One of the most frustrating things to deal with as a radio operator is having a different programming software for each radio you use. Not only do you have to learn how each one wants to do things, but sometimes you have to deal with really bad Chinese to English translations. And in some cases you just have to deal with crappy software. Plus most software requires you to run Windows.
Luckily, there is a nice Open Source alternative called CHIRP. It supports a bunch of different radios from a variety of radio makers. If you go to the CHIRP homepage, you will get a current list. They are adding rad