While e UASD software is good for loading, you should be aware that some software allows you to automatically download an entire county from this site is you are a paid subscriber. This is especially handy for trunking systems, as it sets up all the system para's and TGID's. Your particular set will determine what software is available to do this (UASD software won't). A lot of people make a case for "bare knuckles" manual programming, but software can give you far more flexibility to make changes, as well as understand all the features of the radio.burningman_77 said:is downloading software as effective as programming it yourself or is it a waste of $$$? i realize that radio systems change constantly, but do you feel that it's worth it???