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Digital Microscope Kit #44320
Digital Microscope Kit #44320
$69.95
IC-208 Radio Software $49.00
IC-208 Radio Software


The WCS-208 software allows you to program memory channels and menu settings of the radio.

WCS-208 works with authentic versions of this radio worldwide including the IC-208H, IC-208A and IC-208E.

Includes: WCS-208 Software and USB-29A Cable
Software - Program memories and other setting of the Icom IC-208 radio.

Works with Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), Windows 8 and 8.1 (full version), or Windows 10

USB-29A Cable - USB to 3.5mm stereo plug programming cable

The WCS-208 Radio Programming Software is designed to give you the ease and convenience of programming the memories and set menu options of your radio from your PC. Any memory channel with all its details can be sent to the radio with a simple keystroke.

Memory Channels Include:

  • 500 Memory Channels
  • 10 Limit Memories(5 pair)
  • 7 VFO Channels (1 per band)
  • 2 VFO Channels (1 per F-1/F-2 configuration)
  • 2 Call Channels

Other Menu Item Categories Include:

  • Common
  • F1 Common
  • F2 Common
  • DTMF

The Radio Programmer Is for so Much More than Just Memory Management.

With the WCS-208 Programmer you can begin a new “factory fresh” file into which frequencies and option settings are entered. Or, you can read from the radio, store these details on your computer and make changes. Then, with minimal button pushing, send the new configuration back to the radio.

The Programmer allows you to create and save as many files as you want for your radio. Files can even be shared between users via email or the Internet. Any RT Systems Version 4.50 program can open a file from any other RT Systems Version 4.50 programmer... even from a different radio.

Managing all the options of this great little radio becomes easy with the Programmer. The cut, copy, paste and insert features of the Programmer make channel management easier than ever.

Open more than one file at a time. Memory channel information can be copied from one file to another within the Programmer making it really easy to set up a new file.

WCS-208 programming screen

WCS-208 disk and cable

WCS-208 programming screen

Limit Memories

Limit Memories are used by the radio for Program Scan. Program the same details for Limit Memories as for regular memory channels.
WCS-208 VFO programming screen

VFO

The program makes available the same VFO’s as in the radio (usually one per band). In the IC-208, the VFO’s for each band cannot be changed from the program. These are shown here to allow you do see the current setting of the radio. The VFO’s for F!/F2 configurations can be set from the program.
WCS-208 programming CALL screen

Call

Home/Call channels are special memories accessed through one button recall on the radio. These channels are preprogrammed in the radio and while the frequency can be changed to another within the band, they cannot be left blank.

Radio Menu Settings

WCS-208 common programming screen

Common

Use these screens to customize other set menu features of the radio. Check boxes toggle features on or off, drop down menus list all selections and blank boxes for personalized entry add to the ease of setting up your radio exactly like you want it.

The entries on the Settings screens are made for you to “Set and Forget”. Once settings are customized, you are prompted to save before exiting. The saved settings will be there every time you create a new frequency file.

WCS-208 F1 programming screen

F1 and F2 Common

Use these screens to customize the set menu features of the F1 and F2 configurations of the radio.

WCS-208 DTFM programming screen

DTMF

Enter DTMF memory details and customize options for this function of the radio.

External Data

WCS-208 Ext Data programming screen

RT Systems Programmers interface with four sources of data to make it easy for you to find repeater information. Some of these sources even include information for repeaters outside the US. Your existing subscription to a service (where required) works in the programmer.

  • Open Travel Plus List – This is a great source for those of you who still have the TravelPlus CDs (now discontinued) from ARRL since it does not require an Internet connection. Use it with TravelPlus from 2009 to 2015. For more details about using TravelPlus see our video.

  • RadioReference Search – This database has commercial and amateur repeaters. A subscription through RadioReference is required to access this data.

  • RepeaterBook Search – This database contains domestic and international repeater listings. It is free to use from within the programmer.

  • RFinder Web Search – RFinder is now ARRL’s repeater directory service. It has both domestic and international repeater listings. RFinder offers the best search abilities with single location or routing options. A subscription through RFinder is required to access this data.

