Chirp with the Yaesu FT-1XD under OS X

I picked up a Yaesu FT-1XD at Ham Radio Outlet in Anaheim, and was having some trouble getting it to work with Chirp under OSX. These notes are mainly for my future self, or anyone Googling for information.

The FT-1XD includes the SCU-19 programming cable, which is just a Prolific PL2303 USB to serial adapter. Yeasu doesn’t provide an OSX driver, but you can get one from Prolific.

Here are the steps to get it running:

  1. Download the PL2303 driver from Prolific.
  2. Download the Python runtime and the latest daily build of Chirp here.
  3. Install the PL2303 driver and restart
  4. Install the Python runtime
  5. Run Chirp
  6. That’s it!