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Radio Programming Software for the Icom IC-91



RT Systems WCS-91

The WCS-91 Programmer is designed to give you the ease and convenience of programming the memories and set menu options of your radio from your PC including settings for D-Star operations. The D-Star calculator built into the program gives you D-Star information from all around the world to use. You can easily set up your D-Star channels with just a few mouse clicks.

Memory Channels Include:

  • 800 Band A Memories
  • 50 Band A Limit Memories (25 pair)
  • 400 Band B Memories with D-Star Settings
  • 6 Band B Limit Memories (3 pair)
  • 9 VFO Band A (1 per Band)
  • 4 VFO Band B (1 per Band available on Band B)
  • 4 Call Band A Channels
  • 2 Call Band B Channels
  • 70 TV Channels (USA version only)

Other Menu Item Categories Include:

  • Common
  • DTMF

The Radio Programmer Is for so Much More than Just Memory Management.


With the WCS-91 Programmer you can begin a new “factory fresh” file into which frequencies and option settings are entered. Or, you can read from the radio, store these details on your computer and make changes. Then, with minimal button pushing, send the new configuration back to the radio.

The Programmer allows you to create and save as many files as you want for your radio. Files can even be shared between users via email or the Internet. Any RT Systems Version 4.50 program can open a file from any other RT Systems Version 4.50 programmer... even from a different radio.

Managing all the options of this great little radio becomes easy with the Programmer. The cut, copy, paste and insert features of the Programmer make channel management easier than ever.

Open more than one file at a time. Memory channel information can be copied from one file to another within the Programmer making it really easy to set up a new file.





Band A Limit Memories

Limit Memories are used by the radio for Program Scan. Program the same details for Limit Memories as for regular memory channels. Many of the Limit Memories are preprogrammed in the radio and while the frequency can be changed to another within the band, they cannot be left blank.


Band B Limit Memories

Limit Memories are used by the radio for Program Scan. Program the same details for Limit Memories as for regular memory channels. Many of the Limit Memories are preprogrammed in the radio and while the frequency can be changed to another within the band, they cannot be left blank. These channels are regular memory channels unless you engage program scan. They can be accessed in addition to those in the Band B Memories for D-Star repeaters.


VFO Band A

The program makes available the same VFO’s as in the radio (usually one per band). Remember these are not real memory channels since the details are lost as soon as you tune the radio manually. There is no one button recall for these. You do not need to program into VFO before programming details into a memory channel. These channels are preprogrammed in the radio and while the frequency can be changed to another within the band, they cannot be left blank.


VFO Band B

The program makes available the same VFO’s as in the radio (usually one per band). Remember these are not real memory channels since the details are lost as soon as you tune the radio manually. There is no one button recall for these. You do not need to program into VFO before programming details into a memory channel. These channels are preprogrammed in the radio and while the frequency can be changed to another within the band, they cannot be left blank.


Call Band A

Home/Call channels are special memories accessed through one button recall on the radio. These channels are preprogrammed in the radio and while the frequency can be changed to another within the band, they cannot be left blank.


Call Band B

Home/Call channels are special memories accessed through one button recall on the radio. These channels are preprogrammed in the radio and while the frequency can be changed to another within the band, they cannot be left blank.


TV Channel

Available TV channel frequencies depend on the radio’s version. This screen in the Programmer will be populated with those frequencies specific to your radio model once you complete Communications | Get data from radio. Make changes to these channels to suit your area and activities. The Channels can be deleted from the list to remove them from the radio. The Instruction Manual for the radio details these frequencies for all the different models should you need to recreate the list for your radio.


Band B Memories and D-Star Columns

The IC-91 handles D-Star and FM memories on Band B. It is here in the Programmer that the D-Star specifics for each channel are found. The D-Star columns become active once Operating Mode is set to DV.





D-STAR Settings

Set “My Callsign” to your FCC issued callsign.

The lists of Your Callsigns and Rpt Callsigns are just storage. The callsigns used during a transmission are programmed in the memory channel. These lists are available to make a selection from; however, the callsign does not need to be entered here first.

