It's not an absolute requirement to have the software. The software mekes things easier, but you can program the scanner without it.robrecht said:
Programming via software, as opposed to by hand, you can see most of the frequency & talkgroup information at one time, instead of only pieces.robrecht said:
They are downloaded... The three available are:robrecht said:Mike,
Thanks for the reply. Is the software downloaded or does it come with the purchase?
As more and more of the locals go to digital I have decided to take the plunge.
Why pay for hometown programming(something like ($69) when you can do it yourself at this website. Although you can get arc500 at a small discount, I'd just buy the scanner from them and purchase psedit500 or win500. No offense to anyone but I bought arc500 with mine and now wish I hadn't. Too many bugs.robrecht said:
My question exactly. I never bothered with downloading data until I got the 500, but the setup at this website is well thought out and flexible.jim49 said:Why pay for hometown programming(something like ($69) when you can do it yourself at this website.
And by buying the software you can make all sorts of nifty changes whenever you wish, and you have still only spent $30... once.hiegtx said:As far as having Scanner Master, or any other dealer, program your new unit, remember this: That's a one time shot. Looking at their prices, they'll charge anywhere from $50 & upwards, & you'll have to tell them the systems/frequencies/tgid's you want loaded. That's going to take time to research on the database here, & put into a spreadsheet or text document to spell it out. Since you're a Premium Subscriber, you could spend the same time downloading those same systems into the software of your choice.
If you don't want to pay the premium RR fee for downloadable frequencies, you can always go to user groups like the Yahoo PSR500 group and download pre-made software-specific files to import directly into your program. Without meaning to sound biased, it seems that there are more Win500 files around than those of the other programs (which I assume is because there are more Win500 users in general, which makese sense, so many of us have "grown up" with Starrsoft's programs).n4jri said:My question exactly. I never bothered with downloading data until I got the 500, but the setup at this website is well thought out and flexible.
Suzie,raisindot said:Personally, I found the RR database for NE pre-programmed into the PSR500 Vscanner to be completely useless. It had only three TSYS systems for Mass, and no conventional frequencies at all. This has made me a bit hesitant about forking over the quarterly fee for premium services. But, that might be a GRE thing, and not a RR thing...
Thats the one with the most bugs. I dumped it. With all that experience its the worst.fmon said:I have used all three softwares from the get go and became owner of each when available to purchase.
One author has considerably more experience with GRE software then the other two and as should be expected, offers more whistles and bells at this time..
But in an earlier postjim49 said:. . . With all that experience its the worst.
Sounds to me as though there's some confusion as to which author has the most GRE experience. I'm guessing it's Mr. Starr.jim49 said:. . . I'd just buy the scanner from them and purchase psedit500 or win500. . .
I think there was some confusion there. Don Starr definately is the person with the most experience with GRE radios.TES said:Sounds to me as though there's some confusion as to which author has the most GRE experience. I'm guessing it's Mr. Starr.