Wednesday, November 15, 2017

FMSuite for SDR# has been updated

I now have a unified installer for SDR#; this single installer will handle both x86 and x64 versions of SDR# so now there’s no need for two versions of FMSuite.  In addition, the FMS Installer can now be executed from within the SDR# folder.

Just unzip the file to a convenient place and run it to install into SDR#.

Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for using my software.

Jeff

20 comments:

  1. Hi Jeff,

    Are there any changes to the plugin itself, or if V6342 is working fine there's nothing to be gained at my end right now?

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  2. Hi. There are no functional changes in this new version so you don't need to download it if you don't want to. I'm just improving the installation process for versions going forward.

    Thanks for asking, and thanks for using my software.

    Cheers,
    Jeff

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  3. Jeff, problem. Windows 7 users apparently cannot use the latest software, as it requires .net 4.7.

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  4. .NET 4.7 is supported on Windows 7 SP1. I can't put a link in this but here's the URL for the download:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55167

    Hope this helps. Thanks!
    Jeff

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  5. I just installed everything and it seems I cannot get 154.665 MHz, the program skips this and jumps to 154.662 to 156.675 as though they skip the frequencies I want to listen to. STUMPED!

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    1. Hi, and thanks for writing. If you haven't already done so, enable the Scanner Decisions window by placing a checkmark in the Scanner Rules tab. Use Tools > Edit Preferences > Scan Rules to get there. You should be able to see why it isn't stopping on that frequency. Feel free to write to me directly if that doesn't help (email address in the Contact Me section of this page).

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  6. Just installed it, I type in the frequency range I want to scan then hit scan and it changes my values to 0 and 5.000.

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    1. Hi. Enter the frequencies in Hertz, not KHz or MHz. For example 159.54 MHz must be entered as 159540000. This and other rules are in the User's Guide that came with the Setup app.

      Also if you have the relevant check box marked in Tools > Edit Preferences > Scan Rules, your frequency range will be updated to match the Step Size you have set in SDR#.

      I hope this helps; let me know of any other questions. Thanks for trying my software.

      Jeff

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  7. Is there anyway to enable offset tuning? I am using it with a HackRF and in the center tuning frequency there is a large spike.
    Thanks

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    1. Hello aguylikeme. Technically offset tuning is configured in SDR#, not in the scanner. You instead might save a different center frequency in the database for a given receive freqeuncy.

      Cheers,
      Jeff

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    2. This works great in a channel scan but if I scan across frequencies it gets hanged up on the center frequency, and if I try to lock it out, the center frequency is retuned to the next frequency. SdrSharp unfortunately doesn't offer offset tuning for the Hackrf, is there any way around this?

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    3. Hi again. When scanning by range the radio will always get centered on a detected active frequency. This behavior cannot be changed. However I have seen that changing the bandwidth will often change the amplitude of the center DC spike. Along with setting the Squelch you can often find a happy medium. Thanks again.

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  8. Is there a way to force squelch to stay on ? It works until a scanned frequency transmits and then turns off effectively locking in that frequency.
    Thanks in advance,
    Sean

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    1. I figured it out... Not where I expected to find the fix... but I found it

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  9. The group window is empty and also cannot find it on FM menus

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  10. Greetings, just came across with this thread, never used FMS while looking for a boat AIS receiver (Automatic Identification System). AIS broadcast on 161.975 MHz (AIS1, or channel 87B) and 162.025 MHz. Can I tune in to this frequency and use it as a plug into OpenCPN windows based marine navigation software so OpenCPN can detect AIS signals from the surrounding ships in the vicinity of the boat? Thanks a lot and my apologies, really have no clue on this software base scanning, I just came across this usb dongle scanner in the jungle store which can use your software. https://www.amazon.com/RTL-SDR-Blog-RTL2832U-Software-Defined/dp/B0129EBDS2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1539525412&sr=8-5&keywords=ais+receiver&dpID=516GMeDM1wL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch#customerReviews

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    1. Hello. Being able to tune to a specific frequency is more a function of the dongle rather than the software driving it. The dongle you listed will do that job. However (and please confirm this) OpenCPN appears to require a standalone GPS rather than an radio dongle. If you want to scan or tune radio frequencies to receive AIS signals you can use that dongle and the SDR# software with my plugins to do so. You will also need to route the audio from SDR# to AIS decoding software; this is easily doable with either Stereo Mix or a Virtual Audio Cable. I can't put links here but you can search Google for "SDR AIS"; there are many articles out there on how to do it and I'm sure you will find something.

      I hope this helps. Thanks for asking and thanks for your interest in my software.

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  11. Greetings! I just started into SDR and your FMSuite does exactly what I was looking for. So thank you for all the hours of coding you've done making this lovely software. Now, there are a couple of issues I'm having:

    1. Whenever I close SDR# and then open it at a later time the FMSuite throws errors that it cannot fine the data files where they are supposed to be, which I think means it's not saving my file locations. Can you tell me where the app looks for the files so I can move mine there until this works? Thank you

    2. I set the SDR# squelch at 50 and then check squelch in the frequencies I save in FMSuite to also be set at 50. When the scanner stops at a live frequency, the SDR# squelch gets unchecked! Is this because I have something set wrong?

    I used the unified installer to install FMSuite, and I'm using it with SDR# 1.0.0.1672

    Thank you

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  12. Hello PD, thanks for writing. Here are some answers for you.

    1. The data file location is whatever you specified when you installed the plugins. You can see that location in file FMSuite.FreqMgr.Config located in your SDR# folder. Open that file in a text editor and look for the line that starts with the text <add key="CurrentDatabase". The Value in that line contains the database file location. If that file is missing, or if that line exists but has no value for CurrentDatabase, then you probably don’t have full Windows permissions in that folder or that file is marked Read-Only. Correct the issue and try again. You may need to uninstall and reinstall FMSuite if your folder permissions were inadequate. Windows 10 especially is sensitive about letting others play in its Program Files folders. BTW all FMSuite databases have the suffix “.db” so maybe just searching for that will help you locate them; you can then edit the Config file to match their location.

    2. I haven’t seen this problem before. You may have the squelch level defined in the saved frequency but you must also have a check mark in “Squelch Enabled”; if you don’t have this checked the level will be set but the SDR# squelch will be turned off because the saved frequency says not to use squelch.

    I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can do anything else. Thanks for the kind words and thanks for trying my software.

    Cheers,
    Jeff

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