KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help

KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
by RT Systems, Inc.
The Programmer is designed to give you the ease and
convenience of programming the memories and options of the
radio from your PC.
Using the Programmer, you can create separate files for
unique applications such as travel, emergency activities, or
special events. These files can contain different settings, such
as memories, power management features, and DTMF
numbers, for each purpose.
The Programmer also gives you the ability to read a
configuration from the radio. The configuration would be stored
in a file on your computer to be changed easily. Then, with
minimal button pushing, you can send the altered file back to
program the radio.
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced in any form or by any means - graphic, electronic, or
mechanical, including photocopying, recording, taping, or information storage and retrieval systems for other than
your own use - without the written permission of the publisher.
Products that are referred to in this document may be either trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the
respective owners. The publisher and the author make no claim to these trademarks.
While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this document, the publisher and the author assume no
responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of information contained in this
document or from the use of programs and source code that may accompany it. In no event shall the publisher and
the author be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage caused or alleged to have been caused
directly or indirectly by this document.
Printed: January 2013
Contents
5
Table of Contents
Foreword
8
Part I What Is the Radio Programmer
10
Part II Getting Started
12
Part III Using the Programmer - Overview
22
1 Working
...................................................................................................................................
with Programming Files
22
2 Creating
...................................................................................................................................
a New Programming File
22
3 Multiple
...................................................................................................................................
Global Settings Files
23
4 Tying...................................................................................................................................
a Global Settings File to a Memory Channel File
24
Part IV Viewing and Changing Programming Files
27
Part V Easy Editing in the Grid
30
Part VI Screen Appearance and Default Options
52
Part VII Split Screen for Multiple Files
57
Part VIII Menu Item Cross Reference
60
Part IX Programming Memory Channels
65
1 Regular
...................................................................................................................................
Memory Channels
66
Com m ent
.......................................................................................................................................................... 71
CTCSS
.......................................................................................................................................................... 70
DTCS
.......................................................................................................................................................... 71
DCS Polarity .......................................................................................................................................................... 71
Nam e
.......................................................................................................................................................... 68
Non-standard..........................................................................................................................................................
Offset Frequency
67
Odd Split
.......................................................................................................................................................... 67
Offset Direction
.......................................................................................................................................................... 67
Offset Frequency
.......................................................................................................................................................... 67
Operating Mode
.......................................................................................................................................................... 68
Receive Frequency
.......................................................................................................................................................... 66
Sim ple Mode .......................................................................................................................................................... 66
Skip
.......................................................................................................................................................... 66
Tone Mode .......................................................................................................................................................... 68
Transm it Frequency
.......................................................................................................................................................... 67
2 VFO Memories
................................................................................................................................... 72
Part X Programming Other Set Menu Items
74
1 Radio...................................................................................................................................
Menu Settings - General Overview
75
2 Radio...................................................................................................................................
Menu Settings - Common
79
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
5
6
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
A/B Band Settings
.......................................................................................................................................................... 79
ANI ID
.......................................................................................................................................................... 79
Auto Backlight.......................................................................................................................................................... 79
Auto Lock
.......................................................................................................................................................... 80
Battery Save .......................................................................................................................................................... 80
Beep
.......................................................................................................................................................... 80
Channel Only .......................................................................................................................................................... 80
Key Lock
.......................................................................................................................................................... 80
Language
.......................................................................................................................................................... 82
Mode Sw itch Passw
..........................................................................................................................................................
ord
80
PF1 Key
.......................................................................................................................................................... 80
Pow er On Message
.......................................................................................................................................................... 80
Priority Channel
.......................................................................................................................................................... 81
Reset Passw ord
.......................................................................................................................................................... 81
Roger
.......................................................................................................................................................... 81
Scan Resum e.......................................................................................................................................................... 81
Single Band Enable
.......................................................................................................................................................... 81
SOS Channel .......................................................................................................................................................... 81
Stopw atch .......................................................................................................................................................... 81
Sub Band Message
.......................................................................................................................................................... 81
Tim e Out Tim er
.......................................................................................................................................................... 81
TOT Pre-Alert.......................................................................................................................................................... 81
Voice Language
.......................................................................................................................................................... 82
VOX Gain
.......................................................................................................................................................... 82
Welcom e Message
.......................................................................................................................................................... 82
Part XI Radio / Computer Data Transfer
84
1 Communications
...................................................................................................................................
| Get Data From
85
2 Communications
...................................................................................................................................
| Send Data To
88
3 Radio...................................................................................................................................
to Computer Cabling
93
4 Comport
...................................................................................................................................
Setup
94
Part XII File Maintenance
96
1 File | ...................................................................................................................................
Exit
98
2 File | ...................................................................................................................................
New
99
3 File ...................................................................................................................................
| Open
101
Opening files..........................................................................................................................................................
from older program m ers
102
Opening a V3..........................................................................................................................................................
or V4 file from a different radio
109
Opening a V3..........................................................................................................................................................
or V4 file
113
4 File ...................................................................................................................................
| Print
117
5 File ...................................................................................................................................
| Print Preview
118
6 Saving
...................................................................................................................................
Programming Files
121
File | Save .......................................................................................................................................................... 122
File | Save As.......................................................................................................................................................... 124
Part XIII ARRL TravelPlus*
126
1 Creating
...................................................................................................................................
a list in TravelPlus*
127
2 Opening
...................................................................................................................................
the list in the Programmer
129
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Contents
7
3 Using
...................................................................................................................................
the TravelPlus* List with existing programmer file
134
Part XIV Copying From an Excel Spreadsheet
139
1 Step...................................................................................................................................
1
140
2 Step...................................................................................................................................
2
142
3 Step...................................................................................................................................
3
143
4 Step...................................................................................................................................
4
144
5 Step...................................................................................................................................
5
145
6 Step...................................................................................................................................
6
148
Part XV Importing a file
151
1 Creating
...................................................................................................................................
a file for Import
153
2 Import
...................................................................................................................................
- Step 1
160
3 Import
...................................................................................................................................
- Step 2
162
4 Import
...................................................................................................................................
- Step 3
164
5 Import
...................................................................................................................................
- Step 4
166
Part XVI Export
169
Part XVII Troubleshooting
171
1 Get Data
...................................................................................................................................
from Radio Required
179
Part XVIII Invalid Frequencies
181
Part XIX Hardware Error Troubleshooting
186
Part XX Contact Us
191
Index
0
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
7
8
Foreword
Foreword
These help files are offered as reference for the features of the programmer and with some added
information about the features and functionality of the radio.
The final reference for a feature of the radio is the Users' Manual for that radio. Any error, omission or
misrepresentation of a radio's ability is unintentional.
The Programmer cannot mak e the radio do anything that it cannot do from the face of the unit. It mak es it
easier to set options for the existing functions.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
I
10
1
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
What Is the Radio Programmer
The Programmer is designed to give you the ease and convenience of programming
the memories and options of the radio from your PC.
Using the Programmer, you can create separate files for unique applications such as
travel, emergency activities, or special events. These files can contain different
settings, such as memories, power management features, and DTMF numbers, for
each purpose.
These files are saved separately to be sent to the radio at any time. One file can be
sent to the radio at any one time. Be sure to put everything you want into each file as
you build it.
The Programmer also gives you the ability to read a configuration from the radio. The
configuration would be stored in a file on your computer to be changed easily. Then,
with minimal button pushing, you can send the altered file back to the radio.
Hardware Requirements
Hardware requirements for the Version 4 Programmers include
A PC running Microsoft Windows: XP, Vista (32 or 64 bit), Windows 7 (32
or 64 bit) or Windows 8 (full version). The programmer will NOT work on
Windows 98, ME, NT or 2000.
The correct computer interface cable as shown in the Radio to Computer
Cabling chapter under Radio / Computer Data Transfer section of this
help.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
II
12
2
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Getting Started
Creating the file
The Programmer gives you an easy way to access details for memory channels and
other settings of the radio.
Open the programmer by clicking on the icon that was created during installation. The
programmer opens to a default file.
Note: The default file contains memory channel information on
several of the screens. This information is needed by the radio to "fill
spaces in its little brain". You can change the default entries that you
see; but anything that is completed in the default file cannot be left
blank. The Programmer will help you with this. If information is
required, it will warn you when it is missing.
Enter a receive frequency
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Getting Started
13
In this example we'll enter 147.240 MHz with standard offset, a Name of Local, and a
tone of 100hz.
Type one four seven period two four zero into the receive frequency
column.
Press Enter.
The program completes much of the channel information with defaults. The
Transmit frequency, Offset frequency, Offset Direction and Operating Mode
are completed. This satisfies the "Standard offset" requirement from the
original information.
Press tab or use your mouse to select the Name cell. Type LOCAL. You
choose upper or lower case on many radios. On others, only upper case
letters are allowed. The programmer will help you. If a letter or symbol will
not work on the radio, you will not be able to enter it here.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
14
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Press tab to move to the Tone Mode cell. Setting up the tone of 100hz
requires TW steps (just as it would if you were doing this from the face of
the radio). Turn on Tone Mode AND then set the 100hz tone.
This channel is ready to use.
The other columns are set only if you need them for better radio
performance. See Regular Memory Channels in this help and the User's
Manual for the radio for details on what these features do and the settings
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Getting Started
15
for them.
There is more to this radio than just memory channels. So, there is more to the
programmer. Tabs at the bottom of the main screen give you access to Limit
memories, Home channels, Hypermemories, VFO, Marine and Shortwave channels,
that apply to your radio.
Click a tab. A screen opens with the details that can be entered for these radio
functions. You can work with the radio without ever using these tabs. There are default
values on these screens that never need to be changed. Make changes for your
special activities when you plan to use one of these functions of the radio.
Save the file
Now that you have the frequencies entered into the memory channels, Save the file.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
16
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
In the menu, click File | Save As
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Getting Started
17
Enter a filename. You can be as descriptive as you want. 256 characters including
spaces, upper and lower letters, and much more to describe this file. The programmer
will enter the extension so it can find the file later.
Once you complete this part of the process, the program will open the last file when it
starts up.
Even More Radio Functions
Today's radios can do so much. Many of the features are not a part of the details for a
memory channel. These other options are set once for the radio to use no matter what
channel you're operating on: memory channel, limit memory, VFO or Home channel.
These options may include, but are not limited to, Lock mode, ARTS details, display
brightness and color, DTMF memories, scan resume options, and many others.
Select Settings | Radio Menu settings from the menu at the top of the main screen to
access these options. The Settings screen opens to a page with check boxes, list
boxes and edit fields. A sample Settings screen would look like this.
Set the options as you need them to get the performance you want from your radio. The
settings shown for your radio will correspond to your radio's features.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
18
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Once you have the options like you want it, save this file. Yes, this is saved separately
from the frequencies in the memory channels.
To save the file, select File | Save from the menu on the Settings page. Enter a name
when the window opens. You will not have to set these options again when you start a
new file of memory channels.
Once the file is saved, select File | Exit to return to the main screen of the programmer.
Sending the file(s) to the radio (programming the radio)
The new RT Systems' Version 4 programmers have no comport setup. Using the RT
Systems' USB cable, you attach the cable, attach the radio, and get the programming
done.
First: Communications | Get data from
Although you really want to put the details of your file into your new radio so you can
use it, doing Get data from with this new radio gets the process started and may
help prevent problems sending the file to the radio.
This process is REQUIRED if your radio has been modified to
transmit outside the ham band.
From the menu at the top of the main window, select File | New. Open a
new file to protect the file that you created.
Connect the RT Systems USB cable to a port on your computer. Wait until
the New Hardware Found process completes.
With the radio off, connect the other end of the cable to the radio.
From the menu at the top of the main window, select Communications | Get
data from.
A screen will open with details about this process specific
to your radio.
Follow these steps carefully until this process is complete.
Open the file that you created earlier. To open a file select File | Open from
the menu at the top. Select your file from those in the list. Or with Version 4,
your file may already be open in the other tab.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Getting Started
19
Second: Communications | Send data to
When your file is ready, select Communications | Send data to from the
menu at the top of the main screen.
A screen will open with details about this process specific to
the radio.
Follow the steps carefully to complete this process and program the radio.
Read the screen carefully. The steps are often different from those used to
get data from the radio.
Turn off the power. Disconnect the programming cable from the radio.
Your radio may still be in VFO mode after it is programmed. This is a
normal mode for the radio. Press the key on the face of the radio as
described in the User’s Manual for the radio to put the radio into
Memory mode and see what you programmed.
Hardware Requirements
Hardware requirements for the Version 4 Programmers include:
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
20
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
A PC running Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista or Windows 7). The Version 4
RT Systems' software will not work on Windows 98, 2000, ME, or NT.
Version 4 - An open USB port or the RTS-03 USB to serial adapter to work
with an original RT Systems' 9-pin serial cable.
Note: The Version 4 programmers will not recognize any other cable
or USB adapter. They will not work through a serial port.
The correct computer interface cable as shown in the Radio to Computer
Cabling section of this help.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
III
22
3
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Using the Programmer - Overview
The Programmer is designed to be used in conjunction with the manual for the radio.
The Programmer provides easy feature configuration while the written manual provides
an explanation of a feature and its use.
Working with Programming Files
The radio Programmer has the ability to work on more than one file at a time. These
can be files for the same radio or for different radios: even radios from different
manufacturers.
You can copy and paste frequencies from one file to another. This added feature
makes it even easier to create new files as you take pre-programmed memory
information from other files.
The name of the file currently being edited is shown in the title bar at the top of the
window. If the file has not yet been named, "Untitled #" appears. The "#" increments
when multiple new files are being worked on. Note: Untitled #, the default filename,
should not be used for permanent file storage. Even if you work in this file, be
sure to enter a different filename when you save. The file being edited is referred
to in this help as the current file.
Creating a New Programming File
Just like in any other editor, there are several ways to create a new cloning file.
You can open an existing file, save it with a different filename.
You can use the File | New command as a starting point for a new "blank"
file. This file begins with default information for the radio. The "default'
information you see in the file is the same as what was in your radio when
you bought it new.
Another way to create a data file is to upload the contents of the radio with
the Communications | Get data from menu command. After executing this
command, the current file will reflect the memory channels and feature
settings of the radio. Changes are easily made to these settings and the
new file saved.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Using the Programmer - Overview
23
Note: Not all the menu settings of the radio are associated with
memory channels. Many are "global" settings that affect the radio
during memory or VFO operations. These settings are handled in the
fields found on the screen accessed under Settings | Radio Menu
Settings.
The global settings will be read from the radio; however, by default, these settings are
not saved with the file. Select Settings | Radio Menu Settings to view, change and save
these settings. Once saved, these global settings will be sent to the radio every time it
is programmed. If they are not saved, default settings will be sent to the radio with the
memory programming.
To save these Global settings
Select Settings | Radio Menu Settings in the menu on the main screen. The
Settings screen opens.
Verify that your settings are as you want them or make changes.
From the top of this screen, select File | Save. A Save dialog opens into
which you enter a filename. Enter the name for this file and click Save.
Exit the Settings screen by selecting File | Exit.
This settings file is now available for use by any saved file that you send to your radio.
Creating and using multiple Global settings files
There may be global settings of the radio that you want configured differently for
different activities. You can make changes to your settings file and save it separately.
To select a settings file for use:
Select Settings | Radio Menu Settings from the main page of the
programmer.
From the Radio Menu Settings screen, select File | Open. A list of settings
files will be presented.
Select the file you want to use and click Open.
Verify that this is the settings file that you want to use. Check also that the
proper filename appears in the bar at the top of the Menu Settings window.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
24
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Select File | Exit to close this screen. These settings will be sent to the
radio with each memory channel file until you change this file selection
again.
Having multiple memory channel files and multiple global setting files gives you the
ability to mix and match the features of your radio to suit your needs. This makes it easy
to customize the radio for a special event without disturbing the original programming
files. Then once the event is over, simply reprogram the radio with the memory channel
information and settings that you use everyday.
Tying Global Settings to a Memory Channel File
The Version 3 and Version 4 programmers have the option of saving the global
settings with the memory channel information. This new feature is not the default for the
programmer; but may be valuable under certain programming circumstances (i.e.,
programming many radios when you want to be absolutely certain that the settings and
the frequencies are properly set for a given activity).
To contrast and compare the two Radio Menu Setting options:
Use Separate file for menu settings (default)
This is the default for the programmer.
This option is based on a "Set and Forget" plan. Once the global
settings are configured to your liking and saved, you do not have to
repeat this process. This configuration does not change with a new
memory channel file.
The last settings file saved is the one that will be used when a memory
file is sent to the radio.
You can save several different settings files (i.e., one for your radio
and a different one for your son’s radio). Then easily match the
settings to the radio being programmed without having to make
changes in the file repeatedly.
Keep menu settings and frequencies in a single file. (option)
This option is set on the Settings | Preferences screen.
With this option selected, the Radio Menu Settings as assigned on the
Settings | Radio Menu Settings screen are assigned ONLY in this file.
With each new file created the Radio Menu Settings return to factory
defaults.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Using the Programmer - Overview
25
You have the ability to customize the global settings just as you
customize the memory channel file. This would be useful if you are
programming each radio uniquely.
No guesswork about what the configuration of the global settings.
