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RepeaterBook has offered CHIRP support since 2011. RepeaterBook offers importing from within the CHIRP program directly from Repeaterbook.com or by exporting from Repeaterbook.com and manually importing to CHIRP.

Importing from within CHIRP is extremely easy, but the search options are somewhat limited. More customized searches can be completed within Repeaterbook.com and transferred to CHIRP.

Importing from Within CHIRP

Steps:

  1. Download the latest build from the CHIRP website
  2. Install and launch CHIRP
  3. From the menu at the top of the screen, select Radio » Query data source » RepeaterBook
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  4. Select the parameters you would like to download
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  5. A list of all the repeaters downloaded will be shown in an edit box where you can select and modify the repeaters you want.

Exporting from Repeaterbook.com

From nearly any search from within, RepeaterBook is an export menu item. You must be logged in to have access to it.

  1. Conduct a repeater search from within Repeaterbook.com
  2. From the export menu, choose CHIRP. A .csv file will open
  3. Choose a location to save it to your computer
  4. Launch CHIRP
  5. Open a previously save memory file from CHIRP or conduct a “Download from Radio” from the Radio menu
  6. Select Import from the File menu (this will be grayed out of you skipped step 5
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  7. A list of all the repeaters downloaded will be shown in an edit box where you can select and modify the repeaters you want.

Exporting Web Searches

More customized searches can be produced from the RepeaterBook Website than from within the CHIRP software. Many of these search queries can be exported to a format suitable for importing into the CHIRP software.

Supported Searches

Search Page North America Rest of World
Callsign Operational Testing
Favorites Operational
Feature Operational Testing
Keyword Operational Operational
Location Operational Testing
Multi-County Operational
Multi-State Operational
Proximity Operational Testing
Quick Operational Testing
Nationwide In Development
Special Modes Operational Testing
Travel Operational

Export Notes

Many users have noticed there is sometimes a discrepancy between the number of rows shown on the website versus what is actually exported. This is caused by the export working to remove any repeaters that operate in modes that are not supported by the radio, such as DMR.

Troubleshooting

  • CHIRP cannot read an open file. CHIRP files exported from RepeaterBook may open on your computer when the download is complete. Take a look at the data and massage it as needed, but be sure to close it before attempting to import it into CHIRP. If not, you will get an error about no memory channels found.

Tips and Tricks

Selecting Memory Channel Stare Location

You can import data into CHIRP multiple times without overwriting the previous data. This is done by selecting the memory channel to start the import at. After selecting the file to be imported, select the first memory channel location, and enter in the memory channel to start at.

This process allows multiple custom lists to be exported from RepeaterBook that can be pieced together within CHIRP to make a single memory channel file.

Save the Image

When you are done importing and massaging the memory channel information, perform a final save of your data by selecting File » Save As. The default is a *.img file. Whenever you make any major changes to the file, you should save the new file with today's date and start an archive folder. That way, you can always roll back your memory channels as needed. You can also create another custom configuration based on your master configuration for other needs. Just be sure to save them in a manner that is meaningful to you so you know what they are for later.

Developer Notes

  • CHIRP will not accept the 1750 Hz tone burst in the PL field.
  • CHIRP is limited to 1000 repeaters on import. All exports from RepeaterBook are thus limited.
  • CHIRP automatically sets all power outputs to a minimum.
chirp.txt · Last modified: 2021/04/02 12:05 by kd6kpc