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The programs below are available by requesting them via e-mail.  Some can be downloaded from the supplied link.  All programs were written for use under Windows with a PC.  Use the link which is present at the bottom of every page of this website to send an e-mail request.  All programs contain an HTML Help file.

A description of each program is below.  The approximate total size of the installation files is also given.  The information should help decide whether the program may be of interest before requesting it.  Because of the large file sizes, broadband e-mail access is almost essential.

For each program e-mailed as an attachment, it will have three files called the installation files.  These three files are Setup.exe, Setup.lst and Progname.cab, where Progname is the actual program name.

When you receive the installation files via e-mail, put the three files in  a directory by themselves (e.g. C:\Temp) or they will overwrite any existing files with the same name.  To install the program, navigate to your chosen directory and double-click the Setup.exe file.

Farmer

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Farmer stands for Forecasting Amateur Radio Maps and Effective Range.  It requires extra hardware described in the Help file.  It measures and logs the received RF signal strength at the aerial connector of your FM receiver.  It draws graphs in units of time versus microVolts or dBm.

If you drive a route whilst logging received signal strengths and you also have a Garmin GPS receiver logging your track, when you have finished and display the recorded graph, you can see an internet map showing where you were at any time.  In other words, you can click the graph at any point to see the date, time and received signal strength, with the option of displaying the location on a UK map.

The Farmer program can be run at the same time as the CRASH program.

The installation files total about 3 MB.  The latest version is 1.0.3.  It works with XP and Vista.  It may be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?t22imepyb2ebup8

Farmer_K

The information below is not all correct.  I must be very naive if I believed that life is so straight forward.  It appears that the rig models mentioned below do speak the same secret language, but in different dialects!  Farmer_K works with the Kenwood TH-G71.  Until I manage to discover all of the dialects, it probably won't work with any other model.

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Farmer_K is similar to Farmer, but it doesn't require rig modifications or a USB digital voltmeter.  It uses a data language to communicate with an FM rig via an interface cable between the PC and the FM rig.  It will therefore only work with certain Kenwood FM transceivers. Once a second, Farmer_K polls the FM rig and asks for its S meter level.  The response is displayed on a graph and written to a file.  Like Farmer, a Garmin GPS track file can be associated with the signal strength file to show a map of where the received signal was at a certain strength.

Farmer_K was written to work with a Kenwood TH-G71 hand portable rig.  Other Kenwood rigs have the same memory control data language, so it is believed that the program will also work with the TH-D7, TH-F6, TH-F7, TH-K2, TH-K4, TM-V7, TM-271,  TM-G707, TM-D700 and TM-D710. To enable the data control language with the TH-G71, select menu 15 and set TC (transceiver control) = ON.

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Once you have confirmed that your PC can talk to the rig, you are ready to record a signal strength graph.

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The installation files total about 2.7 MB.  The latest version is 1.0.0.  It works with XP and Vista.  It may be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?hww7vlup02fe8o9

CRASH

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CRASH stands for Cleveland RAYNET Automatic Sound Harvester.  It can be used with a microphone, but was designed to record the received audio of an FM receiver as a file on your hard drive.  It only records when audio is present, so on a RAYNET event lasting 8 hours in real time, the recorded file may be perhaps a total of 1 hour.  Each period of audio is date and time stamped, so that when playing the audio file, each time somebody speaks, the time can be seen.

The trigger which starts each period of sound recording is user selectable.  It can be the audio level (AC voltage) into the PC's microphone socket or it can be derived from your FM receiver's squelch circuit and fed into your PC via a serial or parallel port.

There is an oscilloscope and spectrum analyser display of the recorded audio.  That part of the program was provided by another software author, Murphy McCauley.

There is also a facility to type a control log for a RAYNET event and to automatically insert the time for each entry if desired.  There is a known bug. Some PCs can't see the table grid lines, so can't type a log.  The cause is probably the Windows display theme in use.

It is suggested that before running CRASH for the first time, you create a new sub-directory called...

My Documents/CRASH Sound Files

and use that to store your recorded files.  Navigate to that sub-directory the first time you record a new file and the location will be remembered.

The installation files total about 4.9 MB.  The latest version is 1.4.0. It works with XP, Vista and 7.  It may be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?z2ka9hvzn33v92v

CURE

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CURE stands for Checkpoint Update on RAYNET Events.  Some events have many participants visiting several check points and their times of arrival are noted at each CP.  Such events include mass moors walks, horse rides and cycle rides.  The concept of checking-in participants serves two purposes.  Firstly, it is a safety matter so that lost or overdue participants can be recognised and their location known within a short distance.  Secondly, for competitive events with prizes, it is proof that competitors reached every CP on the route.