Once they are set, they stay set in this file until you make a change to
them.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
IV
Viewing and Changing Programming Files
4
27
Viewing and Changing Programming Files
The Programmer begins in a screen displaying memory channel information for the
radio. Default information found in a factory fresh radio is contained in the file. Anywhere
this information is displayed it can be changed.
Memory information is easily entered in a spreadsheet style layout. You can view,
rearrange, eliminate, or edit these entries. Memory channel 1 must be programmed in
most radios. VFOs and Home channels must be programmed. Memory channel 1 and
limit memory channels. VFO and Call channels must each contain a frequency
appropriate for the band. The programmer checks for missing data when Send data to
is executed.
Columns not regularly used are easily hidden with the selections under Settings |
Preferences (View | Preferences in earlier versions). Customize your screen for the
information you use most often.
Radio Menu Settings
Global menu settings which in earlier programmers occupied the opening screen are
now entered on a Settings screen accessed under Settings | Radio Menu Settings
(View | Settings in earlier versions). Here options are set for menu settings of the radio
that do not change with each memory channel. These settings affect the radio whether it
is in memory mode or VFO mode.
The Radio Menu Settings screens contain check boxes for single click settings and
easily filled blanks for personalized options. Once configured, these Settings are saved
for use by new files. There is no longer a need to reset the options in each new file or to
begin a file from an existing one.
Note: Radio Option Settings (including Lock, Beeps, etc) are read
from the radio with the Get data from command. Be sure that settings
you have customized are saved in the programmer. Access the
Settings screen and use File | Save to make the options that were
taken from the radio permanent for programming the radio later.
Once saved, the settings will be repeated with each new file of
memory channel details.
The programmer has two options for these Settings. Multiple Settings files can be
created just as multiple frequency files. Then you can "mix and match" as needed to
program a radio for a given situation. Alternately, you can opt to save the Settings as
part of an individual file.
You can find more details on these two options under Using the Programmer © 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
28
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Overview and Radio Menu Settings - General Overview in this help. Using
individual and separate settings files is the default.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
V
30
5
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Easy Editing in the Grid
Many new data management commands are available in the programming software
from RT Systems.
The commands listed here are available through a right click menu or from the list that
opens when you select Edit from the menu at the top of the screen. These commands
can be used on any of the spreadsheets in the program.
Right Click Menu
Select a row to be edited by clicking on the number to the left of that row. You
will notice that the entire row is highlighted (not just the Receive Frequency
cell). Release the left mouse button. You will notice that the row remains
highlighted until you left click someplace else on the screen of the
programmer.
Note: You can select several rows at once (to copy, delete, etc) by
clicking on the number to the left of the first of the selection then
while holding the left mouse button, drag the mouse across the
number of each of the channels to be included. This must be a
continuous group.
With the mouse pointing at the highlighted area (anyplace as long as the
point of the mouse pointer is within the highlighted area), press the right
mouse button. A menu opens with editing options. Release the right mouse
button once that menu opens.
Use the mouse to point at the desired command. Left click the mouse to
execute that command.
Edit Menu
Select a row to be edited by clicking on the number to the left of that row. You
will notice that the entire row is highlighted (not just the Receive Frequency
cell). Release the left mouse button. You will notice that the row remains
highlighted until you left click someplace else on the screen of the
programmer.
Note: You can select several rows at once (to copy, delete, etc) by
clicking on the number to the left of the first of the selection then
while holding the left mouse button, drag the mouse across the
number of each of the channels to be included. This must be a
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Easy Editing in the Grid
31
continuous group.
Holding neither of the mouse buttons, move the mouse pointer to Edit in the
menu at the top of the screen. Press the left mouse button to select this menu
option.
Holding neither of the mouse buttons, use the mouse pointer to select one of
the editing options shown in the menu. Click the left mouse button to execute
this command.
Editing Commands
The examples here will use the programmers for the Yaesu FT-60 (ADMS-1J) and the
Icom IC-91 (WCS-91). You will see by the screen shots that you can copy and paste
between files: even files for radios from different manufacturers. The programmer will
take care of the similarities and differences.
Cut (Ctrl+X) - Removes the selected entry and leaves the memory channel blank.
This feature is designed to work for deletion of all the data in a memory channel rather
than data in a specific column.
Copy (Ctrl+C) - Copies the selected data.
You can copy two different ways:
Copy all the details of a Memory Channel (one or several at once) or Copy
details within one column (from one cell to one or many at one time)
In most cases, data can be copied from one tab to another (as in left
and right memories).
It can also be copied from one programmer to another (both files
Version 3 or Version 4 or even between Version 3 and Version 4
files).
Data that is not appropriate for where it is to be pasted (i.e., a VHF
frequency into a UHF channel) will not be pasted.
Copying an entire memory channel or group of channels
Shown here are details for copying within a file. The same actions apply to
copy data to another tab of the file or to another programmer.
Open the file.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
32
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Select the data to be copied.
To select an entire row, point your mouse at the number in the blue box at
the left of the row. Click and release the left mouse to select that row. The
entire row will be highlighted when it is selected.
To select multiple rows, point your mouse at the number in the blue box at
the left of the first row to be selected. Click and hold the left mouse button as
you drag the pointer over the next several channels that you want to copy.
The channels must be sequential for multi channel copying. All the selected
channels will be highlighted.
To select all rows, point your mouse at the number in the blue box at the left
of the first row. Left click the mouse. Release the mouse. Press Ctrl A to
select all. The entire page will be highlighted. Note: If you have a lot of
channels to select, rather than trying to select them with the mouse,
simply select the first one and press Ctrl A. The copy and paste
process does not care if blank channels are selected.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Easy Editing in the Grid
33
Copy Command
From the menu at the top of the screen, use your mouse to left click on
Edit. From the menu that opens, use the mouse to left click on Copy.
You can also copy by pressing Ctrl C on the keyboard.
Or while pointing at the screen of the programmer, right click and select
Copy from the menu that opens.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
34
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
It will appear that nothing has happened. The program in conjunction with
built in commands of the operating system of the computer has copied the
data. It is waiting for you to Paste it where you want it.
Paste (Ctrl+V) - Writes the selected data to the current position of the cursor overwriting
the data from that point.The Version 3 and Version 4 programmers have the ability to
copy and paste data in a single column as well as for an entire row.
Paste Complete Channels
Use the mouse to select the channel where you want the data to start.
This can be in another file for the same radio or one for any radio for
which you use an RT Systems Version 4 programmer.
Select the row that is the first into which the data is to be pasted. The
Paste process will begin in that location with the first copied channel
and continue in each channel after that with the rest of the channels
that were copied.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Easy Editing in the Grid
35
From the menu at the top of the screen, use your mouse to left click on
Edit. From the menu that appears, use the mouse to left click on
Paste.
You can also paste by pressing Ctrl V with the mouse pointing within
the selected area (i.e., just look at where the mouse pointer is on the
screen. It must by within the black area on the screen of the
programmer for this keystroke to have any effect.).
Or while pointing within the highlighted area, right click and select
Paste from the menu that opens.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
36
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
The information is pasted into the selected channels.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Easy Editing in the Grid
You can make this process even easier by splitting the screen into two parts. Select
Window New Vertical Tab Group for this result.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
37
38
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Copying details from one cell to change many rows at once.
Column editing: This editing allows you to change the data in the same
column of several rows at once. It works a little differently for columns with text
(including those into which you enter text and those that you select text from a
list) and check box fields. Each of these scenarios is presented here in an
example.
Text Cell Editing - To change Tone Mode to Tone for several
channels.
Select the Tone Mode field of the first of the channels to be
changed.
Make the change by pulling the drop-down and selecting Tone
from the list.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Easy Editing in the Grid
39
Once the selection is made, the focus will move to the next field.
Click back into the Tone Mode field that displays the correct value.
When you move back into the field you can copy the information if
the field is highlighted with a ring around its border or if the text
within is shaded (indicating that it is selected).
Press Ctrl + C, select Edit | Copy from the menu at the top of the
screen, or right click and select Copy from the menu that appears.
(Just as with row copying in the first example.)
Select the first cell to be changed by pressing Down arrow until
that cell is highlighted (the cell will be in the same column so using
the Down Arrow key will easily move you to another nearby cell). If
you need to move quite a way in the file, move to the first cell to be
changed and click the mouse to select that cell.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
40
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
If several consecutive rows are to be changed, select them all by
holding the Shift Key while you Down Arrow through them or hold
the Left Mouse Key while you move your mouse over them (normal
Windows selection processes). When they are selected, they will
be highlighted in a color based on the scheme of your computer.
Press Ctrl + V, select Edit | Paste from the menu at the top of the
screen, or Right Click and select Paste from the options in the
menu that opens. The copied value will appear in each of the
fields.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Easy Editing in the Grid
41
Column editing will address a selection of consecutive cells all at
once or individual cells repeatedly. If the items to be changed are
not consecutive, you can select and paste repeatedly until all the
cells are addresses. You do not have to copy again. The
programmer retains the copied value.
Check Box Cell Editing - If you want to put several channels into a
Bank, there is no reason to do this one row at a time.
This process varies from the other by how the cells are selected.
Check box cells act differently than those that contain text. You can
copy from one check box column into another.
In this example, put channels several into Bank 1 without checking the
Bank 1 box for each channel.
First, select Settings from the menu at the top of the page. From
that menu, select Bank Settings. Several columns of the screen will
be hidden leaving only Receive Frequency, Name and Banks.
This makes working on the screen easier since you no longer must
scroll through several columns that you are not using now.
For Channel 1, put a check in the box under Bank 1.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
42
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
At this point you CANNOT copy this field. Press Tab or Enter to move
out of the field.
The process is more easily done now with the keyboard rather than
the mouse.
Press Right Arrow to move focus back into the Bank 1 column. Notice
that there is now a black border on that cell. The cell is now ready to
be copied. Press Ctrl C or select Edit from the menu then copy from
the list that opens to copy the cell.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Easy Editing in the Grid
43
Press and Hold the Shift key while pressing the Down Arrow key to
select the rows that will be set with this information.
Press Ctrl V to paste the selecting into the fields.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
44
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Simple Mode: Hides several of the columns for each memory channel. Those
remaining are the ones that are most needed for any memory channel. Those
remaining include:
Receive Frequency - A channel cannot be programmed without a receive
frequency. This is the frequency you listen to.
Transmit Frequency - The programmer will complete this automatically.
The column is included in case you need to enter the value other than the
default for the receive frequency based on the band plan (i.e., an odd split
pair).
Offset Direction - Again, the programmer will complete this automatically
based on the band plan for the receive frequency. However, an
occasional repeater will differ from the band plan. Including this column
gives you the ability to address that difference.
Name - This column is for personalized information to identify the
channel.
Tone Mode - The repeater operator controls this detail for the repeater.
There is nothing standard that can be completed automatically. You need
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Easy Editing in the Grid
45
to select the Tone Mode then assign the CTCSS frequency or DCS code
as needed for a particular repeater.
Skip - Use at your discretion to include or exclude a frequency during
memory channel scanning.
Comment - Personalized notes up to 80 characters. This information
remains a part of the file and is not transferred to the radio.
Note: While in Simple Mode, you cannot access the Preferences
screen (Settings | Preferences). The columns that are hidden in
Simple mode are predetermined by the programmer.
All columns are visible on the screen when you are no longer in
Simple Mode. If you want to hide other columns, you can do that
through individual selection on the Settings | Preferences page.
Find (Ctrl+F) - Finds specific text in a specified column. Once you select this
command or press Ctrl+F a screen opens into which you enter the text (or number)
to be found.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
46
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Select the field to be searched (i.e., Receive frequency, Transmit
frequency, etc.)
Enter the text (or numbers) to be found.
Click OK to move to the first item found. The search always begins at
the top of the list and stops at the end.
Find Next (F3) - Use the F3 function key to repeat the specified find and move to
the next item. For example: You choose to search for 145 in the Receive Frequency
column in a file with 5 channels beginning with 145. OK in the Find box takes you to
the first one. F3 takes you to the second; then the third; then the fourth: and so on
until you have stopped at each of those that match the criteria.
Goto Channel (Ctrl+G) - Moves to the indicated channel number. When this
option is selected a screen opens into which you enter the channel number. Enter
the number and click OK to move to that memory channel (programmed or not).
Insert Channel (Shift+Ins) - Inserts a blank row without deleting information
present. The current information and all that follows is "pushed-down" to make
room. The number of rows inserted will equal the number of rows selected. This is a
great way to slip channel information into a list of channels.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Easy Editing in the Grid
47
Note: Insertion of rows can result in the loss of data from the bottom
of the list. You will be warned if there is danger of data loss and given
the opportunity to cancel the process to prevent this loss.
Delete Channel (Shift+Del) - Removes the selected row. All the data following the
deleted row is "pulled-up" to eliminate the blank row. Beware!! Deleted data cannot
be recovered. Neither the Insert nor the Paste commands write the data to the grid.
If you accidentally delete data, exit the Programmer WITHOUT saving. The file will
be restored to its condition when you last saved and the last deleted data will be
restored. Multiple channels can be deleted by selecting them all at once and
selecting delete.
Clear Channel - Removes the data from the selected channel without moving all
those that follow up to fill this space. Leaves the channel blank.
Move Up (Ctrl+U) - The ability to select a channel and have it "change places" with
the channel immediately preceding it. Repeat this command on a selected channel
to "walk" it into place in your list. Sequential channels can be selected and moved at
once. The group will move up one channel at a time. The displaced memory channel
will move to the end of the group being moved.
Move Down (Ctrl+D) - The ability to select a channel and have it "change places"
with the channel immediately following it. Repeat this command on a selected
channel to "walk" it into place in your list. Sequential channels can be selected and
moved at once. The group will move down one channel at a time. The displaced
memory channel will move to the top of the group being moved.
Add Frequency Range - A convenient way to add lots of channels at once. This is
great for setting up a radio for scanning a certain range of channels. When this
option is selected you are presented with a window into which you enter the details
of the channels to be entered.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
48
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Enter Starting Frequency: The value of the first frequency of the list to be
entered. Any allowable frequency of the radio being programmed.
Number of channels - Enter the number of channels to be entered. You
can insert as few as 1 to as many as 1000 channels at once. You are not
warned if you select more than the number of memory channels. The
process just inserts all that it can and ignores the rest.
Frequency Step - Enter the value that will separate each of the
frequencies in these channels. Select 5kHz to 200 kHz.
Click OK and watch the screen fill. Or Cancel to exit the process without
change to your file.
The channels are inserted beginning at the currently selected channel (i.e., if
you have selected channel 40, the first channel will be added at channel 40).
You are warned if a channel will be overwritten and given the ability to not
overwrite or to cancel the process. If you choose No to prevent loss of the
current channel information, the skipped frequency is entered into the next
available space and not lost.
Sort - Great for data management or to arrange your channels permanently for a
special use. The version 3 and Version 4 programmers have the ability to Undo a
sort. You can now sort the list on a given parameter, touch-up a group of entries,
then put the list back in its original order with the changes that you made. When this
option is selected you are presented with a window for selection of the options.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Easy Editing in the Grid
49
Sort by - Select a column for the initial sort.
Then Sort By - Select a second column for a secondary sort.
Sort Mode - Ascending for lowest to highest. Descending for highest
to lowest.
Channel Sort Selection - Selected Channels to sort only a group form
the file. All Channels to sort all the channels in the file.
If the result is not quite what you expected, select the Undo Sort option to
return the list to the point you left it last.
Always save your file before you sort. At the very worst you can exit the file
without saving to return to the order of that last save.
Blank memory channels are always sorted to the top of bottom of the list
based on the Ascending or Descending selection.
Different fields sort differently. If a field is a text field in one programmer and
a drop down list in another, the sort results will be different. It has to do with
how the computer interprets the values in these different types of fields.
While this was present in the older programmers, it should not be a problem
in the Version 3 or Version 4 programmers where the fields are consistent
between the radio programmers.
Unsort - For use after sorting to return the list to the last saved order. Use Sort
and Unsort to easily edit channels with the same info that needs to be changed.
Sort to bring those channels together. Edit the details (see cell editing). Then
unsort to return the list to the last saved order with the edits in place.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
50
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Quick File Access Commands
Ctrl 0 (Control zero) - Open existing file for same radio. Calls the Open dialog for
the programmer being used allowing you to select a file to be opened without
having to select the file type first. This is especially helpful when several
programmers are loaded on one system. (i.e., Lets you select another FT-7800
file without having to select that file type first from the open box.)
Ctrl O (Control letter "O") - File | Open. Presents the box from which the file type is
selected just as File | Open. Select the type of file to be opened. The programmer
will look in the location of that last file for that particular file type. (i.e., you can open
an FT-60 file while working with the FT-7800 programmer as long as you have the
Version 3 or Version 4 module for the FT-60. With both open, you can copy and
paste between the files or send each to the proper radio without having to close
and reopen the Version 3 or Version 4 programmers separately.)
Ctrl M - Automatically create a new file for the programmer being used. Eliminates
having to select the file type first.
Ctrl N - File | New. Presents the box from which the file type is selected just as in File |
New in the menu. Select the file type for the programmer to create a new file for
that radio (the same as the one you're working with now or for a different radio for
which you have the Version 3 or Version 4 module.)
