Thursday, July 29, 2021

FMSuite 2.2 for SDR# is now available

FMSuite 2.2 can be downloaded from the link to the right.  The following changes are in this version:

All Plugins

  • Theming has been implemented where possible.  Note that only Dark Mode / Light Mode settings are used, not individual colors, due to compatibility issues with some Microsoft controls.
  • Improved the reliability of multitasking.
  • Replaced obsolete or deprecated Microsoft features with current technology.
  • Replaced icons and images that would have been invisible in Dark Mode themes.
  • Fixed the case where permissions to file "FMSuiteException.txt" was denied.
  • Replaced tab controls with radio buttons because theming is incompatible with Microsoft tab controls.
  • All software was upgraded to the current Microsoft .NET Core 5 platform.

Data Tools

  • Upgraded the Data Tools Zip file processing to a built-in Microsoft function.
  • Removed the "Custom" delimiter option and replaced it with the "Pipes" option due to reliability issues.

Frequency Manager + Scanner

  • Moved Scan Decisions and Frequency Data Display plugins out of Frequency Manager + Scanner and into their own plugins.
  • Removed Scan Decisions and Frequency Data Display options from the Preferences dialog as they are now defunct.
  • Removed the Automatic Frequency Rejection feature in favor of new features in SDR#.
  • Fixed a case where the scanner could get stuck if the radio frequency doesn't change when requested.
  • Changed the "Locked" or "Lock" labels to "Ignore", "Ignored", or "Ign" to remove confusion with the word "Lock" as used by hardware radio scanners.
  • When scanning sometimes a radio will not tune to a requested frequency.  To indicate this an error popup will appear and recommend actions.  It is unclear whether this issue is caused in SDR# or in the radio.

Monday, July 25, 2016

24 July 2016 - FMSuite for SDRuno is now available

I now have a version of the Frequency Manager Suite for use with SDRuno v1x.  This is a subset of FMSuite for SDR#; it includes the Frequency Manager plugin (but not the Scanner), the Frequency Data Display plugin, the Scheduler plugin, and the Data Tools Wizard.  It runs in its own window separately from SDRuno.  The Frequency Manager uses the same database as the SDR# and SDR Console versions so you can share databases between the applications.

Because SDRuno v1x was never intended for this purpose its only communications with other applications is through a virtual serial port.  This communication channel can be slow, which makes scanning impractical.  So this release does not include a scanner or related plugins.

But you can still send and receive frequencies with SDRuno and enjoy the other advanced features of the Frequency Manager and the Scheduler, and the Data Tools Wizard's ability to import and export radio station databases.

As development of SDRuno proceeds I hope to add complete functionality to this version of FMSuite.  Download the SDRuno v1x version from the link at the right; and I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

25 June 2016 - FMSuite for SDR Console is now available

I now have a version of the Frequency Manager Suite for use with SDR Console v2.3.  This is a subset of FMSuite for SDR#; it includes the Frequency Manager plugin (but not the Scanner), the Frequency Data Display plugin, the Scheduler plugin, and the Data Tools Wizard.  It runs in its own window separately from SDR Console.  The Frequency Manager uses the same database as the SDR# version so you can share databases between the two applications.

Because SDR Console v2.3 was never intended for this purpose its only communications with other applications is through a virtual serial port.  This communication channel can be slow, which makes scanning impractical.  So this release does not include a scanner or related plugins.

But you can still send and receive frequencies with SDR Console and enjoy the other advanced features of the Frequency Manager and the Scheduler, and the Data Tools Wizard's ability to import and export radio station databases.

As development of SDR Console v3 proceeds I hope to add complete functionality to this version of FMSuite.  Download the SDR Console v2.3 version from the link at the right; and I hope you enjoy it.