The WCS-D880 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:
Other Menu Item Categories Include:
The Radio Programmer Is for so Much More than Just Memory Management.
The programming process begins by first installing the program then installing (and allowing) the drivers for the cable. Be sure to complete both of these steps.
Save your file as you work. This is a computer, after all, and you would hate to lose your work should the system fail. Actually, create and save as many files as you want or need. You could have one file for home, a different one for the vacation house, another for the trip to your son’s house, another for the yearly 3K run and picnic where you help direct traffic and want the radio to be programmed with only the frequencies for that event. Remember, radio programming is an overwrite process. Everything in the radio is replaced by everything in the file.
Limit MemoriesLimit 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.
VFOThe program makes available the same VFOs 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.
CallHome/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.
GPS MemoryOnce stored in the radio during GPS operations, these channels are read from the radio with the other details.
Memories and D-Star ColumnsThe ID-880 handles D-Star and FM memories in Memories. 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.
|Set "My Callsign" to your FCC issued callsign.|
The list of Your Callsigns and is just storage. The callsigns used during a transmission is programmed in the memory channel. This list is 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.
Details for the 300 DR-Memories are easily completed on this screen. D-Star Calculator is available to make this even easier.
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:
D-STAR Calculator for DR Memories:D-STAR Calculator for DR Memories lists repeaters worldwide for you to update or customize the list in the radio. Easily customize this list for places you plan to travel or places you want to work using a DR memory as your RPT2 repeater.
All repeater nodes are listed. Those the radio can use to transmit will be set automatically for "Repeater Use".
Latitude and Longitude are included where that info is available from the source and the repeater is marked for use.
Click a country, region, state, city or individual repeater.
Use starting channel to replace or carefully add to your list.
No searching for data, it's all right in the RT Systems Programmer.
The D-STAR calculator is updated automatically with the program. Just "Check for Updates" periodically to be sure you have the latest list.
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.
Enter DTMF memory details.
Bank Names and Linking
Set up Name for bank selection on radio, scanning links, and Active Bank. Use F1 and F2 for different configurations for separate activities.
Click here to learn more about using Preferences to customize your radio programming experience.