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
VI
52
6
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Screen Appearance and Default Options
The screen of the programmer can be customized to make data entry that much easier.
Options for screen appearance are accessed under Settings | Preferences from the
menu on the main screen of the programmer. This screen appears when that option is
selected:
Freeze Columns
The option to "freeze" can be applied to any or all columns. Select the
number of columns to remain on the screen at all times as you scroll to the
right of the spreadsheet.
Having these columns always available for reference can be a great help for
identifying the memory channel being edited.
Hidden Columns (Mark the columns to hide)
Selected columns can be marked as hidden which removes them from the
screen display. During editing, these fields are completed with default
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Screen Appearance and Default Options
53
information for the radio. This option is a global setting and will affect every
file, new or existing.
In an existing file the data in these columns is not lost: it is simply not
displayed.
In a new file, a hidden column is filled with a default value.
Hidden column data is not printed. Columns can be marked as hidden to
customize printed output and then restored for additional data management.
Note: Several columns are hidden and unhidden with the Simple
Mode option found under Edit from the menu of the main screen.
Simple mode hides all but the columns required for memory channel
operations. When you leave Simple Mode, all columns will again be
visible.
Alternate row colors
Select a color for the text (Fore) and/or background (Back) for rows 2, 4, 6,
etc. This can help the readability of the spreadsheet.
Radio Menu Settings
Sets the option for how the global settings of the radio are saved in the file.
These options for saving are explained in great detail in the Using the
Programmer - Overview section of this help.
Briefly, the radio settings contained on the Settings screen are options that
are not specific to any one memory channel. The radio uses this setting
whether it is in memory mode, VFO, on a Home channel, or, basically,
whenever it is on. The settings for these options are sent automatically to the
radio with the channel information.
The Settings can be saved as part of the channel data file or in a separate
file.
As part of the channel data file, they are reset to defaults each time you
start a new file. You set them to your specifications for the file that is
being created.
As a separate file, they are set once, saved, then sent to the radio with
every saved channel data file.
The pros and cons of both of these option are discussed in detail in the
Using the Programmer - Overview section of this help.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
54
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Memory Defaults
You have complete control of the programmer. These options control default
values for the channel data for memory channels, VFOs, Limits, Home, etc.
Making one change here controls how a channel will be completed when a
frequency is entered.
To access the Memory Defaults screen,
Select Settings from the menu at the top of the screen.
Select Preferences
Once on the Preferences screen select the Memory Defaults tab.
Check Show Name Automatically - For radios with an extra column for show
name, having this option selected (checked) lets the programmer mark that
check automatically when you enter a name for that memory channel. this
eliminates that extra step.
With this option checked, you can uncheck a Show Name box at any time
if you would rather display the frequency for a given memory channel.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Screen Appearance and Default Options
55
Convert Split Offsets to standard Plus and Minus when available - This option
is for programming Yaesu radios only as Icom radios work only with Plus
(+Dup) and Minus (-Dup) offsets. See the discussion of Non-standard offsets
in the Programmer Main Window section of this help for a complete
explanation.
Disable CTCSS, DCS and other Tone columns according to the Tone Mode
selection - Beginning in the Version 3 programmer and continuing into future
versions, the programmers have been designed to help you enter information
for tones used for repeater access. You cannot enter a tone unless you have
selected a Tone Mode which tells the radio to use that tone. The tone value
columns are disabled until you turn the tone on. Then only the appropriate
column is made active. When this option in unchecked, you will be able to
adjust the tone value even if the Tone Mode has not been set for that memory
channel.
Offset Frequency Defaults - Defaults are set for US radios. Others are
presented to make data entry easier in other countries where those defaults
are different.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
VII
Split Screen for Multiple Files
7
57
Split Screen for Multiple Files
The Version 4 programmer can display more than one file simultaneously in the
programmer's main window. Opening several files at once makes it even easier to
copy and paste between them (even files for different radios from different
manufacturers) or just to compare the frequency lists.
Open the files
From the menu at the top of the main screen, select Window | New Vertical
tab group
The screen will separate into two parts taking the selected file to the new
group.
To work with three as shown above, simple select another file and repeat the
process.
A horizontal split is also possible.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
58
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Open the files
From the menu at the top of the main screen, select Window | New Horizontal
tab group
The screen will separate into two parts taking the selected file to the new
group.
To work with three as shown above, simple select another file and repeat the
process.
Note: Once you divide the screen horizontally or vertically, the other
separation is not available. Selections for vertical and horizontal
groups will be enabled and disabled in the menu as necessary.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
VIII
60
8
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Menu Item Cross Reference
The Programmer presents all the options for the radio in easy to use grid, check box,
list and combo box formats. Most radios these days have so many options that
organizing them in the Programmer can be a challenging task.
Presented here is a cross reference list that details the item as presented in the
operating manual where you will find the setting for that item in the Programmer.
The location in the Programmer is described as a "path". For example.
Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Common tab | Set Mode Settings | Time Out
Timer
Click on Settings at the top of the screen
Select Radio Menu Settings from the menu that opens
Select the Common tab
The Time Out Timer option is found under the Set Mode section.
Set Mode
Item Menu Item
#
STEP
1 (Frequency
Step)
2
Programmer Item
Main page | VFO tab | Step
VFO tab | Squelch Level. This item can be set independently
SQL-LE
for Band A and Band B display. It controls the radio in VFO
(Squelch Level)
and Memory mode.
3
SAVE
(Power Saver
Mode)
Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Common tab | Battery Save
(checkbox)
4
TXP
(Transmitting
Power)
Main page | Tx Power. This item is set independently for each
memory channel
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Menu Item Cross Reference
61
5
ROGER
(Beginning/
Ending Prompt) Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Common tab | Roger
6
TOT
(Tim Out Timer) Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Common tab | Time Out Timer
7
VOX
8
WN
(Bandwidth)
Main Screen | Operating Mode
9
Voice
(Voice Guide)
Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Common tab | Voice
Language
Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Common tab | VOX Gain
TOA
Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Common tab | TOT Pre-Alert
10 (Transmitting
Overtime Alarm)
11
BEEP
Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Common tab | Beep
(Beep Prompt) (checkbox)
PONMSG
12 (Power On
Message)
Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Common tab | Welcome
Message
BCL
Main screen | Busy Lock This item can be set independently
13 (Busy Channel
for each memory channel.
Lockout)
AUTOLK
14 (Keypad Lock) Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Key Lock
R-CTC
15 (Receiving
CTCSS)
Main screen | Rx CTCSS - This item can be set only once Tone
mode is set to T-SQL
T-CTC
16 (Transmitting
CTCSS)
Main screen | CTCSS - This item can be set only once Tone
Mode is set to Tone.
R-DCS
17 (Receiving
DCS)
Main screen | RX DCS - This item can be set only once Tone
Mode is set to DCS or T DCS
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
62
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
T-DCS
(Transmitting
18
DCS)
Main screen | DCS - This item can be set only once Tone Mode
is set to DCS
SC-REV
19 (Scan Mode)
Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Common tab | Scan Resume
PF1
20 (Side key 1)
Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Common tab | PF1 Key
CH-MDF
21 (Working
Mode)
VFO tab | Display Mode. This item can be set independently
for Band A and Band B display. It controls the radio in VFO
and Memory mode.
Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Common tab | Auto Backlight
ABR
22 (Auto Backlight) (checkbox)
OFFSET
23 (Offset
Frequency)
Main Screen | Offset Frequency - This item is set independently
for each memory channel.
Main Screen | Offset Direction - This item is set independently
SFT-D
24 (Shift Direction) for each memory channel.
SECOND
25 (Stopwatch)
Settings | Radio Menu Settings | Common tab | Stopwatch
(checkbox)
CHNAME
Main screen | Name - This item is set independently for each
26 (Channel Name
memory channel
Editing)
MEM-CH
27 (Memory
Channel)
DEL-CH
28 (Deleting
Channel)
29 Reset
30
SCN CD
(Tone scan)
Main screen | Channel numbers - Each row corresponds to an
independent memory channel.
Select the channel to be deleted by clicking on the channel
number.
Click Edit | Delete Channel (to move all following channels up)
OR Click Edit | Clear channel (to remove the contents of the
channel and leave all those following in the same position. A
blank channel will result)
Communications | Send data to radio using a factory fresh file
and settings file.
This item is not addressed from the programmer. It is activated
from the face of the radio.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Menu Item Cross Reference
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
63
Part
IX
Programming Memory Channels
9
65
Programming Memory Channels
The radio has lots of different types of memory channels. In the Programmer, these all
program in a spreadsheet dedicated to that "type" of memory.
Use the links to access details for any one of these.
Regular Memory Channels - The several hundred all radios have these
days. The ones you will use most often.
VFO Memories - Settings for VFO operations when the file is first sent to
the radio. This channel has no one button recall on the radio and will
change when the tuning knob is used. To be able to recall settings at any
time, use the Regular Memory Channels.
Details on the special editing abilities of the Programmer are included in the Easy
Editing in the Grid section of this Help. Review these details to make data entry even
easier.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
66
9.1
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Regular Memory Channels
The Main window of the Programmer is for entering details for the memory channels.
Columns continue off the right side of the screen. Use the bar at the bottom of the
screen to move to these columns or press ENTER to step through each column.
For easier editing, columns can be hidden and rows can be made alternate colors
using the selections of the Preferences screen. Select Settings | Preferences in the
menu to access these screen options.
Make programming extra easy. Try Simple Mode in the software for even less
to enter. In Simple Mode only the columns needed for the minimum information to set
up the channel are shown on the screen. Extra columns are hidden and filled with
default information. To put the screen into Simple Mode, select Edit | Simple Mode
from the menu. While in Simple Mode, you cannot access the Preferences screen.
The Programmer controls what columns are hidden while in this mode.
There are lots of features in the Programmer that make data editing easier. These
include, copy and paste, column editing, sort and unsort. See the Quick Editing
Commands in this Help for details.
Details to be entered for each memory channel include:
Receive Frequency: Enter a receive frequency for the memory channel. Acceptable
frequencies are detailed in the operating manual for the radio.
The radio can accept frequencies into memory in any order (VHF followed by
UHF, etc.)
Note: Your radio is designed for 2M/440MHz OR 2M/220Mhz
operations. Frequencies in the appropriate bands for your radio can
be entered in any order.
To help you organize your data, you can skip channels and group like
frequencies or frequencies for a certain activity. The radio does not care if it
contains empty memory channels. All the regular memory channels are
programmed on this screen.
All memories must be programmed into the same file. The programming
process replaces the channels in the radio with the channels in the file.
Many of the channels must be programmed to satisfy the defaults of the radio
(i.e., VFO channels). That does not mean that what you see in the
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Programming Memory Channels
67
Programmer must remain in that default location. You can change any default
setting to a frequency appropriate for the band.
Transmit Frequency: Enter a specific transmit frequency or let the Programmer
calculate this frequency based on the offset. Acceptable transmit frequencies are
detailed in the operating manual for the radio. The software will accept any frequency
within the range of your particular radio.
Note: Although in the Programmer you can set offset and other
transmit related data for frequencies outside the transmission
abilities of the radio, the software will not enable transmission on
these frequencies. Transmission will be possible only if the radio has
been properly modified.
Offset Frequency: The mathematical difference between the transmit and receive
frequencies of a repeater. Available standard offsets are 100, 500 and 600 kHz; 1.00,
1.60, 3.00, 5.00, 7.60, 10.0, and 99.0 MHz. 600 kHz is the standard offset for VHF and
5.00 MHz is standard for UHF. The radio will accept an offset frequency of 0 to 69.950
MHz.
A non-standard Offset Frequency value is entered by typing in both the
Receive and Transmit frequencies for the memory channel. The Programmer
will calculate the direction and Offset Frequency automatically if possible
given the requirements of the radio. A repeater that operates with with a
non-standard offset frequency is sometimes referred to an "Odd Split".
If when you subtract the Receive and Transmit frequencies you get a value
with three digits after the decimal, the pair must be used as a Split with no
Offset Frequency.
Offset Direction: If necessary, manually set the Offset Direction to one of the there
options available. The Programmer will make a selection automatically based on the
receive frequency; however, the details for a particular repeater may differ from the
standard band plan making it necessary for you to make a selection other than the
default. Select from
Simplex - transmit and receive frequencies are the same;
Minus - the offset frequency is subtracted from the receive frequency (i.e., the
transmit frequency is less than the receive frequency as in RX 145.520 TX
143.425)
Plus - the offset frequency is added to the receive frequency (i.e., the transmit
frequency is greater than the receive frequency as in RX 144.250 TX
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
68
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
147.335)
Split - the offset frequency has more than two digits after the decimal no
matter whether the Tx or Rx frequency is greater (i.e., receive frequency of
145.535 and transmit frequency of 147.240 yielding an offset frequency of
1.705 MHz. This pair would have to be entered as a split for the radio to
operate properly.)
No Transmit - Use this option for a channel you want to monitor only. You will
not transmit on this channel.
Operating Mode: Select the appropriate operating mode for the channel. The
selections listed here are not included in all Icom radios. Chose from those available
for your model:
FM - Used for most if not all for amateur band operations
FM Narrow - Special use in parts of the amateur band where 2.5khz deviation
is needed. (This will not enable the radio to work on the new more closely
spaced commercial frequencies. However, it is the option you need to use if
a frequency that can be entered is listed as narrow-banded. )
Name: Enter an Alpha/Numeric tag (up to 6 characters) to easily identify that memory
channel.
The name entered is displayed on the face of the radio in place of the
frequency if Display Mode is set to "Ch + Name" in the Settings file.
Select Settings | Radio Menu Settings to customize this option and save your
choice.
This option can be set independently for the A and B display.
Note: If Band A is set to "Channel+Name" and Band B is set to
"Channel + Frequency" it will appear that you have a Frequency/
Name display. Be aware that Band A and Band B are turned through
the memory channels independently. The name and frequency
displayed may not be for the same channel.
Tone Mode: The "tone" system has two purposes. First, it allows you to access
repeaters that have a tone assigned. Second, it allows for silent monitoring until a call
directed to you is received. The radio offers CTCSS (Continuous Tone Coded
Squelch) and DTCS (Digital Tone Coded Squelch) systems to be tailored to your
particular needs.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Programming Memory Channels
69
Using tones requires two steps:
1) Selecting the Tone Mode and
2) Making a selection for the CTCSS frequency or DTCS tone.
Note: Values that appear in the CTCSS, Rx CTCSS, DCS or Rx DCS
column that are not associated with the selected Tone Mode are not
used by the radio other than to fill the space in its memory structure.
These values will NOT interfere with Tone operation of the channel.
Use of the "Tone" system can make it possible for you to use a local
repeater. It can also limit your ability to hear a transmission from that
repeater. The details governing use of the system depend completely on
your situation. The repeater operator is in complete control.
Set up the options carefully. If you are not sure, program the same memory
channel more than once with different options selected for Tone. Once you
determine which one works, delete the others from the file then send that
altered file to the radio to change its programming.
Set the Tone Mode:
None - No tone system activated. With this option selected, neither of the
columns for selecting a CTCSS or DCS value is active.
Tone - CTCSS tone is activated for transmission only (this mode is used
for many if not most repeater operations). This mode is often referred to as
Encode. With this option selected, the CTCSS column becomes active to set
the tone frequency to be used. Set the tone frequency in the CTCSS column
for this channel.
T Sql - CTCSS tone squelch is activated for both transmission and
reception. Only signals with the same tone will open the squelch: your radio
will remain silent otherwise. This mode is often referred to as Tone Squelch.
With this option selected, the CTCSS and RX CTCSS columns become
active to set the tone frequencies to be used for both transmission and
reception. The radio can use two tone frequencies: one for transmission and
a different one for reception. If you are given only one value and told the
repeater uses Tone Squelch, set the same value in both the CTCSS and RX
CTCSS columns.
Note: Unless specifically noted in the information you are given
about the repeater, most amateur repeaters do NOT use this mode.
If you select this mode incorrectly, you will be able to access the
repeater; however, you will hear nothing when the repeater
transmits. You will know the repeater is transmitting because you will
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
70
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
see an indication of a received signal on your radio; but, you will hear
no sound.
Reprogram the channel using Tone rather than TSql and try again.
DCS - The Digital Coded Squelch system is activated for both
transmission and reception. Only signals with the matching tone will open
the squelch: your radio will remain silent otherwise. With this option selected,
the DCS and RX DCS columns become active to set the codes to be used.
The radio can use two DCS tones: one for transmission and a different one
for reception. If you are given only one value and told the repeater uses DCS,
set the same value in both the DCS and RX DCS columns.
D Code - The Digital Coded Squelch system is activated for transmission
only. With this option selected, the DCS column becomes active to set the
code to be used.
T DCS - CTCSS tone system is activated for transmission and Digital
Coded Squelch system is activated for reception. With this option selected,
the CTCSS and RX DCS columns become active to select the tone
frequency and DCS code to be used.
D Tone - The Digital Coded Squech system is activated for transmission
and the CTCSS tone system is activated for reception. With this option
selected, the RX CTCSS and DCS columns become active to select the tone
frequency and DCS code to be used.
CTCSS: Select one of 50 tone frequencies to be used with the Tone mode option.
