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With the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) businesses and self employed persons are now strictly controlled/regulated and legally liable as to how they obtain and manage personal data.  Whilst as a personal individual GDPR does not apply to me I have chosen to remove all potential doubt and not ask for or acquire any personal information on my website,  including your Email address, without your explicit consent.  This is why any of my programs or content that have optional registration on no longer ask for "personal Identifiable Information" or Email addresses
 
This results in me losing a contact ability with my customers unless they specifically contact me
 
Buy having this blog I can:
Ensure that for any responses your details are kept PRIVATE.
 
Please see my Privacy page for further details.
 
If you want to then please Email Me at one of the appropriate Email addresses: (your  privacy will be protected)

For DriveR8
DriveR8 @ nick-bailey . co . uk
For Scan125
Scan125 @ nick-bailey . co . uk
For HF150
HF150 @ nick-bailey . co . uk
 For IF150
IF-150 @ nick-bailey . co . uk
For General/Other
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17 May 2019 - DriveR8 Additional Support for DX-SR8 and DX-SR9 Transceivers

Well apart from a beta tester I'm working with I've had no contact from anyone else.  This has slowed things down!
 
If finally testing goes well then the next version DriveR8 will support the following:  
I have to beg/stress to all my software users that:
THEN PLEASE contact me.  If I can fix or support them then I will try to.
 
DriveR8, Scan125, anf my other programs only get better with your feedback and support.


01 May 2019 - DriveR8 Additional Support for DX-SR8 and DX-SR9 Transceivers

This work is ongoing but to speed matters up if there is anybody else out there who can help/do some testing then please contact me (Email address for DriveR8 above).
 
Information from Alinco is limited and any help will require you to set some setting on your rig and then use the DriveR8 debug facility to read specified memory locations.  e.g. set Tone Off and read memory and then set Tone On and read memory then we can see what has changed.


01 May 2019 - DEBRA Charity Donation Update

I would personally like to thank those 59 people who donated in the period 21 March 2017 to 01 May 2019 raising 1288 for Debra.  To those who have donated (you know who you are) and the person who donated 500 of that total you have my unreserved thanks.  Downloads in that period were in the multiple thousands!   Am I'm asking too much?  Surely Scan125/DriveR8 are worth a couple of pounds or more?  This charity needs your modest donation.
 
So PLEASE if you have not already donated to DEBRA then can I ask you to please do so.


28 April 2019 - DriveR8 Additional Support for DX-SR8 and DX-SR9 Transceivers

I'm pleased to say that I'm working with a great guy called Gerald to extend DriveR8's support for the SR8 and SR9 transcievers.
 
Currently DriveR8 supports some TX functions/settings but these are not currently mapped/stored/reloaded or editable by memory bank location.  An example of this is TX Power.

Thanks to some testing by Gerald I now know where this data is stored and will be able to update DriveR8 to fully support TX Power.
 
There are of course other items that we need to work through and this will take time.  To this end there is no delivery schedule planned HOWEVER DriveR8 will be updated.  
 
I could update DriveR8 almost immediately to support TX Power in memory locations but with all the other TX settings that may or may not be stored in a memory location I need to understand how best to redesign the DriveR8's memory display and edit form.
 
The good news is that progess is being made for near or almost full PC program support of the SR8/SR9 transceivers.  To my knowledge nobody has this current level of support let alone what  I'm working on.
 
Stay tuned :)

20 April 2019 - Scan125 & DriveR8 Windows 10 Recording Functions

Today I've release new versions of Scan125 and DriveR8 that resolve the audio recording functions on Windows 10.

To do this I've had to:
  1. move the base .NET version requirement from Version 3.5 to Version 4.5.  This should not be any issue on Windows 7 and Windows 10 systems.  If it is for you then just download the .NET 4.5 framework/run time from Microsoft. 
  2. use external audio library functions, BASS (bas.dll)  and BASS.NET (Bass.Net.dll). 
Ideally I would have preferred to not have used external audio library functions but this proved to be the most sensible solution for Windows 10 systems.  And as Windows 7 is going out of support come January 2020 then this is probably the best time to change my code base (.NET and BASS) and hopefully flush out any issues prior to Windows 7 going out of support.
 
I rely on my users to tell/inform me of issues etc.  so if you have any issues then TELL ME.  Do not rely on some other person doing it for you.


