Make a copy of
your existing plug. Read your radio and save the file
rather then some other copy you might have. This will
insure that you can put your radio back the way it was
before you use these foolish guidelines. ;-)
2) Skip this step if
previously done and you are only updating your digital
contact list entries.
Create your Rx Groups under digital. You
must key that info in to create the 2 sample groups.
Add each group to each other's entry so that you have both
in each. This is redundant for now but useful later
when you are not scanning.
Skip this step if previously done and
you are only updating your digital contact list entries.
Create your Scan Groups now. You must key
in this info as pasting doesn't work, same as the Rx Groups.
Don't worry about populating the scan groups just yet.
4) Clip the aliases
(digital contacts) and paste into your plug. There is no need
delete your current digital contacts or Aliases first as old
will be overwritten by the new. Just
clip everything and paste it into the plug. This will insure
that your existing modes will not loose any of the Tx
If you delete the old contacts
first, then all your modes will lose Private Call Tx Contact
entries. If you have no private call TX entries, then
deleting all the private call entries in the contacts list
first is OK and does weed out mistakes and/or duplicates.
This is a two-edged sword so you should be aware of the
affects it can have unexpectedly.
5) Skip this step
if previously done and you are only updating your digital
contact list entries.
Copy the sample TRBO-6 zone if you don't already
has 10 existing zones. If you have 10, then you can
clip and past the 4 sample modes into an exiting zone if you
have room for 4 more modes in your existing zone.
6) Now that you have the
new zone, go back to that scan list and add the new modes
that you now have in the plug. If you added the modes
to an existing zone, then go to the respective scan list and
add these new modes, if you wish.
7) Check your modes and make
sure that each has an active scan list, Rx group and Tx
Contact entries. You can look at each mode or click on
the zone and look at all modes at the same time for a quick
overview. It's worth looking now rather than finding
out later that you get a bong on Tx or you are missing
traffic on one of the talkgroups.
choose to keep a "master plug" using my primary radio ( a
6500 in this case) as the most up to date alias or digital
contact list and then paste it into the other plugs when I
wish to update the other radios in the stable. I use a combination of leading alpha
characters (spaces, a) to aid in my alpha sorting of
contacts, Rx groups, Modes and Scan groups.
It is my SOP to never create a digital
mode from scratch as there as so many settings, it's easy to
miss one or have a typo. I always copy an existing
mode back into the same zone or into another first, then
modify only what's necessay. It's faster anyway than
beginning from scratch.
I also test new stuff in a spare zone so as not to
disturb an existing and working zone or mode. Once I
verify that it works the way I wish, I will copy the mode or
zone into the same or different radios. I've learned
the hard way that when you are away from CPS is when you
find that you screwed up something and now the fix is at
More info is available over in
Clip N Pasting a
plug. Check in the MTUSA database area for a Mickey Mouse
chart that shows what can be
Clip N Pasted and what you must manually enter.