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Reviews Summary for RT Systems
RT Systems Reviews: 78 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $25
Description: Radio programming software for a variety of Yaesu and Icom hand held and mobile radios.
Product is in production.
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KC9BUH Rating: 5/5 Sep 26, 2012 05:46 Send this review to a friend
Great software/cable  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have and used many RT Systems software/cable combinations,ver2,ver3 and ver4.
This includeds FT-60,FT-1500,FT-7800,FT-7900,FT-8800,FT-1802,FT-857/897,ID-880,VX-170
and RT Systems' USB >Serial converter(to control HF rigs : HRD,FTB Basic to FT-950,TS-590).
I can not find fault with their software nor their pricing.
Need help,go to the help column in the software.
With Ver4, install the program then plug the USB cable into the computer.It sets up the USB port every time.
I travel alot so I use TravelPlusfor Repeaters,plot my route,transfer to RT System software,
download to my radio and off I go.
If I could give them an 10 I would.
Now to convince them to write commerial software.
Thanks RT systems for all you do.
KB3UHB Rating: 3/5 Sep 24, 2012 18:26 Send this review to a friend
Half baked  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
The software does what it should do. Nothing much above or beyond that. The documentation is poor and riddled with errors. I was embarrassed for the guy who wrote it. I guess he couldn't find some literate person to proof it. The cable is proprietary, which I find somehow offensive. $50USD for this is too high, and I won't buy this product for my other radios. Clearly a part-time endeavor with a top shelf price tag.
N9APD Rating: 4/5 Jul 9, 2012 02:55 Send this review to a friend
Getting less and less happy  Time owned: more than 12 months
Probably 18 months ago I would have rated them 5 - Great, but changes over the last year have me backing off. I have the software for two of my Yaesu Handhelds, and my Icom IC-208H mobile. I use the software and re-program a lot, as I travel a lot for business and in tornado season I like to be in the know. About every 2 years I upgrade my TravelPlus Repeater software, and when I upgraded this year my V3 RT Systems software would no longer work seamlessly with TravelPlus. OK, I thought, I'll upgrade to a V4 programmer. The problem is that the working 3;rd party cable will not work with my V4 programmer. I swallowed hard and bought the RT Systems cable. The new V4 programmer installed I set out to program my next route - and the programmer will not talk to my Icom. I get comm failures. I tried installing the combo onto different laptops both Win 7 and XP, same result. I'm $90 in on the new software and cable, and they don;\'t work in any combination. I've been in contact with RT systems support... still waiting......

W5RDW Rating: 5/5 Jul 7, 2012 19:03 Send this review to a friend
Software/Cable for Alinco DJ-G29T  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Very pleased with the software to program the handheld and the cable to interface my PC to the radio. It took less than a week to receive parts from the time I ordered on-line. Software loaded easily and very easy to use.
W2CYK Rating: 5/5 Jun 19, 2012 21:15 Send this review to a friend
RT Systems software now accesses The World Wide Repeater Direct  Time owned: more than 12 months
V4 of RT Systems software accesses the RFinder - The World Wide Repeater Directory! No more data entry, just query a location on Earth, choose your repeaters, and write them into your radio. What took hours of research and data entry now takes under 5 minutes. A subscription to the World Wide Repeater directory is only US$9.95/year. The WWRD is also accessible from Android or iPhone, just look for RFinder in Google Play/Market or the App Store. The Smartphone clients are also only $9.95.
KJ6NJN Rating: 5/5 May 2, 2012 12:34 Send this review to a friend
The Way To Do It right  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I tried the Icom version of the IC-92AD software and found that, as a well versed Excel user, the management and addition of memories was not satisfactory. The radio control aspect of the 2007 software was good. but it was time to find a more up-to-date method to managed my memories.

After a little searching I found RT Systems, among a few others, and it became the one of choice. Now I can really "manage" as needed; with nice features such as Cut, Paste, and "Drag and Paste to Excel", Export/Import as text and other formats. And ( great feature) I can update my RT files without connecting to the radio, which allows me to quickly add updates and corrections - that are sitting and waiting for the next opportunity to update the radio (i.e., I make changes even while I am active on the radio).

Additionally the software has a feature that lets me search for D-Star sites and assists with populating the memory (Bank B only).

The RT USB cable works fine, but I have to revert back to the Icom USB cable to work with the Icom software (each software requires it's own cable)

Each software, for me, also requires a different Port Number, or Name. By watching either software boot up you can usually see the Port Number/Name to assist with re-connecting to the radio for updates, or file exchanges from your library.

