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15-February-2024 — Wavecom Decoder Release V12.0.0

We made a new release V12.0.0 for our decoder W-CODE, W74PC, W-PCI and W-PCIe.
Main features in this release are:

  • General review of our classifier (W-Classifier-NB and W-Classifier-WB).
  • Classifier detects AM, FM and SSB (USB / LSB) signal and demodulates it further to voice and outputs to the speaker for live monitoring.
  • Review on STANAG-4285 and MIL-188-110 Series decoders.

Original FM news broadcast signal recorded from the air

The FM signal is detected by the classifier and demodulated to voice (.wav)

08-May-2023 — New Release W-SPECTRA V7.0.0

We made a new version V7.0.0 for our Spectrum Monitoring System W-SPECTRA.
Main features in this release are:

  • TETRAPOL: each frame is displayed with a time-stamp at the time of decoding.
    With this feature we can verify that all 50 frames are decoded each second. This feature is also available in the DMR decoder.
  • Decryption capability in NXDN with Scrambling, DES (64-bit key) and AES-256.
  • Decryption capability in DMR with Basic, ARC-4 (40-bit key) and AES-256, licensed by Motorola Inc.
  • Improving DMR decoding and extend its protocol implementation.
  • Revise Wavecom Classifier.
  • Extend wideband classifier (W-CL-WB): classify DMR, dPMR and NXDN signal as 4-Level FSK.
    These signals can also be detected in Classifier Codecheck (CCC).
  • Review TETRAPOL. Improve voice decoding.
  • Add two new entries in "Tools" menu: "Edit DMR Cipher Key" and "Edit NXDN Cipher Key" to edit the cipher keys of DMR and NXDN decoders.
  • These features are inline with Wavecom Decoder V11.1.0.

22-February-2023 — Wavecom Decoder Release V11.1.0

We made a new release V11.1.0 for our decoder W-CODE, W74PC, W-PCI and W-PCIe. Main features in this release are:

  • Complete DMR decryption capability with Basic, ARC-4 and AES-256.
  • Extend DMR data protocol decoding.
  • Revise TETRA demodulator, using soft decision demodulation.
  • Add TETRA phase plane display.
  • Extend Classifier Codecheck (CCC) Table Editor to capture 4-Level FSK signal. Download V2.0.0.
  • Extend wideband classifier (W-CL-WB): classify DMR, dPMR and NXDN signal as 4-Level FSK.
    These signals can also be detected in Classifier Codecheck (CCC).
  • Improve TETRAPOL demodulation, decoding and voice decoding.
  • TETRA and TETRAPOL signals can be detected by the wideband classifier (W-CL-WB) and Classifier Codecheck (CCC).

25-August-2022 — Complete Decryption Function in DMR Decoder

We have completed our DMR decoder decryption function, supporting all three following encryption methods:

  • Basic mode: with 255 fix scrambling vectors,
  • Enhanced mode: ARC-4 with 255 user defined keys, each 40-bit and
  • Advanced mode: Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256) using 255 user defined keys, each 256-bit.
The complete function is licensed by Motorola Solutions®. Please refer to the Advanced Protocol DMR.
Our decryption supports a "late-entry" function: user can change the scrambler or the key value during decryption. This will take immediate effect during the session. This feature is demonstrated in an example — the AES-256 key is changed to a wrong value and back during the session.

Original DMR IQ signal with BBC news
Decrypted BBC news clear (.wav)
Encrypted BBC news without decryption or a proper key (.wav)

10-May-2022 — Decryption Capability in Wavecom Decoders V11.0.0

From the release V11.0.0 onwards Wavecom decoders can decrypt secured communication (at both scrambled and advanced level) in some crucial modes (DMR and NXDN). This function is implemented with the license of Motorola Solutions®.
With this capability encrypted message will be output in clear text and secured voice will be live audible on the speaker — an essential function in real-time signal monitoring.

Other improvements in this release are:

  • Phase plane display in APCO-25.
  • Symbol plane display implemented in NXDN and dPMR.
  • Real timestamp display in DMR and TETRAPOL can be switched on and off.
  • Revision Wavecom classifier.
  • Significant improvement in DMR decoding and protocol extension.

