There is actually a contract between GRE & RR that prohibits this from happening, due to the nature of the scanner being tied to the RR database.My big complaint isn't with the firmware, it's with the manual. I won't buy an 800 until they add the protocols to the manual (or post them online). If I can't write code for it, I won't buy it. For any scanner. I haven't yet found a remote control or programming program I like, other than the ones I write myself. (Are you listening, GRE? My 800 would already be on the way to me, or in my hands, if I could get the protocols - even on a ND basis.)
I fully understand that you are looking for the control/programming protocol and I am completely sure that it is indeed a contractual issue between GRE and RR. The issue is that GRE has contracted that this scanner only be allowed to be programmed with their software (somehow due to RR limitations) and that excludes any software companies, like Butel or Starrsoft, from writing their own. Technically, they could probably sniff the data stream and figure it out, but they won't get it from GRE because of the contract between GRE and RR. See this thread for details:I'm not asking for the protocol to download the RR database - I can derive that in about 5 minutes if I wanted to, just by paying to be a premium member and downloading something..... I want the control and programming protocols, and they have nothing to do with RR. That's strictly a GRE (and maybe RS) decision.
The kicker of it is that copy/paste functionality actually IS included in the software, but sorting isn't. And I'm with you that I wish there were other software options out there, but I still believe it's the best scanner I can buy at this point in time, mostly due to the recording feature. It eliminates the need for me to connect the scanner to a laptop, which is near impossible for me in remote locations for any length of time.I started a ticket asking about the ability to sort, copy, paste, etc...as you can do in third party software, and the response I received from GRE (very quickly I might add), was that the RadioReference dot com licensing agreement to use their data, restricts GRE from allowing access to third party developers and from copy/paste.
I have to say I've been disappointed with the lack of updates for the radio so far. Please give us a way to sort and organize our objects with the software!Anyone hear of word of a timetable with regard to a firmware update? Not that I want one just for the sake of getting one...but kinda surprised there hasn't been any since May.
Remote control doesn't, but programming the scanner does, since it is specifically supposed to be a RR-driven scanner. As far as I know, the radio doesn't even have the capability of being remote-controlled. I read in a forum post from about 6-8 months back that a software designer who runs scanner-casting software said that he was informed by GRE that the scanner doesn't support remote control at all. Of course, I could be misinformed.I still fail to see how remote control has anything to do with the database.
Yeah...I am a big GRE scanner fan, but 8 months between updates for a scanner that is almost a year old is a head-scratcher. Particularly when you take a look at the amount of ideas for no-brainer fixes and adjustments people suggested in this thread alone. Really hope we something very soon.I have to say I've been disappointed with the lack of updates for the radio so far. Please give us a way to sort and organize our objects with the software!
I keep reading here that you guys think there has been no updates since May. CPU Firmware 1.3 was released on July 25, 2011.Anyone hear of word of a timetable with regard to a firmware update? Not that I want one just for the sake of getting one...but kinda surprised there hasn't been any since May.
That's exactly what I'd like to see on the 800 as well, at least in some capacity. I definitely agree that there needs to be a way to add wildcards to a TSYS on the fly.My favorite feature from the PSR-500 is the ability to do a limit search, find an active control channel and display it's attributes (Motorola, P25, EDACS), and save it as a new TSYS object with wildcard, so I can begin scanning (Motorola and P25), or save it for later LCN analysis (EDACS). I'd really like that on the 800.
I haven't discovered a way to turn sites on and off (select sites for P-25 multisite simulcast systems) in the radio. The HP-1(E) is super that way. This feature is good for cruising (not travelling) as you can pull over, check the different sites for strength, quality, and volume, and then switch to the prime contender................................. There are other things that can ONLY be done by software, but can't remember them offhand. Maybe someone could chime in.