Ailunce HD1 Front Panel Programming Quick Tips

Ailunce HD1 Front Panel Programming Quick Tips

Thanks for KB5WCK sharing his experience with Front Panel Programming Ailunce HD1 DMR Radio.

Below article writen by KB5WCK.

The Ailunce HD1 (GPS) is a dual band FM / DMR handheld radio with 10W / 5W / 1W power. The device can store up to 3000 channels. 

The special feature of this device is the (almost) complete programmability on the Ailunce HD1, without a code plug software. 

 Important buttons

  • Exit button (Red) – Short press -> Memory / VFO switching | Long press in VFO mode -> FM / DMR switching.
    Within a menu, the key is used to exit the menu.
  • * Button – Short press -> Change VFO A / B | Long press -> Scan Start / Stop
  • # Key – short press -> switch single or dual VFO, with single VFO the date and time are displayed instead of the second VFO. Switching between VFO A / B is also possible in single-VFO mode with the * key.
  • Side buttons 1/2 – can be freely occupied via the menu. The setting is in Menu -> Main Set -> Key Define.
    The change between key 1/2 Long / Short Press is done with the * key.
    The change of function with arrow keys up / down.
    Confirm with the Menu key, Exit (without change) with the Exit key (Red)
  • Number keys 1-0 – In memory mode, the memory locations can be called up based on the memory location number.
    For example, 0010 is entered for memory location 10 via the keyboard.
    In some menus, these are also used for input of letters. This is done by repeatedly tapping the respective number, as in old mobile phones without T9 and word recognition.

Program contacts:

The device is quite simple to program without CPS contacts.  Private calls, Group calls (Talkgroups) as well as AllCall.

To do this, use the Menu key to go to the main menu, and the arrow keys to the Contacts menu item.
This is opened with the Menu button and selects Contacts again.
Now the device displays the first priority contact.
With the rotary switch you can now switch to an empty contact.
With the arrow keys you can now switch between the individual points (ID / Type / Name / City / Province / Country), with the Menu button you can change to the entry in blue and edit it.

Use a DMR repeater in VFO mode:

Since in VFO mode much on the device is set, this is of course at the beginning of something more extensive.
But that happens and you get used to it quite quickly.
We now assume that talkgroups are already stored in the priority contacts list.

In this example, let’s set a DMR repeater to 438.625 MHz TS1 TG262. 
If you are in Memory Mode, switch to VFO Mode with a short press on the Exit button (red).

Please watch below vedio for reference.

If necessary, we can also adjust other things, performance Low / Mid / High, Promiscuous Mode On / Off, etc.
But in order to quickly get to a “foreign” repeater, everything is set.

Since the VFO remembers the settings you can also on VFO A e.g. TS1 TG262 and on VFO B TS2 TG9 preset, and adjust if necessary only frequency and shift.
So you can quickly and easily reach the most necessary TG’s on unknown repeaters and the network independent.

 FM and DMR simplex / hotspot in VFO mode

Both are very similar in themselves, like the repeater mode, only that we have to switch FM at FM with the Exit button and if necessary still set CTCSS tones, or with DMR simplex or host spot operation to the DMR mode Select Simplex and if necessary deactivate the shift.

 Save channel

Saving a channel is quite easy with the device. 

If everything in the VFO is set correctly and works, just go to the menu in the menu item Main Set.
There you search the menu item Save CH.
There you can select the desired memory location with the channel selector switch or the arrow keys.
Already occupied memory is displayed as CH-<memory number> , empty memory without the preceding CH-
Also, a specific memory can be selected directly via the numeric keys.
By confirming via Menu you can now enter a channel name.
Once confirmed, the channel is saved.

All memory channels created directly on the device are automatically recorded in the Scan Add and included in the Scan Add.
This can currently only be changed via Codeplug software.

Zones:

The software can also be used to define zones in the HD1.

Basically, once everything is packed into the zone All Channel, but you can further differentiate this if necessary.
Unfortunately, there is currently no way to create or change zones on the device.

Channels in the zones will continue to be displayed with their Normal Preset Number, and no zone numbering will occur.

If you set VFO A / B to a zone and start a search, only the channels in the zone will be scanned.
In the All Channel zone, All Channel those marked with the check mark Scan Add in the CPS. 

Scan:

The easiest way to start the search is by long pressing the */Scan key.

In the “Factory Zone” all channels marked with Scan Add searched.
Otherwise you can define different zones in which only the channels listed in the zone are searched.
The search direction can be determined by the channel selector switch.

The search function also works in the VFOs, which then cycles through all channels in the set grid.
Scanning limits cannot currently be set in the VFO scan. 

Promiscuous Fashion:

In promiscuous mode, regardless of the RX list, you can hear all QSOs on a timeslot, whether it’s a foreign, unknown talkgroup or a private call. The function can be changed via the corresponding menu item Promiscuous, in the BandA / BandB Set menu for each set channel or VFO. Also in the CPs there is an option in the channel settings.

Reflector change:

A reflector switch does not work much differently than other devices.
The prerequisite is, of course, you are on a TG9 channel and the repeater allows a reflector change.
For example, we switch to the reflector 4044 Brandenburg.

  • Open the menu and go to Contacts.
  • Once the reflector has been saved, we continue to the Contacts menu and select the appropriate reflector.
  • Press the PTT key and wait until the change has been confirmed by the voice bot.
  • If the reflector is not stored, we can enter the reflector number by hand.
  • To do this, instead of going to the 2nd Contacts menu, go to the Manual Dial menu.
  • Here we just enter the Reflector Number, here in Example 4044 ‘via the numeric keys, and briefly press the PTT
  • After confirmation by the voice bot, we can speak on the reflector.

So you can quickly QRV with the device without compulsory programming on the PC, or no longer has to program lists for regions, only to then determine that you have not programmed the new, in any list listed Relay, not at all.
Even the pseudo VFO code plugs can be omitted, so that one has space for other frequencies. 

Troubleshooting:

Many errors occur when signals are being received in the background while the code plug or database is being inserted.
Therefore, as with some other devices, put on a channel where nothing is received.
Should it have happened, and the device behaves strangely, just re-import the code plug.

In very persistent cases, reset the device once and initialize it completely. (Read out / save the code plug in advance!!!)

[1] Reset device: Switch on the device with the key combination <Menu> + <Exit> and select [ALL].
[2] New firmware import: Just once the current firmware re-import. 

[3] Import empty user database: Import an empty user database with the CPS tool, so simply do not import contacts and click <Write>
[4] Import new user database: Now a current user database can be imported. This now quite consciously before the code plug, should write the user database, for whatever reason, in memory areas of the code plug, these are overwritten in the subsequent restore the code plug again.

Watch below video to learn more about Ailunce HD1 Front panel Programming Tips. Any questions, email to info@ailunce.com

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