Programming software

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  1. gulfmp

    gulfmp NES Member

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    New Ham here. Very green to the Ham world that awaits me.

    I have acquired three transceivers (older ICOM 2GAT and Kenwood TS-140S, and a newer Yaesu VX-6) The 2 HT's came to me partially programmed, but I don't have any manuals for them to assist in programming them any further. The Yaesu will soon lose its memory channels because I have to send it out for repair. It has very low TX and RX audio on the ham bands, but not NOAA. I'm told it may be a failed filter of some sort.

    My question. Is there a common software program that is useful to program my radios, and a future purchase of a new radio that has all the up to date technological bells and whistles, or does each radio have their own particular programming software that you must buy?
     

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    edmorseiii Navy Veteran NES Member

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    Chirp will def do your Yaesu, I have done my VX7R with it. I can't speak to the other 2.
     
  3. ToddDubya

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    And if CHIRP does the other two, it'll let you save your settings so you can reprogram later. A buddy of mine set us all up with identical programs on Baofengs so the less saavy could just be told "go to preset 13".
     
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    edmorseiii Navy Veteran NES Member

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  5. Bill Katt

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    Len-2A Training Instructor Instructor

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    Rtsystems is ~$50 (includes cable) but works very well on the radios that they support. So between that and Chirp, you should be able to get them working.

    Manuals are usually DL-able from mfr website.
     
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    blindfire NES Member

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    My only complaint about RT Systems is that you have to buy the software and install it for each radio. Never understood why they couldn't just sell a license unlock for each radio you own.

    It is nice that you can easily copy/paste between instances of RT though.
     
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    timbo Navy Veteran NES Member

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    I use this on my VX7R

    http://www.kc8unj.com/vx7.html

    Not sure if it works with the VX6. I started using it right after it came out and it was a bit finicky at first but it works well for me once I got past the learning curve. YMMV
     

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