can start installing the software. Double-click the file you downloaded (extracting it from the compressed file if needed - if you need something to open .RAR files, try 7-zip.) Click Next.
If you are okay with the default install location, click Next. Otherwise, use the Browse button to change the location.
Click next to use the default name for the Program Folder that will be visible under your Program Files.
Confirm your settings and click Next.
Once the file copies are complete, click Finish.
You get one more screen showing the version. Click OK to complete the install.
To launch the application, double-click the short-cut it created.
Click Settings the Communication Port to make sure your configuration matches the COM Port the USB device is actually using and then you are off to the races!