SB9600 Exploration and controlling radio from PC
Many people around using their radios at home near computer, and because our lovely Motos is channel based radios, not frequency based it is very annoying to program every needed frequency each time. So I developed little tool for controlling radio from PC. Sorry for my English (it's totally not my native language), but I'll do my best to explain what my tool purpose:
1. It is serial port monitor with special functions of working with Motorola SB9600 protocol.
2. You can not only watch packets between various radio parts, but also you can send them too!
3. You can tune radio to frequency you want
4. You can scan frequency range
Here is screenshot, how tool looks:
And that's the tool iself:
I've personally tested it with Astro Saber, Astro Spectra, MTS2000, MCS2000.
For MCS2000 additional feature would be included very soon: your text output on display.
Oh, also forgot to tell some more:
1. Tool is totally wine friendly. As you could see from screenshot - it works in Linux with no problems, although it is Win32 APP
2. By default, tool configured to first serial port (COM1). If you want some another - edit index= in [port] section of settings.ini. 0 here means COM1, 1 - means COM2 for example
3. To control radio from PC, first you need to push CSQ button, this will freeze radio's own "soul" so it won't intercept you while you will be playing with radio.
4. On first five tabs there is buttons "Right-click to set". This is made for people, who found some nice SB9600 packet and wanted to send it more easily. For example - you found Volume Up or Volume Down packets. Now, it's great idea to send it by pressing button, not by typing or pasting packet every time. So you just "program" one of the free buttons to this packet and can send it just by pressing button.
5. Of course many of you will have question about interface, needed for this program. The answer is - if CPS works on your PC, this tool would work too, so usual RIB + cables should work in 100% cases. Even more - sometimes CPS won't work with your radio on particular computer, but this tool will work :-)
6. For now I'm working on raw codeplug backup/restore feature of radio. I think many of you tired using awful Astro Lab DOS RSS for that (including me).