The 'lite' distribution requires you manually register the DLL by using the 'regsvr32 WeatherCtl.dll' and 'regsvr32 WeatherDll.dll' commands if you want to decode 'SYNOP' messages. You may also have to download some common generic Microsoft components.
This software allows your PC to connect to the Universal Radio M-8000 Decoder through its serial port in order to get and save the decoded data but also to send commands to the decoder.
It allows to:
- Connect through any local serial port (COM1 to COM8),
- Display and save decoded data to a file,
- Start/End of message detection,
- Search for up to 10 patterns or words to be highlighted,
- Detect transmission restarting after an inactivity period,
- Paste selected data to any external application defined by its caption name,
- Decode Synop transmission if our Synop Decoder Active/X has been installed,
- Retrieve and display decoder current status,
- Change its current settings,
- Manage up to 16 local working profils.
This application has been written in Visual Basic language.
The latest version has been tested with the M8000 V5.1, V7 and V7.51 firmware versions.
The 'M8000Term.exe' can be launch with the '-clean' line parameter to clean the registry related keys and values.
Screen shot of the M8000Term Application
On some systems using additional PCI serial boards, characters may be received by N characters blocs rather than one by one.
This issue can be solved by setting the related serial driver buffering to one character. Don't forget to restart your system.
The SYNOP decoding function can be disabled by unregistering the 'WeatherCtl.dll'. To do that, use the 'regsvr32 /u WeatherCtl.dll'
command under the installation directory.