Presentation on theme: "Mastering Your Handheld Radio"— Presentation transcript:
1 Mastering Your Handheld Radio Programming by keypad and computerDavid Fisher, kd5cdd
2 Programming software Manufacturers’ specific software May have to purchaseMany have free downloadsAfter market software- must purchase per radioChirp - freeBoth of these allow for transfer between many different radios by different manufacturers
7 What you need to start programming Radio specific manualsA list of frequencies, preferably with locations : Mega – Link, Upper Rio FM Society, club repeaters, etcMaps of repeatersIf computer: computer, software and cablesOR a good friend who has all of this.
9 Two methods of programming KeypadSlower but the only way on some older radiosNecessary when in the field and no computerNew rptr, PL change, frequency change …ComputerSome radios are only computer programmableMuch faster to enter dataEasier to edit and add or delete frequencies
12 Two modes to access data VFO = variable frequency oscillatorUsually used for keypad entriesOnce entered data can be saved to a memory channelMemory modeSaved data can be retrieved quicklyUsually lists frequencies/names
13 Required Data Repeater Repeater dataReceiver frequency – MHzTransmitter frequency or offset direction, +Offset amount – 600 KHz, usually use defaultsAccess code type – tone, CTCSS, DCS, etcAccess code value – 100 hzName, not usable on all radios
14 Required data simplexSimplex 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 minusThe default VHF offset is 600 KHz and the UHF offset is 5 MHzPlus 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 =
18 Computer Hookup USB driver installed, if needed Radio programming software installedRadio programming cable connectedStart softwareTurn on radioTry downloadingMay need to select a com port if there is a connection error, use computers device manager to find/change com port assignment
19 Continue ComputerIf radio connection is made and the editor opens, download the current contents of the radioSave the contents to a fileEdit the contents, e.g. add, delete, or modify, save the file orOpen a file into the editor that you want to uploadUpload to the radio
20 Programming Efficiency Frequency orderedName ordered - alphabeticalRegion ordered – NW, Central, ….Group by repeater-net – mega-link, upper rio,etcBy clubMeaningful names – ML---, UR---, Cuba, etcSorting names by this method groups namesSome 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 radioPowerScan groupsMoving data from VFO to memory and backGrouping dataDisplay setting, band selectionEtc.
24 Basic Procedure for Programming ChirpBeginners GuideBefore you beginBasic Procedure for ProgrammingStep 1: Download contents from the radioStep 2: Make changesStep 3: Upload changes back to the radioOther OperationsExporting To A Generic FileImporting From Another File
25 CHIRP Radio Radio PC PC Live Clone Export Save Export .img “Chirp” ModifyautoUploadModifyandUploadDownloadDownloadPCPCExportSaveExport.img“Chirp”“Chirp”.icf.csv.csv.Editore.g., Excel, NotepadSave edited file.csv