Program Maxtrac with DosBox


I found a used Maxtrac 300 radio on eBay that I wanted to repurpose into an APRS tracker and realized I needed to program the APRS frequency. Here is how you use DoxBox to program your radio.

Things you need:

  1. Install the FTDI Driver for Windows
  2. Install the DosBox software
  3. Download the GM300 software and extract it to C:\GM300
  4. Plug in your FTDI USB cable and check Device Manager to see what COM port it was assigned:

  1. Locate your DosBox config file for editing
{system drive}:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\DOSBox\dosbox-{version}.conf
  1. Open your DosBox configuration file and set the following variables:
core=auto
cputype=auto
cycles=fixed 191
cycleup=10
cycledown=20
serial1=com3
serial2=dummy
serial3=disabled
serial4=disabled
[autoexec]
# Lines in this section will be run at startup.
# You can put your MOUNT lines here.

MOUNT c C:\GM300
c:
  1. Now when you run DosBox all you need to do is launch the program with
    GM300.EXE

  1. Here's what the Main Menu looks like when loaded

  1. First you need to pull the current code plug off the radio before you can make changes
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 19:12:00

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