Radio Control Software

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Radio control software organized by receiver manufacturer. Links to locations where data files for some of these applications may be found in our Programming Files article. For non-Windows environments, please see out Scanner/Receiver Software for Non Windows OS article.
As newer PCs don't have serial ports, connections must be made between the scanner and the PC through USB. This can present some difficulties in understanding how to configure the connection correctly. Please see our Connecting scanners via USB article for more information.



Radio Shack

Win96 Screenshot
  • ARC83 Closed-source, commercial software for the Pro-83 and PRO-84. Demo available.
  • Pro96Com - Closed-source software for the MS-Windows platform. Freely-available, but not public domain. Decodes the 9600-baud APCO-P25 control channel information from the Pro-96/Pro-2096/PSR-500/PSR-600/Pro-106. Available from the PSREdit web site.


ARC396 Version 2.0 Screenshot
Advanced Virtual Control BCD396T (AVC396)
IDTracker Screenshot
ScanControl Screenshot
UnidenCommander screenshot
DOS packages
Windows packages
  • bcTool is designed to be a simple, easy to use and above all free application to help you program, control and log your Uniden Bearcat Dynamic Memory Scanner.
  • BuTel Software's Advanced Radio Control. Closed-source, commercial MS-Windows software. Demo versions are available.
  • Uniden Advanced Scanner Director - Closed-source, commercial, MS-Windows software. Some versions included with the radio, others available from Uniden. Some demos available. For various Uniden radios including the SC230, BC246T, BR330T, and BCD396T.

Other brands

  • FTBVR5K Support for the Yaesu/Vertex VR-5000
  • Frequency Manager Supports Yaesu/Vertex VR5000, receivers by TenTec, AOR, Japan Radio Corporation (NRD series), Drake and others, numerous ham transceivers by Kenwood, Icom, Yaesu
  • Probe supports the Optocom, Optoscan 456/535 and Optoscan Lite
    • The Yahoo support forum can be found here
  • Pro-Turbo Supports the HB/CE-232controler and the Pro-2004,2005,2006 scanners.

Other HF Related Control Packages

This section lists packages that work with other receivers, many not yet covered in any of the other pages, such as the popular TenTec RX-320, JRC NRD series receivers, the Drake R8 series and more.

Other Download Areas

Amateur transceivers

CallSign Software HamStationUltra for the Kenwood TS-2000 Screenshot
CallSign Software HamStationUltra for the Yaesu FT-450 Screenshot
CallSign Software ScopeStationUltra for the Ten Tec RX320 Screenshot
  • Callsign/ScopeStationUltra/HamStationUltra Radio control software for the ICOM IC-R75, Ten Tec Rx320, Pegasus, Jupiter, Kenwood TS-2000, TS-B2000, Yaesu FT-2000, and FT-450. All applications include station logging, award logging, DX cluster access/logging, beacon monitoring/logging, QRZ look-up, callsign prefix to country indicator, WWV/CHU monitoring, SWL database, grayline display, propagation report, CW keyboard, memory/channel/frequency scanning, spectrum sweeping, sound card audio processing, and wire antenna design tools in addition to each radio's standard features and functions. This software has been consistently in the "Top Rated" list of The DXzone's list of Radio Control Software.
  • CBT, Inc- Commercial programming software for Alinco radios.
  • Commander Commander is a free application that controls up to 4 Icom, TenTec, Kenwood, Yaesu, Elecraft, FlexRadio, Alinco, or Kachina transceivers, switching between them manually or automatically based on frequency, and displaying frequency-dependent settings for devices like tuners and amplifiers; includes a bandspread and transverter support. Commander is a member of the freeware DXLab Suite, which supports soundcard PSK31, soundcard PSK63, soundcard and/or TNC RTTY, CW generation, logging, award tracking, QSL generation, LotW and synchronization, QSL route discovery, antenna rotation, world map display, DX and WWV spot collection, and propagation forecasting.
  • G4HFQ's closed-source, commercial software for the MS-Windows platform that controls a variety of Yaesu radios. Demo available.
    • FTBCat - Rig Control for the Yaesu FT-100/D, FT-817/ND, FT-847, FT-857/D, FT-897/D, FT-920, FT-1000MP Mark V transceivers and VR-5000 and FRG-100 receivers. Comments on EHam about FTBasic.
    • FTBasicMMO - A memory management only program for Yaesu FT-817, FT-817ND, FT-847, FT-857, FT-857D, FT-897 and FT-897D transceivers.
    • Comments on EHam about FTBasicMMO can be found here
    • FTBasic Yahoo Group
  • Ham Radio Deluxe - Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) is a suite of free Windows programs providing CAT control for commonly used transceivers and receivers. HRD also includes mapping and PSK31 software. Supports most Icom, Kenwood, Ten-Tec, Yaesu, and Elecraft Receivers and Transcievers. Great for both Ham operators and SWL listeners.
    • Comments on EHam about Ham Radio Deluxe can be found here
    • The Ham Radio Deluxe support forums can be found here
  • KC8UNJ- Free programming software for many Yaesu handhelds, including the VX-2, VX-5, VX-6, VX-7, VR-120, FT-60 as well as the Icom R-2.
  • RadioControl Modular 32-bit Windows user interface compliant application for controlling multiple receivers and amateur radio transceivers simultaneously. Beside direct control, it also features frequency and memory management and various scan options. The functionality can be extended by plug-ins (external modules). Supported radios range from AOR (like AR-5000, AR-8200), Icom (like IC-R7100, IC-R8500, IC-PCR1000) to WiNRADiO.
  • RT Systems- Commercial programming software for several brands of ham radios, including Yaesu, Icom, Alinco, and ADI.
    • Comments on EHam about RT Systems products can be found here
  • TRX Manager Supports the Yaesu/Vertex VR-5000, Icom R-75, R-7000, R-7100, R-8500 and numerous ham transceivers by Kenwood, Yaesu, Icom and TenTec