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HF150 Control Program

Do you posses the wonderful Lowe Electronics HF-150 communication HF receiver.  I hope so because it is a cracking piece of kit by any body's standard.

One thing that has been lacking for this great little receiver is cheap, low cost or free software to control it and greatly enhance its usability.  This is even more true since the late 1990s as small, light weight and cheap laptop computers have become readily available and become the perfect partner for the highly portable Lowe HF-150  receiver.
 
This is why I have written my HF150 Control Program.  I started writing it back in 2009 exclusively for my own use.  In late 2011 I decided I would like to go public with it and make it available to others besides myself. 

Needless to say taking any program from a private use only toy with no documentation, no help and many personally understood functions to a publically available program which hopefully works for everybody has been challenging and fun (well most of the time! ?).  To those who have provided feedback, bug reports and function suggestions I want to say thank you and especially so to one Dutch gentleman. 
 
So here we are.  I hope you find the program of assistance and value to you and your Lowe HF-150 receiver.

If you have any question or suggestions then please email me. 
 
The program is currently Freeware.

Current Release - V1.1.0.0 - 12 April 2012

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

Version
File
MD5 Checksum
V1.1.0.0 HF150_V1.1.0.0.zip 9683BC4EE6376A25BA8BDC6B59523E0C HF150-V1.1.0.0.zip

HF150-Manual.html
F60879A569DC5291050F1B8A9EF82F70 HF150-Manual.html

HF150.exe
950B2B2117389D4138919CA2D8FDBB39 HF150.exe

This release now brings the program into what I consider to be a "really fit for purpose" state.

The biggest change is that I have removed the direct HF-150 Receiver Memory Recall and Store functions.   The very important HF-150 Memory Load function still remains.

The functions were removed because they were causing user confusion and data display problems due to not being able to directly read the HF-150 Receiver memory contents.  Any user confusion or lack of clarity in any program is very undesirable.

There have also been some important bug fixes and some additions/enhancements.

Finally the User Manual now has a nice Contents Index with links to the associated content. 

Details below.

Function Removal:
  R01 - Removed HF-150 Memory Recall and Store functions.  HF-150 Memory Load function remains.
            Functions removed because it was causing user confusion and data display problems due to not
            being able to directly read the HF-150 Receiver memory contents.
Bugs:
  B25 - Memory keypad buttons still active when HF-150 Load is selected
  B24 - Memory input field not consistently cleared
  B23 - Memory Tuning List and User Tuning List restored window contents not scrolled to last position
  B22 - Stop and Start User Timed Tune clock with form loading & closing
  B21 - Country number formatting using a , for a decimal . corrupts frequency data
  B20 - Memory display not showing exact current memory data after a recall (was doing a memory match call)
Additions/Enhancements:
  A27 - Notepad size now shown in Bytes, KB or MB as required
  A26 - Memory Display to depict exact tune status
  A25 - Memory Manual/Fast Tune and Memory Scan to be reflected in Local Memory Tune window
  A24 - Save and Restore frequency & memory scan settings
Other:
  User manual updated with Contents Index and links 

Download

To download the program please goto HF150 Download.

Documentation

To read the user manual read then please goto HF150 User Manual.

Software and Hardware Requirements

The program it is written in .NET Visual Basic as a portable application 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 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.
 
The HF-150 receiver does not have a true RS-232 serial interface port.  Instead the Lowe IF-150 Serial Interface Adapter is required.  The adapter takes care of the conversion between true RS-232 data flow and that PPM (pulse position modulation) data stream used by the receiver. 

Screen Shot

Everybody wants to know what something looks like so here is screen shot for Version 1.1.0.0.

HF150 Control Program Screenshot

Software Control Functions and Features

Here is a list of the main functions and features supported by the software

Bug Reporting

At the bottom of this page, in the program 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), 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 (link at bottom of the page).

Function Requests and Suggestions

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 (link at bottom of the page).

Contact Information

If you want or need to contact me about this program then please Email: hf150 AT nick HYPHEN bailey DOT co DOT uk

Previous Releases

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

Version
File
MD5 Checksum
V1.0.3.0 HF150_V1.0.3.0.zip B5432DB05ADEE948AB92023681124A55 HF150_V1.0.3.0.zip

HF150-Manual.html
711A813C0B90E1A1315FDFE9F6608EA6 HF150-Manual.html

HF150.exe
C0778E9C3F0B8C8BC6CDAC23DCFD4286 HF150.exe

Version
File
MD5 Checksum
V1.0.2.0 HF150_V1.0.2.0.zip 63B96E1DF5C815CF60D35D948A8008A3 HF150_V1.0.2.0.zip


HF150-Manual.html
5FE9C09F50E6D149744F0E85A9484626 HF150-Manual.html


HF150.exe
1599B681717DA797E4900509001B9BE2 HF150.exe


Version
File
MD5 Checksum
V1.0.1.0 HF150_V1.0.1.0.zip DDBC061E0CC0A7A296DCFA6B22F3D493 HF150_V1.0.1.0.zip


HF150-Manual.html
DAEC82C4B6580C634334D39E4D752B37 HF150-Manual.html


HF150.exe
D24BDC4EB57C390F70F02B7A4FB7AF23 HF150.exe


Contact Information

If you want or need to contact me about this program then please Email: hf150 AT nick HYPHEN bailey DOT co DOT uk

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