TIDRADIO TD-H6 Dual-Band Radio Instruction Manual

TIDRADIO TD-H6 Dual-Band Radio Instruction Manual

TIDRADIO TD-H6 Programming Guide


TIDRADIO TD-H6 is a dual-band (VHF, UHF) versatile amateur radio. It offers 128 channels, you can add or remove channels from scanning list and givechannels alphanumeric names via programming with a computer. With the enhanced capabilities of the TD-H6 radio, this Programming Guide will help you get a quick start to program the radio. *If you have any problem with the TD-H6 radio using or programming, please don’t hesitate to contact us via support: walkietalkiesoftware.com. Also visit ourFacebook pages (TIDRADIO) for more help.It’s always our honor to help.

Preparation before Programming

  1. Computer System RequirementsManufacture Programming Software Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10CHIRP Programming Software Operating System: Windows 7\8\10, Windows 2000 Mac OS, Linux
  2. FTDI Cable Use GuideFTDI Programming Cable is Included, it does not need to be installed with a driver. You can just plug in and play directly.


Q:How do I use this cable with my radio?A:Plug in the cable to your computer and allow the computer to automatically install the drivers.Q:Do I need to “back-date” or install a prolific driver?A:No-those procedures found online are for counterfeit cables. This cable will automatically install with the drivers on your computer.Q:My computer did not automatically install the driver-now what?A:Download the latest FTDI driver at : https://ftdichip.com/drivers/vcp-drivers/Q:I need help using the softwareA:walkietalkiesoftware.com is an excellent resource site. Also visit our Facebook pages (TIDRADIO) for more help.

ERROR: Failed to Connect to the transceiver (Radio)

If it says it cannot connect to the radio – this means the cable is working but is not installed correctly into the radio.

Items to Check:

  • Radio is turned on
  • The cable is FULLY inserted (it can be deceiving but there is a double click)
  • Hold the cable into the radio – some radios might not make contact without pressure
  • A way to cheat – dampen the pins of the cable before pushing it into the radio. This will give a solid contact


  1. Get into “Window Setting”, then search “Device Manager”.
  2. Open “Device Manager”, and unfold Port (COM & LPT) to check the existing port.
  3. If there is no yellow warning triangle, your system install the correct driver and you are ready to load your programming software. ( Software Website : walkietalkiesoftware.com)
  4. If there is a yellow warning triangle under ‘Ports’ or ‘Other Devices’, you operating system has a previous driver that may cause incompatibility issues
  5. click the error device and click “ Uninstall device ” and you will need to update the driver to the latest driver:


VCP Drivers

Manufacture Software Programming Process

  1. Programming software download link:walkietalkiesoftware.com Download and run the TD-H6 programming software, click Setting – Port menu, select thecorresponding port same as the port number viewed by Device Manager, click “OK”.
  2. Read the current information from the radio to your PC to create an initial program template. Click Program – Read Data From Radio, or simply click the icon.
  3. Channel InformationThe TD-H6 radio has 128 channels, you can edit the channel number and channel informationaccording to your needs. The following is an introduction to each term.
    Name Meaning Setting Description
      RX Freq  Receiving frequency  VHF:136-174MHzUHF:400-520MHz
      TX Freq   Transmitting frequency   VHF:136-174MHzUHF:400-520MHz
      RXQT/DQT Receiving CTCSS/DCS   Refer to the DCS table andCTCSS table in the manual   Mutes the speaker of thetransceiver in the absence of aspecific low level digital signal. Ifthe station you are listening todoes not transmit this specificsignal,you will not hear anything
      TXQT/DQT   Transmitting CTCSS/DCS   Refer to the DCS table andCTCSS table in the manual   Transmits a specific low-leveldigital signal to unlock the     squelchof a distant receiver (usually arepeater).
      POWER   Transmit power   HIGH/LOW   High power:10WMiddle:5W LOW:1W
      W/N   Channel bandwidth   WIDE/NARROW   Wideband (25kHz bandwidth)narrowband (12.5 kHz   bandwidth)
      PTT-ID   When to send the PTT-ID   OFF does not sendcode;BOT press PTT button tosend code;EOT release PTTbutton to send code;BOTH press andrelease PTT button tosend code   Codes are sent during either thebeginning or end of a   transmission.
      Busy   Busy Channel Lockout   OFF/ON   ON: If the channel is occupied,when you press the [PTT] key onthis channel, the radio will make abeep tone and will not transmit   any signal.OFF: No matter if the channel isoccupied, the radio will transmitthe signal when you press the  [PTT] key.
        OFF/ON  In the scan mode, whether add thechannel to the scan list.
      1-15  ON: the channel is added to scanlist; OFF: the channel cannot bescanned.
      Signal   Signal code   Up to 10 digits.  Selects 1 of 15 DTMF codes. TheDTMF codes are programmed withsoftware and are up to 5 digitseach
      Name   Customize channel name   Up to 10 digits.   Support alphanumeric channelname.
  4. Optional FeatureClick Edit – Optional Feature, you can set up more functions for the radio.
  5. Basic Setting





