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    I am new here, and I just got my baofeng uv5r in the mail, I think the cable is a "fake" i'm not sure, I got it off amazon and it had like a 4 star, anyway what it does is, the green light comes on, on the uv5r, but then the error message pops up saying, Radio refused to send block 0x0000, and the radio restarts, I have tried almost everything, I know for a fact the cable is in tightly. I have been working on this for about 4 hours now, all help is appreciated!

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    The miklor website is your best friend for a Baofeng... For errors, check here: http://www.miklor.com/COM/UV_ErrorMess.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by screwballl View Post
    The miklor website is your best friend for a Baofeng... For errors, check here: http://www.miklor.com/COM/UV_ErrorMess.php
    Thank you! I think it's just the radio though, or the cable, this is the exact error I got after using the code, Radio refused to send block 0x1ec0, https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...s/topics/48123

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    I sometimes have an error as well, I have found it only works when connected in a certain sequence.

    1 - Turn radio on
    2 - Switch to clear channel
    3 - Connect cord to radio
    4 - connect cord to computer

    Any other sequence I get an error

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC1DDH View Post
    I sometimes have an error as well, I have found it only works when connected in a certain sequence.

    1 - Turn radio on
    2 - Switch to clear channel
    3 - Connect cord to radio
    4 - connect cord to computer

    Any other sequence I get an error

    Thanks for your response! Unfortunately I think it's the cable or the radio, I will be returning them, hopefully they will work , I will also remember this for future reference!!

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    Does the green light come on shortly after you plug in the cable or not until after after you try to start the transfer?
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    When the cable is plugged in the lights may blink a little but mostly remain off.
    When the radio receives data, it goes green like you were receiving a signal. Then when you upload from the radio to the computer, it mimics the transmission so the light goes orange.

    When I first got mine, the cable would do weird things. Then I figured out you had to DOWNGRADE the driver on your PC to a previous version - all detailed on Miklor.com. After downgrading, I had no issues. But, out of fear that the radio is actually transmitting, I put on my old inefficient rubber ducky antenna and tune to a frequency (not a repeater) that I've verified is not in use.
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    Mine transmits. I put the radio on a WX channel because I have transmit disabled on those.


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    One caveat for CHIRP: always download an image from the radio and save it. Then edit a copy of that to add your programming, and upload from that new copied image.

    Even within the same model (UV-5R) I've seen some odd errors because the firmware versions are different.

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    Kevint,

    I have 4 of those radios, and a USB cable I bought off Amazon. These are cheap Chinese radios so just be aware of the manufacturing process and that you pay for what you get. With that said these are great little radios for $30. I had to exchange 3 of these as I found out a week after buying them that the headphone portion of the jack didn't interface well. I figured this out after buying some headsets and testing them on all my radios. With the connector plugged completely in I still had to apply pressure to the upper portion of the connector in order to get good audio from it. Only one of the 4 had a clean connection. First thing I did with the ones I got back was test it, and they all passed.

    - A couple things you might want to try is plugging in the USB with the radio off, then turning it on.
    - You should do a download from the radio first, then update the channels in that tab, then upload to the radio.
    - Now if you are still getting that error, which to me looks like a memory access issue, apply some pressure to the connector and attempt upload again.
    - Ultimately, you will want to return/exchange for a new radio that works without any issue, but if you still have it, try my suggestions as an experiment just to see, and let us know what you get.

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    I had a similar problem with the programming cable I got from eBay. For the sake of 5 I ordered a Baofeng part and it works 100% of the time. Looking at the 2, there does seem to be slight differences in length of connectors and diameter which will cause problems.

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    I had a similar issue earlier tonight. I had to try several combos of turning the radio off, plugging in the USB cable, turning the radioonand pushing against the input jacks in the radios ports before my PC finally registered my UV-5R as a generic USB device. These radios can be finnicky like that, but definitely make sure you save a copy of your channels list anytime you're about to modify it. That way if you screw something up, you can revert to the previous list and try again. Best of luck to you. I'm very new to this and have so much to learn myself.

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    I didn’t know they made fake cables for fake radios. I mean c’mon gimme a break
    The original is a Prolific chip that will have issues with some versions of Windows, and should work with any recent Mac.

    Radio refused to send block “blah” sounds more to me like radio didn’t respond because it never received a message in the first place.
    Can you actually open the Com port in other terminal software?
    The Baofeng cable is a USB serial converter like any other, and is recognised and useable with any terminal program so long as the driver is ok.
    I did have to get online to find a Prolific driver other than supplied with the UV5R CD to get the cable working.

    Once it was working Chirp was fine on both desktop platforms, but I had to also find an updated
    version of the Baofeng interface software other than on the CD for that to work.

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    Nice, I've had a number of fake conversations on the fake channels I've programmed with the fake cables in the fake radios

    I have 4, a download from 1 won't upload to the other 3, nor vice versa, but the 3 will upload and download fine to each other

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke View Post
    I am new here, and I just got my baofeng uv5r in the mail, I think the cable is a "fake" i'm not sure, I got it off amazon and it had like a 4 star, anyway what it does is, the green light comes on, on the uv5r, but then the error message pops up saying, Radio refused to send block 0x0000, and the radio restarts, I have tried almost everything, I know for a fact the cable is in tightly. I have been working on this for about 4 hours now, all help is appreciated!
    Here is the one you need...BTECH PC03 FTDI Genuine USB Programming Cable for BTECH, BaoFeng, Kenwood, and AnyTone Radio....on Amazon. This is the real McCoy!!

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