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RD500 PC Software.
A suite of comprehensive programs to edit, backup and process different file formats, acquire data from frequency lists and control your RD500 from your PC.

Now available on CD for just £9
or click to download for free!
 New Program for software designers - "Comm Window"  Click or scroll down


A Quick Guide

The Fairhaven Database  has been developed to manage and organise the internal database of the RD500. With this software, the database can be uploaded from the radio to the PC (for archiving and storing new entries, added in the field or on the move), or downloaded from the PC to the radio (adding new data to the RD500's internal database). In addition to the function of storing channel / group information, the database also allows full editing of the bands and VFO organisation. When used with the Fairhaven File Converter, which can convert most databases into the RD500 format, the software becomes a creative and powerful tool for gathering information and compiling databases.

Features Include :-

        • The ability to move database groups within the file.
        • Create export files from individual groups or total databases to merge or combine data.
        • Import data from other databases or Fairhaven File Converter.
        • Download / Upload individual VFO, Band, Group or memory entries.
        • View database information summary.

Software Facilities

1. Import. Allows records to be imported from other Fairhaven databases or from the File Converter, with ability to specify a new group or merge records with an existing group.

2. Export. Used for selecting specific groups from the current database to form new databases, and also allows export to the Fairhaven File Converter for additional text based facilities.

3. Download. Allows the database to be downloaded to the RD500. Individual groups can be inserted into the receivers' database without overwriting the receivers' entire database. Bands and VFO's can also be downloaded at this stage.

4. Upload. Allows the database to be uploaded from the RD500. Individual groups can be retrieved from receivers' database without overwriting the entire currently displayed database. Bands and VFO's can also be uploaded at this stage.

5. Move. Allows movement of records from currently displayed group to new group, it will merge records if records exist in the newly chosen group.

6. Delete. Deletes all displayed records.

7. Tune Radio to Current record. When selected, clicking any displayed record will set the receiver's frequency and mode to that record. Select comm port icon first to establish comms with the receiver.

8. RD500 Pictorial display icon. Allows control of the RD500 receiver with a similar panel layout to the receiver itself. All functions displayed brightly on the panel are usable. Group, Memory, Band and VFO facilities are catered for in the database program rather than on the "Virtual Radio" panels.

9. Basic control panel. Allows an easy means of frequency entry, tuning control, and mode selection from the PC.

10. Full function panel. Allows control of Aux settings CW filter AGC settings Variable filter selection Mode Step size Frequency entry Tuning.

11. Window. Allows cascading or tile (side by side) display of control panels and databases.

12. Help. Provides instructions for the Database and Virtual radio control.

13. Search options. The displayed records or entire database can be searched by Name , Frequency, Record number, Group number, or by mode, by typing in the search word in the Search Options box. A help button displays a list of search options. Records in a single group can be searched for by first searching for all entries with a particular group number, then by limiting the search to current records, a further search can be made with only the entries of that particular group.

14. Show All Records displays the entire database when checked or Show Records By group will give only those records of the displayed group. Left and right arrows move between the groups or the group can be selected by clicking the Groups tab at the top and by clicking the group directly.

15. The order of the records can be chosen from the Order By option and Name , Frequency, Record number, Group number, or by type of mode can be chosen. Reverse Order can be selected by checking the box next to the group display.

16. The Total Number of Records is displayed at the top of the records display when Show all records is selected. After a search the total number given will indicate the total number of records containing the search word. The total number of records in each group is shown by selecting the Groups tab.

17. Editing Records. Records can be overwritten by clicking on the text field, a second click allows editing of the displayed text. Frequency can be changed in the same way and mode is changed by selection of the pull down menu which appears when a mode is clicked on. Amp and Attenuator settings are changed by double clicking. Band, VFO, and Group records are edited as above.

One of the Virtual Radio Control Panels.



FILE CONVERTER                    

"Our Frequency list word processor"

New Version 14th September 2002  *Help menu included*

Have a look at what the File Converter can do....

File Converter Help Menu 
File Converter Tutorial   *Will self extract into File Converter*

Ever tried grabbing a vertical column of information?   Read on......

A Quick Guide

The Fairhaven File Converter can be used to convert frequency lists from paper documents after scanning into a PC, and it can convert differing file formats to RD500 database format. This brief introduction will guide the user through most of the facilities by taking each menu in turn from left to right. Please use the help file for further information.

