How to Use CHIRP to IMPORT Previous Frequencies
An Article Describing how to use CHIRP to easily copy frequencies from two different radio types.
CHIRP Programming Software - OSX, Linux, Windows
CHIRP software has many features, some of which are not available using the BaoFeng factory software, such as:
Uses the familiar RX frequency and ± Offset for repeaters
Allows 7 Character Alpha Tags (was only 6)
Upper & Lower Band Limits for TX on VHF & UHF
TX Inhibit for Scanner Only frequencies
Remembers the COM port setting between sessions
Remembers the last folder loaded from or saved to between sessions Supports serial ports up to COM256
Displays the actual Firmware release on the BaoFeng Radio
CHIRP Guides and Helpful Resources:
CHIRP is supported on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8.1/10
Windows XP users may need to follow the instructions here if you have trouble starting CHIRP.
MAC OSX TIPS:
MacOS users must install the KK7DS Python runtime before the application will execute. This only needs to be installed once.
OS X support is limited to Intel architecture. PowerPC is not supported.
Chirp.app is unsigned. With default security settings, you will need a special procedure to run it: Application Security in 10.9.
More useful tidbits can be found at MacOS Tips.
Most modern distributions should have almost everything required to run chirp. Make sure you have python-serial and python-libxml2 packages installed. For more information about using CHIRP under Linux, see the Running Under Linux page
OEM VIP Software - Windows Only
Mac OSX and Linux users are recommended to use a Virtual Machine to run the VIP Windows programming software.
For easier initial frequency programming, copy and paste, and importing frequency files from previous radios - you may want to consider using the CHIRP Programming Software found above.