  TOT(Time Out)   Transmission time-out timer   15-600(s)   This feature provides a limits  transmission time to a programmed value. This willpromote battery conservation by not allowing you to make excessively long-time transmissions and in the event of a stuck PTT switch, it can prevent interference to other users as well as battery depletion.
  Squelch Level   0-9  Mutes the speaker of the   transceiver in theabsence of a strong signal.    Squelch is eitherOFF or 1-9 levels. The higher   level, the stronger the signal   must be to in-mute thespeaker.
  VOX   Voice operatedTX   0-10   Mutes the speaker of the   transceiver in theabsence of a strong signal.   Squelch is eitherOFF or 1-9 levels. The higher     level, thestronger the signal must be to in-   mute the speaker.
  VOX   Voice operated TX   0-10   When enabled it is not necessary   to push the[PTT] button on the transceiver.   Adjust thegain level to an appropriate   sensitivity to allowsmooth transmission.
 Voice switch   ON/OFF   Toggle voice prompt switch
  Language   Chinese/English   Switch the language of menu   display and voice prompts
  Auto backlight   Display time   OFF/0-10 (s)   Time-out for the LCD backlight.
  Work mode   VFOChannel   CHs is channel quantity

2) Channel Mode

You can customize the display on Channel A/B: CH + Name: Display Channel Number and Channel Name (Name column in Channel information part)CH + Freq: Display Channel Number and Frequency





  DTMF ST(DTMF side tone oftransmit code) OFF: No DTMF Side Tones are heard   Determines when DTMF side tonescan be heard from the transceiverspeaker
  KB Side Tone: Side Tones are heardonly from manually keyed DTMF     codes
  ANI Side Tone: Side Tonesare heard only fromautomatically keyed DTMFcodes
  KB ST+ANI ST: All DTMF Side     Tones areheard
  Scan mode   TO: Time Operation – scanning willresume after a fixed time has passed   Scanning Resume Method
  CO: Carrier Operation -ScanningResume Method scanning will   resumeafter the signal disappears
  SE: Search Operation scanning will    not resume
  PTT_ID     TO: Time Operation – scanning     will resume after a fixed time has   passed   Scanning Resume Method
  CO: Carrier Operation -ScanningResume Method scanning will     resume after the signal disappears
  SE: Search Operation scanning will    not resume
  PTT Delay   0-30ms   Signal code sending delay
  0-30ms Signal code sending delayKB_LOCK   If you select this option, the
  PTT_ID   OFF: No ID is sent   When to Send PTT-ID; Codes aresent during either the beginning orend of a transmission.
  BOT : The selected S-CODE is   sent at the beginning
  EOT: The selected S-CODE is sent at the ending
 BOTH: The selected SCODE is sent  at the beginning and ending
  keyboard is locked
  AutoLock(automatickeypad lock)   When ON, the keypad will belocked if not used in 8 seconds.Pressing the [#╓O] key for 2seconds will unlock the keypad.
  BCL(busy channel Lock-out)   Check: If the channel is occupied,when you press the [PTT] key onthis channel, the radio will make abeep tone and will not transmit anysignal.Uncheck: No matter if the channelis occupied, the radio will transmitthe signal when you press the [PTT]key.
  Beep(keypad beep)  Allows audible confirmation of akey press

4) Frequency mode

STEP: Select the amount of frequency change in VFO/Frequency mode when scanning or pressing the keysSFT_D: Enable access of repeaters in VFO/Frequency Mode ([OFF]: TX = RX (simplex); [+]: TX will be shifted higher than RX in frequency; [-]: TX will be shifted lower than RX in frequency)Offset: Specifies the difference between the TX and RX frequency (For the explanation of TX Power, RX QT/DQT, TX QT/DQT, W/N, Signal, please refer to introduction above)

5) Backlight and FM Radio

RPT Noise Clear: Squelch Tail eliminationRPT Noise Detect: Trunk tail delayFM Radio Enable: When you check off, FM Radio function will be activated on the radio.Roger: Sends an end-of-transmission tone to indicate to other stations that the transmission has endedTX Under TDR Start: Transmit selection while in Dual Watch mode, when enabled, priority isreturned to selected display once the signal in the other display disappears.TDR: Dual Watch mode, the ability to monitor two channels at once can be a valuable asset.

5. Write and Save

Click Program – Write Data To Radio, or click the icon to write and save the setting to the radio.

TD-H6 Chirp Software Programming Process

Programming software download link:https://chirp.danplanet.com/

  1. Open the CHIRP software (Latest Version), click “Download From Radio” under “Radio”
  2. Select the corresponding cable driver port, and select Model “TD-H6” under Vendor “TIDRADIO”, then click “OK” to read the radio
  3. And you will come to the page of Memories, in which you can adjust the limited parameters (For the explanation of Channel, TX Frequency, RX Frequency, CTCSS/DCS, High/Low Power, and Wide/Narrow, Band. Please refer to introduction above)
  4. Then if you switch to the page of Settings, you can adjust the limited parameters(For the explanation of VOX Function, TOT, Squelch, FM Radio,Backlit, DTMF. Please refer to introduction above)
  5. All the modification will be saved by clicking “Upload To Radio” under “Radio”. Then you can check the settings you modified after reboot the radio.



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