Review: KG-UV Commander – Free programming software for the Wouxun
Software is also available for Yaesu and ICOM – click for more information – http://www.kc8unj.com/
If you have a WOUXON radio you will definitely want to download and take a look at KG-UV Commander from Jim Mitchell KC8UNJ. This program is free to use and available at http://www.kc8unj.com/kguv.html
At the time of this writing, there are two big advantages of KG-UV Commander over the software provided (free) from WOUXUN
- The ability to import/export frequency lists in standard CSV (Comma Separated Values) format. There are two obvious implications of this. First, you can save/archive different frequency lists ready for upload “at the click of a button”. Second, CSV is a standard format that can be manipulated by standard spreadsheet programs – such as EXCEL and Open Office (free).
- The ability to set the band limits for the radio
Using KG-UV Commander is a snap
Note: This posting is primarily directed to an Amateur Radio audience. No technical background will be given
The programming cable that you will get with the radio contains a USB / Serial converter. So when you plug the USB cable into your PC you will see a new COM (serial) port pop up. On my laptop its COM5. KG-UV Commander will auto-detect this new COM port when you start it up for the first time. You should not have any problem with this aspect of the radi<->computer interface.
After the software gets started, read the radio’s configuration (including the existing memory contents) into the programming software. If you want to do any major manipulation of the frequencies or create multiple frequency lists use the file –> export to CSV… to export the radio’s memory contents to a simple comma separated file.
If you don’t have Microsoft Excel then you can use the Open Office spreadsheet program to open and manipulate the file. When you are done then re/save the file in the same format.
The WOUXUN is not really a scanner. But you can RX outside the amateur radio bands with this radio. So suppose you want to listen to some of the public safety frequencies (or businesses, or really anything else) in your area.
One of the best places to get frequencies is http://radioreference.com/
Unfortunately, you can’t just cut/paste frequencies from a radio reference page to KG-UV Commander. You will need to clean them up a bit. One way to do this is to use a spreadsheet program. If you don’t have Microsoft EXCEL you can use a free alternative – http://OpenOffice.Org
Here are some suggested steps on how to get frequencies out of Radio Reference, stage them in Open Office spreadsheet for clean up and manipulation, then paste them into KG-UV Commander. Finally, wite them to the radio and save a copy to your PC hard drive (or in the cloud)
- Start up KG-UV Commander and go to the tab with the radio’s memory. Locate the place you want to paste in new frequencies
- Go over to http://radioreference.com and find the frequencies you want to past into the radio.
- On the page with the frequencies, select and copy the table using your browser
- In Open Office spreadsheet, do a “paste special… HTML format” into a blank spreadsheet. The result will be the table of frequencies in rows and columns just like you see on the radio reference web page.
- Manipulate the data to be pasted in the KG-UV Commander. For the example, I found the frequencies for the Chicago Police department. I picked the column that had the frequency and the column that had the name. I had to shorten the name from Radio Reference to make it acceptable to the limits of alpha names in the WOUXUN radio. I deleted the column from Radio Reference that I did not need.
- Once you have the data in the form you want, select the column of frequencies and past them into the table in KG-UV Commander. Then paste in the names. You can do a column at a time.
- Do any final editing as needed in KG-UV Commander
- Write the info to your radio.
- Export the file to your PC to save a copy
There are some screen shots of this process at the end of this posting.
Setting the frequency limits on the WOUXUN
This is another great feature of KG-UV Commander.
It’s as simple as this page
I still have not fully experimented with this feature to see what the capability of my 2m/440MHz radio has on 220MHz band. You can check out the various frequency band suggestions from WOUXUN in the image below (click to enlarge)
Does this work on a Mac?
If you have a Mac and want to run Windows software then one option is to use a Windows emulator. Here is KG-UV Commander running under Windows XP Pro in Virtualbox (free).
You will need the USB driver from Wouxon (see screen shot) and you are good to go. Note that the USB to serial device shows up and KG-UV Commander works just fine
The take on this one is easy. Thanks to Jim Mitchell KC8UNJ for some great software.
And check out his other radio/PC interface software at: http://www.kc8unj.com/
How to paste frequencies from http://radioreference.com/ into KG-UV Commander
1. Here is the starting point, I had a few frequencies in the radio already. This is the result of reading the contents of the radio into KG-UV Commander. I have some repeater, FRS, and MURS frequencies in there already.
2. This is what I want from Radio Reference. Select the frequencies in the table
3. Paste into Open Office with Paste Special… HTML format
4. Now clean it up. Remove columns you don’t need. Shorten names as needed.
5. Paste each column into KG-UV Commander. Do any final editing. Then write the contents to the radio. Export the file for safe keeping
It’s just as simple as that.