11 April 2019 - Scan125 & DriveR8 Windows 10 Recording Functions

I'm rather staggered that since I upgraded to Windows 10 the recording functions of Scan125 and DriveR8 just record noise!
 
None of my users have raised this issue with me so possibly for a long time (one or two years) both programs have been broken with respect to audio recording on Windows 10 systems.
 
I've been looking to resolve this issue but it is looking like that I will have to withdraw both program's audio recording abilities on Windows 10 and direct users to use alternative recording applications.
 
If this is going to be a problem for you then please let me know.
 
As Win 7 goes out of service/support then for W10 I plan to withdraw the broken audio recording functions.

If you have objection / issue then please let me know.   


04 February 2019 - Scan125Convert & DriveR8Convert New Releases

I've updated the above utilities to cater for input CSV files that may lack tag name, frequency or modulation information.  After a user query it became apparent that his input CSV file lacked a modulation data field.  Design omission by me.

Now these programs will substitute mising data a follows:

Scan125Convert : 25MHz for frequency, AUTO for modulation and "" for channel tag name
DriveR8Convert : 1MHz for frequency, USB for modulation and "" for memory tag name


20 January 2019 - Scan125 New Release

As mentioned on my 20 January 2019 entry this new release of Scan125 now supports a direct frequency input tuning control.


20 January 2019 - New Year Software Comings

I've just started work on (and almost finished) a new release of Scan125.  Something that has been missing from Scan125 (and competitor products) is a direct frequency input control so you can use the scanner just like a more traditional receiver. Want to directectly tune to 195.33 MHz then you just mouse click the virtual display and enter the frequency.  For Airband followers then Scan125 will also (if enabled) apply the *real* frequency conversion from Air Traffic Control (ATC) called values (and airfield published values) to the actual frequency the scanner has to be tuned to. 
 
I've been playing and testing and it is actually all working very well.  Just wish I had done this earlier as I'm an avid airband enthusiast and this function is great for following frequency transitions.  As always documentation, screen shots, etc. is the release pain that delays my software releases but is an import part of *quality* software.
 
Rest assured none of my software is not open / up for update in 2019.
 
So if you are a user of my software and/or have new ideas etc. then please shout and contact me via the relevant Email address at the head of this blog.

If I can do it I will try to (legal restrictions applying).


26 December 2018 - Timely Reminder

Hope you all had a good Christmas Day and continue into the new year.

Santa is bringing some people UBC125XLT/series scanners and inevitably some people are asking questions or setup queries regarding Scan125.  PLEASE Use Email and not the Comments facility.  The comments facility is totally anonymous to comply with GDPR so I am unable to respond to any questions or issues raised via the Comments form.


14 December 2018 - Yaesu FTA-250L

Well Santa is bringing me a Yaesu FTA-250L Airband Transceiver for Christmas. 
 
Yaesu have their own software for programming this device but the software does not provide virtual control and display functions like my Scan125 and DriveR8 software.
 
So in 2019 I'll be looking to keep my brain cells alive (in older age/retirement) to see if there are any possibilities of virtually controlling the FTA-250L.  If not then I guess I'll just enjoy following my pleasure if following aircraft and their flight paths.  
 
Lastly.
 
Merry Chirstmas and Happy New Year to all my users.  I thank all of you who have donated to the DEBRA charity and hope that those who have not yet done so will give DEBRA a little Christmas present that they can put to good use in 2019.   Please remember, at this time of year, my software is free, function unrestricted with the hope that users will make even a 1, 1$, 1 Euro to DEBRA.


10 November 2018 - The Fallen Radio Operatives

This weekend is a very good time to appreciate the role of radio communications, especially HF, in WWII and absolutely to those brave resistance fighters, agents and spys who kept information flowing and often gave their lives in the process.  
 
I raise my aerial to them, take my hat off and honour them.  


14 October 2018 - The Leaves Are Falling

So winter is approaching which may lead to more development activity.

For Scan125 everything is quiet with no reported issues or function requests.
 
For DriveR8 a user with an Alinco DX-SR9 has reported some issues due to the SR9 not responding to some commands DriveR8 sends.  We are working on this and are making good progress.   As no other user has reported the same issues then I'm assuming there is currently only one SR9 user out there so am taking the time to get test versions tested instead of rushing out a patch/fix.  The way the SR9 is handling and responding to some commands is proving to be interesting to say the least so getting it right is my priority.
 
If you have tried DriveR8 on a DX-SR9 and hit problems and not bothered to contact me then I have a test release available that will get you up and running so all you have to do is "ask and you shall receive". 
 
