Advanced status display
Advanced status display is a feature, giving the user more feedback and control over the DMR radio during operation. Like from every commercial amateur radio rig well known, you have status information about operating mode, repeater offset and many other operating settings on the display available.
With this new firmware version you will have all this information available also for your MD-Series radios. Together with several configurable options for your best operation experience you will never want to miss those features again.
MD390G with status and channel info
The new status line gives you detailed information about current settings of your radio and specific settings of the active channel.
Available status infos:
Available channel infos:
This features gives you maximum control during operation of your DMR radio, not necessary to dig deep into setup or programming menus to obtain information about your current channel.
The advanced status line and channel information display feature does not have any prerequisites like enabling developer mode or netmon features. After flashing the new firmware the display setup menu contains four new options, giving you full control over these new features.
Display Setup menu:
 Mode Display
 Mode Color
 Channel Info
 CH Info Color
Mode display and Channel info can be used optional each single or in combined operation. If you select a special compact option in mode display, this will affect the available display information in the channel status line, to make best use of available features and combine intelligent feature details.
Mode display menu:
(o) Mode/CC Off
(o) Mode compact
Select the option you want to use, Mode/CC will display operation mode and current ColorCode in the top status line. If you have enabled extended FM functions and you are using the Mic gain feature, you can optional display the current Mic gain setting in the top right corner of the advanced status line.
An additional nice and very useful feature is the Mode compact setting, offering a very compact display of all previous listed information in top of the channel, including color code (CC), current timeslot (TS) and talkgroup (TG) into a very compact status indicator.
The Mode Color menu provides two user settings for the appereance of the advanced status line display:
Mode color menu:
Select standard, if you want to display the statusline with standard font color and the default screen background color in the top display area. For better readability and a cleaner and ordered look of the display please select the "Highlight" option.
Channel info menu:
(o) CH Status Info
(o) CH RX Info
(o) CH TX Info
(o) CH RX/TX Info
Channel info shows information of TS and TG below the selected channel and is being read from the codeplug settings of your radio. This provides more space for the channel name now, because most often this info has been added to the display name.
Depending on the setting of Mode display the selected options of the Channel info menu are dynamically arranged. When "Mode compact" was selected in Mode display, due to information like TS/TG/Tone being display in the top statusline, the RX frequency of each channel is being automatically displayed, also when CH Status info has been selected.
The Channel Info Color menu provides two user settings for the appereance of the channel status display area:
Channel Info color menu:
CH Info Color
(o) Light Blue
Select standard, if you want to display the statusline with standard font color and the default screen background color in the top display area. For better readability and a corresponding look to the higlight option of the advanced status display please select "Light Blue".
Full control and the most information you can get during operation is being provided, if you select:
- Mode compact - in mode display
- CH RX/TX Info - in channel display
Your radio will display the following information at a glance when you select this setup configuration:
MD390G with status and RX/TX channel info
- Select Mode/CC/Mic option for comfortable operation status information
- Select Mode compact if you prefer CC/TS/TG status in a compact format like this: [1|1|91]
- Use CH RX/TX info when you are operating in other than your home area
When using scan mode, the TS / TG information is being read and displayed during scanning. The channel name from the stock firmware will be static, until scan stops at another channel when receiving a signal.
Update 2017-08-17: New binaries, removed debug code from display.c routines.
Enhanced Sidebutton settings
A new Sidebutton menu and several function settings to the sidekeys were introduced a few months ago. But there were some options missing, that could not be assigned to one of the sidekeys.
With the latest new functions there were additional settings available, many users would like to have in quick access on a function key. This release introduces some fine new extensions to the Sidebutton settings menu, that gives you more control to operate professional with your DMR radio.
(o) Morse repeat
(o) Screen Toggle
(o) Micgain 0/3/6dB
(o) Promisc On/Off
The following 3 new Sidebutton options are available now:
- Screen toggle allows to switch between different display options on the main screen. To optimize the use of this function, please select "Mode compact" within display setup menu and assign screen toggle to a sidekey. Notice: "Channel info" option will be set automatically to RX/TX display if not selected in the setup. Now you can use the key to toggle the display status info below the channel name between TS / TG info and RX / TX frequencies.
- Mic gain option to change Mic gain settings between 0db/Off, 3dB or 6dB. This might be helpful when operating via several repeaters, in different environments (like hotspots) or using external microphones.
- Promiscuous mode option gives you direct access to the use of this feature assigned to a sidekey. Maybe you want to monitor your repeater from time to time but also be able to swap to normal operation in busy situations. Simply press the assigned sidebutton to enable or disable the promiscuous mode now.
Additional change in this release (2017-09-30):
Netmonitor 4 - Lastheard sample:
Did you ever wonder, why you need an extra key like #/^/7 (depending on the selected keyboard layout) to exit from the Netmon screens?
Netmon 4 LastHeard===
TA: M0EXM Brian
TA: OM6AT ID:2313017
I asked this me too! The solution is, there was no reason. So you now can simply use the [Red] button, used for menu exit in all other screens, if you select modern keyboard layout. The hash key is also working, but may be support no longer in future releases. If you are using other keyboard settings, like legacy or developer keyb layout, this options is not available.
The latest release has been tested without any issues on MD380 and MD390G in our beta team since mid of August. There are currently no known issues with this new features.
Enjoy all the new features, enhancing DMR operation with this radios and share your feedback with the community!
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