RadioCom6 is a program for
receiving and transmitting of news, messages and data. It can decode and
transmit automatically and presents the results graphically. This
software is the ham radio version of the worldwide known Bonito
programs. Technically and optically it is a close approximation of
professional programs, such as Bonito MeteoCom, ProMeteo etc. With the
time manager the program can receive and transmit automatically all of
which is part of the commercial version of the Bonito software. The
special feature of the new generation is the connection to the internet,
which is supposed to present some new possibilities to the ham radio
operator. Many features will be known to you from other programs,
because these functions have become state of the art. Other features of
RadioCom 6 are different and often more user-friendly or even
superfluous. Therefore, it may be that you have get used to them. That’s
why we recommend reading the manual and having a look at the videos.
Have fun with RadioCom 6
It is important to
follow the instructions step by step, so everything will work
Have the radio and the Computer
whether your PC has an audio input and where it is located. Check
also, whether your PC has a line-in connection and a microphone or
only a microphone input. This will be important later on when
installing the program. Furthermore, you should check where the
COM-Port (serial port, 9-pin plug) respectively where the USB
Plug the Bonito Switchbox onto the COM-Port (serial port). If your
PC doesn’t have a COM-Port (serial bus), you first have to install a
‘USB to Serial’ adapter. Such an adapter is connected to a USB-port
and provides you with a COM-Port. Such an adapter is available at
our company (article number
P00254). This adapter needs no driver with Vista / 7 / 8).
Follow the manufacturer’s instruction very carefully. Check if the
installation was successful. If any problems occur contact the
manufacturer or consult our small ‘How
to...’ in the appendix.
IMPORTANT for Win Vista / 7 / 8 users
Unfortunately, USB Serial Adapters with Prolific chips do not
work correctly under Windows 8 / 7 or Vista with 64 Bit. Our tests
showed that only adapters with FTDI chips work with these
operating systems. We offer functional USB-Serial adapters in our
1.3) deactivate Bluetooth
Some PCs have a Bluetooth interface which most users don’t use.
Basically, the Bluetooth interface causes no problems, but it
carries COM-Ports in the system manager. Because RadioCom checks the
interfaces to find the switchbox, it can take some time when
Bluetooth is activated. That’s why we recommend to deactivate
Bluetooth before installing RadioCom
1.4) Finding the connection
Try and find the audio connections of your radio. ‘Line out’
or ‘Rec out’ are the most suitable ones because these are
unregulated and you still can hear the audio from the speakers. But
you can also use the speaker jack. Make sure that the volume isn’t
turned up too high when you use the external speaker jack. On your
PC you need a ‘Line out’ (O)
and a ‘Line in’ jack (O)
or a microphone jack (O).
Further information you’ll find in the ‘How
Configuring the soundcard (Windows 8 /
7 / Vista)
This Step is very important. With Windows 8 / 7 and Vista you have
to choose from the various sound devices, configure it and
deactivate the digital devices. In the ‘How
to...’section you’ll find all the details and a nice
1.6) Installation of a
SSB-Device (Radio) with a USB port
When using a SSB device
with a USB port, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and install
it as required. When using Windows 8 / 7 or Vista (32 or 64 bit)
check if your device is suitable and if you use the correct and
latest driver. When unsure, contact the manufacturer. Only when a
complete function is ensured, RadioCom can work properly. As a rule,
the use of the manufacturer’s software with RadioCom is not
possible, because only one type of software can access the device.
RadioCom has built-in controls for the devices.
1.7) Checking the radio
RadioCom supports about 120 different types o
receivers and transceivers from manufacturers such as ICOM, Kenwood,
Yaesu. These radios have standard settings of the Baudrate and of
the CIV address. All of these can be adjusted by the user.
Basically, RadioCom is adjusted to the default settings. With the
help of the manual, please check, if your personal settings
correspond to the default values. If not, change them to the default
settings to ensure proper function of RadioCom. Later on, you can
readjust the Baudrate in the RadioCom setup.
- 1.8) Internet connection:
register the software, connect your PC to the internet or prepare
everything to be able to establish an internet connection, if
- 1.9) Unpacking RadioCom:
content of the Bonito Box. You’ll find:
1 CD, 1 Bonito Switchbox, 1 audio cable and a short instruction
- 1.10) System requirements
/ 7 / XP / Vista and 2000. An IBM-compatible PC with Intel Pentium
CPU of at least 1GHz, a screen solution of 1280x1024, a 16-bit
soundcard with a line-in or mic-in jack. Additional minimum
requirements are specified by the system.
