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NOTE: You MUST have a basic understanding of Computers, Windows Explorer, Folder Creation, Folder Navigation, Files, File Types, etc., to install and operate Windows programming software.

Windows Versions of the VX-4000, VX-6000, VX-3200, VX-3000 non-alpha, VX-2500, VX-600, VX-800, VX-900, VX-180 & VX-160 are now available. Some of the information below applies only to the DOS versions of Vertex Standard programming software. Note: The older "white" VPL-1 cable doesn't work with the Windows programs. You should purchase a new "black" VPL-1 cable (the only type we sell) if you intend to use these programs.

CAUTION: Always UPLOAD (read) the radio first:

.UPLOAD (read) the radio and SAVE a backup copy of
   your original (unedited) file to your hard drive.
2.EDIT the file. Add, delete channels, change CTCSS/DCS
   codes, alpha tags, etc.
3.SAVE a backup copy of the edited file to your hard drive.
4.DOWNLOAD (send) edited data file to radio.

Note: Never start programming from the default file that loads when the software starts. Editing the existing file that's contained onboard the radio's micro controller is required because it contains non-user technical data needed for proper operation.

DOS Software Disks / Windows Programs

CT-42 Disk  DOS VPL-1 Disk  DOS   Windows
VX-10 CE14 FTH-2070 2070   VX-180 CE44
VX-400 CE24 FTE-18/19 (ANI) CE15   VX-160 CE44
VX-400 service/align SVC24 VX-3000 CE19D   VX-600 CE39
VX-210 CE29 VX-3000 service/align SVC19   VX-800 CE31
VX-210A CE45 VX-2000 CE20   VX-900 CE39
VX-160 & VX-180 CE44 VX-200 CE-9   VX-2500 CE47
VX-500 CE6   VX-3000 (non-Alpha) CE19
Misc. Radios DOS VX-510 CE21   VX-3200 CE52
FTH-2008 CE2 VXR-1000 CE22B   VX-4000 CE49
FTH-7008 CE2 VXR-7000 CE27B   VX-6000 CE49
VXR-5000 CE8B   VX-310 VX310
VX-800 CE31   VXA-700 CE56
VX-800 service/align SVC31      
FTL-*011 4/12/24ch CE5      
FTL-*011 99ch alpha CE7

You must have the following if you intend to purchase programming software (DOS CT-42 or VPL-1 Disks or older programming kits), cables, etc. :

  • An understanding of Microsoft DOS, including:
    • DOS Commands.
    • How to install DOS programs.
    • How to configure COM & LPT Ports.
    • How to "Boot Up" in DOS mode.
    • How to use and read floppy disks.
    • General knowledge of  DOS operating system.
  • A computer with DOS Ver5.0 to Ver6.22 installed:
    • The higher the version the better - Ver6.22 is best.
    • Windows ME, NT, 2000 and XP - USUALLY WILL NOT WORK! (sometimes OK)
    • Non-Microsoft versions of DOS - WILL NOT WORK!
    • Windows 95/98 DOS - USUALLY WILL NOT WORK! (sometimes OK)
    • Linux, Unix, etc., etc. - WILL NOT WORK!
  • An OLD, SLOW computer:
    • Boot computer and run program in DOS.
    • Speed - 16 to 100 MHz - MAX . 
    • RAM - 8MB or more.
    • Mouse and Printer make using Software easier.
    • Compaq Computers usually don't work because of COM PORT design.
    • We get reports that some new, fast computers work but most do not.
  • A Computer with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, ME or XP installed...Yikes!
    • Some Program Disks come as Windows compressed files or "Zip" files. They must be un-Zipped or un-Compressed in Windows then installed and run on an old DOS computer. I know this sounds crazy but it's true!
  • An understanding of FCC rules and regulations:
    • Programming channels you are not authorized or properly licensed to transmit on is illegal.
    • Programming receive only channels is usually always OK. Check your State and Local Government regulations.
    • Multec Communications / is not liable for the improper or illegal use of any product or service which it has provided.
    • Multec Communications / reserves the right to require Proof of Licensing or Written Authorization before programming any transmit frequencies in 2-Way type radios or selling Programming Software.
  • Cables:
    • Some of the old/obsolete programming kits (for Standard radios) require a common serial cable to connect the computer to the interface box. This cable IS NOT supplied with the kit and can be purchased for a few dollars at any computer store.
  • User Tips:
    • Always UPLOAD (read) the radio first, edit the file, save a backup copy to your hard drive then and only then DOWNLOAD (send) data to radio. Never start programming from the default file that loads when the program starts. Editing the existing file that's contained onboard the radio's micro controller is required because it contains non-user technical data needed for proper operation.
  • Advanced User Tips:
    • It has been reported that some faster computers may work by changing the settings in the Windows Device Manager. (Always write down your original settings so your can undo any changes)
    • Reduced COM port "bits per second" rate to 1200
    • Advanced Settings: reduce receive and transmit buffers to lowest setting. (may help to try disabling FIFO buffers)



If you don't understand the above or are unfamiliar with any of the requirements I recommend you do not purchase the programming software and cable. If you have a local Computer Shop they sometimes will sell you a suitable computer and set up your software for a reasonable fee. Print this page and bring it in to them first to see if they can help.  Microsoft DOS is obsolete but radio programming software designers still write programs using it. We will program the first 10 channels free in any radio purchased new from us. Additional channels will require a labor charge since a 200 channel radio can take several hours to program and check. 


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