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Author Topic: Travel Plus for Repeaters Software - access to repeater database?  (Read 12167 times)
K6MMS
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« on: August 09, 2012, 09:33:54 AM »

All,

I just purchased the latest release of Travel Plus for Repeaters V.16, 2012-2013. My hope was that I could use it to generate an accurate electronic spreadsheet of local repeaters that I could then import into my programming software (I have software from RT Systems for FT-60, Icom W32A, VX-170 and FT-857)

I have been working with the Travelplus product and can see how to use it to generate a list of repeaters along a particular route, but what I really want is access to the electronic repeater database that it contains. If I could access the database, I could select all repeaters by City and then create an excel spreadsheet that I could import into the radios using the RT Systems software packages. 

Disclaimer: I already know how to manually program these radios. I have several of each and need to change the memories of each frequently, so manually programming them is NOT an option. I also understand that I could simply manually type the repeater info into the radios individual programming software, but that is tedious and time consuming. What I want is to access the TravelPlus database which is reported to be fairly accurate compared to other databases that you can find online.

Any ideas?
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AI8O
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2012, 06:05:41 PM »

From your callsign I am guessing that you are in CA near various mountain ranges.

You wrote that you wanted to:
"select all repeaters by City and then create an excel spreadsheet that I could import into the radios"

Accessing the TP DB by city name is not an optimal way of doing this.

In areas near mountains you will miss a lot of coverage from repeaters on the mountains that are not listed as being cities in the nearby coastal areas.
I am in the Piedmont of North Carolina, and there are repeaters on the top on mountains that are 4000 feet HAAT, much  higher than from my home that I can easily work with an HT.

I suggest that you use the "make and save a route" option on the TP map.


Here the  algorithm I use:

1) Open TP
2) when you get to the map page click several times on the map to create a route
3) click on the "Create List" button
4) a spreadsheet like "Repeater List"  listing of repeaters along the route will appear
5) click on FILE a drop down list will appear
6) Click on "Export Repeater Data"

7) a multi-option decision box will appear

Cool if you want a file that you can directly import into programming software go to step 20
9) if you want a spreadsheet file go to step 10

SPREADSHEET

10) go to the sub box "Specify Format"
11) click on the File format you want
12) a new decision box will appear
13) name the file and click "SAVE"
14) close TP and import the file to your spreadsheet

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PROGRAMMING SOFTWARE FILE

20) go to the sub box "Set Pre Defined Format"
21) click-on the "Radio Programming Format" button
22)  a new decision box will appear
23) name the file and click "SAVE"
24) a "xxx.tpe" file will be generated and saved
25) close TP and import the file to your radio programming software.


I personally use TP and KG-UV Commander,  and prefer the ".tpe" file method (steps 20-25).

Dan
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