WCS-208 programming radio ref screen

Radio Reference Search

An internet connection and subscription to the service are required for this search.

Enter the user e-mail and Password that you established when you purchased your subscription from RadioReference Then select the State– Select the state from the list and County– Select the state from the list to get repeaters for that area.

Click OK.


WCS-208 programming book search screen

Repeater Book Search

An Internet connection is required for this search.

Location – Enter City, State, Country (if not in the US).

Radius – Enter how many miles (up to 90 maximum) around this location.

Select Bands – This is not terribly important since it can be done on the next screen; however, you might want to limit the selection to reduce the number of repeaters in the results. Uncheck All Bands to make the individual bands active.

Click OK.


WCS-208 programming RFinder  screen

RFinder Search

An internet connection and subscription to the service are required for this search.

Enter the User E-mail and Password that you established when you purchased your subscription from RFinder.

Location - Search around a specific city. Enter City, State and Country (if not US). Enter Radius up to 90 miles.

Route - Search along the route of a trip you’re planning. Enter the Start and End cities, a width (remember to limit this since you can’t hear repeaters that are too far away), and way points (other cities along the way). The search will travel along major interstate highways between the two cities. If the result is not along the route you plan to take, enter other way points on your route.

Map Route – Use this option to see the route the search will take. Close the map to return to the search screen.

Click OK.

The information is returned on a screen that is not yet ready for radio programming, this screen lets you examine the data to see if the results are about what you expected. You might find that you spelled the city name wrong which resulted in nothing being returned; or that you want to pull repeaters from further away; or you want to get repeaters for different bands.

WCS-208 programming Return TP  screen

Select what the radio uses as the Name display. You can select the Callsign (default), City, State, Region, Repeater Notes or Sponsor. Notice that each of these categories is a column of information in the grid. You will see those names at the top of the screen. You are selecting the information in that column for the Programmer to set up for the Name field. NOTE: The radio will truncate (cut off) the information in the field at the maximum number of characters it can use for the Alpha/numeric display. You might end up with only the first four or six characters of the information in the column. Consider this when selecting the information.

Select what the Programmer will use in the Comment field. This information does not go to the radio but can be very helpful for identifying a channel as you work with it on the spreadsheet. You can print this information along with other details for the channels to have it on hand as you travel. Again, select Callsign, City, State, Region, Repeater Notes or Sponsor.

WCS-208 programming sorting screen

Sorting Return Data

The screen that opens after you click OK for one of the external data searches gives you the ability to remove repeater information that your radio cannot use. You might have a radio that does not do DMR, DStar or Yaesu Fusion. Simply uncheck these in the list. The channels are removed from the list automatically.

Once you finish eliminating frequencies or modes your radio cannot use, select your radio from Modules and then click Create file for (your radio).

WCS-208 programming ext data screen

Resulting File

After clicking Create File for (Your radio) the programmer creates the file that you use to program your radio. Notice that all the Tones are set up with the tone frequencies. All done automatically.

What a list and all you did was enter a location!




Preferences


Grid Display

  • RT Systems now available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.
  • Set colors for text (Fore) or background (Back) of alternate rows for easier viewing across the columns.
  • Freeze columns to keep information on the screen as you scroll to the right of the page.
  • Hide columns you don’t use. Customize your printout: hidden columns do not print.
  • Use Combo for Check boxes – changes the grid to eliminate check box selections that are disabled on some systems.

Memory Defaults

  • Set options to control auto fill information for memory channel entries.

Font

  • Set options to control the font in the column headers of the channel entry screens. Select any font and font size available on your computer.

Other

  • Set options to control how the programmer handles the global Radio Menu Settings file.
    - Separate (default) handles the global settings of the radio in a “set and forget” fashion. Once you set these up and save the file you won’t have to reset them for a new frequency file.
    - Together as one gives you the ability to create files that are complete with frequencies and customized global settings. In this mode, each file begins with factory defaults for every option of the radio.
  • Check “Get data from Radio” new file option to prevent data loss when you read from your radio into the programmer.
  • Check “different window” option to make the programmer for a different radio run in completely separate window rather than in a separate tab of the same window.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 18 October, 2017.
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