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Revision History

v2.40.04
Aug. 7, 2010
Reworked callsign lookup to work with new QRZ.com policies

v2.40.01
June 15, 2008
Added URL address resolution for to the
TCP/IP radio connection.

v2.40.00
Dec. 28, 2007
Added support for the new BlueSMiRF modules using Roving Network Bluetooth radios.

v2.30.00
Sept 25, 2007
Fixed QRZ lookup bug, added landscape support

v2.20.07
Jan 29, 2007
Added option to enable/disable hardware keys in File...Options menu. Corrected bug in
FT-747 control.

v2.20.06
Jan 13, 2007
Added support for
hardware buttons.

v2.20.05
Jan. 1, 2007
To DX cluster:
Added vocal call announcement, call lookup button, enhanced filtering, allow suffixes to calls (-nn or /x)

v2.20.03
Oct. 8, 2006
Added "low-current"   setting for BlueLync and updated "car radio" button graphic

v2.20.02
Sep 23, 2006
Added "car radio" button bar and refined log features. Added Key tab
for future support of  CTR-BlueLync Keyer.

v2.10.01
May 31, 2006
Resolved call sign lookup problem

v2.10.00
May 21, 2006
Added bandscope feature

v2.05.05
May 17, 2006
Fixed bug in FT817/857/897 Tx Offset function

v2.05.04
March 18, 2006
Fixed several bugs found
in supporting Icom radios. Added IC7000 support.

v2.05.03
Dec. 25 2005
Added Icom s-meter support

v2.05.02
Dec. 2, 2005
Corrected frequency bug
on Icom radios. Added support for GHz for Kenwood radios.

v2.05.01
Nov. 27, 2005
Fixed a couple of bugs
in the new expanded log feature.

v2.05.00
Nov. 26, 2005
Added expanded log features including contest features and
user defined tags


v2.04.00
Added callsign lookup options

v2.03.00
Added RTS software and
hardware control

v2.02.00
Added Beacon scanning

 

 

CTR-Remote: Pocket PC Remote Radio Control   

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       CTR-Remote controlling a FT-817 via Bluetooth wireless technology

CTR-Remote is an enhanced version of CTR817 (a Pocket PC radio control program for the Yaesu FT-817). The program has been completely re-written using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and now supports a wider range of radios, Bluetooth wireless technology and/or TCP/IP and Wi-Fi radio control, ADIF log import and export format, custom frequency lists, DX Cluster monitoring, callsign lookup, and enhanced scanning options.

Maybe all you need is a direct-entry keypad or vocal frequency announcement. CTR-Remote can provide these functions too, at a fraction of the cost of a dedicated keypad or voice announcement module.

By its very nature, the Pocket PC is a small device with an equally small operating system and limited resources. The design philosophy behind CTR-Remote (and CTR817 for that matter) has always been to control the radio, not manage the radio.

You won't find memory management or radio-specific features in this program. There are simply too many rigs on the market to try make this program compatible with all of the various features in each rig.

Therefore, CTR-Remote contains a basic set of standard commands that work with the Yaesu, Kenwood, Icom, and Elecraft K2 radios. New models are continually being added to the list of supported radios so check back often.

The basic command set includes the following:

  •  Set and read the primary VFO frequency
  •  Set and read the radio's mode
  •  Set the tone/DCS control coding (FM only, depends on manufacturer support)
  •  Set the Tx repeater offset (FM only, depends on manufacturer support)
  •  Read the S-Meter (depends on radio model)
  •  Read the squelch/unsquelch mode of the radio (depends on manufacturer and model)

Features

  •  Optimized for Pocket PC 2003 devices with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity (runs on Pocket PC 2002 and Mobile 2005 too). Can use the TCP/IP connection provided by Microsoft ActiveSync if you don't have a network.
  •  Controls Yaesu, Kenwood, Icom, and Elecraft amateur radio transceivers
  •  Direct keypad input
  • Support for hardware buttons: change bands, frequency, and PTT
  • Supports the ADIF logging format, both import and export
    • Expanded logging for basic contesting
    • Four user defined ADIF log fields
  •  Easy to use frequency list with priority scan flag
  •  DX Cluster connections on TCP/IP and Wi-Fi with auto-tracking and enhanced band filtering - pick just the bands you want reports on
  •  Callsign lookup - lookup any call on QRZ.com 
    • Lookup calls from the File menu or in the Log
    • Automatically lookup DX cluster spots and display the name/QTH
  •  NCDXF/IARU beacon scanning
  •  Built-in optional band plan automatically selects the correct mode for the selected frequency
  •  Band-spread control allows easy fine-tuning
  •  Bandscope function
  • "Car Radio Button" feature
  • K1EL WinKey support
  •  Vocal frequency, mode, and DX Cluster call sign announcements with auto-announce modes
  •  History list remembers the last 20 frequencies visited
  •  Supports serial, Bluetooth, TCP/IP, and Wi-Fi connections to the radio
  •  Supports the CTR-BlueLync Bluetooth interface
    • Multiple radio interfaces are available
    • Share a single Bluetooth device
    • Bluetooth enabled Morse keyer

Having problems getting CTR-Remote to run on your Pocket PC? Click here for the solution.

