[[Category:DDUtil]] =Version 3 is Now Available= '''[http://k5fr.com/DDUtilV3wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page DDUtil Version 3]''' is now available for download. Click on the link and read about how '''v3''' has been totally redesigned and has a new look. ==Download== Get the '''[[Latest Revision]]''' here. ==[[Manufactures Links|Equipment Links ]]== ==Introduction== This wiki is devoted to the development of a small program I call '''DDUtil''', which is short for '''Data Decoder Utility'''. '''DDUtil''' was designed to enhance the operating experience for '''Flex Radio''' users by providing advanced connectivity to peripheral equipment and '''Radio Control Programs''' (RCPs) not before available. '''DDUtil''' provides the automation required to decode and present '''transmit''' frequency data to select frequency sensitive devices such as linear amplifiers, antenna controllers (SteppIR), antenna tuners, antenna band switchers, etc. '''DDUtil''' may be used in a stand-alone mode or with up to four (5) '''[[Glossary #Radio Control Program|Radio Control Programs]]''' (RCPs) running simultaneously. '''DDUtil''' automatically senses when a '''RCP''' is trying to communicate with '''PowerSDR''' and modifies it's mode of operation accordingly. An [[Glossary#XML|'''XML''']] file is used to provide the reference data needed for the [[Glossary#Binary-Coded Decimal|'''BCD''']] output data. A sample file is included with the distribution files to serve as a guide. This file may be created from scratch or modified from the sample provided and then saved with an appropriate user name. All file modification may be accomplished within the program or may be done in any '''XML''' file editor of the users choice. But, unless the user is familiar with XML file editing it is recommended that '''XML''' file modification be confined to '''DDUtil''' until proficiency is obtained. Please note that this file requires a specific format see the [[Setup#Other_Topics|'''BCD Data File Format''']] topic in '''Setup / Other Topics''' for details. The initial release is designed for the Flex family of radios including the SDR-1000, Flex-5000, Flex-3000 and Flex-1500 series, but '''*MIGHT*''' be extended to other radios in the future. '''Note:''' See the '''[[Design Concept]]''', '''[[Setup]]''' and '''[[How To]]''' sections of this document for more information and configuration help. ==Features== '''[http://k5fr.com/ddutilwiki/images/DDUtilFlow.pdf Flow Chart]''' * Send '''PowerSDR''' transmit frequency information to '''RS-232 [[Glossary#Passive Listener|Passive Listener]]''' devices such as '''SteppIR''' antenna controllers, linear amplifiers, antenna tuners and other similar devices. This data is provided on the pc's serial communication port commonly known as COM1 - COMn. * Send '''PowerSDR''' transmit frequency information to '''[[Glossary#Binary-Coded Decimal|Binary-Coded Decimal]]''' (BCD) enabled passive listener devices such as band switching linear amplifiers like the '''Yaesu Quadra''', antenna switches and other similar devices. This data is provided on the PC's parallel port commonly known as LPT1 - LPTn. * Send '''PowerSDR''' transmit frequency information to '''CI-V''' enabled devices such as band switching linear amplifiers like the '''[[Setup#Other Tab|Icom IC-PW1]]'''. * Slave (Sync) another radio to '''PowerSDR''' so it will follow the '''PowerSDR''' frequency. Useful for users of '''Soft Rock''' receivers and other '''SDR''' receivers with limited or no transmit capability. * Build and maintain the '''[[Setup#Device Tab|BCD]]''' data file used by the parallel port without having to use a separate program for creation/editing. * Act as '''Message Director''' for '''PowerSDR''' and up to four (4) '''Radio Control Programs''' simultaneously. These programs could include '''DXLab Commander''', '''Ham Radio Deluxe''', '''Mix2W''' or any multitude of other '''Radio Control Programs''' that use standard '''Kenwood''' CAT commands. * '''[[Setup#Macro Tab|Macro]]''' commands for controlling '''PowerSDR''' & '''DDUtil''' functions. * Start and Stop '''FlexProfiler''' from within '''DDUtil'''. * '''[[Setup#Rotor Tab|Rotor]] Direction Control''' for selected rotors. Antenna bearing for short path and long path is provided from dx station prefix or entity selection. Additionally, dx station latitude, longitude, distance, continent, CQ/ITU zones, IOTA number, time zone and local time is displayed. * Display '''[[Setup#Watt Tab|Digital]] Wattmeter''' readings. * '''[[Setup#Other Tab|SteppIR]]''' antenna support. Inhibits the transmit function of '''PowerSDR''' (while the antenna is adjusting) if the '''SteppIR''' controller is connected via it's data out connector. * Requires little or no screen space, depending on requirements and/or features selected.
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