Some utilities to control AOR
using Windows CE HPC devices
- AR8200 or AR8600 receiver
- Windows CE device (from now on referred to as HPC, for hand-held
- Orbworks' PocketC runtime
module ("download for PocketC
software users" section, choose the right version for your
|Please NOTE: switching from the Sharp Mobilon/HC4100
(MIPS processor, Windows CE 2.1) to a HP Jornada 720 (ARM processor, Windows CE 2000) I realized the applets are no longer
working. This is apparently due to incompatibility issue in PocketC. So far I've been unable to update the applets.
Cabling consists in two parts:
- the serial cable normally used to sync your HPC with a desktop
- depending on the radio:
- AR8600: a null modem adapter or cable.
The HPC->desktop cable is a null
PC->AR8600 connection is expected to be "straight"
Therefore another null modem (or "crossed") cable/adapter is needed to
straighten up things
- AR 8200: as above plus a level converter interface
sells the complete interface
(complete with plug and bundled with a software CD) or the plug alone,
as a spare part. Cheaper non AOR alternatives can be found on the
for example), but
you'll still need the connector.
Projects are available on the Net to home-build the interface and a
search for "level converter interface" will bring up several links.
The connector has a cheaper equivalent in a HP Jornada spare part
(here for a nice and
Download from here und unzip on your HPC.
module for PocketC is needed for execution.
If you want to modify and recompile the source code, please purchase the full
version of PocketC.
AORCE has been written on a SHARP HC (Mobilon) 4100, a handheld running
Windows CE 2.0.
I understand that the same applet should work also on newer versions
Please let me know if you get it
running on other devices.
Executable in the .ZIP file assumes that communications go through
serial port (this should be standard) at 19200 bps (please set up the
receiver accordingly). You can change both parameters and recompile in
a matter of seconds.
implemented so far:
The computer control command set can be found into the users' manual or
on AOR's website.
& LEGAL STUFF
I place the AORCE utilities in the public domain under the so called "Artistic License" (click for full text).
I'm no programmer so don't expect the thing to be particularly
efficient or complete.
- It can be used, re-distributed and modified if you follow
some minimal rules.
- It cannot be sold.
- I cannot guarantee any support for the software.
- I am not responsible for whatever you do with AORCE and your
- Some operations might damage your radio or involve losing data. I
cannot take responsability for it.
More or less it works and provides me with the features I need, so I
don't plan to expand/refine it much.
However I'll be happy to hear that somebody else is using my work.
Feel free to contact me at the following address: sinager [at] o2.co.uk
(change the [at] into @)