As always any issues, questions etc. then please do not hesitate to contact me.


08 September 2018 - DriveR8 New Release

Today I released DriveR8 V2.2.0.0.  This release adds some new function and also removes the requirement to register (for free) to remove the previously time limited virtual display function.  See my 25 August 2018 post below for more details about this.


25 August 2018 - Scan125 New Release

Well I've gone a done it and removed the requirement to register (for free) to remove the previously time limited virtual display function.

Apologies to the users who only just registered today.

As for a periodic nag "pop-up" then I've not done this.  Instead the Menu DONATE (DEBRA Charity) button will "blink" just 10 times every 100 program executions, or on a new installation and every 100 invocations thereafter.
 
If this annoys users then so be it but imagine having to painfully prick 10 or more blisters EVERY day.  Scan125 will just blink the donate button 10 times every 100 program invocations.
 
And for those who have donated (or bought me a coffee in the past) then it will be a pleasant reminder of how Scan125 got to the stage of raising money for charity.  To them I say THANK YOU!


22 August 2018 - Scan125 Next Release

The next release of Scan125 may see some changes that I've *not yet* finally decided to do.

Scan125 now has over 3500 registered users from 56 or more countries.  I collate and publish these stats along with User Comments (all anonymous) so both me and the users get a good idea of what others are saying.  This also lets users see how many others in their country are using Scan125.  Additionally it helps me identify any possible country specific issues.
 
I think we can safely assume (unless I do something stupid) that Scan125 usage will increase and the current stats data speaks for itself in terms of a steady growth of World Wide users.  To this end I think Scan125's popularity and usage has been proven and the current registration process has served its purpose?
 
So with the next release I thinking/proposing:
  1. Remove the free registration and virtual display timeout (yippee I hear some shout)
  2. Provide a program link to post comments and suggestions (anonymously) for me to see - comments will be used on the existing "User Comments" web page
  3. Possibly add some periodic reminder (eg. 3 times a year or every 100+ program invocations) for people to consider donating to the DEBRA charity (or other charity)
Now 3) above will possibly be very contentious as for many it may/will be considered to be "nag ware".  I do understand this which is why I'm very cautious about going down this route.  However Scan125 is *FREE* and with a Careware/Charity status and objective. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Careware).  Scan125's and my objectives and time (many many many hours) is to raise funds for DEBRA/charity and also provide a free alternative program for scanner users.  To this end I need to do something to try and ensure that the objectives are fulfilled as best as possible.  The problem I have is that users are anonymous, donations are anonymous (unless you have Emailed me to say you have or will be donating) so the "nag" will be occasionally present to all users (including me).  
 
I would like your thoughts on this if you would be courteous enough to Email my Scan125 contact Email address above.   

28 July 2018 - Time Flies By As Do Registrations

Hope you are still enjoying Scan125 and DriveR8 programs.  Scan125 registrations come through almost daily and are approaching 3450!  By year end at this rate there will be over 3500 happy? users out there :)

On the subject of Registration Comments I sometimes see them stating a problem or issue.  This can be a little frustrating for both of us because with my "no personal details" registration process I'm powerless to help.  All problems, issues, questions, etc. should be sent to my program's contact Email address.  Those who have done so will vouch for my rapid response and support.  I have thought about putting Feature Request and Bug Report forms on my website but for these to be effective I would need people to enter personal details and I'm not happy about going down that route despite my site being HTTPS and SSL enabled.  So, please Email me directly even if you only have a question.


02 June 2018 - Scan125 New Release and Debra Charity Donations

I've just released Scan125 V2.4.0.0 today.  Enjoy.

I would personally like to thank those 37 people who donated in the period March 2017 to May 2018 raising 1000 for Debra.  To the person who donated 500 of that total you have my unreserved thanks.  Registrations in that period were 1990!  Am I'm asking too much?  Surely Scan125/DriveR8 are worth a couple of pounds or more?  This charity needs your modest donations.

Please guys and gals if you have not donated then please do so.  If you can find better quality, better supported (even at weekends) software for less than a minimal/modest donation then please let me know.


13 May 2018 - Four Years Since Scan125 Went Public

For those of you that read the Scan125-History file you will have noticed that Scan125 was first released publically on 30 April 2018 with development and private beta releases dating back to before then.

In these past four years we now have in excess of 3150 registered users so if you use Scan125 then you are not alone and I hope are enjoying the program and, what I'm repeatedly told is, excellent support (even during weekends and evenings).
 
