Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Baofeng UV-5R: Alphatags 7 Characters via CHIRP

Timing is everything... Last night, I finally got around to updating the 7 Character Hack post with a Google Cache link to the missing instructions. So, what do I read this morning?

CHIRP will now do the heavy lifting for you and update the radio with 7 character alphatags. Daily builds are here.


  1. I hope it can program the WACCOM UV-5R as well.
    I was looking to see if someone knows about the differences between the two.
    I found this in google's cache, was posted on the BaofengElectronics facebook fan page:

    UV-5R Wacom or Baofeng differences.409 Shop wrote back to me and said the Wacom is 5 WATTS and Baofeng is 4/1 WATTS!!! April 2 at 2:56am ...

    Does anyone have more info about the differences between the two, power wise, firmware wise or any other?

    1. I've yet to see anyone with a Waccom.

    2. Interesting... Per 409

      409Shop Customer Service cs@409shop.net
      Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 8:19 AM
      Re: Waccom vx Baofeng UV-5r


      they are the same, just the brand name is different


      I sure would like to know what version I'm getting ~before~ I pull the trigger. ...

      guy itching to get his first radio

    3. I think that is pretty common - you could actually get a lot of these branded with any name/logo you wanted. You just need to go to the original manufacturer and order a large quantity!