CURE is a database program which allows the times of arrival of participants to be entered.  Apart from arrival times, status entries can be made such as NON-STARTER, MISSED CP, OTHER ROUTE and RETIRED.  The program allows a quick display with totals of either ALL participants or only those with the status of RETIRED, NON-STARTER etc.  At suitable intervals, the database file can be backed-up with a single mouse click.

Although CURE can be used at some or all CPs on a route for the information of local organisers, it was designed so that at suitable intervals (perhaps after each new batch of 30 competitors arrive at a CP), RAYNET could pass the latest database file to Control using a suitable radio data file transfer program such as EasyPal.  Control can then use another program called CUREplus to display the progress of competitors through all CPs.  As data file transfer used by RAYNET means that not only Control, but any outstation can receive the transmitted database files, other CPs can also see the most recent status of competitors at any other CP if desired.

Either the exact times of arrival can be entered into the database or the much quicker automatic time of entry can be used.  In other words, the competitor's serial number is either typed or simply clicked on a datagrid and the current PC's time is entered. 

The installation files total about 3 MB.  The latest version is 1.4.0. It works with XP and Vista.  It may be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?7yot111i5bowgso

CUREplus

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CUREplus can only be used with the CURE database files described above.  It is mainly for use at Control so that CURE files transmitted from several checkpoints can all be displayed in a single program to show the progress of competitors on an event.

The installation files total about 3 MB.  The latest version is 1.0.0.  It works with XP and Vista.  It may be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?rnvlnccx8jlie49

RayPath

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RayPath is a radio path power budget program.  It is best used with VHF or UHF radio path signal strength prediction programs.  You specify the transmit power, received signal strength, aerial gains and coaxial cable losses.  RayPath calculates the signal path loss which will balance the equation.

RayPath can calculate coax losses for specified lengths of some cables.  It also knows aerial gain values for several aerials.

The installation files total about 2 MB.  The latest version is 1.0.1.  It works with XP and Vista.  It may be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?8ni96bas944gacg

RaceTime

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RaceTime helps to plan RAYNET events in which competitors travel a known route.  You specify the checkpoint names, the distance between checkpoints and the guessed speed.  RaceTime shows the estimated time of arrival at each checkpoint.

You can specify the guessed speeds of the fastest and the slowest competitors.  Their ETAs at each checkpoint will be displayed.  If a known arrival time at a checkpoint is entered, the real speed is calculated and also the ETAs at further checkpoints.

The installation files total about 2.6 MB.  The latest version is 2.2.0.  It works with XP and Vista.  It may be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?kt7x1xqfo14a8d7

BattLife

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BattLife calculates the discharge life of a fully charged battery when used with specified equipment.  If you know the battery current drawn on transmit and on receive by a particular rig, you can calculate how long the internal or external battery will last.

The installation files total about 2.1 MB.  The latest version is 1.0.0.  It works with XP and Vista.  It may be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?6w6we94yw4tliuf

UILogFilter

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This is a specialised program of interest only to users of the APRS UI-View32 program.  If a UI-View log is made of stations heard over a period of time, UILogFilter can edit the log to remove all stations which are not of interest.  It doesn't change the original log.  It creates another log file.

The installation files total about 2.4 MB.  The latest version is 0.1.0.  It works with XP and Vista.  It may be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?q2oh3q2av23d0id

UI-PHG-DFS

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This is a specialised program of interest only to users of the APRS UI-View32 program.  APRS is the Amateur Position Reporting System.  Some APRS stations transmit a PHG code or an RNG code to indicate their radio range as well as their location.  The UI-PHG-DFS program draws range circles around APRS stations displayed on UI-View32 maps.  As well as plain vanilla APRS position beacons, the program also decodes compressed and Mic-E beacons.  For Radio Direction Finding purposes, the program decodes DFS and BRG codes to draw either circles or bearings to a target station.

The installation files total about 5.5 MB.  The latest version is 0.2.0.  It works with XP and Vista.  It may be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?niv905objuhjx6s

RIT_Clock

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RIT_Clock is an alarm clock program.  It runs each time the PC is booted, as long as you set at least one alarm.  It can handle 10 alarms.

Each alarm can either be a one-off date and time alarm or a time alarm which activates every day.  You enter your own message for each alarm, to remind you what the alarm is for.

When your PC is turned on and RIT_Clock runs, if any date and time alarms should have activated since you last used your PC, you are informed which alarms you missed.

The installation files total about 2.6 MB.  The latest version is 2.5.0.  It works with XP and Vista.  The best version for XP can be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?ckby5ag8pqor4v3 and the following is probably better for Vista http://www.mediafire.com/?eha5modokhz4750

Arsenic North Yorkshire

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Arsenic stands for Automatic Relay Selection Establishing Networks In Cleveland.  That was the original version.  This version also covers North Yorkshire.  The program is believed to be unique and has very powerful facilities.

