This page contains frequently asked questions and answers about CTR software.
PC installation fails
If the PC versions of CTR fail to install with a message that you need to
install the .NET Framework,
to download and install the
Why don't the hardware buttons on my Pocket PC control my radio?
Hardware button control was added to CTR-Remote starting with v2.20.06 and
CTR-Rcvr starting with v1.10.06. This option only works if the CTR program is
the last program started. Other programs may re-map or reset the functions of
these buttons. If you have problems getting the buttons to work, close the
program and restart it.
NOTE: This feature may not work on all Pocket PC models.
problems running CTR-Remote or CTR-Rcvr?
Before installing CTR-Remote or CTR-Rcvr, it is
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you install the latest .NET
Compact Framework v1.0 drivers on your Pocket PC. Many of the older 2003 Pocket
PCs had buggy versions of the .NET drivers, particularly HP and iPAQ machines.
The program will appear to start (circle icon appears for 1-1/2 turns) then the
icon disappears and the program doesn't start.
Click here to download the latest .NET v1.0 SP3 drivers.
Which CAB file do I install?
There are two CAB files shipped in the
distribution zip file to install CTR programs on
your Pocket PC.
- Install the ARM CAB file if you are installing the program on a
Pocket PC 2002 device
- Install the ARMV4 CAB file if you are installing the program on
Pocket PC 2003 or 2005 (Windows Mobile 2003 or 2005) device
Will CTR programs run on a Pocket PC 2005 device?
Yes, with one minor problem. The internal keyboard will pop up at odd times
requiring you to close it manually. This seems to be a problem with the .NET
v1.0 software we use. One day we will upgrade to v2.0 and eliminate this
Why can't I connect to my radio?
There are many reasons why your PPC may not be able to connect to your radio.
- If you are using a serial cable interface check these possible problems:
- Verify that you have selected the correct com port on
your CTR program. Click on the Comm -> Com Port menu to
- Verify that you have the proper serial adapter cable
for your PPC
- Depending on your radio, you may need a specific cable from
manufacturer to adapt the serial cable to your radio
- You may also need a gender changer and/or a null modem adapter to roll the TD and
RD lines on
your serial port.
- If you are using the CTR-BlueLync
check the Hardware Problems page for
hardware troubleshooting information.
- If you are using TCP/IP, check the
- Are the serial port properties properly configured in
- Do you have CTR-Server running in
Listen mode on the
- Do you have a network or ActiveSync connection from the
Pocket PC to the PC?
- Have you entered the correct TCP/IP address and Port #
into CTR-Remote's Comm menu?
- If you are using Wi-Fi, check the following:
- Is the Wi-Fi network operating properly?
- Is the Wi-Fi radio in the Pocket PC turned on?
Why does the Bluetooth connection fail to reconnect after the Pocket
PC power cycles?
This is a bug in many of the Pocket PC Bluetooth
stacks. They don't handle power cycles very well. When power is cycled while
you're on-line, the program will switch off-line. When you try to reconnect,
your Pocket PC will tell you that it can't find any services on the interface.
To fix this, go to the Bluetooth Manager
on your Pocket PC and turn the Pocket PC's Bluetooth
radio off and then back on again. You should be able to reconnect to the radio.
Why doesn't CTR-Remote read the tone mode, tone freq, and Tx offset from the radio in FM
Only the Icom protocol supports reading these values. To keep the program as
generic as possible it was decided that these values would not be read. To work
around this problem, enter your frequencies, tones, and offsets in the Frequency
List and recall them from there to setup the radio.
Why won't the S-meter graph display my radio's S-meter reading
There are several possible reasons for this...
1. Your radio's protocol doesn't support S-meter reads. Check the user manual
for your radio to see if it does.
2. You may have the Polling or Scanning speed set too short. Try making these
values longer, 500 milliseconds or more. The Polling Speed is found in
the Comm menu and is set before going on-line. The Scan Speed is
set in the Scan-Options menu (visible on the Control tab). This is
especially true with Yaesu radios.
Can I get radio audio to and from my Pocket PC wirelessly?
Yes! Download Microsoft's Portrait software and setup a two-way Wi-Fi audio
your PC and you Pocket PC. Plug your radio's speaker output into your PC's
Line In jack and the radio's mic input into your PC's Speaker Out jack and
your ready to go. You can also use other PPC/PC audio programs such as Skype.
If you are looking for a Bluetooth solution,
try using a Jabra A210 non-Bluetooth cell phone
adapter and a standard Bluetooth headset.
Click here for additional details on this
The Beacon Scan mode is interesting, but it requires the Pocket PC's clock
to be synchronized with a time standard. How do I do that?
The Beacon Scan mode introduced in v2.02.08 displays which
is transmitting on the 20 to 10 meter bands at any given time. To do this, the Pocket PC's internal clock
must be set to a time standard (such as WWV). Fortunately, there is an easy way
to accomplish this using vxUtil, a free utility for the PPC.
Click here to download this
Why can't I select a List entry using the cursor control
keys in CTR-PC and CTR-PCRcvr?
This occurs when you are on-line with the radio and you have the
LIST...Track selected option selected. Moving the selected list entry with
the cursor keys does not fire a key_pressed event in the code so the program
doesn't realize you've move the selection. On the next poll the program resets
the frequency back to the original selection.
To work around this, use your mouse to select frequencies on the List. You
must click on the gray box to the left of the entry to generate the