• To anyone looking to acquire commercial radio programming software:

    Please do not make requests for copies of radio programming software which is sold (or was sold) by the manufacturer for any monetary value. All requests will be deleted and a forum infraction issued. Making a request such as this is attempting to engage in software piracy and this forum cannot be involved or associated with this activity. The same goes for any private transaction via Private Message. Even if you attempt to engage in this activity in PM's we will still enforce the forum rules. Your PM's are not private and the administration has the right to read them if there's a hint to criminal activity.

    If you are having trouble legally obtaining software please state so. We do not want any hurt feelings when your vague post is mistaken for a free request. It is YOUR responsibility to properly word your request.

    To obtain Motorola software see the Sticky in the Motorola forum.

    The various other vendors often permit their dealers to sell the software online (i.e., Kenwood). Please use Google or some other search engine to find a dealer that sells the software. Typically each series or individual radio requires its own software package. Often the Kenwood software is less than $100 so don't be a cheapskate; just purchase it.

    For M/A Com/Harris/GE, etc: there are two software packages that program all current and past radios. One package is for conventional programming and the other for trunked programming. The trunked package is in upwards of $2,500. The conventional package is more reasonable though is still several hundred dollars. The benefit is you do not need multiple versions for each radio (unlike Motorola).

    This is a large and very visible forum. We cannot jeopardize the ability to provide the RadioReference services by allowing this activity to occur. Please respect this.

Are you looking for free programming software, system keys or Depot?

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Dec 16, 2000
Sitting in an airport somewhere
Well you won't find it here!

To purchase Motorola programming software (CPS or RSS) please visit the Motorola OnLine website to create an account. You will need to telephone Motorola to get the software packages available to your account. Once completed you will be able to download them directly from the site.

Any requests for software, even vague, will be deleted without explanation.
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Feb 24, 2001
Motorola RSS FYI / Warning

Radio Service Software

Radio Service Software (RSS) is a software package used to program commercial Motorola two-way radios. RSS is a series of DOS-based programs all designed to run on very slow computers (286, 386, 486's). A variation of RSS is CPS, a Windows-based version of the package used for some of Motorola's newer radio models.
Despite its highly prized, and sometimes mythical status, RSS is legally available to authorized people from Motorola. However, people applying for an RSS license are often subject to background checks, and not everyone who applies will have the privilege of spending the 200 to 300 dollars needed to download the most recent versions of the software.
Unauthorized possession and use of RSS can lead to criminal charges and prosecution, as well as legal action by Motorola. For example on July 17 2000 Motorola filed lawsuits against five individuals that it accused of selling copies of RSS through E-Bay. Locations of websites that offer RSS for download are often jealously guarded by those in the know, as Motorola's legal team have divisions dedicated soley to searching out and destroying websites that offer RSS for download. As a result, most permanent RSS download sites are located amongst the legendary Russian underground hacker and pirate web domains, where Motorola's legal department have yet to exert their influence. This is the source of the often visited but seldom spoken about "Russian Site". Any mention of the "Russian Site" on the Batlabs' Batboards will lead to instant termination of membership privileges.
There are also "Lab" and "Depot" versions of RSS, which officially don't exist outside of Motorola's repair and R&D depots. Both of these software packages allow you to add features & 'hack' options into two-way radios that the general public normally cannot have access to, including programming Trunked Radio Systems without the need of a propritary System Key. Possession of either "Lab" or "Depot" RSS is considered a very serious offense, and Motorola has been known to hit single individuals with lawsuits in the $60,000 range for the mere possession of these programs.
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Dec 19, 2002
Central Ontario
Just a friendly reminder to RR members about the severity of this and to highlight this thread at the top.
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