This is the sub-audible tone that will be transmitted for access to a repeater (i.e., you
will not hear it; but the repeater will). This field becomes active only when Tone, T-Sql,
or T DCS is selected as the Tone Mode.
RX CTCSS: Select one of 50 tone frequencies to be used with the Tone mode option.
This is the sub-audible tone that must be received by your radio before it will hear an
incoming signal. If this field is set incorrectly you will receive an indication on your radio
that a signa is being received, but will hear nothing. This field becomes active only if
Tone Mode is set to T-Sql or D-Tone.
Note: This is NOT the tone used for normal repeater access. Unless
the repeater is specially set up for this option (fire-rescue, emergency
services or commercial repeaters as examples), your radio will be
able to activate the repeater; but it will hear nothing back. You will see
an indication on your radio is receiving a signal; however, you will
hear nothing.
In this case, change the Tone Mode setting to Tone with the same
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Programming Memory Channels
71
value set in the CTCSS column and try again.
DCS: Select one of 104 DTCS codes to be used with the DCS mode. This is a digital
code that will be transmitted for access to a repeater. This field becomes active only if
Tone Mode is set to DCS, D-Code or D-Tone.
Rx DCS: Select one of 104 DTCS codes to be used with the DCS mode. This is a
digital code that must be received by your radio before it will hear an incoming signal.
If this field is set incorrectly, you will receive an indication on your radio that a signal is
being received, but will hear nothing. This field must match that of the incoming signal
generated by the repeater. This field becomes active only if Tone Mode is set to DCS,
or T-DCS.
DCS Polarity: Select the polarity of the DCS tone for advanced use of this feature.
Options include Both N (NN, default), TN-RR, TR-RN and Both R (RR) where T =
Transmit, N = Normal, First R of pair = Receive and Second R of pair = Reversed.
Note: both the DCS code and polarity must match for a signal to be
heard when received.
Tx Power: Set to High or Low as needed to complete the transmission.
Scan Add: Check to include the channel when scanning. Unchecked channels will be
available when tuning manually and will be skipped during scanning.
Busy Lock: Check to inhibit transmission if a signal is being received on the channel.
Comment: An identifying comment up to 80 characters for the memory channel. This
information is not transferred to the radio.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
72
9.2
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
VFO Memories
The VFO memories provide "temporary" memory channels for quick access. The VFO
memory is temporary since it is lost when the radio is tuned while in VFO mode. There
is no one button recall for the information entered into these channels of the
Programmer.
Note: Remember, the VFO memory is temporary. The programmed
frequencies appear immediately after the file is sent to the radio.
When the radio is tuned manually in VFO mode, the programmed
frequency cannot be recalled as a memory channel can be.
Memory channel details do not have to be programmed into the VFO
first. Enter memory channels details into the grid on the Memories
tab of the Programmer.
To program the VFO memory, select the VFO tab at the bottom of the screen. Enter a
frequency that is appropriate for the band. The information to be entered is the same
as that for regular Memories except that the VFO’s do not have an alpha label available
to be programmed. See Regular Memory Channels for details of the fields.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
X
74
10
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Programming Other Set Menu Items
Programming any radio involves details for each memory channel and settings that are
global to the radio no matter which memory channel, VFO or Call channel you're
operating on.
The Memory Channel details are entered on the grid that appears when the
Programmer is first opened. This is only part of what needs to be done to make your
radio your own.
The global settings are entered on the screens accessed from Settings | Radio Menu
Settings in the menu at the top of the main screen. Don't miss these settings. Getting
them the way you want them can significantly enhance the performance of your radio.
Details for the options are found in sections of this Help that correspond to the screens
in the Programmer where you will find that option. Everything starts in the Programmer
from Settings | Radio Menu Settings from the menu at the top of the main screen.
Radio Menu Settings - General Overview - This is a general discussion of
how the Programmer handles these settings relative to the memory channel
file. There are several options available to make it as easy as possible for
you to maintain the memory channels and settings that you use in your radio.
Radio Menu Settings - Common - The more common of the Set Mode
options of the radio. Those not associated with GPS or Digital functions.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Programming Other Set Menu Items
10.1
75
Radio Menu Settings - General Overview
When programming your radio, there are details that you enter into a memory channel
and there are options that are set once for the radio to use regardless of the memory
channel you're on or if you are in VFO mode. There is a lot more to this radio than just
what can be programmed into a memory channel. Things like Beep, Squelch, Lock,
and DTMF memories, just to name a few, cannot be changed for each memory
channel. These options are set for the radio to use whenever it is being operated.
Radio Menu Settings are menu items that are global to the operation of the radio.
These items are set from the Radio Menu Settings screen in the Programmer.
(Settings | Radio Menu Settings from the menu on the main screen).
The Programmer offers three options for managing the Global settings:
Set and forget - The Radio Menu Settings screens are there for you to use
to easily customize your radio to suit your use. Once you make your
selections and save them, you don't have to do it again, even it you start a
new frequency file.
Create and use multiple global settings files - This might be the best option
if you program the frequencies for several different people. You can
customize the Global functions for the individual without having to recreate
the frequency file.
Save the settings as part of the file with the memory information. - This
might be best if you are programming different frequencies AND different
global settings for different groups. You might even want to use this option
if you travel. How you use your radio at home may differ from how it should
function on the same frequency in another city. Then each time you travel,
simply load the corresponding file into the radio to have frequency and
global settings as you need them for where you're going.
The three options are discussed in detail below. Once you decide, set the Programmer
for the option that you want on the Preferences screen (Settings | Preferences) in the
Programmer.
Set and Forget
This is the default of the Programmer.
Not using the Radio Menu Settings (Settings | Radio Menu Settings) settings can
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
76
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
result in your radio "acting funny" every time you program it. That's because
something is getting reset in the radio by a setting in this file.
From the main screen of the Programmer, select Settings | Radio Menu Settings.
Explore these screens. If you fear you have made changes you don't want, click the
"X" at the upper right of the Settings screen. Answer No to the prompt to save. Then
click the "X" again to close. The screen will close without saving anything you have
done.
Details for the options on this page are found on several pages of this Help. Each
page contains the details for the options on that page. The pages in the TOC begin
with the words "Radio Menu Settings". The information there can help you decide how
best to customize a setting.
Once you complete your selections:
Click File | Save
If you are working in a default file (Untitled.rsf), you will be prompted for a
filename.
Enter a name for this file. This can be the same as the name you're using
for the memory channel information or it can be a name unique to these
settings. IKf you're at a loss, use "Settings".
Click Save to close the Save dialog
Click File | Exit to close the Settings screen.
The Programmer will take it from here making sure these customized settings go to
the radio along with the memory channel information.
Creating and using multiple Global settings files
There may be global settings of the radio that you want configured differently for
different activities. You can make changes to your settings file and save it separately.
Having multiple memory channel files (."radio name") and multiple global setting files (.
rsf) gives you the ability to mix and match the features of your radio to suit your needs.
This makes it easy to customize the radio for a special event without disturbing the
original programming files. Then once the event is over, simply reprogram the radio
with the memory channel information and settings that you use everyday.
When a new file is begun, the same settings used in the last settings file saved will
appear automatically in this new file. You need not re-enter the settings each time, nor
are you forced to always begin a new file by renaming an existing file. Your settings
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Programming Other Set Menu Items
77
are retained and you need only enter memory channel details.
To select a settings file for use:
Select Settings | Radio Menu Settings from the main page of the
Programmer.
From the Radio Menu Settings screen, select File | Open. A list of settings
files will be presented. - Do not change the Files of Type selection at the
bottom. The Programmer presents appropriate files to choose from.
Select the file you want to use and click Open.
Verify that this is the settings file that you want to use. Check also that the
proper filename appears in the titlebar at the top of the Menu Settings
window.
Click File | Save to reset the Programmer to use this file.
Select File | Exit to close this screen. These settings will be sent to the
radio with the memory channel file until you change this file selection again.
Save the settings as part of the file with the memory
information
Programmers have the option of saving the global settings with the memory channel
information.
This feature is good two ways. First, if you think that you'll always use only one file for
programming and you are more comfortable knowing that EVERYTHING that is going
to the radio is in this one file, select this option. Second, if you are programming
similar, but not identical, memory channel information for people who use their radios
very differently, keeping global menu settings in the file with the memory channel
information would reduce the chance of programming a radio incorrectly.
Keep menu settings and frequencies in a single file. (option)
From the main screen of the Programmer, select Settings | Preferences
Click OK to close this screen.
From the main screen of the Programmer, select Settings | Radio Menu
Settings.
Make changes as needed.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
78
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Click Close | Apply changes and close (if you want to save) or Discard all
changes and close (if you think you're made mistakes and need to return to
the last time you saved this file).
Remember, with each new file created the Radio Menu Settings return to factory
defaults. You must set these option for EACH memory channel file created.
Another feature of this option is the ability to use the settings from a settings file that
you already created.
From the Menu Settings screen, select External Setting Files
From that menu select Open
Select a settings file from the list presented. The settings file must be for
the same radio.
To set these to be used in this file, select Close | Apply changes and close.
The settings from the other file will be saved to this file and sent to the radio with this
memory channel programming.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Programming Other Set Menu Items
10.2
79
Radio Menu Settings - Common
Included here are brief descriptions of the features and how to set them in the
Programmer. The User’s Manual of the radio should be used to provide any other
explanation of the feature and its use after programming.
A/B Band
Display Mode - A change here controls whether the radio is in VFO or
Memory (channel) mode. In channel mode, the radio can display, Channel,
Channel + Frequency or Channel + Name.
If VFO is selected, it is set for both A Band and B Band and cannot be
changed for one independently. The radio operates in VFO or Memory mode
on BOTH A Band and B Band.
Note: This is where Name display is engaged. The option is global
for the A Band or B Band independently. If you set A Band to Name
and B Band to Channel + Frequency, while you will see a dual display
with Name and frequency, the two may not be for the same channel
since you can move between channels on A Band and B Band
independently.
If the Name option is engaged for a channel without a name,
CH-"###" (where ### represents the actual numeric channel number)
will be displayed.
Squelch Level - Set the squelch for A Band and B Band independently.
ANI-ID - Set up parameters for ANI ID operations.
Transmit - Set to Manual to transmit tones using the keypad. Set to
Automatic to transmit the tones when the PTT is pressed.
Sidetone Key to hear the tone being sent when a key is pressed.
ANI ID to hear the ANI ID code when it is being transmitted.
Key + ANI ID to hear the ANI ID or keystroke tones.
Auto Backlight - Check to engage backlighting that illuminates automatically when the
Scan/Lamp button on the side or any key of the keypad is pressed.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
80
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Note: Backlight will not illuminate when PTT or Monitor/flashlight key
is pressed.
Auto Lock - Check to engage automatic locking when there are no button presses on
the radio for 15 seconds.
To unlock, press the [# (lock symbol)] key on the face of the radio.
When not engaged, the radio can be locked manually using the [#
(lock symbol)] key on the radio's face.
Battery Save - Check to engage the Low Voltage prompt. When engaged an audible
prompt and flashing backlight will warn of low voltage and serve to remind you to
charge the battery. Default is on: the radio will alert you when low voltage is
encountered.
Beep - Check to engage an audible indication of a button press on the radio.
Channel Only - Check to lockout use of the menu settings of the radio.
Many Wouxun radios are shipped with this option engaged making it
impossible to program the radio from its face.
Be sure to uncheck this option and save the Settings file in the
programmer to ensure that this option is off whenever the radio is
programmed from the software.
Key Lock - Check to engage key lock as if done with the [#(lock symbol)] key from
the face of the radio.
Mode Switch Password - Password required to change between VFO and Channel
only mode through the keys on the face of the radio. This can be helpful in preventing
accidental changes to the radio by someone unauthorized.
PF1 Key - Set the function of the side key that is just below the PTT. Chose from:
Scan: Activate scanning
Lamp: Press to turn on the lamp. Press again to turn it off.
SOS-CH: Press to engage the SOS function.
Radio Function: Turn on FM radio reception.
Unidentified: No function is assigned to the key.
Power On Message - Set the condition of the display when the radio is turned on.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Programming Other Set Menu Items
81
Full Screen - The radio turns on to the frequency display.
Welcome - The Welcome message is displayed in the Band B display.
Battery Voltage - The voltage of the battery is displayed prior to the frequency
becoming available.
Priority Channel - Set to Off or 1-128 to select a channel to be used for Priority
Scanning. Once a memory channel is selected, Priority Scanning is engaged. The
radio checks the priority channel repeatedly between each other memory channel
during scanning and switches to it if a signal is heard.
Reset Password - Set a password that must be entered before the radio can be reset
through the key stroke sequence on its face.
Roger - Control the timing of the voice prompt heard with a transmission. That voice
prompt can be set for the Beginning / End / Both or Off (not heard at all).
Scan Resume - Set timing for scanning to
Time - Scanning resumes 5 seconds after a signal is received whether the
signal is lost or not unless a key is pressed on the radio to halt scanning.
Carrier Wave - Scanning resumes 3 seconds after the signal is lost.
Search - Scanning ceases when a signal is received and must be restarted
manually.
Single Band Enable - Comparable to pressing the [TDR] key. Reduce the display
and operations to one rather than two channels. In this mode, the Sub-Band message
is displayed in place of the other operating frequency. The A/B button switches
between A Band and B Band causing the selected one to become active while the
other becomes inactive.
SOS-Channel - Set to Band A or Band B for to be used for SOS transmission.
Stopwatch - Check to engage the stopwatch function. To use the stopwatch, press
the [#(lock symbol)] key to start counting.
Sub Band Message - Enter the text displayed on the second line of the display when
the radio is operating in single band mode.
Time-Out-Timer - Set the length of time of continuous transmission allowed before the
radio automatically ceases to transmit.
TOT Pre-Alert - Set the time that an alarm will sound prior to the cessation of
transmission as controlled by the Time Out Timer.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
82
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Voice Language - Set to English, Chinese or Off for verbal prompts.
VOX Gain - Set to Off for no VOX operations or 1-10 to control VOX sensitivity where
10 requires a higher volume for detection of a signal.
Welcome Message - Enter the text displayed when the radio is powered on.
Note: Be sure to set Power On Message option to "Welcome" for this
option to be displayed. The Power On Message option is found on
the Common tab of the settings screen.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
XI
84
11
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Radio / Computer Data Transfer
Data flow two ways: from the computer to the radio or from the radio to the computer.
Even when you are sending a file to the radio, some data must be sent from the radio
to the computer to ensure that the two are "talking" before transfer of the file ever gets
started.
In either case, be sure to follow the directions presented on the screen carefully.
The wrong button press can result in a communications failure that could reset your
radio to factory defaults.
Details for this process are contained in these sections:
Communications | Get Data From - Always the best place to start. Even if
there is nothing in your radio. It gets the data "flowing" between the two.
Communications | Send Data To - This process programs the radio with the
details of the file that is on the screen. If the file is blank, you will have a blank
radio. Be sure you see your frequencies on the screen before you start this
part of the process.
Radio to Computer Cabling - Check the photos to be sure you are using the
correct cabling for your radio.
Comport Setup - There is no comport setup in Version 4. The Programmer
automatically finds the RT Systems USB cable for you. This section contains
some troubleshooting details.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Radio / Computer Data Transfer
11.1
85
Communications | Get Data From
Uploads the contents of the radio memory to the computer. This function is often
referred to as "reading" the radio since memory information is "read" from the radio.
This step is recommended before the first file is sent to the radio; however, it is not a
requirement. Files with frequency information can be created in the Programmer
without executing this step.
The Get Data From process (reading the radio)
Connect the cables properly to the radio. See the Radio to Computer
Cabling section of this Help for details of that cabling.
The cable connects to the speaker jack on the back of the radio.
Be sure the battery is charged completely or that you are connected to an
external power source before beginning this process. Loss of power during
communications may result in a reset radio.
The screen that opens has details for completing the process to get data
from the radio (read the radio).
Read the screen carefully. The steps differ with each model. All the
steps you need to do are listed on this screen.
A transfer status bar is displayed immediately on the computer screen to
let you know that the computer is receiving the data from the radio. If the
"blue bar" does not appear and fill immediately, cancel the process and try
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
86
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
again.
Note: If the "blue bar" does not appear and begin to fill immediately,
the first thing to check is that the two prong plug is inserted
completely in the mic jack. It can be difficult to detect that "click"
indicating the plug is fully seated in the jack.
This is the most common problem. You cannot push too hard; but
it's easy to push not enough. Check the connection and try again.
When the Get Data From process is complete, the Programmer will return to the
spreadsheet of the main window where the information taken from the radio is
displayed. This information is ready to be edited and saved.
The radio can remain connected to the computer while changes are being made in the
Programmer. These changes are not reflected in the radio until you complete the Send
Data To process in the Programmer. Leave the radio in CLONE mode or turn it off
while it is connected to the radio. If it is on in normal mode, it may "act funny" since the
PTT line is active in the programming cabling.
If you are doing major editing, turn the radio off and remove the cloning cable. Then
return to the Programmer for editing the file. Once your editing is complete, connect
the radio to the computer and complete the Send Data To process to transfer the
changes to the radio.
Troubleshooting
"Nothing" happens when I press the button indicated on the second screen of the Get
Data From process.
