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Old 08-30-2012, 3:21 AM
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Is there such a program that will decode MDC1200, PL, or Kenwood Fleetsync IDs?? It dosent have to be a 3 in 1, i dont mind having 3 different programs on my laptop.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:10 AM
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It can decode MDC-1200 and Fleetsync but no CTCSS.

displaydecoder for MDC-1200, Fleetsync, DTMF or GE Star. 8-character display : Cimarron Technologies for ANI Encoders and Decoders

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Is there such a program that will decode MDC1200, PL, or Kenwood Fleetsync IDs?? It dosent have to be a 3 in 1, i dont mind having 3 different programs on my laptop.
One of these will do as well, i use the DC440 and they dont make these anymore
but if you can find a used one they work well.

Optoelectronics DC440 DTMF CTCSS DCS Decoder ICOM CI-V | eBay

Optoelectronics DC442 DTMF CTCSS DCS Decoder ICOM CI-V | eBay

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PL/DPL decoder: http://antistatic.org/winctcss

MDC decoder: http://antistatic.org/winmdcd
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I have an HT1250 and CM300 and they will decode MDC on our county fire channel and a couple of others but it wont do it on our ARES channel. both TX and RX are set to MDC system 1... i might not have something set right?
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I got both of these on both my laptop and tower, but neither one will decode anything.. i had it on the tower on the line in and the mic port but still nothing.
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DCSdecode works great on my Win7 laptop. Decodes CTCSS, DCS and inverted DCS via audio ported to the sound card. It's a bit of trouble to get LabVIEW 85 RunTime Engine installed, which is necessary for the program to function, but it's worth it! I'm using audio from a USB RTLSDR dongle via Virtual Audio Cable to feed the audio to my sound card.


https://sites.google.com/site/radioe...sdecodeprogram

DCSdecode - NI Software Informer.

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LabView85 RunTime URL:

http://joule.ni.com/nidu/cds/view/p/id/861/lang/en

Here's a similar discussion from another RR user:

http://forums.radioreference.com/gen...soundcard.html

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I got both of these on both my laptop and tower, but neither one will decode anything.. i had it on the tower on the line in and the mic port but still nothing.
These work, however you need to tinker with the line in/recording levels on your sound card. Once you have it just right, MDC is decoded with about 90% reliability. Not perfect.

I use a guitar tuning program to grab PL:

Guitar Tuning Software - Professional Guitar Tuner Download It helps to know the known PL frequencies.
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+1 for WinMDC
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I got both of these on both my laptop and tower, but neither one will decode anything.. i had it on the tower on the line in and the mic port but still nothing.
I have had horrible luck decoding MDC with WinMDCd recently. Years ago I had it working, but I've changed computers and receivers many times since then, and no combination seems to work right at this point.

If you had the ability to transmit (or the patience to wait to receive) lots of MDC data and fine-tune your setup, I'm sure you could get MDCd to work. It's a case of the right audio levels and sound card input configuration.
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