Arsenic knows the location of 89 VHF/UHF relay locations covering a large area.  For each, it knows the radio coverage range maps on 2m and on 70cm.  Relay points are accessible by a normal car on public roads.  A relay is defined as a standard RAYNET mobile running 10W or 50W RF to a 5/8 whip.  It could be a Net Control station, a manual relay or a cross-band talk-through relay.  This version also caters for relays using a mast and a high gain aerial, but the other stations are always assumed to be standard RAYNET mobiles.

If there is snow on the roads, some relay locations may be inaccessible.  Arsenic know which relays are on a Priority 1 or 2 snowplough route and potentially snowed up relay sites can all be disabled with a click of the mouse.

Click any point on the Arsenic map (or enter an OS NGR).  The county is calculated and shown.  Of the 89 relay locations, all in range of the selected point are listed.  Click two points on the Arsenic map (or enter OS NGRs).  All relay locations in range of both selected points are listed. In addition, relays which are in both 2m and 70cm range are indicated as allowing cross-band talk-through.

If no such single relay location exists, Arsenic will list two relays in range of each other which will allow double talk-through (XBTT in series) to link the two selected locations.

With an infinite number of selected locations, 1,312 radio paths on 2m between the relays and another 682 radio paths on 70cm, the radio coverage was calculated theoretically.  Visiting an infinite number of locations would take quite a while.  Infinity is a long time, especially towards the end.  Arsenic was fine tuned by visiting many locations and measuring received signal strengths in microVolts using the Farmer program.

The installation files total about 6.8 MB.  The latest version is 1.0.1  It works with XP and Vista.  It may be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?2cls6l05l9czezc

 

TMV7E_RC

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TMV7E_RC is a program which allows remote control over the air using DTMF codes.  It controls the Kenwood TM-V7E and TM-732E dual band 2m/70cm talk-through rigs which are used by some RAYNET groups.  It is believed that the program will also work with Kenwood models TM-742E, TM-V71E and TM-D710E.

Commands include Talk-Through on/off, CTCSS mode on/off, CTCSS toneburst mode on/off, reverse repeater on/off, RF power level change, VFO frequency change and CTCSS frequency change.

The program can be used with any 2m or 70cm FM rig to remotely control one of the above models.  It generates DTMF control codes.  The most reliable method of use is with a suitable interface cable which connects the PC's headphone socket to the local rig's mike socket and also connects the PC's serial port to the rig's PTT line.  An interface cable for APRS, AX.25  or SSTV will probably work.  It can also be used (less reliably) by simply holding the local rig's mike near the PC's loudspeaker.

There is also the facility of synthesised speech to give a network announcement or a callsign before each command is transmitted.

The installation files total about 2.7 MB.  The latest version is 1.2.0.  It works with Windows XP.  It has not been fully tested with Vista and the DTMF tones sound strange with Vista.  It may be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?99hx6z94v3mzhed

 

RAYNET EP Message Form

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RAYNET EP Message Form is an add-on program for EasyPal by Erik VK4AES.  EasyPal can transfer text files fairly quickly, but they aren't formatted, so may not look pleasing to the eye or be easy to read.  Formatting a message using e.g. Rich Text File format or Microsoft Word, would make it longer to transfer the file.  A message can be typed into a RAYNET message form on the screen, then it is pasted into EasyPal for transmission.  At the receiving end, the text message can be inserted into the RAYNET EP Message Form and it can be printed if required.  The message form template graphics are not transmitted by EasyPal.

The program can display a list of every RAYNET message sent or received, showing the date, time and first 30 characters of the text.  Any can be inserted into the message form template for viewing or printing, by a couple of clicks of the mouse.

The installation files total about 3.4 MB and the program works with Windows XP, Vista and 7.  The latest version is V1.6.0.  It may be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/?uk5xgpi9trijrbr

Note that V1.6.0 will only work with versions of EasyPal which are 22 January 2011 or later.

 

Help For EasyPal 

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This is not a program.  It is an HTML format help file I made.  The EasyPal program by Erik Sundstrup VK4AES has no help file.  There are online help pages, but most are out of date and of course an internet connection is required.  Windows should recognise this as a standard HTML help file and open it using file hh.exe, but if you have problems opening it, Microsoft has licensed me to distribute file hh.exe so send me an e-mail.

The zipped help file is 2 MB.  The latest version is V1.0 and it may be downloaded at  http://www.mediafire.com/?faplqns505qkmo4

 

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