FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
programmer/software work with my computer, running Microsoft's XYZ
All Microsoft operating systems from DOS
through Windows© 3.x and Windows© 95/98/ME ("Windows 4") allow direct
program access to I/O ports, including the parallel port.
The 70-1000X programmer’s software requires this direct access.
Microsoft’s operating systems based on Windows© NT (which includes all incarnations of Windows© NT, Windows© 2000 and Windows© XP) prevent direct program access to I/O ports. On machines using any of these NT-based operating systems, this programming equipment can only be employed if:
5. Can this programmer use files that were created by other software?
software will transfer your existing binary images to the target
module, as well as allowing you to edit these files.
I have some Z-273
modules but I don't know which radios they came from. Can the
70-1000X tell me which they came from?
the modules were properly programmed, the software determines the
band of the radio for which it was programmed as a necessary step in
resolving the programmed frequencies. However the
software cannot tell whether the module came from an 'A' or 'B'
sub-band unit directly, (say a 70-340A vs a 70-340B) as the sub-bands
overlap, and also units are often
programmed out-of-sub-band. Once the frequency information is
Buffer Contents") you should be able to make an informed
7. Does the 70-1000X program the Z-350 module from the 80-channel Syntech 70-155/-255 portables?
With recent assistance from Andrew at RFGuys, we have been able to
confirm the nature of the stored checksum information (which forms an
integral part of each channel's data). Software has been written
and tested for
programming these modules. Special thanks are also due to Jim
donating a Midland 70-1071 (Z-349) adaptor to
testing. This software is now available in beta release for
all current and future 70-1000X owners as part of our ongoing product
enhancement and support policy.
You will require a Midland 70-1071 adaptor to accommodate the
module. We are unable to supply that adaptor.
YES, with our X383 adaptor. Using
this adaptor on the SkyLine 70-1000X
- together with the corresponding software - enables programming
the Z-383 module. See the X383 page for
8. Does the 70-1000X program the Z-383 module from the 8-channel 70-336 and 70-526 mobiles?
8A. Does the 70-1000X program "Talkaround"
for the Syntech-1 mobiles and Syntech 80-channel portables?
This is something we were always
interested in implementing, but had never actually seen the Z-273TA
module referred to in the User Manual for Midland's 70-1000
programmer. Recent investigation has revealed that the required
functionality can be readily implemented in the standard Z-273 EPROM
module, and this has now been incorporated into our Z-273
software. (Programming of Talkaround for the Syntech 80-channel
portables has been incorporated since the initial beta version
for more information.
9. Will the 70-1000X program the Z-xxx module from the 70-xxx mobiles?We don't know. It is always possible, but we haven't got those modules/radios/adaptors to try it. Always keep in mind that the Midland 70-1000 was specifically produced for the Z-273 module, and anything else it may do is an afterthought.
If the module can be programmed by the
Midland 70-1000 with only a physical adaptor and without firmware
changes, then that would suggest that the data format in those modules
is identical to the Z-273. Maybe. But see above regarding
the Z-383 - nothing is certain until it has been checked out.
Don't take risks with your equipment. Ask first.
With the Z-350 - see question
7 above - the data structure has some differences, and the Midland
70-1000 firmware (after a certain revision number) can support the
Z-350. If there is a list of modules other than the Z-273/Z-273TA
the Midland 70-1000 can support in stock trim, we'd like to
10. Does the software/programmer support ham band operation?
The short answer is Yes. The
frequency bands supported are taken directly from the band selection
table in the Midland 70-1000 User Manual, which are:
so 6m, 2m and 70cm bands are directly
supported for Band 0, 2 and 3 equipment respectively.
11. How can I find out more about the 70-1000X before making a purchase decision?
To enable you to experience the "look
and feel" of the software, we have prepared a software
"sampler" which you can
(ZIP file, size 135kB). As you
won't have the programmer to connect, some functions obviously can't be
supported but the functions interacting with the EPROM (such as
read/blank-check/compare) do a
simulated read etc.
In producing this sampler, there may be
some "quirks" that have resulted from stripping parts out of the full
version to keep the file size down. Note that when running the
sampler, you should ensure
that you don't have a printer or other device connected to parallel
port LPT1. Also refer to Question
1 above regarding operating systems.
There is also an abridged
version of the
user manual which you can download here (PDF file, size 459kB) or here (Zipped
PDF file, 343kB). As
many net users are still limited to dial-up speeds, we have
endeavoured to keep the file size as small as practical while still
retaining the information and instructions. To
achieve this, some explanatory appendices have been omitted as have
of the screen shots from the full manual. These
omitted screens are present in the sampler
12. You don't include a power supply with the unit?
and outlet configuration vary from country to country. We cannot
source the majority of types, so it is impossible to offer them.
The user is best placed to source the power device in his own country.
13. You don't include a cable to connect the PC to the unit?No. This is a common 25-pin male-female (extension) cable with all pins wired straight through.
14. Can I leave the programmer connected when I shut down the PC?No. Although the old IBM Technical Reference Manual describes how a parallel port was built and functioned, that was way back in history. Since then, the hardware implementation of the parallel port is no longer standardised, and it would be unsafe to assume anything about how these ports react to the presence of the programmer at shutdown/startup. For this reason - protecting your port from any possible ramifications of this uncertainty - the software requires the programmer is de-powered and disconnected before you exit.
15. I have a problem with my 70-1000X programmer. What should I do?The first thing is to determine what the programmer is NOT doing. If there is an error message, the user manual will provide some additional guidance. If there is NO error message, there are some hardware and software checks you can do.
16. My 70-1000X programmer fails when I try to "Write Buffer to EPROM". What is wrong?Do you get an error message "Write failure ..."?
I have found a bug in the software!
Why should I consider buying your product? I'm sure I could make
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