So I got my Baofeng UV-5R in the mail yesterday with some antennas, a speaker mic and a USB programming cable (which I’ll upload photos of later). I think the programming cable I picked up on eBay is probably counterfeit though, as it was
*not* plug and play with my Mac. I tried some drivers and some obscure command line mumbo jumbo, but I don’t want to spend 20 hours getting a $10 cable to work. I hear a lot of these cheapo cables work fine on Linux, but I’m not on Linux and I’m not going to start using it just so I can program my radio in CHIRP. I want an easy solution. So, sadly, I ordered another cable marked FTDi from Amazon.ca. FTDi chipset is supposed to be the “authentic” one, plug and play. But I’ll believe it when I see it.
My advice to new Baofeng buyers (at least on Mac): make sure a “real” cable. This is tricky, because even the fake ones are marked Baofeng. But if you don’t see any part number listed on your purchase, there’s a good chance it’s a fake. Consider yourself warned.