Tx messages, name/location/equipment details, etc., scroll on the radio receiving your call.

Options for Display, GPS and Digital Settings are easily customized on this screen.






D-STAR Calculator Advanced

Source and Destination:

The D-STAR Calculator automatically sets up the Talk, Echo, Info and Unlink channels for your “Source” repeater. The “Source” is the repeater you access to begin your adventures. Just like with analog repeaters, you must be able to hit the “Source” repeater.

Talk - the CQ channel for talking with others.

Echo - a test function that repeats your transmission back to you. Good for letting you know that you are, or are not, hitting the repeater.

Info - The function that triggers a status response from the repeater (i.e. linked to “where”... not linked).

Unlink - Disconnects the current link of the repeater (where allowed). More widely used to disconnect a link you establish. Remember... if you link, it’s always polite to unlink (hang up the phone) when you’re done unless someone has joined you locally. Then you might leave it to them to unlink.

The calculator sets up the same channels for a DVAP hotspot. You enter your frequency only once.


Route/Link to Repeaters:

Now that you identified your “Source”, let’s set up your Destination. In D-STAR you can Link to Repeaters or Route to Repeaters. To set up channels that link or route, use the drop down at the top of the first tree to select your function, then select your repeaters by checking a country, region, state, city or individual repeater. A counter below the list keeps track of how many you have selected.


Link to Reflectors:

For even more fun, and a great way for a beginner to get started, Link to Reflectors. D-STAR reflectors are a special type of Internet connected gateway that rebroadcasts each signal to all the other linked nodes or repeaters. Remember... EVERYBODY is listening... but that’s what makes it fun. You have a whole world to talk to through your local repeater, “Source”, linked to a reflector. To set up a channel that links your repeater to a reflector, check the box for that reflector in the Link to Reflector tree.

Click Apply once to set up all these channels for the radio.



The Resulting File:

The resulting channels are set up and ready to go.

Your callsign, Rpt 1 Callsign and Rpt 2 Callsign are set automatically... No wondering which suffix goes where, or if it is positioned correctly. That is all done for you.

Name can be edited here to better identify the station. Name is what you see on the radio. It is not part of the D-STAR commands for use of the system. It may be all you have to identify the function of a channel. (Notice the frequency is the same for ALL these channels although they each do something different on the D-STAR network.) Make the Name something you understand.

Note: Be sure to turn ON the name display for the radio to use what you enter in the name field.

To Use these Settings for D-STAR Fun:

• Save and send the file to the radio.
• Listen on the talk channel.
• Be sure your call sign is registered on the system.
• Check repeater status on info channel.
• Check your connection to repeater on Echo channel.
• Link repeater to a connection of your choice.
• Talk on Talk channel.

HAVE FUN!






Radio Menu Settings


Common

Use these screens to customize other set menu features of the radio. Check boxes toggle features on or off, drop down menus list all selections and blank boxes for personalized entry add to the ease of setting up your radio exactly like you want it.

The entries on the Settings screens are made for you to “Set and Forget”. Once settings are customized, you are prompted to save before exiting. The saved settings will be there every time you create a new frequency file.




DTMF

Enter DTMF memory details and customize options for this function of the radio.



External Data

RT Systems Programmers interface with four sources of data to make it easy for you to find repeater information. Some of these sources even include information for repeaters outside the US. Your existing subscription to a service (where required) works in the programmer.

  • Open Travel Plus List – This is a great source for those of you who still have the TravelPlus CDs (now discontinued) from ARRL since it does not require an Internet connection. Use it with TravelPlus from 2009 to 2015. For more details about using TravelPlus see our video.

  • RadioReference Search – This database has commercial and amateur repeaters. A subscription through RadioReference is required to access this data.

  • RepeaterBook Search – This database contains domestic and international repeater listings. It is free to use from within the programmer.

  • RFinder Web Search – RFinder is now ARRL’s repeater directory service. It has both domestic and international repeater listings. RFinder offers the best search abilities with single location or routing options. A subscription through RFinder is required to access this data.

Radio Reference Search

An internet connection and subscription to the service are required for this search.

