SOFTWARE AND FIRMWARE FOR CS800D

With the latest firmware installed, these radios can transmit from at least 136-174 MHz and 400-470 MHz and beyond. If your radio is not FCC Part 90 certified, it is illegal to transmit outside the ham bands. If the radio is FCC Part 90 certified, it is illegal to transmit at frequencies past 470 MHz. If you want to operate outside the ham bands, you must be licensed for those bands.

If your radio is working and not giving you any problems and you do not want or need the latest enhancements, it is recommended you leave your firmware alone. If its not broken don't fix it!

June 2 , 2020

CSI(CS800D) CPS R4.03.09setup.exe

CS800D_Host_MS.30.16_Use_Flashburn3.0_Upgrade20200518.bin

CS800D_RCDB_Upgrade.bin

Mobile_Bootloader_R2.05D.bin

Flash Burn 3.00.exe

Front Panel Update Tool.exe

Front Panel Firmware.zip

Voice Packet 2015-03-23.zip

 

CS800D unbricking Instructions (pdf)

CS800D unbricking Hints (pdf)

CS800D Bootloader_R2.05D.dfu (zip)

June 2 , 2020

You can update your radio from whatever version you have to this version without having to go through any intermediate steps.

 

SAVE YOUR CODE PLUG

1. Load the code plug from your radio using your the CPS that you normally use for that version of the firmware currrently in your radio.

2. Save the code plug as you will need it later.

 

UPDATE THE FIRMWARE USING THE DB15 PROGRAMMING CABLE

Use Flashburn 3.00 to load the following programs. Use the USB to DB15 programming cable. See the instruction in the CS800D home page for instructions on how to use the Flashburn 3.00 Program.

1. Get the radio into programming mode by pressing P1 as you turn on the radio. The LED should now blink showing multiple colors

2. Load Bootloader R2.05D using Flashburn 3.00 if you do not already have it installed.

3. Turn off the radio.

4. Get the radio into programming mode by pressing P1 as you turn on the radio. The LED should now blink showing multiple colors

5. Load CS800D_RCDB_Upgrade using Flashburn 3.00

6. Turn off the radio.

7. Get the radio into programming mode by pressing P1 as you turn on the radio. The LED should now blink showing multiple colors

8. Load CS800D_Host_MS.30.16 using Flashburn 3.00.

9. Turn off the radio.

10. Turn on the radio.

 

UPDATE THE FRONT PANEL USING THE RJ45 PROGRAMMING CABLE.

Use the Front Panel Update Tool to load the following program. See the instruction in the CS800D home page on instructions on how to use the Front Panel Update Tool

1. Unzip the Front Panel Firmware

2. Load Front Panel Firmware

 

UPDATE THE VOICE USING THE DB15 PROGRAMMING CABLE

1. Unzip the voice packet file

2. Reload the Voice Packets using the CPS

 

RESTORE YOUR CODE PLUG

1. Using the CPS Data Translate program in CPS version R4.03.09, update the code plug saved earlier. See the instructions in the CS800D home page on instructions on how to do it.

2. Write it back to your radio.

 

IF THE RADIO IS BRICKED

If the radio is truely bricked, then you have one more step to do before you complete the above steps. Contact us if that happens to you.

May 22 , 2020

CSI(CS800D) CPS R4.03.09setup.exe

CSI(CS800D) CPS R4.03.09setup.zip

May 22 , 2020

This version fixed a problem in Version R4.03.07 and R4.03.08 that caused a runtime error if you rearranged zones.

May 18 , 2020

CS800D_Host_MS.30.16_Use_Flashburn3.0_Upgrade20200518.bin

CSI(CS800D) CPS R4.03.08setup.exe

Mobile_GPIO_CS800D Application_Rev 1.doc

May 18 , 2020

This version has a new feature that allows you to attach other hardware to the connector in the back of the radio to implement things we have not even thought about.

February 10 , 2020

CS800D_Unbrick (zip)

February 10 , 2020

This is a comprehensive set of program and instructions to unbrick the radio and bring it up to version 30.14.

January 20 , 2020

CS800D_RCDB_Upgrade (bin)

January 20 , 2020

This is a special program used to initialize the radio when something gets corrupted. This program was tested by Connect Systems and it seems to work. After using it, update to the latest version of firmware.

December 13 , 2019

CPS Version 4.03.07 (zip)

CPS Version 4.03.07 (exe)

December 13 , 2019

This version added a feature that allows you to rearrange zones within the CPS

September 18 , 2019

CPS Version 4.03.04 (zip)

Flash Burn 3.00 (exe)

CS800D Firmware Version MS 30.14 (bin)

Mobile_Bootloader_R2.05D (bin)

Mobile_Bootloader_R2.05D (dfu)

Front Panel Update Tool (exe)

Front Panel Firmware (zip)

September 18 , 2019

This version fixed a problem in version 11 (discontinued) that caused it to fail only on certain hardware versions.