Voice Files

Language files for frequency, mode, and call sign announcement are available in the CTR-Remote Yahoo User Group Files area. Click here to visit that group.

Editing Voice Files

You can record your own voice files and use them in place of the supplied files. Just use the Recorder built into Window to record new .WAV files. Edit out the silence before and after each character and save your files on your PPC or PC in the CTR application's folder. You can also create your own startup vocal (in place for the Morse "CTR"). Just record a new WELCOME.WAV file to replace the file shipped with the software.

Click here to download the latest user manual for CTR products.

For questions about CTR-Remote, click here to contact us

Screenshots

Control tab

The Control tab allows you to easily control your radio. Select the radio manufacture and model then click On-line and the program starts polling the radio. You can easily change the radio's band, frequency (just click on the frequency display) or mode, vocally announce them, start scanning, save the current settings to the List tab or log the contact in the Log tab.

You can select various scan options and enable or disable the band plan mode (auto-mode selection based on frequency). Clicking the box to the right of the horizontal frequency control switches to fine-tuning mode (bandspread).

If supported, the S-meter level will be displayed on the bar below the VFO buttons.

 


New in v2.20.02 (and CTR-Rcvr v1.10.06)

Hardware buttons can now be used to control your radio. Once connected, the following buttons become active:

Button 1: Move to the next lower band
Button 2: Move to the next higher band
Button 3: Large step Frequency down (CTR-Remote) or volume down (CTR-Rcvr)
Button 4:Large step Frequency up or PTT (CTR-Remote) or volume up (CTR-Rcvr)
Cursor keys:
   Up: Large step Frequency or List up
   Down: Large step Frequency or List down
   Left: Small step Frequency down
   Right: Small step Frequency up
   Select: Toggle selected scan mode

NOTE: This feature may not work on all Pocket PCs.


New in v2.20.02 (and CTR-Rcvr v1.10.02)

A new "car radio button" option has been added to the control display. This button bar gives you instant access to up to 12 favorite frequencies at the touch of a button.

To toggle the button bar on/off, click the blue Btn button next to the Lock button.

Each VFO holds frequencies and modes for six frequencies. Clicking a button twice toggles between the VFO-A and VFO-B assignments for that button.

To save the current frequency to a button, click the top-left corner of the button.

To edit the current button assignment, click the bottom-right corner of the button.

 

 

K1EL WinKey Support

A new tab has been added to support the new CTR-BlueLync Keyer module. This tab also supports the K1EL WinKey interface if your PPC has an internal serial port. Just connect it to your PPC with a serial cable, gender-changer, and null modem adapter.

CTR-BlueLync Keyer is based on the K1EL WinKey IC. It supports paddle inputs and has a manual speed control pot. The interface will feature essentially the same functions as the WinKey without the rats-nest of cabling and adapters.

In addition to basic functions such as a Morse optimized keyboard, speed, and tune control, many pre-canned messages are available, most of which are user defined.

A link to the log allows you to easily move between the log and the keyer tabs as the QSO progresses.

The keyer module will be interchangeable with other CTR-BlueLync radio control interfaces, so you can share one Bluetooth module if you desire (one interface at a time).


Direct keypad input

Easily enter numerical data using the built-in keypad. Just click on the frequency display to bring up the keypad. Great for getting where you want to be fast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Log tab

The Log tab allows you to add, edit, and delete entries in your station log. Log files are saved in the ADIF log format so you can easily import them into you main log program on your PC. The program also imports ADIF log files from other programs.

Specific log information is entered on the log edit screen. This screen has three edit tabs, QSO, QTH, and Contest. Each tab contains information about a specific part of the log entry.

Enter the basic details of the contact on the QSO tab.

The [*] button updates each field as follows:

Dt/Tm: Updates is field to the current date and time.

Call: Looks up the selected call on QRZ.com and automatically enters the name/address information in the QTH tab.

Freq: If on-line, this button updates the frequency and band from the radio.

The QTH tab provides name, QTH (address) and notes fields.

The Contest tab has fields for the Contest ID, Tx Serial #, Rx Serial #, and four user selected ADIF fields.

The Tx Serial # will automatically increment by one for each new log entry.

There are four user defined tags. Enter the ADIF tag name on the left. User tags are "sticky", meaning they will be recorded in the log and remain until you open a new log. Enter the specific data for each tag in the box on the right. This data typically changes with each entry.


List tab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The List tab allows you to store frequency and mode settings for the radio. These settings can be easily recalled and sent to the radio with the click of the scribe.

The List Edit window provides easy editing for each entry.


