The KRS-D74 Radio Programming Software is designed to give you the ease and convenience of programming the memories and set menu options of your radio from your PC. Any memory channel with all its details can be sent to the radio with a simple keystroke.
Memory Channels Include:
Other Menu Item Categories Include:
The Radio Programmer Is for so Much More than Just Memory Management.
With the KRS-D74 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.
Managing all the options of this great 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.
Limit Memories are used by the radio for Program Scan. Program the same details for Limit Memories as for regular memory channels.
The DR Channels are special memories of the radio used for quick manual D-Star setup from the radio’s face. D-Star channels do not have to be programmed here before being saved to memory. Program D-STAR repeater info to use with the near repeater feature of the radio when Latitude and Longitude are included for that repeater.
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.
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.
Ten NOAA weather frequencies are preprogrammed in the American Version radio, and cannot be changed. Use this screen to edit Name and Step for each of these.
GPS memories are saved weigh point locations used in GPS and APRS activities. Set option for GPS functionality. Remember, this screen has more options than those shown. Be sure to click on each of the Position, Object, Item and Weather tabs to set options for each of those D-PRS operations.
Radio Menu Settings
Use this screen to customize many set menu features of the radio. Check boxes toggle features on or off, use 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.
Setting screens are organized like the radio. The configuration screen of the settings file have the options you’ll find in the Configuration section of the radio.
Configure GPS function settings.
APRS1 / APRS2
With so many set menu items controlling this advanced function of the radio, the settings file has two screens to hold the check boxes, drop-down lists and edit boxes.
Memories and D-STAR Columns
The TH-D74 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 or DR.
Set “My Callsign” to your FCC issued callsign.
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.
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.
The resulting channels are set up and ready to go.
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.
Preferences Customize the Programmer
Click here to learn more about using Preferences to customize your radio programming experience.