The Quansheng TG-UV2 is a great handheld radio for amateur radio use. The only down-side is that it can be a little tricky to set up. Programming in things such as the Repeater settings on the radio itself can be a little tricky (See our page Setting up the Quansheng TG-UV2 for GB3DA Danbury Repeater)
If you own one of these radios and want to program it – forget faffing around with the buttons on the front of the radio, and set it up from the PC. It’s much easier, and gives you greater control.
What you’ll need
- A PC with a USB port. We tested on a Windows XP machine
- A Kenwood Programming lead (Buy one on eBay: Kenwood USB Programming Lead on eBay)
I ordered a Kenwood programming lead for £5 from Hong Kong – much cheaper than buying from a UK ham radio retailer. It took around 10 days to be delivered. Mine was supplied with software on a mini-CD
Installing the programming software
The software is a bit rough-and-ready, and it’s also in Chinese by default. The software we were supplied with is called Quansheng Radio Programming Software for TG-UV-D1.4
At the time of writing, software for programming the TG-UV2 is available for download from the following sites:
- http://www.409shop.com/shop_displaynews.php?id=292 (TG-UV2 software needs a RAR extractor, such as Frog)
- http://en.qsfj.com/support/ - The official Quansheng site
(TG-UV2 software may need to be extracted after being download – Use a RAR extractor, such as Frog)
Install the software before connecting the programming lead to the computer.
Some people have reported a problem installing the TG-UV2 software. The “gotcha” is that for some, the filename includes Chinese characters (showing as squares). Rename the file if necessary to TG-UV.exe , then run it.
When you first run the program, you’ll note it’s all in Chinese, save for one word on the menu: “English”. Press this, and it should switch language.
Connecting the radio to the PC
With the programming software installed, now connect the programming lead to the PC. The lead is a Serial-to-USB converter, and the PC should now install the drivers.
At this point, my PC complained that it missing a file. It was trying to install the “Prolific USB-to-Serial” driver, and missing the file ser2pl.sys . In the end, I downloaded this sys file from www.floridaprobe.com/usb_install.htm, copied it into c:\windows\system32\drivers, and then completed the installation.
When researching this article, I also found drivers for 64-bit operating systems here: www.radiogearpro.com/download/USB_Drivers_64_bit_4.2.0.zip
The next tricky bit was getting the software to talk to the radio. The Quensheng software only supports COM ports 1 to 4, so you need to get the PC to use one of these ports.
To do this in Windows XP, go to Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager and look under “Ports”
Find “Prolific USB-to-Serial”. Right-click this, select Properties. Select the Port Settings tab, and press Advanced.
With the PC set to use the lead on COM1, COM2, COM3 or COM4, go into the Quansheng software, go into the Set menu and change the COM port to match the one you set in Device Manager.
Now, you should be able to connect the radio to the PC using the programming lead. Under the Program menu, there is the option to read from, or write to, the Quansheng.
Programming the Quansheng TG-UV2
The hard part is over. Once the radio and PC can talk, setting up presets is pretty self-explanatory. Here is a screenshot of the software configured for some of the repeaters that can be heard in SE England:
The fields available are:
- No: The memory number
- RX Fre: The Receive frequency
- TX Fre: The Transmit frequency. 2 metre repeaters are normally 600KHz lower.
- QT/DQT Decode: The receive CTCSS/DCS code (ignore for repeaters)
- QT/DQT Encode: The transmit CTCSS/DCS code (needed for repeaters)
- Step: Frequency Step in KHz
- Reverse: On/Off switches TX and RX frequencies
- TX Power: High=5w, Medium: 2.5W, Low=1w
- Scramble: Voice scramble feature
- W/N: Wide or narrow band
- Freq: VHF or UHF
- Name: 6 character name for each preset
- Scan Add:Include in preset scan
When you have set up your presets, use the Program > Write Data to InterPhone to send the new memories to the radio. There’s no need to set anything on the radio when transferring.
Quansheng Essex Repeaters Data File
If it’s of any help, I’ve created a file containing some of the common repeaters that can be opened in Essex. Download the Quansheng TG-UV2 Essex Repeaters Settings – This is a 15k DAT file
CTCSS Tones: Steven asked us if it’s possible to programme the CTCSS tone of 131.8, as that’s the tone used by his local repeater.
We checked, and there’s no problem programming that CTCSS tone from the Quansheng PC software. Here’s a screenshot:
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