MD380Tools V2.0 (DL2MF branch preview)
Latest changes: 2017-09-30

Welcome to a short overview to MD380Tools V2.0 with latest changes and new options from my developer branch.

The following pages are intended to grow to a complete MD380Tools overview in future, related to the development process. When I started with using this firmware about 1 1/2 years ago, information sources were very rare to find. Many functions were available from a developer view, but most of them not very self-explaining. Here you will find a description of many additions and changes. All depending sources are already on my github fork [1], but you may not find all of the modules currently under development, to avoid conflicts with pending pull and merge requests.
This actually is a preview of my current developer beta! Official master available at [2] will not include these changes until the official merge of pending pull requests was done after the review process by Travis Goodspeed & other contributors is completed.

Another good source of technical information to go in-depth with your MD380/390/RT3/RT8 is the site provided by Wolf, DL4YHF [3].


Latest version from September, 30th 2017 available tonight, easy update for KD4Z images users with "glv mike" option.

New features (including latest official updates from GitHub):
  • Promiscuous mode (toggle ON/OFF) added to sidebutton options
  • Mic gain mode (OFF/3dB/6dB) added to sidebutton options
  • Advanced display mode (toggle FREQ/TS/TG) added to sidebutton options
  • Exit all netmon screens with standard exit key (Red softkey)
  • Minor bugfixes in Netmon4, Lastheard and Menu options




What was the main development goal?

Many new functions and extensions like lastheard screens, TalkerAlias, backlight dimming, morse output and more have been added to MD380Tools during the last months. Now the tools menu with latest 17 menu items has reached the total limit of max. menu entries. I thought, it was overdue and the right time now for me to overhaul the spreaded features and to create a new, comfortable and rapid accessible menu structure - MD380Tools V2.0. Please always refer to this version, if you are talking about the new menu. Otherwise it will mean, you are relating to the prior version, that maybe no longer supported by myself.

How does MD380Tools look now?

Let's have a first brief preview of the look of the MD380Tools menu, before we go in depth to any of the functions. The "old" menu before was a menulist with 17 functions and settings, partly with additional submenus, but with no functional groups.

The new MD380Tools-Menu V2.0 looks pretty smart:

  MD380Tools 2.0  
[1] Display       
[2] Radio
[3] DMR Setup
[4] SMS Service
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Confirm      Back 


Like you will already notice at a first glance, now all MD380Tools features are arranged into functional grouped submenus:
  1. Display
  2. Radio
  3. DMR Setup
  4. SMS Service
  5. Keyboard
  6. Tones
  7. Developer
This is a clearly arranged menu structure most Ham's already know from many other Hamradios. It will give the user quick access to many different MD380Tools features and often used functions from the first screen, most often allows you to find each feature without scrolling.

Like mentioned on top of the page, this site will grow and is intended to become something like a user manual to the MD380Tools functions step-by-step.




OK, what can I get today?

The first part contains information about some brandnew additionaly "experimental" features contained with the latest build from my development branch. You can try out provided builds from my branch before official release.

Please respect: There is no support for this - it is beta firmware!

You are ready for this? Then please read carefully the following disclaimer, that clarifies the prerequisites:

LEGAL DISCLAIMER:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: None of the contributors, sponsors, administrators, myself or anyone else connected with this project in any way whatsoever can be made responsible for damages or any inaccurate of this experimental software or for use of any of the information contained in or linked from these web pages.

The experimental firmware might damage your radio or make it inoperable, none of the contributors, sponsors, administrators, myself or anyone else will take any guarantee for damages and all other consequences by using the experimental firmware. You are solely responsible for ensuring that you do not violate legal law and regulations in your country, especially but not only limited to FCC regulations and other license limitations.


If you agree to the disclaimer by use of the experimental firmware, please make sure that you understand that the information provided here is being provided freely for non-commercial usage only, and that no kind of agreement or contract is created between you and the owners or users of this site, the owners of the servers, the individual MD380Tools contributors, any project administrators, sysops or anyone else who is in any way connected with this project or sister projects subject to your claims against them directly.




References:
[1] - https://github.com/DL2MF/md380tools
[2] - https://github.com/travisgoodspeed/md380tools
[3] - http://www.qsl.net/dl4yhf/RT3/

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