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How to program KG-UV9G PRO GMRS Two-Way Radio & SHTF Scanner (KG-UV9G-LITE)


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Hi there,

This is my first time owning any GMRS radio and I have decided to go with a KG-UV9g Pro (Lite) but the only problem I have is how do I program it. I have googled, YouTube and looked all over the internet and nothing came up. I am new to this radio stuff. I am planning a hiking/camping trips with some friends and would like to know how to program it so I can use it to contact park rangers for emergencies etc. Any help would be appreciated.

 

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19 minutes ago, MozartMan said:

jacobkong,

How were you able to buy LITE version? When I go to BSR website I can only see PRO version.

Regarding programming - did you get cable and programming software?

On the product page for the "Pro" model, there is a drop-down selection that allows you to choose the "lite" version. It's just below the downloads box (at least that's where it is on my browser). It's the bottom box in the attached image. Select the drop-down, and you should find it there.

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1 hour ago, WyoJoe said:

On the product page for the "Pro" model, there is a drop-down selection that allows you to choose the "lite" version. It's just below the downloads box (at least that's where it is on my browser). It's the bottom box in the attached image. Select the drop-down, and you should find it there.

Thank you WyoJoe.

Just ordered LITE version. It was in stock.

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How were you able to buy LITE version? When I go to BSR website I can only see PRO version.

Regarding programming - did you get cable and programming software?

 

No, I don't have the cable and the cable is on backorder. I need to learn how to do it manually and etc.  I read the manual and it doesn't tell me how to do it.

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20 minutes ago, jacobkong said:

How were you able to buy LITE version? When I go to BSR website I can only see PRO version.

Regarding programming - did you get cable and programming software?

 

No, I don't have the cable and the cable is on backorder. I need to learn how to do it manually and etc.  I read the manual and it doesn't tell me how to do it.

It uses a standard Kenwood/Baofeng type cable. There is no need for a special cable unless you have software issues that requires it. As for the software, I was able to download the current programming using the KG-UV9D Plus profile on Chirp. I haven't tried to write back to the radio yet, but being able to read from it gives me hope that it'll work.

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Go to Frequency Mode (Press and hold TDR/VM button multiple times until you are in Frequency Mode)

Enter desired frequency to store

Use Menu 30 to store frequency to desired channel number (see page 17 of manual)

For example, here are the button presses (separated by ">") to store the frequency you have selected above to channel 995:

Menu > 3 > 0 > Menu > 9 > 9 > 5  > Menu > Exit

You can edit/change the name of the channel using Menu 29 (see page 17 of manual)

 

Rob

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On 5/30/2021 at 7:07 PM, WyoJoe said:

As for the software, I was able to download the current programming using the KG-UV9D Plus profile on Chirp. I haven't tried to write back to the radio yet, but being able to read from it gives me hope that it'll work.

I received my KG-UV9G today. I did the same thing with CHIRP using the KG-UV9D Plus profile and it worked. But I did not write back to the radio, did not want to brick it like I did with 805G.

Then I installed KG-UV9G software 64-bit. But it was crashing when I tried to perform any function. Then I uninstalled it and installed KG-UV9G software 32 bit and it works on Windows 10 64 bit.

PS

Just downloaded from the radio to software. Edited few settings. Wrote back to the radio. It worked.

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On 6/9/2021 at 3:22 PM, jacobkong said:

Thanks for the information everyone. it was really helpful for a new guy like me. :) Yeah my cable is on its way, so hopefully I don't run to any more problems. lol 

You’ll be glad you got the cable.  Sooo much easier to program that way instead of via the keypad. 

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I was able to program frequencies with Chirp using the KG UV9D profile. (Very handy if you already have channel arrangements you like as image or csv exports)
Then I did the rest of the tweaking of radio with the free software from Wouxun. Used a standard 2 prong FTDI cable I already had for Kenwoods/Baofengs.
With that combo I think I was able to do all the programming I need. I took heart that I would not brick the radio  with these words " the 9G will accept any program from the UV9D Plus or 9P (but with Tx locked to GMRS)." from BSR

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On 7/24/2021 at 6:27 AM, SEIGLER001 said:

... Used a standard 2 prong FTDI cable I already had for Kenwoods/Baofengs...

The key phrase here is "FTDI" which is a chip, manufactured by Prolific, inside the head of the USB portion of the cable, that converts serial signals from the HT to USB for the computer to use.

Miklor describes the current situation of many "Baofeng" cables having counterfeit FTDI chips inside them and how to deal with this problem.

Spoiler alert: buy a $22 cable with the genuine Prolific FTDI chip inside or be prepared to spend some time figuring out which driver will work on your cable with its counterfeit chip!

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3 hours ago, MichaelLAX said:

Spoiler alert: buy a $22 cable with the genuine Prolific FTDI chip inside or be prepared to spend some time figuring out which driver will work on your cable with its counterfeit chip!

Before I fully understood this, I bought an $8 cable. Under Windows 10, wouldn't work and I did not know which driver to use. After poking around, was able to identify it as coming from Qinheng and found its driver. However, I would recommend getting the real thing.

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5 hours ago, MichaelLAX said:

The key phrase here is "FTDI" which is a chip, manufactured by Prolific, inside the head of the USB portion of the cable, that converts serial signals from the HT to USB for the computer to use.

Miklor describes the current situation of many "Baofeng" cables having counterfeit FTDI chips inside them and how to deal with this problem.

Spoiler alert: buy a $22 cable with the genuine Prolific FTDI chip inside or be prepared to spend some time figuring out which driver will work on your cable with its counterfeit chip!

FTDI and Prolific are two different companies. Prolific's popular PL-2303 chip was cloned by no-name Chinese manufactures and sold as genuine in huge amounts, that made Prolific to end-of-life this chip 10 years ago and disable counterfeit chips via Windows driver.

You actually want FTDI chipset in the cable to avoid silly games with Windows drivers. They are more expensive, but they work out of the box. Vast majority of Prolific 2303 chips on the market today are fake. Or buy from proven trusted vendor, like bluemax49s, who uses genuine Prolific chips in his cables. He also exchanges Prolific cables should not they work for your application.

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5 hours ago, MichaelLAX said:

The key phrase here is "FTDI" which is a chip, manufactured by Prolific, inside the head of the USB portion of the cable, that converts serial signals from the HT to USB for the computer to use.

Actually, FTDI and Prolific are totally different in how they implement the USB to UART function.  FTDI chips have a unique id which allows them to always create the same COMnn irrespective of which USB one chooses to use. Axorlov has already covered the Prolific foibles.

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24 minutes ago, axorlov said:

FTDI and Prolific are two different companies...

You actually want FTDI chipset in the cable to avoid silly games with Windows drivers...

Sorry for the confusion. 
 

I avoid Windows in favor of my Mac, but some applications, like Chinese Codeplug Programming  Software requires Windows (for which I use XP in Parallels successfully). 

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