Yaesu FT-8800R Programming with CHIRP

Software and Cables

I used CHIRP version 0.4.1 which was downloaded from the CHIRP Website. I would recommend downloading the latest daily build available.

Not wanting to deal with counterfeit chips and the resulting driver problems, I purchased a cable from Valley Enterprises, and on insertion into a USB port my Windows 7 machine. The O/S downloaded the drivers from the Windows update server and installed the driver without any issues.

A search did not locate a how to guide online, and as It took me a little bit of time to figure out how to get Chirp and the FT-8800 to play nicely. I decided to document the process and post it for the benefit of others.

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17 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    Would like to know if it’s possible to have, using Chirp, to upload to 8800 showing the VFO frequency instead of the Call, Thanks, Chris

    • Jay Duthler says:

      Not that I am aware of, need to hold the “Low” key on the right or left side to toggle the mode. And depending on if you have changed the purposes of the P1 to P4 keys on the mic you can also use the P4 key to toggle between Freq and Name.

  2. Neil says:

    Followed your instructions to the letter and everything worked first time out! Thanks

  3. Darrrell Fevergeon KD6WWK says:

    Jay, Sure would appreciate your input. I have a new FT8800. Hooked up a new cable from “Valley “. It seemed to download the 2 frequencies I had manually input. Then, after repeated attempts, checks of cable, power off/on etc, I cannot get past “Clone Start” by pressing the set key. Just two quick chirps and nothing more.

    Any suggestions would be most appreciated!


    • admin says:

      So it worked once for you as you were able to download the two manually input freqs? Since that occurrence pressing the “set” button at the clone start screen results in a beep? Does the screen change and what button are you pressing?


      • Darrrell Fevergeon KD6WWK says:

        The screen stays at “CLONE START” Just two short beeps. When I hold set again, I sometimes get one longer beep. But, it refuses to go to “CLONE”.

  4. Darrrell Fevergeon KD6WWK says:

    Sorry, I was pressing the “set” button only.

    • admin says:


      I was probing to ensure that you are pressing the correct button, the set button is the one in the middle. I sold my 8800 several months back upgraded to a FTM400 so I am unable to attempt to reproduce your particular problem. If you are using the correct button I would give Yaesu customer service a ring.

      73, Jay

  5. Rick says:

    Thank You

  6. Gene Harmon K8GEH says:

    Can I use these same steps to program my 7900 with CHIRP?

    • admin says:


      I researched this a little and the 7900 is supported by Chirp. Looking at the manual for the radio it has a clone function which is leveraged by Chirp if you have the correct cable. One of the keys process items with Chirp is to clone from the radio as a first step as this is how Chirp learns what sort of radio is connected.

      Good Luck and 73, Jay

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