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DriveR8 Control Program for Alinco DX-R8 Receiver and DX-SR8 / SR9 Tranceivers
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DriveR8 Control Program Suite

The DriveR8 Control Program Suite consists of  two programs.  Then main DriveR8 Control Program and the DriveR8Convert Utility Program.  
These programs run on Windows up to and including Windows 10.

The DriveR8 Control Program  is currently Freeware with a Careware/Charity status and objective. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Careware).                    
Please Donate to my supported charity which I would very much appreciate, as will they, and will keep me developing and supporting the programs.

The DriveR8 ConvertUtility Program is currently Freeware.

Both programs work individually of each other and each has their own version numbers and release cycles.

Please note that the DriveR8 Control Program also requires the separate installation of the necessary Serial Driver for your interface device to be able to control the receiver.

For Apple PC/MAC users using BOOTCAMP, PARALLELS or VMware to run Windows then you should be able to run DriveR8 on your system.  If not then please let me know.

DriveR8 Current Release Information

Patch / Bug Release - NONE

NOTE - Patch / Bug Release EXE files *must* be installed into the DriveR8 Current Release program folder.  If you are a new DriveR8 user then you must install the full Current Release and then apply the Patch EXE.  A patch EXE file will not work on its own.

Current Release - V1.0.0.0 - 02 March 2017

The current release version, files and MD5 checksums are as detailed in the table below:

Version
File
MD5 Checksum
Date
V1.0.0.0
DriveR8_V1000.zip
8E2C189EDB9618A61981D0ABA35D1788 DriveR8_V1000.zip
03 March 2017
V1.0.0.0 DriveR8.exe
31CAF8CBEF1FAB54263502A613ABD2BA
DriveR8.exe
02 March 2017

NEW in V1.0.0.0 Fixes in V1.0.0.0
Known Issues in V1.0.0.0 (as of 02 Marh 2017)
 

Not all model varients of the Alinco DX-R and DX-S series of receivers are known to the Author at this time.  If your model is not recognised by the DriveR8 program then DriveR8 assumes it can tune your receiver up to 35MHz.  If this fails you will receive a message asking you to email the author with the information requested in the message.  The program will continue to work but the maximum frequency will be limited to 30MHz.

To Download the current version please got to DriveR8 Download  page.

All documentation, including the User Manual is included in this download.

Previous Release Details can be found here:

Next Release will possibly have:

Thanks to Everyone

Just a note to say thanks to everyone using my program.  With each release not only are new functions being added BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY those bugs (silly or large) that people care to tell me about are getting fixed.  So if you see/experience a bug of any description then please let me know.

DriveR8 Control Program Porgram Icon(for Alinco DX-R8 Communications Receiver)


Debra Logo      Please Donate to my supported charity which I would very much appreciate, as will they, and will keep me developing and supporting the programs.

The Program is currently Freeware (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeware) and operates with some time limited functions.  The author reserves the right to change the program status and limitations on any future release.  Existing releases will retain their status and your right to use them but support may not be available.  The time limit on some functions can be removed by Registering the program for FREE.

More information on the time restricted function can also be found here.

The Alinco DX-R8E is a Worldwide region orientated receiver.  The DX-R8T is the equivalent US/Canadian reqion orientated receiver.  They are very similar but not identical.

This program supports both the DX-R8E and DX-R8T Receivers.  In addtion the DX-SR8 and DX-SR9 Tranceivers are supported but ONLY their receiver functions.   I must point out that as I only have the DX-R8E receiver I have to rely on people who have the other models in being very helpful by testing and reporting issues.  If you find a problem/issue with any of the supported models then *please* let me know so I can try and resolve it.

DriveR8 is written in Visual Basic and .NET V3.5.  The program is currently portable and will run from any "user" directory it is placed in.  It also currently makes no registry changes or any other system changes, no required network connections etc. so is benign in nature and operation and protects your privacy.  If a Windows system directory, like Program Files, is chosen then administrator rights will have to be assigned to the program.  For security reasons it is suggested/recommended that a User directory is chosen.

The program also makes no hidden calls home and will not automatically check for program updates by default.  There are however some functions that the user can manually invoke which will make a URL connection to my DriveR8 website.  Also a program option can be set to allow it to check my websites for updates every "n" days, as set by user.

The Program also requires the installation of the Uniden_Universal_Driver USB/serial driver which is available for download on this site.

For Apple PC/MAC users using BOOTCAMP, PARALLELS or VMware to run Windows then you should be able to run DriveR8 on your system.  If not then please let me know.

Screen Shots

Everybody wants to know how a program looks so here are two screen shots.  If you view the manual then more will be revealed.

For a DX-R8 Receiver you will see this:

DriverR8 Main Panel Image

Functions And Features And History

The User Manual is the comprehensive place to see and understand this program.
The History file details program development features and bug fixes.

To Download the current version of DriveR8 please got to DriveR8 Download  page.

Please see the Program and Driver Installation section of the User Manual for program download and installation instructions.

All documentation, including the User Manual is included in this download.

User Manual

You can view the user manual here.

The manual is included in the software download which can be found on the DriveR8 Download  page/directory.

Program Driver Installation Required

Please see the Program and Driver Installation section of the User Manual.

To control your Alinco receiver from your PC youl will need either the Alinco ERW-7 Interface Cable or an alternative USB to Serial Interface Cable.  If you do not already have a USB driver installed for your interface cable then you will have to download and install the appropriate driver.  The Alinco ERW-7 Interface uses the Future Technology Devices International's FDTI Chip for which the driver can be found on their www.fdtichip.com website.

Software and Hardware Requirements

The programs is written in .NET Visual Basic (V3.5) as a portable applications that has no install program and does not make Windows Registry changes..  This means that basically it will only run on a Windows PC that has .NET V3.5 installed.  I've not researched the Linux and Apple platforms to see if they can support .NET based applications.  If they do and you can get this program to work on any other platform, e.g. Linux and under Wine then please let me know and I will put the details here for others to see.

For Apple PC/MAC users using BOOTCAMP, PARALLELS or VMware to run Windows then you should be able to run DriveR8 on your system.  If not then please let me know.

Bug Reporting

At the bottom of this page, in the programs and in the User Manual you will find my contact Email address.  

I will do my best to fix any bugs that you hopefully do not find.  If you are reporting a bug then please give me as much information as you can.  Operating system (e.g. Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 or MAC), sequence of events or actions that you went through, and anything else that may assist me.

I cannot guarantee to fix all bugs, nor agree a time frame for any fixes.  Having said this, as previously stated I will do my best.  I do guarantee that I will acknowledge your bug report as soon as I can, providing I can contact you via a valid Email address. 

If you do not wish to be contacted then say so in your bug report.  I will then just note the problem and delete your Email and associated address at my end.
  See my Privacy Policy.

Function Requests and Suggestions

Just below and at the bottom of this page, in the program and in the User Manual you will find my contact Email address. 
 
I welcome any Function Requests and/or Suggestions.  I cannot guarantee to implement them, nor a time frame if I decide to.  If you are contacting me to suggest function or make suggestions then it will be to both our benefits if I can respond to you via Email. 

If you do not wish to be contacted then say so in your Email.  I will then just note the request/suggestion and delete your Email and associated address at my end. See my Privacy Policy.

Contact Information

If you want or need to contact me about this program then please Email: DriveR8 Email Address Image



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