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personality coding ??

merlin

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Curious how people create a personality codeplug to go into M-RK radios using ProGrammer. Found channel names in the .trk file but this is all hex data. I need frequencies and other channel criteria to go with the names. sorta been here before but 32 channels is a boatload of hex math, then getting fields aligned.
Excedrin time just thinking of it.
 

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Ahhh.... whut? Why would you do that? Launch Programmer -> New Personality -> Pick the model of MRK that you have and away you go.
 

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Ahhh.... whut? Why would you do that? Launch Programmer -> New Personality -> Pick the model of MRK that you have and away you go.
Funny, this version of programmer has no such option. I can edit tracking data and feature data, but that also is in hex format.
(Ver. 18B )
 

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Sounds like you are using radio maintenance, not Programmer.
I have to use both. Maint actually reads from the radios, saves bins etc. Programmer won't (Wrong radio type) so I need for defining personality. Problem here is PRS files give error 'wrong version' even though the same version creates them, now cant use them. Hurdle 2 is the profile manager is missing from the install package and that is an 'unobtainium file'. This is somewhat a newer setup, I have an older version for older radios and nothing this troublesome. Ericsson does not want hams and hobbyist meddling with their radios, even this obsolete junk.
Bucked horns with GE over Delta SX but I made a great SDR of it that engineers said can't be done. Try 136 to 174 Mhz TX/RX +CTCSS.
If I have to, I can hack all this and do the same for these portables and a few mobils.
As is, programmer is useless.
 

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What version of Programmer are you using? Obviously radio maint isn't intended for editing personalities.
 

merlin

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What version of Programmer are you using? Obviously radio maint isn't intended for editing personalities.
R18B02 the whole package.
Rather simple, a radio with 1 RX only channel, in 1 group, in 1 system, and just lookingto add a TX to this.
This batch of radios were 'de-channeled' ,de comissioned Florida police radios.
I can brew up a new channel to match some other radios, but it uses "Maint" to program the radio. Problem is output file from programmer error wrong radio type, like the 2 don't play well together. Tracking data edit in Maint has frequencies greyed out.
Thinking maybe an SC4 file might work but can't find documentation for the syntax, switches, and fields. Looks a common comma separated script. (??)
 

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As mentioned, you are doing something wrong. Maintenance is not used to interact with the personality in any way.

Profile Manager has nothing to do with editing a personality. It is used for Over The Air Programming.

The ProGrammer application itself is where you will read, modify, and write your personality.
 

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Load up ProGrammer, pick ANY radio type that supports the band want to use, create the codeplug, change the radio type to the appropriate M-RK type, program the radio, done.

It's been a long time since I used ProGrammer but I'm 99.994 percent sure that R18 supports all models of M-RK.

Radio Maintenance Tools are NEVER used to program frequency/channel information into the radio. It's only for radio maintenance tasks. Service, alignment, feature upgrades, firmware updates, saving that data for archival purposes.
 

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Load up ProGrammer, pick ANY radio type that supports the band want to use, create the codeplug, change the radio type to the appropriate M-RK type, program the radio, done.

It's been a long time since I used ProGrammer but I'm 99.994 percent sure that R18 supports all models of M-RK.

Radio Maintenance Tools are NEVER used to program frequency/channel information into the radio. It's only for radio maintenance tasks. Service, alignment, feature upgrades, firmware updates, saving that data for archival purposes.
All goes fine til the end of programming then the error "wrong radio type". It did wipe out the eeprom data which is the personality.
Power up now shows PERSDATA, ERR=0500.
Note- this never get into the programming without the correct radio and bandsplit selected.
Tried fixing this with programmer, but NO, it doesn't like me at all.
I have the files backed up so looks like I will be JTAGing to fix it.
This is a sacrifice experimental radio anyway with only features 01,09,10. and 23.
 
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