DX Cluster tab

The DX Cluster tab provides access to DX cluster spots via a built-in Telnet interface. Simply select the URL name or TCP/IP address of the cluster and click the Connect button. You can add or delete clusters by clicking and holding on the Adrs list.

The program will automatically log on to the cluster using your call. You can click the Track DX on option and DX spots will automatically be downloaded to your radio. You can also select local filters to filter spots for specific bands.

If you want to contribute to the DX cluster, enter your data in the Tx: box (click and hold) and click Send.

 

 

 

Callsign Lookup Feature

An Auto Call Lookup feature has been added that allows you to lookup any callsign on QRZ.com within the program. When selected, the name and QTH of the station will be displayed in a window above the DX spot display. To close this window, click the Close [x] button in the top-right corner, or uncheck Auto Call Lookup on the DX-Options menu.

Click the Save to Log menu in the DX-Options menu to save the spot to your log.

 

 

 

 

 

Callsign lookup is available in the Log Edit display. Simply enter a call in the Call field of the log and click the yellow [*] button next to the entry.

You can also lookup calls from the File -> Callsign Lookup menu.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Comm Options

CTR-Remote supports Com1 through Com8. Available ports will depend on your device. You can also enable a TCP/IP connection on this menu and set options for your Bluetooth device.

38400, 19200, 9600, 4800, 2400, and 1200 baud rates are available for direct serial connections and should be set to match the baud rate of your radio's serial port.

Polling speed is adjustable and should be set above 350 milliseconds for most radios, especially if the s-meter does not read reliably.

The Bluetooth Options menu allows you to select the type of Bluetooth module you are using, change its name and serial baud rate, and if supported, the transmit power and power source.

 

 

Beginning with v2.03.00, two new PTT options are provided, Hardware PTT and Software PTT.

Hardware PTT allows you to use the RTS output on your serial port to key your transmitter. If using a TCP/IP connection, you must also select the Control RTS as PTT option in CTR-Server.

Software PTT uses the PTT command in the selected radio's protocol to key the transmitter. All models except the Yaesu FT-757 support this option.

Timeout allows you to set the PTT timeout period. If, after this time, you have not unkeyed your radio, the program will automatically drop the PTT.

Finally, if you're using an Icom radio, the radio's CI-V address is automatically set when you select the radio model#. You can change the default address in the Icom Adrs menu.


Scanning Types

 Several types of scan modes are available.

  Band scans the selected band at the
selected interval (1 kHz in this example)

  Range scans a frequency range you define
  Edit allows you to specify the frequency
range to scan

  History scans the last 20 frequencies

  List scans the frequencies on the List tab
  Priority scans only frequencies on the
List
tab with their priority flag set
DX Clstr connects to a DX Cluster server
then downloads DX spots to the radio

Beacon automatically updates the call,
location and power level of the active
NCDXF/IARU beacon. This mode requires
your Pocket PC's clock to be accurately
calibrated. Click here to download a
freeware application to calibrate your
clock. This utility has many other useful
TCP/IP functions.


Scanning Options

Various scanning options are available under the Scan-Options menu.

  Scan Speed adjusts the speed of the scan
  Scan Pause adjusts the pause time if certain
conditions are met

 Unsquelch displays how scan treats an
unsquelched condition

 S-Mtr displays how scan treats an S-meter
 condition.

In this example, the frequency changes every 2000 milliseconds and scan will pause for 5000 milliseconds when the S-meter is greater than or equal to 6. Unsquelch and S-meter settings are mutually exclusive.


Bandscope

A new bandscope has been added beginning in Version 2.10.00. To enable this mode, simply select Scope in the Scan Type menu then click the Scan button.

The scope has the following features:

Bandwidth is set by the Resolution control (1 kHz in this example)

Max Hold button (green button on top-right of the scope) holds the maximum value for each sample. The signals turn red when this control is active.

Zoom button (blue button on bottom-right of graph) narrows the scope bandwidth by a factor of 4.

Point and click navigation. Clicking on any signal on the scope automatically moves the radio to that frequency. Scope scanning will pause for the amount of time set in the Scan-Options -> Scan Pause menu then resume scanning.

The levels shown are the bandscope are read from the s-meter. Not all radios support s-meter reads in their protocol. If they don't, this feature will not work.

If possible you should set the radio's AGC to Fast when using this mode.

The scan rate is slow because two commands are required for each sample; 1) Set the frequency 2) Read the s-meter. You can speed up the scanning somewhat by increasing the resolution and selecting the zoom option.


Download a free demo!

Visit our CTR-Remote Download page to download a free demo copy of this program.

To license this software, visit our Order page.

CTR-PC registration is included with CTR-Remote registration.

Click here to download the latest user manual for CTR products.

Click here to view version update information on our CTR-Remote Yahoo group.

 

Disclaimer

The call signs shown on the screen displays were taken at random from the DX Cluster and are intended to demonstrate the capabilities of the program only. These stations in no way endorse or are involved in any way with this program.

 
 
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