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CE 76 File Format

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Nov 11, 2004
If you have used Vertex's CE76 software and like it, you must be better at it than I am. I find it difficult to change the order of channels, impossible to re-order groups, and it suffers from going into 'bad file' mode when it downloads corrupt data to your radio.(I found that out when I couldn't bring up a repeater, decoded the PL on another radio, found out it was sending out the wrong pl, but the programming software had the right pl.

I'd like to write an 'import' software that would allow the conversion of an Excel spreadsheet to a C76 file that the software could then read and send to the radio. One big stumbling block is that I can't find the file format for the .C76 files. I've tried to decipher it through a hex editor, but there is too much data to plow through.

Does anyone have a place to start? Vertex was unwilling to give me the file format, so I'm on my own.


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