If this is "nothing on the radio", check that your keys are not locked. Turn
the radio off. Unlock the keys. Then turn the radio back on in CLONE
mode and try again.
If this is "nothing on the computer" (i.e., the transfer status bar does not
appear and begin to fill), check the cable connections between the radio
and the computer.
Other details for general troubleshooting can be found in the Troubleshooting
section of this Help.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Radio / Computer Data Transfer
Should the problem persist, contact RT Systems for personal assistance.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
87
88
11.2
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Communications | Send Data To
Sends the contents of the current file and the settings file to the radio.
Note: In the Version 4 Programmers, you can have files open for
several different radios at one time. The Programmer can send a file
only to the radio it is for. The title bar at the top of the Programmer
tells you which radio the file is for.
You can open and send a file created for one radio to another;
however, you must open that file as one for the receiving radio with
the Programmer specifically for that radio. See the File | Open section
of this Help for details on this process.
Connect the radio to the computer
The USB-K4Y cable connects to the speaker jack on the side of the radio.
Current File
The Programmer can work with several radio files at one time. There is no need to
close extra files before executing the Send Data To process. The current file will be
sent to the radio during the Send Data To process.
The current file is the one that appears in the main window of the Programmer.
Basically, what you see on the screen is what is sent to the radio.
Settings File
Check your global menu settings under Settings | Radio Menu Settings to be sure
the right information is being sent. The items on this screen are the radio settings
that are not associated with a specific memory channel.
These settings are set once to be sent to the radio with any frequency file that you
create. Details on these settings can be found in the Programming Other Set Menu
Items section of this Help.
If the radio "acts funny" after it is programmed,
Check the Radio Menu Settings found under Settings | Radio Menu
Settings. These are global settings that are not tied to any one memory
channel. When you program your radio with a file from the computer, these
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Radio / Computer Data Transfer
89
settings go with the memory channel details.
Make changes to the settings as needed.
Save the settings file.
Do Communications | Send Data To with the same memory channel file.
The menu settings will be sent with the memory channel information.
Completing the "Send Data To" Process
When you execute the Communications | Send Data To command, you are presented
with instruction for putting the radio into clone mode.
Read the screen carefully. The steps differ with each model. Pressing
the wrong button will result in no response or the wrong response
for the process.
Follow the steps on this screen. When you click OK a progress bar appears
immediately letting you know that the process is being completed.
When the transfer is complete, the transfer status window disappears and the
Programmer returns to the Main Window.
With the radio off, remove the cloning cable. The radio is ready to power-up and use
with the newly programmed settings.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
90
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Note: The radio may be in VFO mode even after it is programmed.
This is a normal mode of the radio. Switch to memory mode by
using Menu item 21 on the radio or by setting the option for A Band
and B Band on the Settings screen in the programmer.
Troubleshooting
Communications | Get Data From Radio required first
The first time you attempt to send your file to the radio, this message may appear.
This indicates that you have not read the configuration of the radio into the
Programmer.
There are details that the Programmer can get only from the radio. Even if the radio is
not yet programmed, these "background" details are necessary for the Programmer to
send a file to your radio successfully.
To complete this process:
1) Select File | New from the menu at the top of the screen.
2) Turn off the radio.
3) Select Communication | Get Data From Radio from the menu at the top of
the screen.
4) Complete the process detailed on the screen.
5) Once the process is complete, click the tab at the top of the screen
showing your filename. The file that you want to send to the radio will be
displayed on the screen.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Radio / Computer Data Transfer
91
6) Select Communications | Send Data To Radio from the menu at the top of
the screen.
7) Complete the process following each step carefully to program these
channels into the radio.
Modified Radio
If your radio has been modified, you need to read from the radio (Get Data From) into a
new file before you attempt to write data to the radio. When the Get Data From process
is used, even if the radio is not yet programmed, the Programmer gets the data it
needs to know that the radio is modified.
When you use Get Data From for the sake of establishing communications, you need to
save the file ONLY if you want to save the memory data that is currently in the radio. The
Programmer already has what it needs. The option to save is available should you want
to save the pre-programmed data.
The radio is not programmed after the process is complete
This could indicate several things. Most of those are specific to the radio. The most
general error is not an error in programming; but the need to put the radio into Memory
mode once programming is complete. Many of the radios return to VFO when they are
programmed. Press the appropriate key on the radio (see the operating manual for
your specific model to identify the key press that changes the radio from VFO to
memory mode. It will be detailed there.) Once in memory mode the information
programmed will be available for use.
Several of the radios are not programmed when the download process is complete.
These radios have encountered an error during the programming process. Try the
process again. If it continues to fail, first, be sure you are using the latest version of the
Programmer by updating from the Check for Update link under Help in the menu of the
main screen of the Programmer. If the problem persists, send the file that you are
attempting to send to the radio. We will examine it for any problem that might exist in
the data.
Check the cabling between the radio and the computer by disconnecting and
reconnecting at all connections. Try the process again.
If you have problems sending a certain file to the radio
Cancel the Send Data To process and execute Get Data From. Be sure to open a New
file (File | New) into which the data will be read from the radio. This prevents loss of
data in the file that you are sending to the radio. Getting data from the radio is a less
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
92
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
critical process that can help get communications established.
The radio must be connected to the computer with the proper cables for that radio.
See Radio to Computer Cabling in this Help for details and pictures.
If necessary, contact RT Systems' tech support for assistance.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Radio / Computer Data Transfer
11.3
93
Radio to Computer Cabling
The radio must be connected to the computer with the proper cables for that radio.
The USB-K4Y, a grey cable with a special 2-prong plug programs the radio through the
speaker jack on the radio. This cable is include in the radio programming USB kit.
Be sure the cable is plugged completely into the mic jack. The last
little bit of the connection can be difficult to make. You cannot push
too hard when inserting the plug; but, you can easily not push hard
enough.
You know it's right when you hear that last little "click".
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
94
11.4
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Comport Setup
In the Version 4 RT Systems' Programmers there is NO comport setup. The software
finds the USB cable automatically.
Troubleshooting
When I select Communications | Send Data To, I get the following error:
The only cable configurations that work with the Version 4 RT Systems' Programmers
are
The RT Systems USB-K4Y cable; or
Be sure to give the computer enough time to do its internal setup once the cable is
attached. On some machines this can take up to a minute (a long time in computer
time). Once the cable is ready for use, the program will continue into the steps for
transferring data between the radio and the computer.
Follow the steps carefully. They are unique to each radio and different for the same
radio for Get Data From or Send Data To.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
XII
96
12
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
File Maintenance
Just as in a word process or other Windows based program, you will create files in the
programmer for use in the radio. You can create as many files as the space on your
hard drive will allow.
Remember, with the exception of the Icom IC-7000, all other programmers erase
everything in the radio and replace it with what is in the file. Be sure everything you
want in the radio is in the file that is sent. This is an "all or nothing" process.
From the File menu at the top of the main window, select:
New - Create a new file in any Version 3 programmer you have installed.
Open - Open an existing file in any of the Version 3 programmers you have
installed.
Open Travel Plus Link - Active only if a list is open in Travel Plus. Accesses
that Travel Plus list. Details on this functionality are available in the ARRL
Travel Plus section of the help.
Close - Closes the current file.
Save - Saves the current file.
Save As - Saves the current file giving you the opportunity to enter a new
name. This creates a copy of the file and saves it with the new name you
entered.
Import - Advanced functionality that addresses data from a "flat" ASCII file.
Details on this process are found in the Import and Export section of the help.
Export - Extracts data from the programmer file to a "flat" ASCII file. Details
on this process are found in the Import and Export section of the help.
Print Preview - Lets you see the formatted information on the screen before it
prints.
Print - Prints the current file
Send File as E-mail - Sends the current file to RT Systems' tech support.
This functionality is dependant on the e-mail program of your computer.
Files 1-4 - Up to four files that you last worked in and saved.
Exit - Closes the programmer.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
97
98
12.1
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
File | Exit
Exits the Programmer.
If files have been changed, you will be prompted to save or cancel the Exit command to
avoid data loss in that file.
Yes - Exits the program saving the file.
No - Exits the program without saving any work done in the file since the last
time you saved.
Cancel - Halts the Exit option. The program returns to the open file.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
12.2
99
File | New
Use this command for setting up a "clean slate" into which you enter memory
frequencies. A "clean slate" or default file will often have at least one channel
programmed on the memory channel screen. This is a factory default that is in your
radio when it is new. The information for this channel can be changed; however, in
most radios, channel 1 must be programmed.
Use the quick key command of Ctrl M for easy access to a new file.
If you have been working to create a file with memory channels, use File | New before
using Communications | Get data from to prevent losing all the work you have done in
this file. The Get data from process will replace the information in the open file with what
is in the radio.
Other Radio Menu Settings and a New File
The radio is more than just memory channels. There are features that are controlled
once for the radio. They cannot be customized for each memory channel. These
features are address in the programmer under Settings | Radio Menu Settings.
The settings for these features that were last saved are use whenever a New file is
created. There is no need to reset these features for each new file. If you have not
saved a settings file, factory these radio menu items are set to factory defaults( as if
you reset your radio).
Note: If you radio "acts funny" after you download to it (i.e., keypad
beeps are different, squelch is open, Scan resume settings are
changed, etc.,) you have not yet set these options in the Settings
portion of the programmer. To make these option settings
permanent:
Select Settings | Radio Menu Settings from the menu at the top
of the screen.
Personalize your options just as you did on the radio.
Select File | Save from the menu on the Settings screen.
Enter a filename when prompted and click Save.
Select File | Exit from the menu on the Settings screen.
You will not have to change these again unless you want them
to function differently.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
100
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
The settings file will change only if you read from the radio
(Communications | Get data from) and send that file back to the radio
(Communications | Send data to) without saving the memory
information that you retrieved. This is helpful if you are programming
a friend’s radio in which he has all these options set up as he wants
them.
The File|New command can be used to open several new files at once. Memory
channel information can be copied between these files (even from V3 to V4),
regardless of which radio they are for.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
12.3
101
File | Open
Just as in a word processor or other Windows programs, the command opens a
previously saved file.
You are not limited to one programming file for your radio. Make as many as you want.
Then choose the one you want when you open the programmer.
Working with the programmers is a little different if you have one programmer or
several programmers installed on this machine. Click the topic for details on
Opening a file with the Version 3 or Version 4 programmer (One Version 3 or
Version 4 programmer installed)
The Version 3 and higher programmers allow you to "share" Version 3 and higher files
from other radios...even radios from other manufacturers. Click the topic for details.
Opening ANY Version 3 file
There have been many RT Systems' programmers over the years. The Version 3 or
higher programmers can open and convert files from those older programmers. Click
to topic for details.
Opening existing programming files (*.rdf or *.icf files)
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
102
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
12.3.1 Opening files from older programmers
Opening existing programming files (*.rdf or *.icf files)
The Version 3 or higher programmers can open a file created with an original RT
Systems' ADMS or WCS programmer for the same radio.
In this example, a file for the Yaesu FT-60 that was created in the original ADMS-1J
programmer (an .rdf file) will be opened in the Version 3 programmer for the FT-60.
This process is the same in the Version 4 programmers although the screens will look
a little different.
Directory selections may vary on your system depending on your choices in the original
programmer. This example is designed based on defaults from the original
programmers.
To open an existing file from the original programmer:
In the V3 Programmer, select File | Open.
If you have several Version 3 programmers installed, you will need to select
FT-60 Radio Data File from the list in box that opens next. This step is omitted
if only one programmer is installed.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
103
An Open Dialog appears
Since the Version 3 programmer is geared to look in its own directory, we
need to "find" the original file to be opened (We must change filing cabinet
drawers as the old analogy was described.) Use your mouse to left click the
down arrow to the right of the Look In box. A directory listing appears. The
one highlighted in the list simply indicates the "drawer" you are in now. Do not
be afraid. This is only a list from which we will make a selection. You cannot
hurt anything with these steps and actions.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
104
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Use your mouse to left click on Local Disk (C) in the list. On your machine this
wording can vary a little. In general, you're looking for that "(C)" to know you've
made the correct selection.
What you see now are directories (the ones with the little yellow folders) and
files. Find the little yellow folder that says Yaesu next to it. Put your mouse on
it and Left click. Once Yaesu is highlighted, let go of the mouse button, move
the pointer to the Open button, then use your mouse to left click on the Open
button.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
105
After clicking Open, the contents of the Yaesu directory appear.
In this example, there are lots of directories (the ones with the little yellow
folders) since all the original programmers were installed on this machine. In
your case, there is probably only one directory (little yellow folder). In either
case, find the FT-60 directory (the one with the little yellow folder and the
words "FT-60" next to it. Find the FT-60 directory. Point at it with your mouse.
Use the Left mouse button to click on it. Release the mouse button. Move the
pointer to the Open button. Left click the mouse once on the Open button.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
106
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Yes, a blank screen appears. This is normal. At the bottom of that screen,
find the "Files of type" box. Use the left mouse button to click on the down
arrow at the right of that box. Select Old Radio Files (*.rdf) from that list. The
names of the available files will appear on the screen.
Use the mouse to point at the name of the file that you want to open. Click the
left mouse button once to select that file.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
107
Release the left mouse button. Move the pointer to Open. Click the left
mouse button once to open the file.
All the data of the original file is converted into a new Version 3 file for the FT60.
Now, save this new file so you don't have to do this again every time. Also,
once saved as a new Version 3 file, you can use this data for other radios
once you have the Version 3 programmer for them. (Advanced feature
explained below). From the menu, select File then Save as from the list. Use
the left mouse button to make this selection.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
108
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Enter a filename in the File name field at the bottom of this screen. Use your
left mouse button to click Save.
Note: Only files from the original ADMS-1J for the FT-60 Version 2
programmer can be accessed with the FT-60 Version 3 programmer.
Files ending in *.rdf for other Yaesu radios cannot be opened in the
FT-60 Version 3 programmer.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
109
12.3.2 Opening a V3 or V4 file from a different radio
The Version 3 programmers have the ability to "share" memory channel information
between radios. It makes o difference if the radios are from the same manufacturer or
not. As long as both files are from an RT Systems' Version 3 programmers, they can
be used by the Version 3 programmer for any other radio.
To open a Version 3 file from a different radio:
The steps detailed here are based on the directory structure of this machine. Make
changes to directories as needed to locate files that you want to open.
Files that you create in Version 3 can now be shared easily with anyone else who has
a Version 3 programmer. Simply post the Version 3 file for anyone to download.
In this example, a file for the Icom IC-T81 will be opened to be sent to the Yaesu
FT-60.
Open the FT-60 Version 3 programmer.
From the menu at the top of the screen, select File | Open. A box appears
from which you select the programmer for the radio to be programmed (in
this case, the FT-60).
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
110
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
An Open Dialog box appears. By default it is looking in the FT-60 directory
since it is trying to help you find an FT-60 programming file. You will change
directories to where the file is stored that you want to open. (Note: If you
received the file via e-mail or from an Internet site, you chose where it was
saved. Personalize the steps here to move to that location.)
When the contents of that directory are displayed, it probably will be blank
as shown. You have done nothing wrong. This is normal. The process is
still looking for an FT-60 file. From the Files of type field at the bottom of the
screen (the one highlighted blue in the figure above), select All files (*.*).
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
111
A listing will appear with more than just the file that you're looking for.
Everything in that directory is listed. Your file will be in the list. Select the
file from the list.
Click Open in the lower right corner.
The resulting file contains frequencies that can be sent to the FT-60. The
blanks represent frequencies that were removed during the conversion.
These frequencies would be invalid for the FT-60.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
112
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Creation of this file did not disturb the original file. The memory channel information
was not removed from the original. A copy was made by the programmer for the
conversion.
You can edit the file. In this case it needs to be edited to be sure that memory channel
1 is programmed. You can remove the blank channels if you want. You can add
others.
Alternately, you can send this file to the radio just as it is...other than channel 1 needing
to be programmed with something allowable for the radio.
Once you have used this to program the FT-60, you can save the file or close without
saving depending on your needs for the data.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
113
12.3.3 Opening a V3 or V4 file
Opening a file with the Version 3 programmer (One Version
3 programmer installed)
Select File|Open from the menu at the top of the screen.
A Windows Open dialog appears.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
114
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Select the file that you want to open from the list presented. Click the Open
button at the bottom right. This files opens in the programmer.
Opening a file with the Version 3 programmer (More than
one Version 3 programmer installed)
Select File|Open from the menu at the top of the screen.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
115
A window opens listing the programmers installed on this machine. Select
the radio from the list that will be programmed by this file being opened.
A Windows Open dialog appears with a list of the files for that radio.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
116
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Select the file that you want to open from the list presented. Click the Open
button at the bottom right. This files opens in the programmer.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
12.4
117
File | Print
Prints the Memory channel information of the displayed page of the current file (i.e., if
you are on the memories tab, the memory channel information is printed. Similarly, if
you are on the VFO tab, the VFO channel information is printed. )
When this command is selected, a print dialog will give you the opportunity
to setup your printer.
Hidden columns are not printed. A printout can be customized (including
increasing type size) by deliberately hiding columns before printing. To hide
column, select Settings | Preferences from the menu of the programmer.
Only memory channels that are programmed are printed. Your printout will
not include the blank channels in the file.
