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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that after a stretch of 15 years, we have decided to shut down the commercial side of FineWare on 30 Apr 2004.

We also discontinued providing SWBC Schedules data and RLDB on 26 Sept 2004. Please read the FAQ to learn how to prevent RLDB from dowloading from our site.

We no longer take orders for any software nor software upgrades. We no longer provide any software support. Requests for support will go unanswered.

We wish to thank all of those that supported us over the years... it's been one hell of a ride.

How come I can't get RLDB to update SWBC Schedules or WHAM?
First, see the disclaimer above. Back in April 2004, we said we were discontinuing all support for products, and no longer producing SWBC Schedules. Since this was after the start of A04, we left SWBC Schedules and RLDB up on the site. However, we also said that it would all be going away on 26 Sept 2004. For those that have RLDB, it can still be used to download HFCC and ILGRadio data. All you need to do is to un-select SWBC Schedules, WHAMAM and WHAMFM in RLDB's Download Options so you won't get that annoying message reminding you that it's not available anymore.

So what do I do now?
Sorry, but you're on your own. People who have gratefully registered my applications always had the option of manually updating the database themselves. To those who have leeched on me for years without registering: Know that you are a major part of the reason why these applications are no longer supported. Such is life. I've moved on and so can you. Next...

How come you're not doing SWBC Schedules anymore?
Because it's a pain in the butt, and I don't have the time for it. Someone else can do it. Next...

How come you're not doing Windows applications anymore?
Because Windows is a virus-ridden, unsecure operating system meant for non-comps. Also, did I happen to mention that it's a pain in the butt and that I don't have time for it? Someone else can do it. Next...

What kind of cable do I use for the ICOM R75 or Drake R8?
The ICOM R75, Drake R8, R8A and R8B receivers require a "straight-through" serial cable, similar to a CGA monitor extension cable. Radio Shack part #26-117B works well for this. Some computer serial ports may differ, but the cable should be typically wired as follows:

ICOM AND DRAKE SERIAL CABLE PINS
Computer Side   Radio Side
  DB9F  DB25F Function     DB9M     
1 8 Rx Line Signal Det. 1
2 3 Rx Data 2
3 2 Tx Data 3
4 20 Data Terminal Ready 4
5 7 Ground 5
6 6 Data Set Ready 6
7 4 Request To Send 7
8 5 Clear To Send 8
9 22 Ring Indicator (Op'l) 9
*Note: DB25 designators are reversed (DTE vs. DCE) from DB9.

What kind of cable do I use for the NRD-535 or NRD-545?
The Japan Radio NRD-535 and NRD-545 require a "null-modem" serial cable with a 25-pin connector on one end. Some computer serial ports may differ, but the cable should be typically wired as follows:

JRC SERIAL CABLE PINS
Computer Side   Radio Side
  DB9F  DB25F Function     DB25M     
- 1 Hardware Ground 1
1 8 Rx Line Signal Det. 8
2 3 Rx Data 2
3 2 Tx Data 3
4 20 Data Terminal Ready 6
5 7 Ground 7
6 6 Data Set Ready 20
7 4 Request To Send 5
8 5 Clear To Send 4
9 22 Ring Indicator (Op'l) 22
*Note: DB25 designators are reversed (DTE vs. DCE) from DB9.

What kind of hardware (other than cable) do I need for the Kenwood R-5000?
The Kenwood R-5000 requires an internal chipset (part# IC-10) and outboard interface (part# IF-232), which may be directly obtained from Kenwood Corp. or your local radio hobby store. FineWare does not provide these items nor their schematics.

What kind of cable do I use for the Kenwood R-5000?
The Kenwood R-5000 requires a "straight-through" serial cable with a 25-pin connector on one end. Some computer serial ports may differ, but the cable should be typically wired as follows:

KENWOOD SERIAL CABLE PINS
Computer Side   Radio Side
  DB9F  DB25F Function     DB25M     
1 8 Rx Line Signal Det. 8
2 3 Rx Data 3
3 2 Tx Data 2
4 20 Data Terminal Ready 20
5 7 Ground 7
6 6 Data Set Ready 6
7 4 Request To Send 4
8 5 Clear To Send 5
9 22 Ring Indicator (Op'l) 22
*Note: DB25 designators are reversed (DTE vs. DCE) from DB9.
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Last Updated: 19 October 2004.