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1 Mastering Your Handheld Radio
Programming by keypad and computer David Fisher, kd5cdd

2 Programming software Manufacturers’ specific software
May have to purchase Many have free downloads After market software - must purchase per radio Chirp - free Both of these allow for transfer between many different radios by different manufacturers

3 Kenwood TH-D7

4 Wouxun KG-UV6X

5 Radio Shack HTX-404

6 Standard Horizon HX370S

7 What you need to start programming
Radio specific manuals A list of frequencies, preferably with locations : Mega – Link, Upper Rio FM Society, club repeaters, etc Maps of repeaters If computer: computer, software and cables OR a good friend who has all of this.

8 Mega – Link Map

9 Two methods of programming
Keypad Slower but the only way on some older radios Necessary when in the field and no computer New rptr, PL change, frequency change … Computer Some radios are only computer programmable Much faster to enter data Easier to edit and add or delete frequencies

10 Sample Software


12 Two modes to access data
VFO = variable frequency oscillator Usually used for keypad entries Once entered data can be saved to a memory channel Memory mode Saved data can be retrieved quickly Usually lists frequencies/names

13 Required Data Repeater
Repeater data Receiver frequency – MHz Transmitter frequency or offset direction, + Offset amount – 600 KHz, usually use defaults Access code type – tone, CTCSS, DCS, etc Access code value – 100 hz Name, not usable on all radios

14 Required data simplex Simplex usually refers to setting the radios to the same Rx and Tx frequency, i.e. no tone, no offset. Harder, same data as repeater depending how complicated you want to set up the contact, generally used on HF. Using different Rx and Tx is referred to as a split

15 Offset direction and frequency
Repeater offset is usually given as plus or minus The default VHF offset is 600 KHz and the UHF offset is 5 MHz Plus offset means that the HT’s transmit frequency is greater than its receive frequency by the offset frequency – Rx = , Tx = Minus offset means that the HT’s transmit frequency is less than its receive frequency by the offset frequency – Rx = , Tx =

16 Keypad Method Parameter Key Sequence Band?: VHF/UHF VFO Mode: Rx Freq:
Offset: +,-,0 OR Tx freq Offset Freq: Defaults VHF=600 kHz, UHF=5 MHz Access Type Activate: None,T, CTCSS, DCS Access Freq/Code: Memory Store: Power Name

17 Example, TH-D7A Parameter Key Sequence Band?: VHF/UHF [A/B]; [F],[A/B]
VFO Mode: [VFO] Rx Freq: [ENTER], key in digits Offset Direction: +,-,off OR Tx freq [F], [MHz] Offset Freq: Defaults VHF=600 kHz, UHF=5 MHz [F],[5],[UP]/[DWN],[OK] Access Type Activate: None,T, CTCSS [F],[1] / [F],[3] Access Freq/Code: [F],[2],[UP]/[DWN],[OK] [F],[3],[UP]/[DWN],[OK] Memory Store: [F],[MR],[UP]/[DWN],[OK

18 Computer Hookup USB driver installed, if needed
Radio programming software installed Radio programming cable connected Start software Turn on radio Try downloading May need to select a com port if there is a connection error, use computers device manager to find/change com port assignment

19 Continue Computer If radio connection is made and the editor opens, download the current contents of the radio Save the contents to a file Edit the contents, e.g. add, delete, or modify, save the file or Open a file into the editor that you want to upload Upload to the radio

20 Programming Efficiency
Frequency ordered Name ordered - alphabetical Region ordered – NW, Central, …. Group by repeater-net – mega-link, upper rio,etc By club Meaningful names – ML---, UR---, Cuba, etc Sorting names by this method groups names Some combination – by freq then by name

21 Other buttons and menu options
There are many other key options or menu selections on most radios. They can be used to configure the radio Power Scan groups Moving data from VFO to memory and back Grouping data Display setting, band selection Etc.

22 Wouxun Sample

23 Wouxun Optional Functions

24 Basic Procedure for Programming
Chirp Beginners Guide Before you begin Basic Procedure for Programming Step 1: Download contents from the radio Step 2: Make changes Step 3: Upload changes back to the radio Other Operations Exporting To A Generic File Importing From Another File

25 CHIRP Radio Radio PC PC Live Clone Export Save Export .img “Chirp”
Modify auto Upload Modify and Upload Download Download PC PC Export Save Export .img “Chirp” “Chirp” .icf .csv .csv . Editor e.g., Excel, Notepad Save edited file .csv

26 CHIRP Download image Radio Import PC Upload Radio

27 Chirp Export of TH – D7

28 Some Links

29 The End Demos?

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