Configuring the M7 with RadioManager
The M7 GX GPS Trasnponder is configured in one of two ways:
- Command Line: Using a terminal program such as HyperTerm or TeraTerm
- Using Raveon’s “Radio Manager” program
The command-line interface is decribed in detail the user manual for the M7 GX. This page gives an overview of Raveon’s RadioManager program.
Radio Manager is an easy to use graphical interface for all of Raveon’s radio products. It is used to configure the radio paramters (frequency, power, ect…) as well as the features of the M7 (GPS operation, alarms, etc…)
Radio Manager is free to all Raveon customers, and may be downloaded here.
Radio manager will automatically detect the model of the radio product connected to the PC, and display the available options to the user. The main configuration screen has these5 main areas:
|1. Product Information||This area displays the radio’s model number, serial number, and firmware version of the radio connected to the PC running Radio Manager.|
|2. Status||This area displays the status of the program, and updates as configuration data is transferred to/from the radio.|
|3. Configuration||The user may edit the configuration of the radio. The current configuration is displayed, and the various tabs show the various configuration options. If a GPS Transponder is connected, the GX Settings tab will be enabled, allowing the user to configure the GPS tracking features of the product.|
|4. Transfer Buttons||These buttons allow the user to upload new configuration settings to the radio, or download the current settings from the radio to the RadioManager.|
|5. COM Port Sttatus||The radio is connected to the PC via an RS232 serial port or “COM Port”. This area displays the current port selected, and its baud-rate.|
Besides simply configuring the radio, RadioManager can store the radio configuration to a file, and recall previously stored configuration files. Radio configuration data is stored in the .rdat file format. This allows the user to easily and quicly clone radios and configure new radios for his or her system.
Another powerful feature of RadioManager is the “Band Scope”. The Band Scope feature uses the radio connected to RadioManager to display the signal strength of the radio band, similar to a spectrum-analyzer display.
The Band Scope is very helpful when setting up a system for the first time. It visually displays the signals in the band, and identifies nearby interferring signals.