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'''NOTE:'''  Importing from the Radio Reference Database only works if you are a [http://www.radioreference.com/apps/subscription Premium Subscriber] to the Radio Reference Web site.  The key to unlock the utility for importing systems, TGs, and/or conventional frequencies from the Database is the Premium Subscription.
 
'''NOTE:'''  Importing from the Radio Reference Database only works if you are a [http://www.radioreference.com/apps/subscription Premium Subscriber] to the Radio Reference Web site.  The key to unlock the utility for importing systems, TGs, and/or conventional frequencies from the Database is the Premium Subscription.
  
It must be noted that a Premium Subscription is NOT required to take advantage of the information on the Radio Reference Web site, but there are some functionalities that you will not be able to access without it.
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== Driver/Com port setup:
  
== Trunked Systems ==
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Before the customer can upload data they must plug in the USB cable and install
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the driver. The driver can be found on the cdrom that is included with the cable.
  
=== Open or Closed Mode? ===
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== USB/Comport check and setup:
  
It is considered scanning in "Open Mode" if there is a Wildcard in working memory while scanning.  A Wildcard allows reception of radio traffic from ''any active'' Talk Group in a trunked radio system.  "Closed Mode" occurs when there is not a Wildcard in working memory, or the Wildcard is locked out so scanning is limited to specific Talk Groups.
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After installing the driver the correct COM/USB port must be selected in ARC500 before you
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can upload data:
  
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- start the ARC500 software for the PRO-106/PRO-197
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- enter the freq/talkgroups or import from radioreference.
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- in the top menu select SCANNER _ Upload To Scanner
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- a new window is shown
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- in the drop down box all available usb/com ports are shown. If there is only one usb/com port shown
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it is most likely the USB cable.
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- if there are multiple usb/com ports listed you can open the Windows device manager by clicking
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the button marked 'Open Windows Device Manager'.
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- a new windows opens, locate the section 'ports' and click the + to show all settings.
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- locate the item marked 'USB serial Port' and note the COM number.
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- This com number must be selected in ARC500
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- Now press 'Start Upload'
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- The leds at the interface will flash indicating it is receiving data from the software
  
=== Importing Trunked Systems and Talk Groups ===
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== 'Nothing Enabled' error:
  
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- if the customer uploaded data and the scanner displays 'Nothing enabled' this indicates that either:
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- none of the scanlists (1-20) are enabled. Scanlists can be enabled by pressing the numeric buttons 0-9
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(use FUNC + 0-9 for scanlists 11-20)
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- no objects are assigned to a scanlist. In the PRO-106/197 frequencies/talkgroups must be assigned to
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a scanlists before they can be scanned. This can be done in ARC500 or during the import process from
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radioreference. In the RR import windows there is a tab called 'scanlists' and this defines the scanlists
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the objects are linked to.
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== Programming mode:
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- The software will automatically put the scanner in programming mode. Customer should not put the scanner
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in program mode by holding the PGM button + power on. That is only used for firmware upgrades.
  
1. To Import from Radio Reference, click Internet > Radioreference Import
 
  
 
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[[Category:Software Applications]]

Revision as of 05:14, 28 July 2010

ARC500 software series for Radioshack PRO-106/PRO-197 and GRE PSR500/PSR600

Using ARC500 to populate a scanner

NOTE: Importing from the Radio Reference Database only works if you are a Premium Subscriber to the Radio Reference Web site. The key to unlock the utility for importing systems, TGs, and/or conventional frequencies from the Database is the Premium Subscription.

== Driver/Com port setup:

Before the customer can upload data they must plug in the USB cable and install the driver. The driver can be found on the cdrom that is included with the cable.

== USB/Comport check and setup:

After installing the driver the correct COM/USB port must be selected in ARC500 before you can upload data:

- start the ARC500 software for the PRO-106/PRO-197 - enter the freq/talkgroups or import from radioreference. - in the top menu select SCANNER _ Upload To Scanner - a new window is shown - in the drop down box all available usb/com ports are shown. If there is only one usb/com port shown it is most likely the USB cable. - if there are multiple usb/com ports listed you can open the Windows device manager by clicking the button marked 'Open Windows Device Manager'. - a new windows opens, locate the section 'ports' and click the + to show all settings. - locate the item marked 'USB serial Port' and note the COM number. - This com number must be selected in ARC500 - Now press 'Start Upload' - The leds at the interface will flash indicating it is receiving data from the software

== 'Nothing Enabled' error:

- if the customer uploaded data and the scanner displays 'Nothing enabled' this indicates that either:

- none of the scanlists (1-20) are enabled. Scanlists can be enabled by pressing the numeric buttons 0-9 (use FUNC + 0-9 for scanlists 11-20)

- no objects are assigned to a scanlist. In the PRO-106/197 frequencies/talkgroups must be assigned to a scanlists before they can be scanned. This can be done in ARC500 or during the import process from radioreference. In the RR import windows there is a tab called 'scanlists' and this defines the scanlists the objects are linked to.


== Programming mode:

- The software will automatically put the scanner in programming mode. Customer should not put the scanner in program mode by holding the PGM button + power on. That is only used for firmware upgrades.