RT Systems DMR-9600

The DMR-9600 Radio Programming Software is designed to make it easier to program your radio. Details of memory channels and other set menu options of your radio are in the program to access and study at your pace. No more “function key frustration” from trying to set options from the face of the radio.

Memory Channels Include:

  • 1 Memories
  • 1 Zones
  • 1 Contacts
  • 1 Group Lists
  • 1 Scan Lists

Other Menu Item Categories Include:

  • Radio Info
  • Common
  • Common 2
  • Menu
  • Key Settings
  • Quick Messages

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.

Next, make all the connections between the radio and the computer and complete Communications | Get data from radio. This “syncs” the radio and computer. Even if the radio is not yet set up with memory channels, there are details that the programmer needs to get from the radio.

Start setting up details for your radio in a “factory fresh” file (File|New) or in the file that was created when you did Communications | Get data from the radio. Begin by entering a receive frequency (that will be the frequency published for the repeater). When you press Enter or Tab to leave the Receive frequency field, the program will complete details for the channel. Then customize Name and Tone to match the details you have for that local repeaters.

Use the links to external data sources (File | External data) built right into the programmer to access repeater details for your area or for a location you plan to visit. Then with just a few button clicks, you have a file with hundreds of entries and all you typed was your location (i.e., zip code or city).

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.





Zones

Organize your memory channels into "groups" (knows as zones in this radio) to get your best use as you turn through the list. You might want a zone for the dessert and another for the mountains when you ride with different friends. When a zone is selected, the radio knows only those channels.

Channels programmed into memory MUST be put into zones to appear in the radio.





Contacts

A list of people or groups to whom you can talk. This list can be customized with the ID and name of folks you want identified when you talk to them.





Group Lists

Set up groups of contacts who you will talk to at one time. You can arrange your groups so you control who is part of the conversation. Once created, a Group List is assigned to a memory channel. When that channel is used, your transmission is heard by only the people (contacts) included in the assigned group.





Scan Lists

Set up groups of memory channels for scanning. The same channel can be added to several lists or can be omitted completely from scanning. Organize your channels to include only those you need for your current activity.


Radio Menu Settings

Use these screens 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.

Radio Info

Use this screen to customize set menu features of the radio.

Common

Use this screen 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.

Menu

Use this screen to customize other set menu features of the radio.

Key Settings

Set functions for the P1, P2, P3 and P4 buttons on the face of the radio. Two options for each button give you quick access to eight radio functions.

Quick Messages

Enter text to transmit with minimal button presses. Short phrases soch as "Low on gas" or HELP… STUCK" or "I'm hungary" can say it all if someone can't hear you.


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 – This database 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 Customize the Programmer

Grid Display

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  • 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 a completely separate window rather than in a separate tab of the same window.

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

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