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Radio Programming Services


Amateur Radios and Commercial / MURS / GMRS Radios

I realize that not everyone is as technically astute as I am when it comes to radio programming. Especially with all the little tricks and details that some radios require, not only can it be confusing but also a little tricky. I have quite the collection of radio programming cables and software that I have purchased over the years, so chances are, whatever radio you have aquired I can help!

I will be able to assist you if you are in my area. (Wilkes County, NC.)  I prefer not to get involved in shipping electronics, but with some extra incentive, I may be able to be convinced...

If you don't already have a list of frequencies that you need programmed, you can use my handy form below. Just fill it out and email it to me. (The programming form requires Microsoft Excel to open.)

For programming amateur radios, I am usually glad to assist, and a little incentive is always helpful. (Pizza, anyone?)

For programming commercial / MURS / GMRS radios, my usual fee is $25 for up to 5 frequencies or feature setting addition / changes, then $10 for each additional set of 5. Cloning (has to be the exact same model) is $15, cloning with one change (such as a user ID) is $20. Copying (2 radios of differing models) is $50 for up to 5 frequencies, then $10 for each additional set of 5. Anything involving digital (DMR, P25) add $15 to any of the above amounts.

Programming available for most models of:

Motorola ♦ Kenwood ♦ ICOM ♦ Midland ♦ Vertex Standard ♦ Connect Systems ♦ TYT ♦ AnyTone ♦ Baofeng ♦ Hytera ♦ Wouxon ♦ Uniden ♦ ..and others!

Programming Services Include:

Recommendation of a radio (and / or radio accessories) based on your requirements

Since all radios may or may not support a particular function that you would want to have, I can suggest a model of radio that will do what you want it to do and (usually) provide a place to purchase that model directly. I do not resell radios, but I know where to find them for sale.

Basic Frequency Programming (Verification of authorized use may be required)

Includes programming of channel name, RX/TX frequency, and PL/DPL with choice between wide or narrow-band. RX-only setup available. Limited to conventional (non-trunking) systems.

Channel-to-Zone Assignments

Channels will be grouped into specific zones as requested.

Scan Lists

Scan lists define which other channels your radio will scan for transmissions when a particular channel is selected.

MDC Signaling (Verification of authorized use will most likely be required)

Commonly used to identify radios, this four-character hexadecimal value is transmitted before and/or after every transmission. These signals are often heard as a "chirp" and values displayed on radios receiving the transmission.

Pager Channel Setup

You can have your radio programmed to alert just like a Motorola Minitor pager.

Button Assignments

You can specify which functions you would like assigned to the various buttons on your radio.

Firmware Updates (available for most radios)

Firmware is the underlying software that makes your radio function. Motorola (and other manufacturers) often release bug-fixes and feature enhancements when firmware is revised. Up-to-date firmware often increases the sale price of used radios. I can perform a full firmware update on most radios.

Radio Cloning (Verification of authorized use may be required depending on the source programming)

I can clone the identical final configuration to other radios you have, provided they are the same exact model number.

Radio Copying (Verification of authorized use may be required depending on the source programming)

I can copy configurations between 2 radios and usually (depending on the radio) the copy will act almost exactly like the first one.


Radio Programming Policy

Please note: My policy on programming transmit frequencies, MDC Signaling information and cloning / copying is that you MUST be authorized to transmit on the requested frequency. As an example, if you wish to use your radio as a public safety scanner, great! However, without verified authorization, the transmit function for that channel will either be disabled or set to a frequency that you are allowed to transmit on, such as a simplex channel or itinerant business channel.  Due to liability reasons, I cannot make any exceptions to this policy. I will verify your authorization before providing any programming that would require it.

I also usually cannot provide you with a copy of your radio's programming software. As my copies are purchased / licensed, the license agreement prohibits passing out any copies. If your radio manufacturer happens to provide their software for free, then I can assist you in getting and installing a copy. Otherwise, I can always point you in the right direction to purchase your own copy. However, even if your radio requires purchased software, once your radio is programmed I can, upon request, give you a copy of your programming data file for archive / future reference.



The best incentive ever...

Please, buy me a pizza! (or two!)
Be Generous, Please!

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