I'm not looking for extra work as I have an alternative life to live (and of course my DriveR8 and other projects to support) but it is probably a good time to think about Scan125's future.  Whilst the Uniden 125 series of analogue scanners appear to be still selling well I doubt this is going to last well into the future.  So this coming year is probably our last real opportunity to add sensible functions/features to Scan125. 

Over to you Scan125 users to Email me with ideas and suggestions.  As always I make no promises to implement any particular request but just remember that Scan125 is what it is by virtue of user feedback and requests.


28 Apr 2018 - General - Questions / Requests when Registering

I'm seeing a few people who when registering (Scan125 & DriveR8) are putting questions and/or requests in the registration comments field.  Please do not do this but instead use one of the official Email contact addresses as published.

My program registration process is totally anonymous and I have no knowledge of who you are or your Email address (unless you give that information when registering).  This means that I can not reply/answer your writings.


03 Apr 2018 - General - Scan125 Registered Users

Just the other day Scan125 topped 3000 registered users in 55 countries around the world.
 
This success is a credit to my registered users many of who send me ideas, requests and bug reports.  More importantly, whilst not as good as I would have hoped for the DEBRA/other charity donations trickle in and this is massively good news and support for those in need.  PLEASE everyone keep those charitable donations coming in.  Just a UK pound, US dollar, or any other unit from every user would be great.


07 Mar 2018 - General - DriveR8

DriveR8 V2.1.0.0 is released today.  I hope that the new functions will be welcomed by users.  I'm already enjoying the possibly most welcome new function of Scheduled Tuning.  This allows one to set a date, time, duration and Memory Bank and Memory Number for DriveR8 to automatically tune to.  In addition one can enable automatic recording.  So there is no excuse to missing your favorite commercial broadcast program,  your normal HF net meet or that NAVTEX or any other reception requirement.


27 Feb 2018 - General - Scan125

As February 2018 draws to a close then I note that there have been 160 new Scan125 registration since 1st January 2018.  So give or take a few that is a registration rate of  80 per month this year thus far. 
 
NOT WANTING COMPLAIN but ONLY 3 users have told me that they have made a donation to charity.  I hope to get more accurate figures from DEBRA come financial year end but at the moment I'm not that pleased. 
 
Please tell me where you can get better software for your BC125AT/UBC125XLT/UBC125AT/AE125H scanner for the same price as a small donation to an International Charity such as DEBRA or a charity of your choice.   Every donation no mater how small is a life saving, life enhancing gift.
 
Please help me to help them and encourage me to continue supporting Scan125.  Not much to ask for!    

14 Feb 2018 - We now use HTTPS / SSL

It has been a long time coming but I'm pleased to let you know that this site is now HTTPS / SSL enabled.  It is good for both you and me so we can all feel more secure and comfortable.

30 Jan 2018 - DriveR8 Control Program - V2.0.0.0

Thanks to user Gerald in Germany I've been busy supporting the TRANSMITTER/TRANSCEIVER functions of the Alinco DR-SR8 and Alinco DR-SR9 Transceivers. 
 
As I do not have either of these rigs it has been an interesting journey for both of us.  A game of "Ping-Pong" in me supplying code and Gerald having to validate against his DX-SR8 rig.
 
With V2.0.0.0 of DriveR8 most, but not all, of the SR8/SR9 transceiver transmitter controls are supported with the basic omission being that of  CW and  Key/Paddle settings.  If you are a CW user and would like the additional CW function support then please Email me.  Needless to say you will end up having to test and report back etc. which could take time and several cycles to complete so unless you are able/willing to undertake these responsibilities then please do not contact me. 

As always please Email me bug reports, suggestions.

04 Nov 2017 - Blog Publish

The background/reason for this blog, which I may cease at any time, is that with recent forthcoming UK/EU regulation changes I can no longer "acquire" personally identifiable information via my website without your prior consent and then I would have to secure that data from theft from my website/server.  To comply with these new regulations would require me to have htpps: and associated expensive security certificates etc..
 
How does this affect you/me:
  1. You can register my software online with any crap information you like.  I'm waiting for a "Donald Trump" to appear (big smile).
  2. I can not contact you, even if you are having problems with my software.  YOU HAVE TO CONTACT me (see contact Email addresses above)
  3. A general loss of ready communication/feedback/issues etc. for BOTH of us

 
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