This version should not be used and you should go directly to version MS.30.16 above.

This version correctly implements talker alias (New Feature)

This version looks at both slots at the same time in digital monitor mode (New Feature)

This version improved problems where the Rx Audio occasionaly dropped in the middle of a QSO.

To convert your old code plug using static zones to the new dynamic zone format, use conversion utility in tool pulldown menu of the CPS. (New feature)

August 23 , 2019

CS800D Firmware Version MS 30.09 (bin)

CPS Version 4.03.04 (zip)

Flash Burn 3.00 (exe)

August 23, 2019

This version should not be used and you should go directly to version MS.30.16 above.

This version implements talker alias that has unicode format. Brandmeister uses ISO-8 format.

This version improved problems where the Rx Audio occasionaly dropped in the middle of a QSO.

To convert your old code plug using static zones to the new dynamic zone format, use conversion utility in tool pulldown menu of the CPS. (New feature)

August 5 , 2019

CS800D Firmware Version RCDB MS 30.05 (bin)

CPS Version 4.03.04 (zip)

Flash Burn 3.00 (exe)

CPS Dynamic Zones Guidlines (doc)

August 5, 2019

This version should not be used and you should go directly to version MS.30.16 above.

You can only update directly to this version from MS 20.59 or later. If you have something earlier, you must first update to version MS 20.59 before updating to MS 30.05.

This version implements dynamic zones. This allows up to 999 channels per zone. Must first load and run the RCDB firmware before using the regular version of this firmware.

Must use the new CPS with this verison of firmware.

To convert your old code plug using static zones to the new dynamic zone format, use conversion utility in tool pulldown menu of the CPS. (New feature)

We no longer support version MS.20.XX. We recommend you update your radio to version MS 30.16 or later.

June 14, 2019

Instructions for uploading front Panel

Front Panel Firmware Version 2.00.14 (zip)

Front Panel Update Tool (exe)

CS800D Firmware Version MS 20.59 (bin)

Bootloader Version R2.05D (bin)

Flash Burn 3.00 (exe)

CPS Version 4.02.04 (exe)

Voice Packet 2015-03-23 (zip)

June 14, 2019

This version should not be used and you should go directly to version MS.30.16 above.

Front Panel Firmware Version 2.00.14 is loaded with Front Panel Update Tool. Load the front panel firmware first. Must unzip front panel firmware before using it.

CS800D Firmware Version MS 20.59 and Bootloader Version R2.05D.bin is loaded with Flash Burn 3.00. Load Bootloader before loading CS800D firmware.

Voice packets are loaded through the tools section of the CPS. Updating voice packets should be done last. Must unzip file before using it.

We no longer support version MS.10.XX. We recommend you update your radio to version MS 30.16 or later.

November 1 , 2017

Instructions for updating radio (pdf)

RCDB_MS_20.05 (bin)

CPS Version 4.02.03 (rar)

LCD Version 2.00.08 (fot)

DM6500 Bootloader R2.04D (bin)

Flash Burn 3.00 (exe)

Front Panel Update Tool (exe)

Voice Packet 2015-03-23 (fv)

November 1 , 2017

This version should not be used and you should go directly to version MS.30.16 above.

 

Additional Topics

August 1 , 2018

Clearing a locked CS800D

August 1 , 2018

If your CS800D is not responding normally, or turns on with only the mic and display lit and no text in the display, update to the latest firmware version using the procedure shown above. This will clear any corrupted code plug.

Prolific Drivers and Documentation

 

The front panel programming cable uses a Prolific Integrated Circuit. This chip requires you to have a driver in your PC to use that cable. This cable uses a chip that is probably not compatible with the Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system. The documentation within the ZIP files explains how to determine what version of the Prolific Chip you have and what Microsoft Operating system it is compatible with.

Recovering From a Bricked RadioThis document explains how to recover your CS800D if it gets bricked.
Tuning Software

This software is used to tune the parameters in the CS800D. To use this you need a service monitor or the equivalent and the knowledge of how to tune a radio. As an example, sometimes increasing the power output of the radio will actually decrease the power output if you go beyond a certain point. It is very easy to brick the radio if you do things wrong and there is no quick way to recover without sometimes spending hours of time with the proper test equipment. All warranties are void if you use this software.

Contact Manager The Contact Manager is a free program written and supported by Tom Wheeler that allows you to move code plugs between different radios. Clicking on this link jumps to Tom Wheeler's web site.