Posts tagged Motorola GP328
For starters, you’ll need a few things,
The first thing, you’ll need is the programming cable, it interfaces your computer to the radio’s programming port (That port on the side all the accessories connect too), I got mine from a little place called teh internetz, you’ve got two options here. USB or Serial Connection, and if you go Serial DB9 or DB25, but chances are unless you’re living in the 1800′s, DB9 will suffice. (and make sure the cable you get is “RIBless” – Trust me, they don’t enhance the pleasure)
The other thing you’ll need is a computer. Windows 7 64bit failed, so I’m using an XP 32 Bit machine running inside VMware on my 64 bit laptop. I’ve connected my USB Programming cable to the virtual machine and installed the drivers.
I programmed mine with the Motorola’s Professional Radio – Customer Programming Software (aka CPS) R06.12.02, you can download the CPS here.
Okay, so install the software etc, then reboot, trust me, just do it. Okay, next thing to do is to edit the registry; Start -> Run -> regedit -> Ok. Then open up HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Motorola -> ProRadio -> FSK and edit the string called “SerializedString” and replace it’s data with @%&MAHUS then start up CPS. Now we’re ready to go, that little registry hack doozy makes your CPS software “region free” meaning it’ll program any compatible radio, regardless of country of origin.
Now, plug & screw in the programming cable onto your Motorola GP series radio, in my case, I’m using a Motorla GP328, and I’ve also done this on a GP328 Plus, and GP338. Your serial port should already be hooked up if you’re using VMWare, if not, do that, wire it up, and power on the radio.
Okay, so fire up the software, it’ll have installed the Motorola Application Launcher too, I won’t get into that in this tutorial, just open the app called “Professional Series CPS R06.12.02″, select “File -> Read Device” and then select your serial port. Chances are it’ll be COM3 if you’re using VMware, or whatever number your COM port it is, even if you buy the USB version, it’s just a USB-Serial device, so it’s still going to have a COM port number, if you don’t know what COM port your serial device is, there’s a good tute here. If even then you can’t work it out, trial and error ’till you get it, if not, check your cable & your drivers. It’ll complain that the software “Could not open port. Check whether Device/RIB are turned on or not, and the Device to RIB, and the RIB to PC connection is OK”, check your com port is set to be the right one, check the cable and check the radio is on.
Cool, well if you’ve got your radio read, and you’re seeing the image to the right, congrats, that’s the frustrating bit done.
So here’s an overview of how to program your radio using CPS:
*I’m not going to get into what every field does, I’m just going to talk about the radio concepts you may not be familiar with, what they mean and how to set them.
First thing to do is to find your radio’s Frequency Range, double clicking on “radio information”, then clicking on “Frequency Range” will give you that info, take note of it, it’ll come in handy in just a tick, then you can go right ahead and close that, which will take you back to the image on the right.
Okay, so “Personality” is a channel and it’s attributes. Depending on the number of channels your radio supports, you may find you’ve got a bazillion entries when you expand your “Conventional Personality” or only just one, either way, click on the first one,
Channel Bandwidth should be set to 12.5kHz. Just go with this, it’s pretty much the law. Don’t set it to 25kHz. (If you’re in Australia, do some Wikipedia-ing if you’re not)
Frequency is pretty self-explanatory. Have a read of the Wikipedia page on UHF CB Frequencies. – Again, JFGI if you’re not in Australia.
If you’ve got a radio with an LCD you can set the Alias of each Personality to act as a reminder as to what each channel is, or what it does, what CB Channel it equates to etc.
Squelch is a somewhat of a filter to remove signals that don’t meet set requirements. They think like this:
CSQ: If I’m set to CSQ dont’ ignore any signals, just give me anything that’s said on a radio.
TPL / DPL: Only present me with transmissions that are set with the same TPL or DPL settings.
The PL bit in TPL or DPL stands for “Private Line” and it’s not, it’s more of just a way of muting anyone who says anything with settings on their radio that doesn’t meet your requirements. TPL is “Tone Private Line” and DPL is “Digital Private Line”, TPL / DPL settings can be set to whatever, so long as your other radios are all set the same, you’ll be talking to each other, and only talking to others with the same settings. It’s pretty unlikely you’ll run into anyone on the same frequency, with the same settings if you’ve TPL or DPL enabled.
You’ll notice you can set a different transmit Frequency to your receive frequency, this is for repeater input. For more info on the topic, read Wikipedia. The Talkaround funciton bypasses the repeater (If there is one) and just transmit on the same frequency you’re receiving on.
Voice Operated Tx (VOX) – When a signal enters the mic on my radio, trasmit it. I can’t see any practical non-annoying uses for this…
Leaving Signaling set to none, scanning I’ll get into in another tutorial, it’s unlikely you’ll need phone enabled, and same with all the other fields.
To add other channels just hit the green + key down the bottom to add a new Personality (if you’ve any free), or the red X if you want to delete any personalities. The number of “Channels” your radio supports (again, different from the frequencies supported) is the number of personalities you can have, (unless you have support for multiple zones, but that’s another kettle of fish),
Okay, so close off the Personalities page, and we’ll program some buttons.
You’ve got a load of options here, it’s fairly obvious how to set them, so I’ll more just explain what works well, and what each function does.
It’s a good option to have your top rotary button set to “Select Channel Fixed”, I’ve got my top button set as Emergency Siren, which just screams, it can be set to whatever. You may notice that some button functions take up both the short press and the long press – deal with it.
LED Battery Indicator: Shows remaining power on the LED at the top. Green – All good. Organge – Meh. Red – Charge it.
Emergency Siren: Makes a really loud pulsing noise. Turn it off by pressing any key.
Toggle System Scan on/off: Turns scanning on/off, if scanning is enabled the LED will flash green.
Toggle High Low Power: Higher pitched tone means higher power, lower pitched tone is low power.
Toggle Repeater / Talkaround: If Talkaround is enabled will Tx & Rx on same channel, if the Rx & Tx channels differ.
Okay, well, that’s about the basics of programming a Motorla radio, to upload the config to the device, File -> Write Device & then *BAM*, the radio will make some noise and it’s programmed, you can then plug in any other Motorola Radios you’ve got of the same model / capabilities and repeat the File -> Write Device and you’ll have them up and ready to go too.