USB-Radio or USB-SDR Connection Guide

 

This quick install guide will give you the information to setup your
USB-Radio or USB-SDR
and software with RadioCom.

First, you have to install the receiver software. Please read the receiver manual carefully and follow ALL the instructions until it is  installed completely . If your receiver comes with a special application software from the manufacturer, like the Winradio, be sure that you install the newest version. Check the website of the manufacturer

It is important to install the supplied driver and not the XP or Vista driver or something out of  the Internet!!! Those Drivers may not have all the important information's which are needed to identify the receiver by your computer system..

RadioCom 6 does not require  a Virtual Audio Card, Virtual Audio Cable or a professional Demodulator. The radio control is  integrated completely  within RadioCom 6. No additional software is necessary.

Do NOT run the receivers application software while using RadioCom!!!
 

 

Connect the Receiver

Be sure that the receiver is connected and installed "completely" on your computer.


Connect the Switchbox

The RadioCom package contains a Bonito Switchbox (also called a dongle). The Bonito Switchbox is used to control different Radios with serial connection or to radios which needs a Level converter. If you only want to use a USB-Radio or USB-SDR the use of Switchbox seems to be useless. But, the Switchbox must be attached. Do not connect anything else to the opposite side of the switchbox. It contains a hardware Copy Protection. But, if you have a second non-USB-radio you can connect it to the Switchbox. Ask for details!

Plug the Switchbox (RC-HAM) into a free/ unused COM-Port/Serial interface.  RadioCom automatically detects the COM-port. Therefore, the port must be free and not blocked by any other program. Otherwise RadioCom will not start.
If you do not have one free COM-Port on your computer, you can use a USB-to-serial adapter. Please follow the instructions delivered with the USB-to-Serial adaptor and install it now. Make sure that this COM-Number is between COM1 and 9.


Check your Sound Card settings

To run RadioCom you have to check your sound card settings first. Devices like Webcams, Cell phones, HDMI or similar devices are changing the Windows sound card settings very often and RadioCom is unable to identify the correct  analog in- and output device.
Open [Start] [Settings\Control Panel] [Sounds and Audio Devices]
Click “AUDIO” and, under “Sound Playback”, choose the sound card of the PC and do the same with “Sound Recording”

Note: Some sound cards (often with a Realtec chip) activate their inputs and outputs only, if a plug is inserted. Otherwise, these ports or the whole sound recording card does not appear in the Windows system. For USB-SDR radios we don't require the input-jacks, BUT we need the recoding part of the analog sound card. We recommend turning off input  function if possible or plugging in the supplied audio cable into the audio input jack.

Important for ICOM PCR/R1500/2500
After the successful installation of the receiver, the ICOM driver change the  sound card settings and you can’t hear other sounds anymore.
To run RadioCom you
must change the sound card back to its default settings: go to standard settings:
[Start] [Settings\Control Panel] [Sounds and Audio Devices]
Click “AUDIO” and choose under “Sound Playback” the sound card of the PC and do the same with “Sound Recording”.


Open the Setup Menu:

After inserting the CD-ROM the auto start will display the "Setup Program" (provided your PC-system allows auto-start). If RadioCom is already installed on your Computer you don’t have to insert the CD again. You just open the RadioCom setup program.
You’ll find the RadioCom Setup here:
[Start] [(All) Programs] [Bonito RC60] [Setup RadioCom 6]

First of all check the Audio Mixer Driver Selection (marked red on the image) to see if your sound card is prompted in there. If one of the drop down menus "Output-Device" or "Input-Device"  is empty, RadioCom was unable to identify your sound card.
In this case it makes no sense to go on. You have to correct the sound card settings first.
Close RadioCom setup and proceed back to point 3 above.



Select Radio and COM-Port
:

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(1) In the Setup you can choose between channel 1 or channel  2 mode.
Choose Radio Channel 1 (for your first radio)

(2) Select now your receiver from the „radio selection“ list.

(3) Under "Dongle Control" select the correct COM-Port for the Switchbox.

If you get an error message: Make sure your Radio is connected correctly and check your COM-Port settings as described in Point 2.



 

 

 

 


Install & start RadioCom:

After you have completed your selections you are ready to press the „Install“ button. RadioCom will install now. And, after the installation is completed, close the Setup "X".
You will have an icon on the Windows desktop.

On your desk top, double click the icon to start RadioCom.
 

 

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