Some needed features are:
1. Ability to operate the radio similar to the Icom Software
2. Ability to "easily" convert the file(s) to other radio's so that we can share our memory libraries. I have started a project to do this manually but I am not that enthusiastic about this approach, and keep stopping the effort.
3. Conversely the Icom software needs to be updated to be competitive. It seems to accept only Upper Case (interfering with importing where lower case has been used), and files cannot be edited without the radio connected to the PC.

If the above fits within your needs ... go for it.

W5LZ Rating: 4/5 Apr 10, 2012 08:23 Send this review to a friend
Okay  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have the software for both the Yaesu and Kenwood radios. It does what it does well. At least for the Kenwood radios, it doesn't do all that the Kenwood software does. I prefer the Kenwood software. Another factor is that the cabling is proprietary with the RT System. Nothing very wrong with that, but it's certainly aggravating.
If doing the memory channel work is what you are looking for then the RT System's program is certainly worth looking at. Is it the best thing since sliced bread? Sorry, no it isn't.
- Paul
W4FID Rating: 5/5 Apr 10, 2012 05:38 Send this review to a friend
VERY good stuff  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have their stuff for several Icom radios. LIKE IT. Works easier/better than other systems from other vendors including the Icom programming stuff. Done a LOT of radios at the EOC for several others. I'm OK with buying a couple cables for the several software packages I have so I always have one with me and a spare. About $15 cable for a $500 D-Star HT doesn't seem unreasonable to me. What did bite me was about $50 for the Icom pig tail the IC-92AD requires ....... but that's not RT's fault or issue.
VK5CQ Rating: 2/5 Apr 9, 2012 15:22 Send this review to a friend
"Ver 4 works ONLY with the RT Systems' USB cable"  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I, for one, take issue with this product family's apparent designed-in incompatibility, eg, with others' or DIY cables.

RT Systems' typical product is offered either with or without a cable.

"Great!," I think. "I can make-up my own cable & save some $$!"

NOT so fast, ie, if you believe the company's product listings, eg, here:


"Version 4 software does NOT work with other USB cables, other USB adapters, or any serial cable."

(It is the same with other RT Systems products.)

To which, I think it's fair to reply:

"I think Amateur Radio works -best- when we encourage DIY construction, rather than creating -artificial- barriers, especially given the flexibility inherent in today's technologies."

(Philosophy aside, what if you're out supporting a disaster relief effort or contesting on top of a remote hilltop... when one of your cables gets lost, damaged or simply fails?

If you can't replace the cable, you can't use their software, eg, to program a new team member's radio for the situation or event.)

PS: Let me contrast RT Systems, Inc.'s cables with those from Radio Arena, in the UK.

AFAIK, Radio Arena does not have any "anti-DIY" warnings in its product catalog / web site; in fact, they provide schematic diagrams for many (if not all) of their cable products, thus supporting Hams, who would make their own cables.

Radio Arena has also shown more -innovation- by creating a wider range of cables (eg, by offering 3 types: radio programming, CAT, data-mode & CW-mode cables, if not more besides, since I last checked), & their cables are more openly documented in the pre-sales stage.

They offer well designed, aesthetically pleasing cable assemblies, along with -open- schematics, & they include - cost-free - a CD-ROM collection of others' S/W, contributed to the Amateur community by several Radio Amateurs.

This reminds buyers of Hams' "can do" tradition of DIY in both hardware & software, which I feel deserves applause.

I consider Radio Arena's openness very supportive of the spirit of Amateur Radio - in contrast to RT Systems' expressed "only our cable will do" approach.

(Disclaimer: I have NO pecuniary interest in any makers or suppliers of other Ham S/W or cables.)

My heart-felt 2.2 cents, only. :-)
K3TD Rating: 5/5 Mar 15, 2012 14:58 Send this review to a friend
Superb product and tech support  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I'm impressed - I ordered the programming software and USB cable for my Alinco DJ-G29T two days ago. It arrived this afternoon. I installed the software and was prompted to upggrade to the latest version. Upon upgrading I got an error message that there was an issue with the upgrade and it asked me to e-mail the error file to RT Systems Tech Support, which I did. In less than 15 minutes I had a reply back that the upgraded software is fine and there was a known issue with the error message. That turned out to be true. I plugged in the USB cable, it found its drivers automatically and let me know it was ready. I programmed the radio for central Texas area 220 and 900 MHz repeaters, and configured the menu settings. It all worked perfectly. In addition, setting the Menus is much simpler and easier to understand in the software than trying to follow the Alinco user manual. Thank you RT Systems for the great product and Tech Support!
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