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Wouxun KG-805G Stopped RX-ing/TX-ing after using CHIRP.


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Wouxun KG-805G Stopped RX-ing/TX-ing after using CHIRP.

 

Hi everybody,

 

I received my Wouxun KG-805G three days ago from BuyTwoWayRadios.com. It is a great small radio. Sound quality is great. I downloaded and installed Wouxun factory software and programmed the radio. Everything was working fine.

 

Then yesterday, after reading multiple posts on this forum where some people said that they used CHIRP and 816 profile to program 805G, I tried to do that. After uploading file from CHIRP to 805G this happened:

 

  • All voice commands switched to Chinese language.
  • Radio stopped transmitting and receiving. Display shows that it transmits, but my GMRS-V1 doesn’t get any signal on the same channel. And when I transmit from V1, 805G does not get anything.

 

Then I used factory software and their default codeplug file to restore 805G, but it did not help.

 

I called BuyTwoWayRadios.com customer services and described everything. They said that this was problem between CHIRP and 805G, and that this was not warrantable.

 

I search Internet and found post from October 2020 in this thread:

 

https://forums.radioreference.com/threads/wouxun-kg-805g.414204/

 

Quote from that thread:

 

Update: turns out that the CHIRP read embeds certain defaults into the radio, including Chinese voice, 60 sec TOT and several other things. I tried unprogramming and reprogramming the radio without success and I can't get it to stop doing these things, so for the moment, DO NOT use CHIRP to program the radio. Sorry I posted this and hopefully people will see this before they try it. Just wanted to make sure folks were forewarned and I apologize for not discovering and posting the problem earlier.

 

It looks like I am stuck with $80 brick.

 

Any suggestion appreciated.

 

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MozartMan, this happen to me over the Christmas holiday and could not get help from BTWR as they where closed...  So being an computer guy, I just took the saved CHIRP file I made before making any changes...  It fixed it and then reprogramed and all is working... Send me a PM with you email address and I will send you a virgin factory CHIRP config file for you to upload (send) to your 805G...  

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One thought that comes to mind (if you haven't already) is to set the display to show frequencies instead of channel names...I'm curious if it may have carried in the frequencies incorrect, hence no receive.

 

Also, have you looked into the factory reset suggested in that radio reference thread? (Haven't needed to do it, so not sure what it entails...)

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One thought that comes to mind (if you haven't already) is to set the display to show frequencies instead of channel names...I'm curious if it may have carried in the frequencies incorrect, hence no receive.

 

I just tried that. Frequencies are correct.

 

Also, have you looked into the factory reset suggested in that radio reference thread? (Haven't needed to do it, so not sure what it entails...)

 

There is no factory reset in the menu of 805G radio like BTECH GMRS-V1 has.

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I just tried that. Frequencies are correct.

 

 

There is no factory reset in the menu of 805G radio like BTECH GMRS-V1 has.

Chirp does not officially support the KG-805G yet (to the best of my knowledge). While you may have luck with it, you may also brick it. Best bet is to start fresh using the factory software that is free from BTWR website. Load in the standard code plug (without any changes) that is also available from the BTWR website. Then, if loading the standard plug back into the radio does not solve your problem, you are likely looking at buying a new radio.

 

 

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You likely wont be the last to do this mistake.   This forum truly is a great resource!!   If it hasn't been done yet, maybe even let BTWR know their is a solution or at least let them know how to direct their customers to a solution.   I can appreciate they don't want to get involved in distributing non OEM software but it would really help BTWR save some face if they could offer a solution.

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So, the moral of my story:

 

DO NOT USE CHIRP for Wouxun KG-805G with 816 profile because it is very easy to brick your 805G radio.

 

CHIRP does not have 805G profile, and with 816 profile it does not support global settings.

 

Factory Wouxun software for 805G looks like from Windows 95 era, but at least it works without problems.

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BuyTwoWayRadios, as the sole importer, would do well to either work with Chirp and/or RT Systems to get official software support for all the GMRS radios they are selling. The Wouxun software works, but is so elementary and feels like it was written in the 80s or 90s, and not even on par with Windows 95 software IMO.

 

 

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Hi Everyone... Exact same issue here.  I'm hoping Jack can help me out..! 
 

That is the risk one takes when using a different model in Chirp to program a radio. Doing so can result in irreversible bricking of a radio.

Go to the BTWR website and download the factory code plug.
https://www.buytwowayradios.com/wouxun-kg-805g.html
Look for it under the Download tab. Upload that code plug using the factory software. That should fix it. If not, reach out to MACJACK. I believe he has a code plug that may get you operational again.


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