Just a quick teaser about a new feature I’m adding into the Community version of the CPS
Douglas DF4DQ sent me a link to a standalone utility called “GD77Generator”, which can import contacts into the old version of the GD-77 codeplug, asking if a similar feature could be included directly into the Community CPS.
With some reverse analysis of this utility, I was able to locate the two data sources it uses; DMR-MARC’s user database and more interestingly the “Last Heard” database from www.ham-digital.org
As the GD-77 can only store 1024 contacts, including talk groups, I find that trying to use the DMR-MARC database as a source of contacts is fairly useless, because even if I filter the DMR-MARC data by country, to only include Australia, in my case, this still gives more contacts than will fit into the limited storage in the GD-77.
However the ham-digital.org “Last heard” data is much more useful, as it can be filtered by country and is also sorted by most recently heard on the net, and hence the ID’s at the beginning of the data from ham-digital are the ones which are most likely to be useful, as they are the most active startions
By using the Last Heard data, I have been able to add a new screen to the CPS which allows data to be download by specifying the beginning of the ID number e.g. 505 for Australia.
The new screen is accessed via a new button on the Digital Contacts screen (the same screen which has the Import and Export spreadsheet function)
The new screen then checks whether each downloaded ID is already in the contacts, and displays them as a list.
The entire list can then be selected, or just individual ID’s can be selected and added into the contacts.
If anyone would like to Beta test this new feature, they can download the “Development” version of the CPS from here
Please be aware, that although this version has this new feature, it may also contain bugs which are not in the stable version of the software