Programming Chinese Handhelds
Baofeng, Wouxon, Etc.
It can be as easy as 1, 2, 3 . . . or your worst nightmare!
In this section of my web I will show others how easy it can be to program these cheap Chinese dual-band handhelds - once you are armed with the knowledge of "how to do it."
NOTE: If you need to program more than a few channels, do not even attempt to do it manually. Buy yourself a GOOD programming cable and use a good [free] programming software.
I personally struggled for a long time with this, then finally spent 3 full days solving the problem. Lessons learned from my real-life nightmare wll help you avoid trouble and do it right the first time.
DO NOT BUY A CHEAP "NO-NAME" PROGRAMMING CABLE ON EBAY!
MANY OF THEM DON'T WORK.
Although is possible to get these to work if you manage to find the right driver, for a few dollars more you can get an original Baofeng or Wouxun USB programming cable with the associated driver software. These work. Either one works with both companies' radios.
THE KEY TO SUCCESS:
Understand what you want to do before your start!
In order to keep it simple, I will divide the work into 3 parts, each with its own page:
- Preparation / includes creating a channel plan of what you will program into the radio
- Software Installation and Backup of Original Data
- Programming your Radio / (in 3 Steps)
I am not the author of the software program that I recommend here, nor am I an expert in programming software. The software and procedure I describe here was used successfully to program several Baofeng and Wouxon Radios, but . . . USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!