Category Archives: Communications

Convert Memory Channels from Yaesu FT-8800R to Kenwood D710A/GA

For the fellow amateur radio world out there, we found it quite difficult to convert our radio memory channel data from the Yaesu FT-8800 to the Kenwood D710GA when programming a few radios. So in light of that, we developed a Excel FT8800 to Kenwood D710 Conversion Tool and documented the process on how we completed the conversion.

Feel free to you this tool to assist you in converting your memory channels from your FT-8800 to your Kenwood D710.

This tool allows conversion from a Yaesu FT-8800R when using the FTB8800 Software ( G4HFQ Software) for radio memory management to a Kenwood D710A or Kenwood D710GA.

You Will Need the Following:

  • The Two Conversion Tool Files (available here).
    • FT8800 to Ken D710 Conversion Tool Template.xlsx
    • Kenwood HMK File Structure Template.csv
  • Kenwood M2A Software Installed (available here)
  • Kenwood M6A Software (if importing data for the D710GA only) (available here)
  • Previous FTB8800 CSV Data File
  • Microsoft Excel (for CSV Editing, Auto Calculations and Conversions)

Instructions are provided inside the FT8800 to Ken D710 Conversion Tool Template.xlsx file in the worksheet titled “Instructions”.

We are working on one for converting from CHIRP as well, but give us a little time on that one!


Gmail for iPad Update: Now Multiple Account Support and More

As many Gmail users have come to appreciate the simplicity behind multiple account support for their Gmail App on Android or Gmail via the Web, those who have taken the plunge to the iPad world as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed may have found the integrated Gmail App for iPad a little bit lacking from what they are used to.

Although it was easy on the eyes with the “beautiful Retina display” (for those with the iPad 3/4), the initial roll-out of Gmail for iOS 6 did lack some luster in the function department. The initial version did not allow for multiple account support, a huge fallback from Android based versions of the application that have allowed the functionality for years. In addition, it had limited search and meeting invite capabilities as well.

Recently, the latest Gmail Version 2.0 update for the iOS platform redeems itself bringing the standard precedent of functionality to its interface that has come to be expected from the Gmail user masses. The latest update includes the following:

  • Multiple Account Support
  • Search predictions as you type
  • Infinite scrolling inbox
  • Respond to Google Calendar invites inline
  • And more

And I must say, they pulled it off in a simple to use interface that puts account switching only a few “pecks” away (I guess we really can’t “click” on a tablet screen now can we). In addition, as the layout stays the same, they streamlined the interface to provide, what Google calls, a “cleaner look”. Personally, I was content with the old look, but to each is own. The new one isn’t to much of a change. Primarily, it just separated titles, headers, labels, read, and unread message fonts into different sizes and styles to make them a little easier to identify on the display. Overall, it’s a good look and a massive functional improvement.

The version is currently available in the iPad App Store for all users free of charge. For those who currently have Gmail installed and want to upgrade, just install the upgrade from the upgrade section of your App Store as you would any other program.

Before (Previous Version)iPad Gmail


After (Version 2.0)iPad-Gmail2