CHIRP is a free, open-source tool for programming your amateur radio. It supports a large number of manufacturers and models, as well as provides a way to interface with multiple data sources and formats.
This is super quick and easy if you’re running a reasonably new version of Ubuntu. Simply run the following in a terminal:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:dansmith/chirp-snapshots sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install chirp-daily
Look for CHIRP under your distribution’s applications menu.
Serial port permissions
Note that you may need to adjust permissions on the /dev/tty(something) device, or add your users who want to use Chirp to the “dialout” group in order to let non-privileged users access the serial device.
This issue is often indicated by an “access denied” error when accessing serial port.
On Ubuntu, for example, this is accomplished with:
sudo usermod -aG dialout (username) Home the Chirp project page