September 16, 2015
by: Conrad Nerdahl – WA6KUE
Windows 10, Baofeng, and Chirp
The Windows 10 installation/upgrade includes a newer version of the Prolific USB-Serial driver. This is the interface driver software that translates many USB to Radio adapters via a Com-Port (for lack of a more complex explanation).
There is one problem. The newer drivers create a false positive on the serial interface and throw the radio into a transmit mode upon connection to the PC. This prevents any updates to the radio using Chirp software and forces your radio into an uncontrolled (undesired) transmit state.