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Author Topic: Difficulty programming new Olympia P324  (Read 3409 times)
WQCC256
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« on: May 12, 2009, 12:07:32 PM »

I wonder if anyone has any experience with this new business UHF radio.

I am using a serial <-> usb adapter, and every time I fire up the software with the radio on, it crashes.

Any thoughts or knowledge on this radio?

If there is some special key combo I am supposed to hit while turning it on, I don't know about it.

Olympia could not help me, they referred me to where I bought the software/cable.
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K6SRP
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2009, 02:00:36 PM »

What's your OS on the computer?
Most software has MASSIVE issues with Vista.
I have not been able to program a radio yet using Vista
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WQCC256
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2009, 02:57:32 PM »

I tried Vista, XP and Windows 2000.  
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K6SRP
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2009, 05:49:05 PM »

Does the computer recognise the usb adapter then you plug it in?
And what happens with the software if the radio is NOT plugged in and you start the software?
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WQCC256
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2009, 04:59:54 AM »

The computer sees the USB adapter and declares "This device is installed and working properly".  When I open the software with the radio off it opens up. The second I turn the radio on it crashes.  Weird!
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KD4LLA
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2009, 07:16:39 PM »

Not all serial <-> usb adapters work the same.  Even in industrial applications we have trouble finding a working combination.  Try, try, and try again.

Mike
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N1QKP
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2009, 07:22:13 AM »

Don't expect it work! Olympia has NO product support. My dealer told me to ship everything back for refund.

I bought this radio to be used on our licensed GMRS repeater for my wife. She does not like the big Motorola bricks I normally use.

This is where I am at:
I got the program to work via the computer's build in SERIAL port after changing its hex address numerous times. I could not get it to work with my USB converter.

I can program most frequencies, but it appears to be blocked from GMRS freq range, which I find strange. However an error message appears that the frequency is between 462.5375 and 462.7375. I also get the message at +5Mhz. Have not found a way to bypass this.

Ham band appears ok.
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WQCC256
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2009, 08:03:11 AM »

I'm sorry, I did not reply to this after I figured it out because I thought I was the only person in the world with this radio.

Yes, it is surprising (although I am impressed) to see they blocked GMRS frequencies, considering they did not mention this anywhere in their literature or advertising.

With regard to my programming, someone sold me what I am assuming is an illegal copy of the CD and an off-brand USB converter.

I purchased the genuine Olympia KIT and it works perfectly.

I hooked it right up to COM1, and it is flawless.

Overall, I think it's a neat radio.  It is very small and light. One concern I had however, was the radio was sitting for a week, OFF, and the battery was DEAD when I went to turn it on.  Maybe something to keep in mind.

I plan on using this for HAM when I get my license.  I may use it with other towns that use UHF for their volunteer emergency services (as a [brand new] volunteer FD here in my own town).

As far as GMRS... well since this is a Part 90, and not Part 95 radio, it would be technically illegal to use this.  This being said, I'll send you a PM.
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WQCC256
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2009, 08:05:04 AM »

I can't figure out how to PM you.  Feel free to PM me, or if not, you can e-mail me @ my FCC ULS call sign @ cdevco.net.
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WQCC256
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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2009, 02:52:13 PM »

Here is some additional info on the Olympia P324 radio:

http://xj.cdevco.net/olympiap324.php
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WQCC256
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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2012, 03:45:47 PM »

Anyone know if you can program this radio to amateur frequencies?  It is advertised as 450-470mhz but the software seems to let me go down to 406mhz.    I'm wondering if I could program 446.00 or others in there without bricking it?
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