2) The BONITO Switchbox
Part of the software package is a small plug-in module called
Bonito switchbox. This switchbox is not only a "dongle", but it
also contains electronic switches to control compatible radios
such as ICOM, Kenwood, YAESU, AOR etc. via a control cable.
You can find various connecting diagrams
here. You can buy all these cable-sets in our Hamradio
online shop. There are two kinds available:
The Bonito switchbox must always be connected to a
free COM-Port of your PC, while running the
Software. If the switchbox is not plugged in, you will receive
the following message: ‘Radio Initial Error’ in the RadioCom
Splash and the program will not start.
If your radio is not remote-controlled or you use one with USB,
you still have to insert the Switchbox into a free Com-Port. In
this case it functions as a copy protection device.
There are three types of switchboxes:
IC-SWL: exclusively for ICOM PCR 100/1000, Ten-Tec radios
RC-SWL: for all other radios but without TX-function
RC-HAM: for all other radios. This type includes the
There is more information about the Bonito switchbox in the
3) Connecting the Radio
3.1) Connecting the audio and control
cable: SSB receiver without USB jack
Plug the Bonito Switchbox onto
IF your SSB radio is
remote-controlled and has a control cable, connect this with the
switchbox and the correct interface of the SSB radio (often called
‘Remote’). You will find various connection schemes
here. These cables are also available at our shop:
The audio cable is connected as
follows: You insert the red stereo jack (two rings) of the audio
cable into the ‘Line-IN’/Microphone jack of your PC. You plug the
black mono plug (one ring) into the ‘Speaker-/Line-OUT/REC-out/ jack
of your SSB radio / receiver.
3.2) Connecting radios with USB connectors
For USB SDR radios and ICOM PCR/R1500/2500
we have step-by-step instructions:
SDR / USB Device Guide.
For Radios like ICOM IC-7200, IC-7600 ... with USB and integrated
Soundcard Interfaces click here.
3.3) Connecting the audio and control cable
Plug the Bonito Switchbox onto
Connect the TRX-cable-set to
the switchbox. The various cables are marked according to the radio
and have to be plugged into the jacks: ACC, Remote. The ‘Line-in’
and the ‘Line-out’ have to be connected to the soundcard of the PC.
Various connecting schemes for your radio you will find
here. You can also purchase these cables in our shop:
Before you start the set up
program, connect all the devices as described above and turn them on. If
that does not work properly, follow the instructions in
chapter 3. According to the
various types of radio there are three different types of installation
made a video presentation which shows the standard installation:
Video geht es hier
4.1) Insert the CD/start the set up
Insert the CD into your CD drive. You will
see the set up program with an entry showing a program key ‘CD-key’
which was burnt on the CD. If the CD does not start by itself, access
the root directory of the CD via ‘My Computer’ or the Window Explorer
and start the installation procedure by double-clicking ‘Setup.exe.
Important: With Windows 7/Vista
you have to execute the Setup.exe as administrator.
4.2) Selecting the channels
First click on ‘Radio Channel 1’. Select your radio in the drop-down
menu from the ‘radio selection list’. Since the correct switchbox is
already in the COM-port, RadioCom should find it automatically and there
should be no error message. If your radio cannot be controlled remotely
or does not show up in the list, choose ‘no remote’.
You can connect two radios, but only
one can transmit. A transceiver should always be installed on Radio
4.3) Manual Comport selection
If the port was not found
and there was an error message, you can select the correct
Comport by clicking on ‘Find Serial Port’. With ‘Finding
COM-Port’ the switchbox will be searched for. With ‘Test Serial
Port’ you can check the connectivity of the port. With ‘Select
Serial Port’ you can assign a specific Com-Port to your radio.
Important notice for ICOM
1500/2500 users: You have to select your comport of your radio
instead of the comport of the switchbox.
With the button
‘Baudrate’ you can change the Baudrate of the radio
control. Important: The rate has to correspond to the one of
Never change the
Baudrate in the device manager.
The Com-Port values always have to be standard.
RadioCom is using the
default Baudrate of the selected Radio. For example ICOM Radios
has a default Baudrate of 1200 Baud.
If you changed the
Baudrate on your Radio you have to do it in RadioCom as well.
1) Choose the
desired "Radio Channel"
2) Click "ComPort
3) Click the
Button "Baud = ???" and choose the Baudrate which correspond to
change the Baudrate in the device manager. The Com-Port values
always have to be standard.
