How to programme Retevis two way radios

Some radios can be programmed by the keyboard, like HD1, But I especially want to introduce that how to programme Retevis two way radios by software


1.You need a correct programming cable

The programming cable is very important as you need  to make your radio connect the computer by the programming cable

Normally, the Kenwood 2pin connection, the programming cable is C9018A


programme Retevis two way radios

Other special radios have own programming cable, like RT3, RT3S, RT8, RT82, HD1 and so on

You can find the corresponding programming cable via the Search box on

programme Retevis two way radios

2. Download and install USB driver

Most of Retevis radios use the universal USB driver, especially the radio with kenwood 2 pin connection, pls directly download and install by this link:

Other radios which have own USB driver, you can find it under support part of product listing

For example, HD1

programme Retevis two way radios

After download, you have to unzip this file then install it

How to check the USB driver installation successfully


Please check your computer-manager device, if it shows this below which indicate the USB driver install successfully

programme Retevis two way radios

If unsuccessful, how to solve this issue?

A.Normally, the USB driver is compatible with windows 7 and windows 10, if you use other systems, like IOS, it isn’t compatible with each other, pls change other computers with windows system

B.If the computer is windows, it still unsuccess, pls try to uninstall and install the USB driver again

3. Download and install the programming software

Pls download and install programming software under each product listing

Such as RT622:

Pls note several key points

A. Please keep connection port tight between radio and computer by programming cable, please note the radio keep opened when you programme

B.Choose correct communication port( check in computer-device manager) to keep same as radio communication port

C.Under keep connection port tight between radio and computer by programming cable, please try to plug the programming cable many times

Do you know how to programme Retevis radios by this article, if you have any questions, you also can contact us by email,




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10 thoughts on “How to programme Retevis two way radios”

  1. Hi, I bought 4 RT618 on amazon, they also provided me by amazon download links for software and programming driver and cable model.
    Software and PC (W7) have the same port, COM9 but the radio does not connect to the software. Message: hand shake failure “

    1. If anyone needs the driver just do a windows update then under additional updates the driver will be listed. Click on the driver to select to install. Keep the radio connected to the computer while running windows update.

    1. I am sorry the license-free radios work on the fixed frequency band. RT18 is license-free radio, so the frequency band is fixed in law.

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