Frequently the required channel information (frequencies and CTCSS tones) is already available in a tabular form.  To alleviate the tedium and risk of errors associated with re-entering this information into the programming software, we have incorporated a direct import facility.

Due to the multiplicity of file formats and their ever-morphing nature, the decision has been made to limit the importing to one type - comma separated variable (CSV).

The main menu selection "Load Buffer from Binary File" is employed.  If the file is not recognised as a proper binary file, a dialogue box asks if it is a CSV format file.  If it isn't, file processing is aborted.  If the file is a CSV format and structured as required, the data will be imported.  Note that before processing the file data, the user is required to identify the target radio so that a proper interpretation can be made.  The data can then be viewed/edited via the main menu “View/Edit Buffer Contents” selection as if it had been directly entered on the edit form.

If the available tabular data is in a formatted file such as a Microsoft Word table, it is suggested that this should be imported into Excel (or a similar spreadsheet) and the columns "massaged" to fit the structure detailed below before saving as a .CSV file.

If the data does not match the specified radio type/band and these requirements, the import process is aborted.
To be recognised as a valid file, the CSV file MUST be structured as follows:
1.    Column order:

Channel #, Tx frequency, Rx frequency, Tx tone, Rx tone
- OR -
Channel #, Rx frequency, Tx frequency, Rx tone, Tx tone

(Frequencies MUST be in MHz)

2.    A header row with labels:

First column (channel #): must start with "c" or "C"

Second column: must start with "T" or "R" to indicate which of the above column orders are to be used for import.

3.    Each row which has a channel number MUST have data in all columns, whether zero or not, as this drives the comma presence on each line of data.

4. Each channel's data is represented by one line in the CSV file, being the five fields above separated by a comma and terminating in a <CR><LF>.

5. If a channel is not programmed, it does not need to appear in the file. See the following sample file:


which imports as


A.    Mismatch between CSV file frequencies and selected frequency band.

Where the data does not fit the band, importing will fail and a blank table will result.

B.    Amateur band frequencies.

These are supported as normal.  For example, with a CSV file containing frequencies in the 6 metre band and:

Be aware that (as always - see Appendix 7) once Ham mode has been triggered, it remains active until the program is closed.

C.    Column headers in the CSV file.

Although technically the MINIMUM required for import is the first two columns, it is good practice to provide proper headers for all five columns.  This also ensures that the header line/row delivers the correct comma count to the import routine.

D.    File length issues.

CSV importing has been implemented without any attempt to make the process over-smart.  The initial check of an input file is the length (byte count).  A binary (EPROM image) file will be 2048 bytes.  If the byte count is NOT 2048, the user is asked if the selected file is a CSV type.  If the response is Yes it is tested accordingly.  If the response is No, the file is not valid and the entire file read process is aborted.

In the unlikely event that a CSV file is exactly 2048 bytes, the user will not be asked a question but the file read will fail with an “Invalid File!” error message.  In this event, you will need to add/remove data from the CSV file to alter the byte count.  This can be as simple as adding an extra space or trailing zero.

This feature was introduced in Release 1.12 of the Z-273 programming routine, and is incorporated in the beta release (0.99) for Z-350 .  To check the latest releases of our 70-1000X software, look here.  If you are a SkyLine 70-1000X owner and do not have the latest releases, this probably means we have not been able to contact you via email, so please contact us.

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