Use Print Preview to see what your printout will look like and how many
pages will be included before you send it to the printer. This new option will
help save lots of wasted paper.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
118
12.5
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
File | Print Preview
This new feature of the Version 3 programmers lets you preview the data to be printed
before you waste paper sending it to the printer.
With the file open that you want to print, select File | Print Preview.
You will notice first that the screen changes. It is filled with the data that will
be printed. This is just a temporary change. The order of your channels has
not been changed in the file.
Then the screen opens to display the printed output you can expect.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
119
Notice at the top of the page you can see that your have "X of X pages".
Making small changes can help reduce this number if it is not as you expect.
For example, reduce the size of the comment column since it is not being
used (or hide it completely). This move could save an additional page (or
pages) by getting all the columns to fit on one page.
Under Printer setup, change the margins to print on as much of each page of
paper as possible. Again, this can make it possible for all the columns to fit
on one (or half the number of) page.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
120
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Use Zoom to read the data in the preview more easily. Click Zoom again to
return to this view.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
12.6
121
Saving Programming Files
Many different files can be saved to your hard drive for permanent storage giving you
the ability to reprogram your radio quickly and easily to suit your current use.
Files are saved using the File | Save or File | Save As command.
When the window opens for the filename, enter any name up to 256
characters (including spaces) but without a period at the end or an
extension. The Programmer will enter that information for you automatically.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
122
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
12.6.1 File | Save
Saves the current file to your computer hard drive.
If several files are open, the current file (the one on top: the one you are working in) is
the one that will be saved. Be sure to save the changes to each of the open files before
closing the Programmer.
It is recommended that you save the current file during data input and before sending it
to the radio. Just as with a word processor, it’s an awful shame to lose everything if
something happens to the computer during either of these processes.
If the name of the current file is Untitled (in the main window title bar), you will be
presented with a save file dialog and should enter a new filename.
The filename can be any combination of characters and spaces including numbers and
letters.
When saving a file, let the Programmer do the work. All you need to enter is the name
you want for the file.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
File Maintenance
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
123
124
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
12.6.2 File | Save As
Saves the current file under a new name. Used if you want to make a copy of the file
that you're working in to maintain the original without the changes you're making now.
If several files are open, the one that is active is the current file. This file will
be saved with the Save As command.
This is a good way to start another file for editing. Changes made to this file
do not affect the data in the original file.
When this command is selected, a save file dialog containing a list of
existing files is presented. You can either select one of these to be
overwritten or enter a new filename. The Programmer will add the extension
so you should not enter an extension or a period at the end of the filename.
The title bar of the window changes to reflect the new filename.
When saving a file, let the Programmer do the work. All you need to enter is
the name you want for the file.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
XIII
126
13
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
ARRL TravelPlus*
RT Systems' Version 4 programmers have a feature that opens a TravelPlus list in the
radio programmer. This makes the data available for creating files for programming
your radio without the need to import the data from a file.
This Help file contains sections on creating the list in TravelPlus* and on getting that list
ready to program your radio. Takes only a few mouse clicks to have your radio
programmed for that trip or other special event.
Creating a list in TravelPlus* - Brief details on this process. For more
details, see the help file in TravelPlus*.
Opening the list in the radio Programmer - Details on opening the list in the
radio programmer and the controls on that list.
Using the TravelPlus* list with an existing radio programming file Sometimes you don't want all the repeaters found for an area by TravelPlus*...
or you want to put what you found into a certain group of memory channels in
the radio programming file. This section details how to use the list selectively
in the radio file.
*TravelPlus is a product of the American Amateur Radio League.
Any images from TravelPlus included in this help are copyrighted to DHF Systems, LLC.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
ARRL TravelPlus*
13.1
127
Creating a list in TravelPlus*
RT Systems' Version 4 programmers have a feature that opens a TravelPlus* list in
the radio programmer. This makes the data available for creating files for
programming your radio without the need to import the data from a file.
These instructions very briefly cover creation of the list from TravelPlus*. It is not
intended to teach you to use that program. Detailed instructions are included in this
help for using the information from that list in a file for programming your radio.
Open TravelPlus* from the link provided when that program was installed. Select a
location or create a route.
Once you have the area defined on the map, click the Create List button from the top of
the screen. TravelPlus* displays the list of repeater frequencies found within your
search area.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
128
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Check the list. If you don't like the results, try again. Once you are satisfied with the list,
you are finished with TravelPlus*. You can exit that program or leave it running while
you access the RT Systems' radio programmer.
Run the RT Systems programmer (Version 4 only). If the programmer is already
running, switch to it now to create a file from this list for programming the radio.
*TravelPlus is a product of the American Amateur Radio League.
Any images from TravelPlus included in this help are copyrighted to DHF Systems, LLC.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
ARRL TravelPlus*
13.2
129
Opening the list in the Programmer
Once you have created a list in TravelPlus* (Version 10.0 or higher), open any one of
the Version 4 programmers installed on your machine.
To access the list:
Select File from the menu at the top of the screen.
Select Open TravelPlus* list (this option was disabled until you created the
list)
The list appears in the window of the programmer
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
130
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Customizing the list for the radio file:
Several selections appear at the bottom of the window that contains the list. These
options control how the programmer will handle the data from the list in creating the
radio programming file. These fields and their options are described below.
Selected Bands: Lists the bands of the frequencies in the list. All the
bands are selected by default. Uncheck those that you don't want as part of
the file for the radio.
If you are programming a 2 Meter radio with a file that contains 6 Meter
repeaters, you can choose to eliminate those frequencies in this step to
better understand what will be contained in your resulting file. If you skip
this step, the programmer will omit these frequencies in the resulting radio
file since the radio does not operate on these frequencies.
If you do not eliminate the bands that cannot be used by your radio, the
resulting radio file will contain blanks for each frequency the programmer
removes during file creation. Although the radio does not care, you may
not want all those blanks in your radio file.
If the TravelPlus* list contains too many frequencies for the radio, using
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
ARRL TravelPlus*
131
the Selected Bands option would remove unused frequencies thus
lowering the number in the file and making it possible to create a radio file
with all those frequencies that you want. (i.e., Your TravelPlus* file has
512 frequencies in the selected area. Your radio has 450 channels. You
Select Bands and eliminate 6M, 10M and 220 Mhz Bands. The resulting
list now has 432 frequencies... few enough that they all will fit into the radio
file.)
Name: The TravelPlus* list contains information that does not "match" directly to a
column in the radio programmer. One of the columns in the programmer accept data
from these columns is the Name field.
Name in the programmer is the field that sets the alpha display on the
radio. Generally, this display is limited to 5-8 characters depending
on the radio (other than the VX-8 that allows 16 characters).
By default, the programmer associates Callsign from the TravelPlus*
list to Name in the programmer.
You can change that association by selecting another column from
those listed.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
132
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Comment: The TravelPlus* list contains information that does not "match"
directly to a column in the radio programmer.One of the columns in the
programmer accept data from these columns is the Comment field.
Comment in the programmer is a field of information that helps you
while you work with the programmer. This information does not
transfer to the radio.
By default, the programmer associates City from the TravelPlus* list
to Comment in the programmer.
You can change that association by selecting another column from
those listed.
Module: Select the radio for which you want to create a file.
The resulting file appears in its own tab.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
ARRL TravelPlus*
The file is ready to be sent to the radio.
*TravelPlus is a product of the American Amateur Radio League.
Any images from TravelPlus included in this help are copyrighted to DHF Systems, LLC.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
133
134
13.3
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Using the TravelPlus* List with existing programmer file
You may not want to use all the information from the TravelPlus* list in a separate file for
your radio. You may already have a file to which you want to add only some of the
information from the List.
Using the list from TravelPlus* along with a Version 4 RT Systems radio programmer,
you can copy and paste selected channels from the list to a file for your radio.
Begin by creating your list in TravelPlus* as detailed in Creating a List in
TravelPlus* in this help.
Open the programmer.
Open the file into which the frequencies are to be inserted.
Access the TravelPlus* list through the link in the file menu. Both the list and
the file are now open in the programmer. Working in reduced screen mode
is helpful with this process to let you see both files at one time.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
ARRL TravelPlus*
135
Select a group of channels.
Point your mouse at the CHANNEL NUMBER (the grey shaded
column on the left) and left click. Don't let go of the left click button if
you want more than one.
While holding the left mouse button, drag the mouse over the
CHANNEL NUMBER of all the channels you want. If there are more
than those on the screen, just keep going at the bottom. The screen
will scroll to let you continue your selection.
Note: The entire row of a selected channel will turn be
highlighted. If only the Receive Frequency is highlighted, then
ONLY that information will be copied.
Copy the channels
With the mouse pointing at the highlighted channels right click and
select Copy from the menu that opens.
OR... with your mouse, left click to select Edit from the menu at the top
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
136
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
of the screen. From the menu that opens, select Copy.
It will appear that nothing has happened; however, Windows has
copied the information.
Use the mouse to click into the programmer file.
Note: If you are using the programmer in full screen mode, select
Window from the menu then the programmer file name from the
bottom of that list to switch between the two screens.
Alternately, you can select Window | Tile to have the programmer
display the two windows equally in the main window.
Select the first channel in the file into which the information is to be pasted.
Paste the information into the radio file
With the mouse pointing at the highlighted channels right click and
select Paste from the menu that opens.
OR... with your mouse, left click to select Edit from the menu at the top
of the screen. From the menu that opens, select Paste.
View the results
The resulting file now contains only those selected pieces of
information from the TravelPlus* list along with all the original
information of that file.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
ARRL TravelPlus*
Save the programmer file to make this change permanent.
Press Ctrl S or select File then Save from the menu that opens
With either process it will appear that nothing happens; however,
Windows has made the change to the radio file permanent.
Send the file to your radio.
*TravelPlus is a product of the American Amateur Radio League.
Any images from TravelPlus included in this help are copyrighted to DHF Systems, LLC.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
137
Part
XIV
Copying From an Excel Spreadsheet
14
139
Copying From an Excel Spreadsheet
The Programmer can handle information copied from an Excel spreadsheet.
Although this process is very valid for transferring data between these programs, it is
not recommended for original file creation. It can be tedious getting all the information
into the file to be copied. For example, why struggle to find information for the offset
frequency and offset direction for your Excel list when the programmer will complete this
information automatically when frequencies are entered there.
Limitations for use of another commercial spreadsheet program include:
The spreadsheet program will know none of the limitations of the radio. It
will allow you to enter any value in any space. You will have to enter transmit
and receive frequencies, CTCSS tones, and DCS codes carefully to be
sure they are imported correctly to the radio.
You will need to organize your data carefully. The Programmer will import all
the items from a single column as the same thing. This can cause an odd
split to be entered as Simplex or a non-standard offset to be ignored if nonsimilar data is listed in the same column.
Let the Programmer help you as you create your original file with its defaults and
automatic settings. Once the file is created you could export the data for other uses.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
140
14.1
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Step 1
The Programmer makes no assumptions about the information being handed to it from
the Excel file. You need to be familiar with the data in the file to the point you can
identify that data to the programmer during the copy process.
Step 1
Open the Excel file. Select and copy the information you want to put into the
programmer.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Copying From an Excel Spreadsheet
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
141
142
14.2
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Step 2
Open the Programmer to which the data is to be pasted.
It is recommend that you import into a new file to prevent loss of data from an
existing file. Channel information can be copied to an existing file, and put exactly
where you want it, after the process of copying from Excel is complete.
Note: The FT-60 is used here as an example. The process works the
same for any RT Systems Version 4 programmer although column
names may differ or not be available.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Copying From an Excel Spreadsheet
14.3
143
Step 3
Paste: Ctrl V or right click and select Paste or select Edit then Paste from the
menu at the top of the screen.
A window opens to complete the process.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
144
14.4
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Step 4
On this screen, you may need to use the Text Qualifier to remove quotes from your
data.
The data should be appear as it does in this image: without quotes and separated
into columns.
Click Next to continue.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Copying From an Excel Spreadsheet
14.5
145
Step 5
In this step of the process, you identify the information in your spreadsheet for the
programmer. The programmer attempts to identify the columns based on the
headers that you have for the columns.
The programmer makes no assumptions and will set any non-matched column to
"Ignore". The data in an ignored column will not be used in this process.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
146
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
The column header changes to show your selection. Be sure to identify each of the
columns you want used. The data in an "ignored" column will be set to defaults in
the resulting file. Your specifics will not be used.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Copying From an Excel Spreadsheet
Click Next to continue.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
147
148
14.6
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Step 6
Complete the options on the final screen and click Finish.
The resulting file contains the data just as it was in the Excel spreadsheet.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Copying From an Excel Spreadsheet
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
149
Part
XV
Importing a file
15
151
Importing a file
The Programmer can Import data from delimited text files. These files can be created
using the Export feature of the Programmer for another radio, Travel Plus for Repeaters
by ARRL, commercial spreadsheet programs, or text editors.
Limitations for use of another commercial spreadsheet program include:
The spreadsheet program will know none of the limitations of the radio. It
will allow you to enter any value in any space. You will have to enter transmit
and receive frequencies, CTCSS tones, and DCS codes carefully to be
sure they are imported correctly to the radio.
You will need to organize your data carefully. The Programmer will import all
the items from a single column as the same thing. This can cause an odd
split to be entered as Simplex or a non-standard offset to be ignored.
The easiest way to begin a text file for your Programmer is to Export a file from the
Programmer first. In that exported file, you will see column headers for the details that
the Programmer expects to import. You will also see the format of the information. You
can edit or add to this file with any commercial spreadsheet program or text editor.
Note: The new features off the programmer include the ability to
enter a series of channels by entering just a beginning frequency and
the number to be entered, column editing, copy and paste of one or
multiple rows of data, rearrangement of columns, hiding columns that
need not be edited, and automatic completion of data based on band
defaults for a frequency entered. Given that the programmer is
designed for the data of the radio, you might find editing in the
programmer easier than using another spreadsheet program.
The file to be imported must contain at a minimum Receive frequency to define a valid
memory channel. The programmer will fill the rest of the details for that channel with
defaults just as if that frequency had been entered.
The Programmer makes no assumptions about the information available. If a piece of
information is omitted, the Programmer imports the memory as a simplex channel and
fills other fields with defaults.
Although this process is very valid for transferring data from one radio Programmer to
another and for using the data from other sources such as ARRL Travel Plus, it is not
recommended for original file creation. It can be tedious getting all the information into
the file to be imported just like the Programmer wants it. Let the Programmer help you
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
152
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
as you create your original file with its defaults and automatic settings. Once the file is
created you could export the data for other uses.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Importing a file
15.1
153
Creating a file for Import
Checking a file to use with the Programmer
If you are given a file that you want to import into a programmer for use by your radio
and are not sure if it is a "flat file", test the file by opening it with Windows notepad.
If the Notepad display is full of strange characters with very little legible text, this file is
not ready to be imported by the programmer. The file may or may not be able to be
used for import depending how it was created and saved.
Try opening the file in Microsoft Excel or other commercial spreadsheet program. If
everything looks good there carefully save the file in as delimited text (this could be
called several different things in the program that you are using. If the first one you try
does not produce the file format that you want, try selecting a different File Type during
the save process. The details for this process are included below for Microsoft Excel.
Open the file that you created during the save process in Notepad. As before, if the
display is legible data separated by commas you are well on your way. If, however, the
data appears in one very long line, you should return to the original source to extract the
data with line feed breaks at the end of each record.
If the Notepad display has orderly lines of legible data separated by commas, it is
ready for use by the programmer. It is fine if you see two commas right together. The
process can handle a blank field.
Saving an Excel file for import
If you work on a file in Excel for import to the programmer, that file must be saved as a
comma delimited file before you leave Excel. The Programmer cannot import an
Excel file with all its formatting codes. What it can work with is the "flat file" output of
that file.
In Excel, select File|Save as
In the Save As window change the Save as Type to CSV (comma
delimited) *.csv
Enter a file name for the output file. Pay attention to the drive and directory
to which the file is being saved. You will need to be able to find the file later
for use during import.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
154
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Excel will raise a warning(s) about worksheets and formatting that will be
lost if the file is saved in this format. Answer to the affirmative (OK or Yes)
to the message(s);eliminating the formatting is exactly what you want.
When you exit Excel, you will be asked again if you want to save the *.csv
file. If you have made no changes since you lost saved, answer No. If you
have made changes, answer Yes and proceed through the warnings again
to save the file again.
Limitations for use of another commercial spreadsheet program include:
The spreadsheet program will know none of the limitations of the radio. It
will allow you to enter any value in any space. You will have to enter transmit
and receive frequencies, CTCSS tones, and DCS codes carefully to be
sure they are imported correctly to the radio.
You will need to organize your data carefully. The Programmer will import all
the items from a single column as the same thing. This can cause an odd
split to be entered as Simplex or a non-standard offset to be ignored if the
data is not in a column labeled correctly or is mixed in with dissimilar data.
The Import File
The Import function is designed to assimilate some if not all of the following pieces of
information for use by the Programmer. As radio features vary, so will the information
to be imported (i.e., frequency ranges, the way offsets are handled, special options
such as mask, clock shift, etc.)
Channel Number: If your file has channel numbers and you opt to use this column
during import, your resulting file might not be what you expect.
