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CHIRP � A first look

Apr 23, 2010, 14:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Lane)

"If you own an ICOM D-STAR radio, you know how hard it is to program through the faceplate. And if you are a Linux user, you know that your options are either use the faceplate or borrow a Windows machine (or fire up a VM) and plunk down $60 for the software and cable to program them with. Until now that is. Enter CHIRP.

"CHIRP is a cross-platform, cross-radio programming tool specifically focusing on ICOM D-STAR radios, although there seems to be nothing preventing you from using it with non-D-STAR rigs. This is new software (currently at version 0.1.9), so let's look at the highlights.

"The single biggest plus of this software is that it runs on Linux. This might make it unique in the realms of radio software. I am still seeking programming software for any radio that runs on Linux, so the fact that CHIRP does is a major feather in its cap. It is also cross platform, currently supporting Windows with Mac coming soon. This is a huge plus, especially for those of us in Emergency Communications."

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