Enter the user e-mail and Password that you established when you purchased your subscription from RadioReference Then select the State– Select the state from the list and County– Select the state from the list to get repeaters for that area.

Click OK.


Repeater Book Search

An Internet connection is required for this search.

Location – Enter City, State, Country (if not in the US).

Radius – Enter how many miles (up to 90 maximum) around this location.

Select Bands – This is not terribly important since it can be done on the next screen; however, you might want to limit the selection to reduce the number of repeaters in the results. Uncheck All Bands to make the individual bands active.

Click OK.


RFinder Search

An internet connection and subscription to the service are required for this search.

Enter the User E-mail and Password that you established when you purchased your subscription from RFinder.

Location - Search around a specific city. Enter City, State and Country (if not US). Enter Radius up to 90 miles.

Route - Search along the route of a trip you’re planning. Enter the Start and End cities, a width (remember to limit this since you can’t hear repeaters that are too far away), and waypoints (other cities along the way). The search will travel along major interstate highways between the two cities. If the result is not along the route you plan to take, enter other waypoints on your route.

Map Route – Use this option to see the route the search will take. Close the map to return to the search screen.

Click OK.

The information is returned on a screen that is not yet ready for radio programming, this screen lets you examine the data to see if the results are about what you expected. You might find that you spelled the city name wrong which resulted in nothing being returned; or that you want to pull repeaters from further away; or you want to get repeaters for different bands.



Select what the radio uses as the Name display. You can select the Callsign (default), City, State, Region, Repeater Notes or Sponsor. Notice that each of these categories is a column of information in the grid. You will see those names at the top of the screen. You are selecting the information in that column for the Programmer to set up for the Name field. NOTE: The radio will truncate (cut off) the information in the field at the maximum number of characters it can use for the Alpha/numeric display. You might end up with only the first four or six characters of the information in the column. Consider this when selecting the information.

Select what the Programmer will use in the Comment field. This information does not go to the radio but can be very helpful for identifying a channel as you work with it on the spreadsheet. You can print this information along with other details for the channels to have it on hand as you travel. Again, select Callsign, City, State, Region, Repeater Notes or Sponsor.

Sorting Return Data

The screen that opens after you click OK for one of the external data searches gives you the ability to remove repeater information that your radio cannot use. You might have a radio that does not do DMR, DStar or Yaesu Fusion. Simply uncheck these in the list. The channels are removed from the list automatically.

Once you finish eliminating frequencies or modes your radio cannot use, select your radio from Modules and then click Create file for (your radio).

Resulting File

After clicking Create File for (Your radio) the programmer creates the file that you use to program your radio. Notice that all the Tones are set up with the tone frequencies. All done automatically.

What a list and all you did was enter a location!

Preferences


Grid Display

  • RT Systems now available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.
  • Set colors for text (Fore) or background (Back) of alternate rows for easier viewing across the columns.
  • Freeze columns to keep information on the screen as you scroll to the right of the page.
  • Hide columns you don’t use. Customize your printout: hidden columns do not print.
  • Use Combo for Check boxes – changes the grid to eliminate check box selections that are disabled on some systems.



Memory Defaults

  • Set options to control auto fill information for memory channel entries.



Font

  • Set options to control the font in the column headers of the channel entry screens. Select any font and font size available on your computer.



Other

  • Set options to control how the programmer handles the global Radio Menu Settings file.
    - Separate (default) handles the global settings of the radio in a “set and forget” fashion. Once you set these up and save the file you won’t have to reset them for a new frequency file.
    - Together as one gives you the ability to create files that are complete with frequencies and customized global settings. In this mode, each file begins with factory defaults for every option of the radio.
  • Check “Get data from Radio” new file option to prevent data loss when you read from your radio into the programmer.
  • Check “different window” option to make the programmer for a different radio run in completely separate window rather than in a separate tab of the same window.

WCS-91 Programming Kit

Click here to learn more about using Preferences to customize your radio programming experience.

Hardware Requirements



Want to know even more?
Additional details and tips for the WCS-91 Radio Programming and Control Software
can be found in the complete Help File for the Programmer at: WCS-91 Help File.