If the "Overwrite existing channels" option is checked: The information will
be inserted into the specific channel no matter what is in the file at that
location now . While the channel numbers can help to organize the
information being imported, it can result in data being overwritten in the
process
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Importing a file
155
If the "Overwrite existing channels" option is unchecked: The information
from the file being imported will be skipped if there is already information in
the channel. The data in the existing radio file will not be overwritten.
It is always recommended that you import into a new file to prevent
data loss in an existing radio file. Once the information is in the
programmer file, it can be copied into an existing file. With the copy
process, you have more control of where the data is inserted into the
file.
Receive Frequency: The very least a file must have to be imported is the receive
frequency. This may be called the "output frequency" depending on whether you're
referring to the radio or the repeater. If the column header is "Receive Frequency", the
import process will recognize this label and identify the information automatically.
Acceptable receive frequencies are detailed in the User's Manual for the
radio. In the text file, the frequency should be entered in the format "MHz
decimal kHz" (i.e., 146.450) with up to five digits following the decimal.
Although, unacceptable frequencies can be entered into the text file, they
will not be imported into the Programmer. They will result in a blank memory
channel when import is completed.
Transmit Frequency: Enter a specific transmit frequency in the format "MHz decimal
kHz" (i.e., 146.450) with up to five digits following the decimal.
This information can be omitted from the file.
If you are importing repeater information where all the repeaters have
standard offsets (none operates on an "odd" split) the import process will
calculate the Transmit Frequency from other information in the file.
This information must be included in a separate column for an "odd
split".
The column cab be empty other than the specific information for those few
"odd split" repeaters. The import process will calculate the Transmit
Frequency from other information in the file for the other channels.
Acceptable transmit frequencies are detailed in the manual for your radio.
Note: In the Programmer you can enter details for frequencies
outside the transmission abilities of the radio; however, the software
will not enable transmission on these frequencies. Transmission will
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
156
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
be possible only if the radio has been properly modified.
Offset Frequency: This is the amount that the Receive Frequency changes to
produce the Transmit Frequency. Standard offsets in the programmer include 100,
500, and 600 kHz (0.1, 0.5 and 0.6 MHz) and 1.0, 1.6, 3.0, 5.0, and 7.6 MHz.
In Yaesu radios any value in 50 kHz increments can be used as an offset (i.
e., .650, .550, .050)
In an Icom radio, there are no Splits. Everything must be entered with an
exact Offset Frequency.
The Offset Frequency is used by the radio along with the Offset Direction to
calculate the Transmit Frequency. The Programmer does the same.
This is one place that the import process will make an assumption for you. It
uses 600 kHz for the offset for VHF and 5 MHz for the offset for UHF if no
other offset is specified.
Non-Standard Offsets
The Offset Frequency can be used in conjunction with Offset Direction for a
value in 5 kHz steps (i.e., any value ending in .xx5 where x is any digit from 0
to 9). This gives you the ability to use the Reverse function of the radio
although your frequency pair is not separated by a standard offset value. This
is considered a non-standard offset.
To use a non-standard offset in your text file enter the Receive Frequency.
Then the Offset Frequency as an exact value including the decimal to denote
kHz. For example, given the pair 146.650 and 147.300, the Offset Frequency
entered would be .650 (decimal six five zero). And the Offset Direction as
Plus or Minus. With these three pieces of information, the import process will
setup this memory channel correctly for use by the radio with the most
functionality.
Note: You may see this import with one of the standard Offset
Frequencies; however, once the file is saved, closed and reopened,
the Plus or Minus and the Offset Frequency value as entered will
appear.
Offset Direction: The Offset Direction lets the Import process know whether to add
(plus) or subtract (minus) the Offset Frequency from the Receive Frequency when
calculating the Transmit Frequency for the memory channel.
Enter Plus, Minus, + or - for the process to recognize the command.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Importing a file
157
NOTE: Be sure to use Offset Direction if your file contains + and
&endash; in this column. Using Offset Frequency for this column will
result in all channels being imported as simplex.
Operating Mode: Enter FM, AM, or WFM as appropriate for the frequency.
Name: Enter an Alpha/Numeric tag (up to 8 characters) for the memory channel to
provide an easy reminder of the function of a particular frequency. Not all radios have
this available for each memory channel. Consult your Users’ Manual for details.
Tone Mode: Use of the tone systems of the radio allows for silent monitoring until a
call is received with a corresponding tone. Tone mode also allows access to
repeaters that are made private with a PL tone. Most radios offer CTCSS (Continuous
Tone Coded Squelch System) or DCS (Digital Coded Squelch) to be tailored to your
particular needs. Consult your Users’ Manual for details specific to your model.
Use of either of the tone systems requires two steps. Your import file will handle
these steps in THREE (3) columns.
Step 1: Turning on Tone Mode
There are now so many different tone modes and combinations of them, we
recommend that you use the designation just as it appears in the
Programmer for your radio to identify the Tone Mode to be used. Examples
would include but not be limited to:
None - Tone mode off
Tone - Encode
T Sql - Encode/Decode
DCS - DCS Tone
Others specific to your radio as detailed in the Tone Mode column of the
programmer.
Step 2: Setting the tone frequency (CTCSS) or selecting the code for the tone
(DCS).
Note: The CTCSS tone frequencies and the DCS tone codes should
be stored in TWO separate columns in your file to be imported. The
import process does not separate. It will ignore incorrect values
leaving the tone set incorrectly for the channel.
CTCSS Tone: Enter one of the 50 tone frequencies in the format MHz
decimal kHz with only one digit to the right of the decimal.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
158
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
This value must be entered exactly as shown in the chart in the Users
Manual. A value that is not in the table will result in an incorrect tone
value setting in the resulting Programming file.
This value is set independently for each memory channel.
DCS Code: Enter one of the 104 codes in a three digit format (This will
appear as two digits if you editor does not show leading zeroes. Two
digits are acceptable when the third is a leading zero).
This value must be entered exactly as shown in the chart in the Users
Manual.
A value that is not in the table will result in an incorrect tone value
setting.
This value can be set independently for each memory channel that
uses a DCS tone.
Skip: Marks selected memory channel to be skipped during scanning This field
should contain one of the following:
Scan, 0, or Stop to include the channel to be scanned
Skip or 1 to mark the channel to be skipped.
PScan or 2 to mark the channel as Preferential Scan
Step: The frequency being used by the radio changes by the value of the step when
tuning manually. This value is used by the radio in Memory Tune mode. This value is
not critical in memory mode since the original memory channel frequency can be
retrieved by exiting Memory Tune mode.
Enter 5/10/12.5/15/20/25/50 or 100 as needed.
Clock Shift: Shifts the internal reference frequency slightly to eliminate "birdies" that
interfere on other channels.
Enter On or 1 / Off or 0
Tx Power: The output power can be set individually set for each memory channel to
address the exact needs of each operation.
Enter High / Med / Low
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Importing a file
159
Half Deviation: Enter On or Off as needed for the channel
Comments: Enter an identifying comment up to 80 characters.
You can see by the details here that creating a file for import can be a tedious process.
Although this process is very valid for transferring data from one radio Programmer to
another and for using the data from other sources such as ARRL Travel Plus, it is not
recommended for original file creation.
Let the Programmer help you as you create your original file with its defaults and
automatic settings. Once the file is created you could export the data for other uses.
The comma-delimited file can contain this information in any order. It must contain only
the Receive frequency to be a valid memory channel. The Programmer makes no
assumptions about the information available. If a piece of information is omitted, the
Programmer imports the memory as a simplex channel and fills other fields with
defaults.
This data can be entered in any order. You will identify the specifics to the Programmer
during the Import process. If you find after several entries that you need another column
for additional information, simply add it at the end. The Programmer will correct the
order when it imports.
Save the data in your file often to prevent loss. Be sure to save the file as text with
delimiters (separators) rather than as a worksheet of the program in which you are
working. The Programmer cannot use a worksheet created by the other program.
To save as a text file, select File | Save (in the spreadsheet program). In the Save file
window, select a different file type from the selection at the bottom of the screen.
Acceptable formats are those that specify Text (i.e., .cvs, or .txt file extension).
Exit the spreadsheet program. Your file is ready to be imported into the Programmer.
Changes can be made within the Programmer after you import the data.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
160
15.2
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Import - Step 1
In the Programmer, select File | New.
It is always best to import to an "Untitled" or new file. The new file is used as
a temporary stopping point for the data. This way, if the results as not quite
as you expected, you simply close the file without saving and begin again... in
another new file.
Working in a new file eliminates the possibility that existing data will be
overwritten and lost during the import process. From there use the tools
available in the programmer (copy and pate, column editing, sort and unsort,
etc) to get the data just as you want it.
If you want the data to be a part of an existing file, use copy and paste to
move it from the new file to exactly where you want it in the existing file.
Importing
In the Programmer select File | Import.
From the Import Radio File dialog that opens, select the file to be opened.
This screen gives you the ability to find and open the file to be imported.
Use "Look in:" at the top to change directories as needed
Use "File of type:" at the bottom to show other files in the directory you
selected. Since the most common file types are *.csv and *.tab you may
need to change types for your file to appear.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Importing a file
161
Once your file is highlighted, select Open to proceed.
Import Step 1 of 4: Identify one or more of the first rows of data to be omitted
This screen was used originally to omit headers, columns without data, from the import.
This is no longer necessary.
Actually, it is recommended that you leave the headers to help you
more easily identify the information in a later step.
This step remains useful for eliminating a number of memory channels from the import
process. For example if your file contains more channels than are allowed by the radio.
You could eliminate multiple channels here rather than later in the import process.
Click Next to continue.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
162
15.3
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Import - Step 2
Import Step 2 of 4: Identify the delimiters (separators) used in your file.
The data in the file to be imported is separated by tabs, semicolons, commas, space
or other non-text characters. Select from the list at the top of the screen or enter the one
you used.
Once you select the correct delimiter, the data will properly separate into columns.
Examine the data to be sure that it is ready for the Programmer to process. Look at the
data in the window. Select the proper Text Qualifier if you have single or double quotes
within a data field. With quotes present, the import process will handle all the data
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Importing a file
163
incorrectly resulting in a blank file. Once selected, the quotes are removed and the data
appears as shown.
Click Next to continue.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
164
15.4
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Import - Step 3
Import Step 3 of 4: Identify the data to the Programmer
The Programmer will make an attempt to identify the information in your file. In this step
of the process, you can make corrections to the assignments the Programmer has
made and identify other columns that you want imported.
For the columns to be imported, select the header of the column (the little grey box just
above the column) then select the proper identifier from the drop down list at the top of
the screen
You need to identify only those columns to be imported.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Importing a file
Click Next to continue.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
165
166
15.5
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Import - Step 4
Import Step 4 of 4: Limit the channels that are imported by the Programmer
Again, you can make adjustments to the data to be imported without having to edit the
original file. Select all or any part of the list by checking the box at the left of the screen.
Since the data can be imported into an existing file, use the boxes at the top of the
screen to place the data in the file where you want it to appear.
Starting radio memory - Insert the channels into the file somewhere other
than at the beginning (i.e., At the end of a list that has the last channel of
21. Enter 22 in this box to begin with the next memory channel of that file).
Overwrite existing channels - Tells the process to replace data it finds in the
existing file or to skip that data and write in the next available channel. For
example:
Unchecked - If you import into a file with memories in channel numbers 110, 12, 15 and 16 the process would write the imported channels in order to
11, 13, 14, then 17 on to the end of the imported list.
Checked - If you import to a file with memories in channel numbers 1-10,
12, 15 and 16 the process would write the imported channels in order
beginning at channel 1and continue in order to the end of the imported list.
The existing channel data of the file would be lost in the process as it is
replaced with that of the imported file.
Finish - Click to compete the process. The resulting file in this example
would look like this:
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Importing a file
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
167
Part
XVI
Export
16
169
Export
The programmer can export, "convert" , the data of a radio programming file to a flat file
for use in other programs. This will create the file that you need is someone asks you
for a "csv" or Excel file.
You control two parts of export
What is exported from the file
Where the exported file is saved on your hard drive.
What is exported from the file
The file created through export contains the data on the screen that is open when
the process is begun.
If a radio has Right Memories and Left Memories, it will export the data of the Right
Memories when you are viewing that screen when the process is begun and the
data from the Left memories if you are viewing that screen.
Each export should be directed to a separate file. If you use the same filename,
you will replace the data from the first export with that of the next.
Where the exported file is saved on your hard drive
Select the section of the file to be exported.
Click File | Export
A Save dialog box opens. You have complete control of the filename and location
of the file on your hard drive in the options in that Save dialog box.
Pay close attention to the filename and directory designation of the resulting file.
You want to be able to find it easily later.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
XVII
Troubleshooting
17
171
Troubleshooting
Technical support is available from RT Systems at the times and number shown in the
Contacting RT Systems of this help.
As issues are addressed by Techsupport personnel, the issue and the result are often
detailed on the FAQ page of www.rtsystemsinc.com Check there for additional
information that might pertain to the exact issue you’re seeing with your radio.
Detailed here are several of the more common problems that you may want to check
before you contact technical support.
"The data from the radio will overwrite this file. Continue?"
This message will be raised by the programmer when you select Communications | Get
data from radio with a file open that is not a new (default) file into which no entries have
been made.
This message is warning you that you will replace any information you have entered
with whatever is in the radio. The "whatever" could be all blank channels.
Answer "yes" if you want to lose all the information that appears on the screen. Answer
"no" if you don't want to lose several hours of work spent creating the file on the screen.
To prevent loss of information, first do File | New to open a new (default) file. Then
while looking at that file, do Communications | Get data from radio and complete that
process. Your file will drop to the background and be protected from during this part of
the process.
Once you complete Communications | Get data from radio, return to your file a) select
the tab at the top of the page; or b) select File | Open and open the file from the list
presented (if you closed it some time during the process.)
Program cannot find cable
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
172
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
This message can appear when you are attempting to get data from the radio or send
data to the radio. There can be several causes. The most common are:
The cable is not attached to the computer or you have the wrong
programming cable attached. The cable for this radio is pictured in the
Computer to radio cabling section of this help.
The communications process was accessed too quickly after the cable was
attached. It can take some computers a minute or more to recognize the
cable properly. Give the computer a little more time and try again.
The problem may lie in the electronics of the cable. If this is the first time you
have attempted this process, contact RT Systems for assistance. This can
be corrected easily in just a few minutes with the computer and an Internet
connection. Note: This can be corrected using a machine that has an
Internet connection that you don't plan to use for the programming software.
The software for the radio does not have to be installed to complete the
correction.
HotSync, the program for the Palm Pilot, is running on this computer. Hotsync
immediately takes control of an available comport. Since the RT Systems
programming cable establishes a comport, Hotsync takes control before you
have a chance to use it. Look for the icon, red and blue arrows chasing each
other, in the tray at the right of the task bar. If found, right click and exit. That
program will load again when you re-boot your computer. You will need to
disable this software any time you program your radio.
Interference from other cables attached
The Programmer is designed to find the cable to be used by this radio for
programming. This process is done through special identifying numbers programmed
into the electronics of the USB connector.
The process looks at each USB device attached. Other items attached, especially
other programming cables, may cause the programmer to wrongly identify the cable it
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Troubleshooting
173
must use for a specific radio.
Two different errors can occur in this configuration. Either the programmer will report
that the cable is not attached to the USB port or the Communications process will not
respond since the data being transferred from the radio (you did press all the right
buttons) is traveling along a cable other than that the programmer is connected to.
Interference from other applications
Your radio is not the only device you attach to your computer for programming or data
interchange. I-Pads, I-Pods, Palm Pilots and other PDA devices, printers, cameras
and others all install programs for their use. Unfortunately, many of these programs run
constantly looking to be used any time a cable is attached.
These programs take control of the cable even if it is not for their device. This renders
the cable useless for its intended purpose.
You may not even be aware that these programs are running. You may have sold the
device months ago; but unless you took steps to permanently disable the software for it,
the problem remains. These programs run start whenever the computer is started or
brought back from hibernation then run in the background with little indication that they
are there.
Begin checking by hovering over each icon at the lower right of your screen. Those in
the taskbar. A name will appear as you pass over each. You may recognize the one
that needs to be disabled. Usually an option to Exit or Close will be available from a
right click menu. Don't worry about exiting something you might need. The application
will begin again when you restart your computer.
After addressing a program, check in the programmer. You should be able to click OK
on the Communications | Get Data from screen and have the process continue instead
of raising the error message.
Tech support at RT Systems will be glad to help you with this; but we are limited given
this is an issue specific to the applications running on your machine. You are welcome
to contact us for help with this issue.
Defective Cable
Cables from RT Systems are 100% tested prior to packaging. Even with this level of
control, occasionally a cable fails in the field. Contact RT Systems tech support if to
determine if the cable is at fault and a replacement is needed.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
174
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
A replacement can be initiated when you send a copy of your receipt as proof of
purchase and the issue has been diagnosed with a tech support representative at RT
Systems. In this case, a replacement will be sent immediately with a prepaid label for
return of the defective item. The replacement will be sent to the address on the
receipt.
If the receipt is not available, return the original cable for replacement. A replacement
cable will be sent immediately when the defective item is received at our location.