4.5) selection of the audio
Normally, the soundcard of the PC is recognized by RadioCom
automatically. But not all outputs/inputs are accessibable physically at
every PC. With ‘Radio Control Input/output you can select the correct
input. If there is only one microphone input, then select the microphone
with ‘Input Select. You can change this later in the Audio Control with
With the PCR 1500/2500 you can also use the integrated USB-soundcard of
the PCR. Under ‘Input Select’ choose ‘PCR/USB Radio. In this case you do
not have to connect any other cables. With the PCR 2500 you can assign
the second channel with the Radio IC-2500 SubReceiver. If everything has
been prepared, push the button ‘Install’ and RadioCom will install
4.6) IF instead of NF
With RadioCom you can process the IF directly instead of the NF. That is
especially important with SDRs which send out the data via the jack
socket. To make this work, you have to choose under ‘Input Select’ one
of the three band widths: 12KHz, 96 kHz or 192 kHz. You do not need any
Virtual Audio Cable. A quadruple down-sampler is integrated in RadioCom.
4.7) 2-channel operation
If you want to operate two radios simultaneously, then the input signals
are processed separately by the stereo-jack of the soundcard. Basically,
you have to connect the second radio just like the first one. You will
have to use a special audio cable or a splitter for the right and left
stereo-channel. Insert the splitter into the line-in jack or the
microphone jack and put a mono jack into the appropriate outputs. Later
on, you should check, if the correct channel is connected to the
respective radio. The easiest way to check this, is to receive FAX with
radio 1 and RTTY with radio 2. If you find out, it is the other way
around, just switch the audio cables.
functions of Setup
If you want to make changes later on, e.g changing your radio,
re-installation or updating RadioCom via the internet, you do
not have to use the CD, but rather you can start the Setup.
You will find the Setup under: [Start] [(all) programs] [Bonito
RC60] [Setup RadioCom 6].
Keeping the settings:
This is important in case of over-installation. Check
beforehand, if the audio input or the Fax were correct.
Otherwise, these settings will be deleted.
Here you can choose, whether data , which have been received,
will be deleted when over-installing or if you do not want
DEMO-pictures to be installed.
Selecting the language:
Here you can select the language
Simply select a different radio under ‘Radio Selection’ and
close RadioCom Setup. You do not have to re-install
Select "hold Preferences", whether audio or Fax Slant were in
order and simply press "Install ".
You can update RadioCom via the internet by pressing the button
‘Update Service’ RadioCom automatically downloads the updates
and installs them.
Here you can register or
re-activate the program
Before using, RadioCom must be registered via the internet. After the
installation, the dialogue opens automatically. Should you ignore this,
the dialogue will be repeated over and over again instead of starting
In the RadioCom Setup
press the ‘Registry’ button on the left.
A window ‘Internet registration will appear.
Fill in each field to
Press the button
‘Check e-mail address and send Control-code. The server
generates an e-mail with a code and sends it to the e-mail
Pick up the e-mail,
copy the code, and enter it in the field ‘E-mail
Press the button "OK,
register me". If the registration is successful the message
"registration ok " appears which you acknowledge with "OK"
The computer stores the access codes. You
can retrieve them any time and copy them; please, keep them
in a safe place for later re-activation. Additionally, you
will receive the access codes automatically via e-mail.
NOTE: The registration is only possible once.
When re-installing the software has to be reactivated with the codes you
were sent. How to do this, we explain
here in chapter 6.
Print out the access codes and keep them in a safe place. This is your
Should you lose the codes, we can send you the current ones for a fee of
Now go on with "starting
6) Manual Reactivation
You can only register the Bonito software
once. If, at any you want to re-install the software on another PC,
you have to reactivate the Service on the other PC. To do this, you
need the ‘Registration Access Codes’ which you were sent via e-mail
after your registration or which you can find in the setup under
‘Registry’ on the other PC.
Have the ‘Registration Access Codes’ handy, which
you were sent via e-mail. In case you are unable to find them,
please, contact us. We can send you your current codes for a fee of
Open the Set-up
Close the Bonito software completely and start the set-up with:
[Windows Start] [(all) Programs] [Bonito RC60] [Setup
The Setup/Install-screen pops up. On this screen, click
the ‘Registry’button on the left.
Now the Internet Registration-screen appears. Don’t fill in anything,
but click on the button "Manual Activation of a Registered Program"
On this screen, you enter the Access Codes, which you were
sent via e-mail when you first registered.
Program ID, Prefix, Suffix, Data ID, Prefix, Suffix.
Now click the button ‘Reactivate
internet service’ , which will be activated after entering
Should this button not become active,
you did not enter the codes correctly. Check the accuracy
and completeness of the codes.
If all codes have been entered correctly and completely,
another button ‘Reactivation OK’ appears. Click on it. Now
you can update RadioCom or close the setup and restart the
Now go on with "starting