The file converter will accept any text format file (Extension .TXT, .RTF, .CSV etc.) which means that databases created in Word, Excel, and Access can be converted quickly and easily. It is even possible to convert documents via optical character recognition, with the features available for formatting text which are provided in the software. With these applications the file is saved as a text, rich text or comma/space/tab delimited files. Once a file has been loaded into the file converter, the user is presented with the text in a ‘Notepad’ style window, which supports basic word processing functions (Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, Delete etc.), allowing the user to edit the file to their requirements. Additional functions have been included to remove columns, leading spaces, and blank lines. The text can also be searched to perform find/replace functions and ITU code abbreviation (Country names will be replaced by ITU code to shorten station names). The software enables the user to convert unknown transmission modes by ‘learning’ the prefix, and simply substituting it with one chosen from the available modes on the RD500.

When the user is happy with the layout of the file, coloured bars are drawn over the text to select frequency, mode, and name positions of the individual entries. At this stage entries can also be placed together to form individual database groups which enables the user to collate similar entries (the text can be coloured accordingly to show frequency, mode, name, and groups). The frequency resolution is set by choosing from a pull down list (e.g. Hz, kHz, MHz) and at the click of a button, the file will be converted. Once the export file has been made it can easily be imported into the RD500 Database software and downloaded onto the radio.

1. Import - allows the user to load differing file types into the file converters working area. The following types are compatible:

Delimited files Any text based file. Any type of delimiter can be given e.g. / - etc.

Rich text files .RTF

Comma delimited files .CSV

Space delimited files .PRN

Fairhaven Export files .FXP


2. Export - allows the user to export text from the file converter's working area in .FXP format.

3. Edit Menu - Basic editing functions including Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete and Select All are available as well as the following options:

4. Remove Position - After arranging the text into lines containing only one entry and removing tabs, drag the pointer over an area of text to highlight a section of the line, go to Remove Position and a vertical yellow column will appear, then go to Options - Remove Selection and the vertical column of text will be removed.

5. Set as Frequency - Used as above to extract the Frequency column of the document.

6. Set as Mode - Used as above to extract the Mode column of the document.

7. Set as Name - Used as above to extract the Name column of the document. Options Menu.

8. Find and replace - This function is particularly useful when abbreviating the length of names. For example London could be replaced with Lon.

9. View Control Characters - Enables the document to be viewed with all control characters shown.

10. Remove Blank lines - Takes out blank lines from the document.

11. Remove leading spaces - Takes out spaces at the start of each line.

12. Format Delimited Text - This option is used to rearrange entries which, for example are spread over several lines by the use of carriage returns or are separated by tabs etc. The number of columns before the sequence repeats must be specified to remove this type of formatting. The aim is to produce a document that has one entry on each line and with Mode, Frequency and Name arranged in vertical columns.

13. Format Tabs - This command removes multiple occurrences of tab characters, The purpose of removing these multiple tab characters is so that the document doesn't create an empty column when tabs are converted to columns.

14. Convert Spaces to Tabs - This command is used to convert a document where the columns are separated by spaces. It reorganises blocks of spaces into tab characters, which can easily be aligned using the ruler to alter the tab positions. Use Convert Tabs To Columns again after adjusting column positions.

15. Convert Tabs to Columns - This command converts tab ordered documents into space separated columns. This is necessary in the final stages of converting a document, as the file converter can not recognise tab ordered columns.

16. Convert Country to ITU (International Telecommunications Union code). This command converts country names to their ITU equivalent (1 to 3 letters) which can save space when editing station names to the maximum 20 characters.

17. Convert ITU code to Country name. This command converts ITU codes to their equivalent country name.

18. Auto Abbreviate. This command automatically abbreviates common terms to standard abbreviations.

19. Undo Auto Abbreviate. This command converts standard abbreviations to common terms.

20. Edit Abbreviation Database. This command displays a window which can be used to alter the supplied abbreviation database.

21. Make Output File. This command creates the output file (*.FXP) from the text shown in the editor screen.

22. Set Frequency Base. Before a document can be converted the File Converter will need to know in what format the frequency column appears, for example kHz, MHz etc.

23. Help Menu - Please remember that this is only a very brief introduction to what can be quite a complicated task. The advantage of using the File Converter is that a large amount of data can easily be converted once a sequence of tasks can be established to make the conversion This can avoid the need to type large amounts of information into the Fairhaven Database itself. Always start by working with a small number of entries at first until the technique has been established. Please read the help file that will assist the user by giving specific help related to any part of the file converter program when the pointer is clicked on the example screens. There is also a tutorial section that will guide the user through the conversion steps of a typical document.


Over 12,000 entries, Modified September 2002

Includes Air bands, 8.33kHz steps, shortwave, CB, Amateur bands, marine, and complete HF Broadcast band listing.
Both .mdb and .ldb files are needed.

Thanks to all who have contributed,
please keep emailing your databases to data@fair-radio.demon.co.uk

Don't forget to check the web and see our links page for databases.



Command Window and Source Code 

This program is intended to help users understand the serial protocol and allow users who are familiar with Visual Basic, to build their own control programs based upon the source code of the program.

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