USB Driver Installation
On some systems running Windows 2000 or early versions of XP, the drivers for the
cable will need to be installed manually. This is a normal thing in the USB world and is
easily done.
We are RT Systems will be happy to help you through this process.
With the USB cable detached from the computer, start the New Hardware Wizard from
the indication for the device in the Device Manager.
The drivers have been installed on your machine in the following directory.
C:\Program Files\Common Files\RT SystemsV4\RTDrivers\USBComDrivers\Drivers
Run the New Hardware Wizard twice. The first time use ftdibus.ini in that directory. The
second time use ftdiport.ini in that same directory.
Then attach the cable again. Check in Device Manager to be sure it is now listed under
Ports (Com and Lpt) with a comport designation assigned.
Modified Radio
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Troubleshooting
175
This error is raised when you attempt to send a file to a radio that is modified before
the programmer is given that information.
If your radio has been modified, you must complete Communications | Get data from
radio into a new file before you attempt to write data to the radio. When the Get data
from radio process is used, even if the radio is not yet programmed, the Programmer
gets the data it needs to know that the radio is modified.
When you use Communications | Get data from for the sake of establishing
communications, you need to save the file ONLY if you want to save the memory data
that is currently in the radio. The Programmer already has what it needs. The option to
save is available should you want to save the pre-programmed data.
Cabling to properly address the radio
The Version 4 RT Systems Programmers work only with the
RT Systems' USB cables OR
Original RT Systems' serial cable with the RTS-03 USB to
serial adapter.
No other USB cable will be recognized by the programmer.
RT Systems' programmers address over 50 different radios. Of those, some program
through the speaker jack, some through the mic jack, some through the data jack and
some through the CAT port. These ports must be addressed by the correct cable for
communications to be successful.
Be sure to use the correct cabling to address the radio being programmed. Check the
User’s Manual for the radio if you are not sure where the port is on the radio that is
specified in the programmer. The cables for this particular radio are pictured in the
Radio to Computer Cabling section of this help.
Specific to the FT-857/D and FT-897D: The cable used for programming is the USB62 cable with the 8-pin mini din plug. This plug is attached to the CAT jack on the back
of the radio. Forcing this connector into the data port will ruin the plug and could
damage the radio. There have been cases where the power pin and the PTT were
connected (since you never know which pin will go which way when you force them out
of place) causing several hundred dollars in damage. Check to be sure you are
connecting the cable to the matching jack before forcing the pins into the holes.
At the time of this writing (2009), none of the Yaesu VHF/UHF mobile radios used the
USB-62 cable with its 8-pin plug. We have seen this tried. It will not work. The mobile
radios that program through the data jack require a 6-pin mini din connection on the
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
176
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
cable. Check the cabling specified in the help for the radio that you're programming to
be sure that you're using the right one to address the radio.
Icom specific issue for Clone mode
Other than the Icom IC-R10, at the time of this writing, Icom radios are NOT put into
CLONE mode for programming. CLONE mode is used only when you transfer data
from one radio to another.
The process for programming the radio from the computer is simple. When the
instructions say to "Turn the radio on", do just that, press the power button to turn it on.
If pressing a key is needed as a part of this step, it will be included with the instructions
on the Get data from screen.
Yaesu Radio does not go into Clone mode after initial menu
selection
Many Yaesu radios, handheld and mobiles, access Clone mode from a startup menu.
When you turn the radio on holding the specified key, you are in that menu with several
options of radio functions. Clone is only one of these options.
Once the Clone option is found in that menu, another key on the radio is pressed to
activate that mode. You know the options has been activated when the radio cycles off
and back on. Only then is it in Clone mode and ready to program.
If the radio does not cycle off and back on when that next button is pressed, one of the
following may address the issue:
The keys on the face of the radio are locked. Turn the radio off and back on in
normal mode to check for the Lock symbol on the screen. Unlock the keys
and try again.
You have pressed the designated key too long or not long enough. Try again
until you get the feel for the process.
Yaesu Radio does not change to Tx or Clone Out when
button is pressed
Many Yaesu radios have a key sequence that starts Clone mode without having to
select that option from a startup menu: the radio simply comes on in Clone mode.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Troubleshooting
177
With CLONE displayed on the face of the radio, a button is pressed to begin
communications.
If the radio comes on displaying CLONE; but then is unresponsive when the button is
pressed to begin (i.e., the screen does not change from Clone) check these two
common causes:
First, be sure you are using the correct cabling for the radio being
programmed. If an adapter was included with the kit, use it.
Check that the keys are not locked. To check, turn the radio off. Turn it back
on in normal mode and check for the Lock symbol on the screen. Unlock the
keys from the face of the radio and try again.
Windows Version Compatibility
The Version 4 Programmer is designed to work with Windows XP, VISTA (32 or 64 bit)
or Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit).
RT Systems no longer supports use of the programmers on Windows 98, Windows
98SE, Windows 2000, or Windows ME.
Note: If you plan to use an older computer for programming your
radio, you may experience problems with the program resulting from
files that are missing from the operating system. These files would
have been delivered through normal Windows updates to the
operating system.
If the machine has been out of service for several years, set it up with
an Internet connection and Automatic Updates activated. Let it sit for
several days while it finds what it needs.
Once the updates are installed, you will have no other problems
related to the operating system relative to the programmer.
NACK/ACK Error
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
178
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
As ugly as this error appears. it actually is only a generic message saying the
Communication process failed. Try again after reading the hints here.
Do NOT turn the radio off. It may display Error. It is not terrible unhappy and
is still in Clone Mode.
Cancel all Communications screens that are open in the programmer.
Open a new file ( File | Open form the menu at the top of the screen).
Select Communications | Get data from radio. Doing Get Data from often
gets the process going.
Skip the steps for putting the radio into Clone mode. It is already there.
Click OK
Press the key as instructed to begin the process (sometimes you need to
press it twice... once to return to Clone mode... then again to begin the
process.)
Once Get data from is successful, attempt Send data to. In this scenario, you can skip
the steps to put the radio into Clone mode since it usually remains in Clone mode after
Get data from is completed.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Troubleshooting
17.1
179
Get Data from Radio Required
The first time you attempt to send your file to the radio, this message may appear.
This indicates that you have not read the configuration of the radio into the
programmer.
There are details that the programmer can get only from the radio. Even if the radio is
not yet programmed, these "background" details are necessary for the programmer to
send a file to your radio successfully.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
XVIII
Invalid Frequencies
18
181
Invalid Frequencies
This information is meant to address radio operators in the US. While many of these
details are true in other countries, some are not. Band plans, allowable frequencies,
and other details differ around the world; but many of the functions of the radio remain
the same making this information useful to everyone.
This section is offered to help users understand why a frequency is rejected by an
amateur radio. The Programmer will not allow you to enter a frequency that your
particular radio cannot use.
Your radio is designed to work on all frequencies in the amateur bands. Problems
arise when frequencies from commercial operations are used on this amateur
equipment. This explanation is offered to help you understand where the radios differ.
How Radios Work
A little here about how radios work. As for an allowable frequency, three factors are
important: Reference Frequency, Reference Step and Step.
Reference Frequency - Based on its internal electronics, the radio uses a value
based off the frequency you enter along with the Reference Frequency Oscillator to
generate the desired frequency.
Reference Step - The difference between any two Reference Frequencies. This
value is set as a part of the internal workings of the radio. It cannot be changed.
Step - The difference between two frequencies displayed on the face of the radio
when the tuning knob is turned while operating in VFO mode.
Reference step and Step work in conjunction with each other allowing or prohibiting
you from tuning to a given frequency.
Commercial radios have a Reference Step of 2.5 kHz.
Amateur radios are generally designed with Reference Steps of 5, 6.25, 12.5, 9 (only
AM) and 8.333333 (air band only) kHz. While a few models have all these Reference
Steps, many more remain with only Reference Steps of 5 and 12.5 kHz. These two
are sufficient for accessing any repeater in the Amateur Bands.
While in the mathematics of things there will be frequencies in the commercial bands
that match the available Reference Steps of Amateur radios, the Step of the Amateur
radio will not allow you to tune to the desired frequency.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
182
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
It takes both working together to achieve a valid frequency.
Testing the validity of a frequency
The question of validity is seen with frequencies with four digits following the decimal
(i.e., 154.03125 may be your local volunteer fire department frequency and while their
commercial radios can do this frequency, your amateur radio cannot... and it cannot be
made to do it with any software.)
Let's take 154.03125 and put it to the test.
Step 1:
The first and easiest test for the validity of a frequency is to attempt to dial to that
frequency in VFO mode on the face of the radio. Remember in your attempts
that it may be necessary to adjust the Step (see your Operator's Manual for
details) to get to a certain frequency.
Turn on your radio.
Access VFO mode
Turn the tuning knob.
WIth the frequency changing by 5kHz steps, the frequency changes
from 154.030 to 154.035 to 154.040 (oops... lost the 3 in the second
position... let's try something else).
Change Step to 12.5 kHz (see Operator's Manual for your radio. This
is generally done in the Set menu; however a shortcut key on the face
of the radio may give you easier access to this menu item.)
With the frequency changing by 12.5kHz steps, the frequency changes
from 154.025, to 154.0375 (hey, at least I have the fourth digit now), to
154.050... oops, missed the 154.03125 completely. Again, can't get
there tuning on the face of the radio.
Try other Step values until you're satisfied that the radio just cannot be
made to do that frequency.
Step 2:
Compare your frequency to this list. If you find it here, it will work. Note: "x'
represents any number.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Invalid Frequencies
183
1. xxx.xx500 - Generally only 5 or 0 allowed in the third position with all
0s after that. A few exceptions are shown below.
2. xxx.x12500 - Allowable for four digits after the decimal. The first
digit after the decimal can be any from 0 to 9.
3. xxx.x375 - Allowable for four digits after the decimal. The first digit
after the decimal can be any from 0 to 9.
4. xxx.x625 - Allowable for four digits after the decimal. The first digit
after the decimal can be any from 0 to 9.
5. xxx.x875 - Allowable for four digits after the decimal. The first digit
after the decimal can be any from 0 to 9.
Comparing 154.03125:
There is a 1 in the third position after the decimal. By Rule 1, this is
not allowed for an amateur radio.
The frequency does not fit into any of the others that allow 4 digits after
the decimal.
Step 3: Do the math.
Allowable frequencies (in Hz) must be evenly divisible by 5000 or 12500 or
6250 Hz.
Convert your frequency to Hz:
154.03125 x 1,000,000 = 154031250
Divide that number by 5000
154031250 / 5000 = 30806.25
154031250 / 12500 = 12322.5
154031250 / 6250 = 24645
The 6250 Hz division was successful. There is a possibility that this frequency
can be used by an amateur radio.
As discussed earlier, both the Reference Step and the Step of the radio are
used to determine a valid frequency. Models vary. While this frequency passed
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
184
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
the validity test for certain amateur radios, that in no way implies that it will work
on your particular radio.
For this particular frequency to work in your particular radio, it is necessary that
the radio have a 6.25 kHz step available in the Step option of the Set menu.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
XIX
186
19
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
Hardware Error Troubleshooting
"Well of course the information in the radio and the file do not match. I just made
changes to the file and I want the different information in the radio!!"
This is a common first reaction to this error. However, that is not the file information
involved in this error. There are several causes for this error. They include incorrect key
strokes on the radio, interference on the computer by another application or device, a
faulty cable or the presence of a radio that has been modified for out of band use.
Below are various steps offered as corrections. At the end of each section try again to
transfer data to the radio again.
Try this First
The error most likely indicates that "behind the scenes" information about the radio
does not match that of a factory radio. This is most common when a radio has
been modified for our of band transmission.
1. Create a new file (press Ctrl M on the keyboard or select File | New from
the menu at the top of the screen). This protects the file that you are trying
to send to the radio.
2. Select Communications | Get data from Radio from the menu at the top of
the screen.
3. When this is completed successfully, return to your file (click to tab at the
top of the screen that displays the filename or select File | Open to reopen
your file.)
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Hardware Error Troubleshooting
187
4. Select Communications | Send data to Radio. Be careful to follow these
steps shown on this screen. Generally, they are different from the Get Data
from radio steps.
Radio Issues
"Error" is displayed on the radio.
"Behind the scenes" information about the radio does not match that of a factory
radio. This is most common when a radio has been modified.
1. Create a new file (Ctrl M or File|New)
2. Execute Communications | Get data from Radio. This is the only way this
"behind the scenes" information can be obtained for your radio.
3. When this is completed successfully, return to your file.
4. Execute Communications | Send data to Radio begin careful to follow
these steps since they are different from the Get Data from radio steps.
The radio does not change when "OK" clicked on the screen in the
programmer (never indicates receive).
There is no communication between the radio and the computer. Check through
the Cable issues to be sure you are using the right cable and that it is connected
properly to the radio and to the computer.
The radio never goes to CLONE.
On many radios you hold buttons during power on to access a startup menu. Once
you select the clone option of the menu (the radio is NOT YET IN CLONE MODE).
You press a key to accept the CLONE option. When you press the button to
access the startup menu option, the radio does not change.
1. The keys on the radio may be locked. Turn the radio off then back on in
normal mode to check for a lock symbol on the screen. If the keys are
locked, unlock them. Once unlocked, power off the radio and begin the
Communications process again.
2. The key specified is "touchy" and responds if it is touched just the right way.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
188
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
This has been the case on several of the mobile radios. Try again with a
shorter or longer touch on the button. When you get that touch just right, the
radio will respond.
3. The wrong cable is being used. This is true for several of the hand held
radios that use the 4-pin plug. If you attempt this process with a stereo plug,
the radio will not respond when you attempt the cloning process.
The radio never went into send (TX) mode (Get data from radio process).
Now that the radio is in Clone mode, one more button press is required to start the
data transfer (Get data from) or to make the radio ready to receive the data (Send
data to).
1. The wrong cable is being used. This is true for several of the hand held
radios that use the 4-pin plug. If you attempt this process with a stereo plug,
the radio will not respond when you attempt to access the Clone option of the
startup menu.
2. The keys on the radio are locked. Turn the radio off then back on in normal
mode to check for a lock symbol on the screen. Once the keys have been
unlocked, power off the radio and begin the Communications process again
Radio is not on at the time of data transfer.
This can get the process "out of sync". Cancel the Communications screen on the
computer. Then access that screen again and start over with turning the radio on in
Clone mode. Be sure the battery is charged on your handheld radio or that you are
connected to external power to prevent an unexpected shutdown during this
process.
General Issue
Followed the Steps Incorrectly or executed the wrong process.
Get data from the radio:
1. Go to “Communications” in the top menu.
2. Click “Get Data from Radio”.
3. Read and follow each step. (Remember, the keystrokes are different for each
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Hardware Error Troubleshooting
189
radio. They are detailed for a particular radio on the Get Data from radio
screen. The trick is to follow each step... one at a time.)
Send data to the radio:
1. Go to “Communications” in the top menu.
2. Click “Send Data to Radio”.
3. Read and follow each step. (Remember, the keystrokes are different for each
radio. They are even different for this process than they were for the Get Data
from Radio process. They are detailed for a particular radio on the Get send
data to radio screen. The trick is to follow each step... one at a time.)
Cable Issues
Check that you are using the correct cable for this radio.
Many radios have jacks that will accommodate the programming cable from a
different radio. Although the cable fits in the jack, the radio does not accept
programming through the wrong jack.
You can see the cables for each radio by clicking on Programming Cable Chart
Check that the cable is securely in the USB Port.
Be sure it has not pulled loose (this is easy to do with a USB). Also, the cable
should be plugged into a USB port on the computer rather than on a USB hub.
Check that the cable is plugged into the radio securely.
On cables with 6- or 8-pin round din plugs, you may want to check that the pins are
not bent in such a way that they are making a bad connection. Unplug the cable
from the radio and check by looking at the pins in the plug.
On cables with 4, 6, or 8 pin modular plugs that address the mic jack, push the
cable toward the connector to be sure the modular plug is plugged into the mic jack
completely. There can be a good bit of play between the mic jack and the plug.
Hold the cable securely until the process is complete.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
Part
XX
Contact Us
20
Contact Us
RT Systems, Inc.
510 Compton Street, Suite 105
Broomfield, CO 80020
Technical
support
303-586-6510
Fax
770-216-1836
Technical
Support Hours
Monday through Friday
10:30AM until 6:00 PM
9:30AM until 5:00 PM
8:30AM until 4:00 PM
7:30AM until 3:00 PM
(Eastern Time)
(Central Time)
(Mountain Time)
(Pacific Time)
Other times by appointment. Call or e-mail to make
arrangements.
Web Page
www.rtsystemsinc.com
Program updates
Answers to frequently asked questions can be
reviewed under FAQs on our site.
E-mail
techsupport@rtsystemsinc.com
Should you choose to send a message via e-mail, be
sure to include at the very least the following details:
The radio with which you use the Programmer
The version number of the Programming software
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
191
192
KG-UV123 V4 Programmer Help
(found in the Programmer under
Help | About)
Based on the information given, we will respond as
quickly as possible.
Be sure that rtsystemsinc.com is set as an
acceptable address for your e-mail program. Or
watch for your response in your spam or junk mail
folder.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.
© 2013 RT Systems, Inc.