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Modifying PMS definitions


Overview

The clone memory image read from the receiver includes far more than just the 2000 main memories. Because the program uses the receiver's Clone function to upload changes to the memories it is necessary to acquire an up-to-date image otherwise you will find other settings may be changed back to an earlier state.

The recommended sequence of events is:-

  a) make a backup image of the receiver using the 'Read VR5000' button

  b) make changes as detailed below

  c) perform a restore of the amended image to the receiver

Adding a new PMS entry

Use the Add PMS command on the PMS menu or right-click on a non-empty row in the PMS grid and choose Add PMS from the pop-up menu. A new memory will be added ready for you to customise.

Masking a PMS entry

Masking a PMS entry hides it from sight in PMS mode but leaves the definition in the receiver so you can re-activate it later. Right-click on the PMS entry you wish to mask and choose the 'Mask PMS' command from the pop-up menu. The row is highlighted in red.

Un-masking a PMS entry

Un-masking a PMS entry re-activates a masked one so that it is available for normal PMS operation again. Right-click on the entry you wish to un-mask and choose the 'Un-mask PMS' command from the pop-up memory. The red highlight is removed.

Making Changes

Each of the cells in an occupied row can be edited in-place.

  a) use the mouse or cursor (arrow) keys to select a cell to change. 

  b) press function key F2 to switch to edit mode.

  c) type your change or, for the Resume column, select from the options in the drop-down box, then press Return or Enter.

The following screen image shows the scanning step being changed for a spare entry using the drop-down list of options



PMS Tag The name of the entry

StartF The scanning start frequency

EndF The scanning end frequency

Mode The mode

Step The scanning step

ScanStop How a scan is resumed:

  Delay In this mode the scanner will halt on a signal it encounters, and will hold until the signal disappears. After the squelch closes when the received station quits transmitting, scanning resumes automatically after the time interval specified by M_P.DELAY.

  Pause In this mode the scanner will halt on a signal it encounters, and will resume after the time interval specified by M_PAUSE

  Hold In this mode the scanner will halt on a signal it encounters, and will not restart automatically. However, the M_HOLD menu selection provides a restart window within which, if the incoming signal disappears, the scanner will resume. This allows scanning to proceed if the squelch is opened by a brief incoming signal.

S-LvlScan In this mode the scanner will stop on a signal exceeding the S-meter level specified in the Level column. Enter a Y in this column to activate S-Meter mode, else enter a N. 

VCS In this mode the scanner will stop on a signal which contains a voice signal. Enter a Y in this column to activate Voice mode, else enter a N. 

  else If both the S-LvlScan column and VCS column contain N then the scanner will stop on a signal that opens the squelch.

ATT Y = attenuator on, N = attenuator off

DSP Y = DSP on, N = DSP off

Link Several PMS entries can be linked together and treated as one entry for scanning purposes. Type Y in the Link column of each entry you wish to join together, and N for each entry to be scanned separately.

Level See S-LvlScan above

Prot Y = protected from change, N = not protected from change