Encrypted BBC news clear (.wav)
Encrypted BBC news unaudible (.wav)

26-August-2021 — Wavecom Spectrum Monitoring W-SPECTRA Release V6.0.0

We made a new release V6.0.0 for our spectrum monitoring product W-SPECTRA.

  • Significant improvement in spectrum analysis and classification.
  • Add the new mode FT8.
  • Improvements in DMR, dPMR, NXDN and TETRAPOL modes.
  • Inline with the decoder release V10.2.0.

01-March-2021 — Wavecom Decoder Release V10.2.0

We made a new release V10.2.0 for our decoder W-CODE, W74PC, W-PCI and W-PCIe. Main features in this release are:

  • DMR with "Symbol Plane" display.
  • TETRAPOL: each frame is displayed with a time-stamp at the time of decoding. With this method we can verify that 50 frames are decoded per second. The similar feature is implemented in DMR decoder as well.
  • Significant improvement of FT8 mode.
  • General improvements.

07-January-2021 — W-Sat-email-Decoder Linux Version

We have made a Linux version for our W-Sat-email-Decoder. This Linux application is running on Ubuntu 18.04 and other usual Linux systems. It has the same functionalities and GUI appearance as the Windows version.

All "work-arounds" e.g., via a VM environment are not necessary anymore — W-Sat-email-Decoder Linux runs on a Linux system, true and real.

Please refer to the brocures W-Sat-email-Decoder.

17-June-2020 — Two Simultaneous Decoding Lines Running on W74PC

We extend the most useful hardware decoding feature — two lines simultaneous decoding — to W74PC card. As already in the W-PCI and W-PCIe decoders, the user can connect two different signals to two instances and do decoding and analysis at the same time.

Since there are four independent channels on a W74PC card, they are grouped as channel #1 and #2 vs. channel #3 and #4.

Please refer to the brocures W74PC. This feature is also available in the complete systems W74LAN.

All users holding a W74PC card can acquire a second license key to use this feature. Please use the Software Update form and indicate your card serial number SN#.

28-April-2020 — Wavecom Decoder Release V10.1.0

We made a new release V10.1.0 for our decoder W-CODE, W74PC, W-PCI and W-PCIe. Main features in this release are:

  • New mode FT8.
  • Review and update HF-ACARS (HFDL). With the outstanding quality we can decode the longest transmission — over half the globe. In Europe we can decode HFDL signals from the Oceania.
  • Significant improvement of TETRAPOL and DMR decoders.
  • General improvements.

10-September-2019 — Wideband Recorder W-REC Extended to 25 MHz Bandwidth

In the new release W-RECORDER V3.0.0 we extend the recording bandwidth to 25 MHz. With this extension almost the whole HF band can be covered in one recording.

Please refer to the brocure W-REC. Authorized user (with a W-PCIe card) can ask for the new release or upgrade.

25-June-2019 — W-SPECTRA Release 4.0.0 Runs with the Spectrum Analysis Module (W-SA)

We incorporate the W-Spectrum Analysis (W-SA) module into the W-SPECTRA application. With this tool we improve its signal analysis ability significantly:

  • In the narrowband (96 kHz) spectrum display, signals are detected and marked with different color labels.
  • The detection results with all details (signal center, bandwidth, strength and those of the sub-signals) are displayed in the text output window and the "Remarks" field for capture into a database.
  • W-SA works also as a "Frequency Search" strategy. Similar to the classification strategy, it searches automatically through the whole frequency band, detects, displays and inserts all signals with their important parameters into a database.
  • All decoders (modes) in this version 4.0.0 match to the W-CODE 10.
  • The display bandwidth of W-SPEED V4.0.0 is extended to 30 MHz.

06-March-2019 — Quantum-Leap Release W-CODE 10 with New Spectrum Analysis Tool (W-SA)

W-CODE 10 can be regarded as a "quantum-leap" release. This version includes mainly a new spectrum analysis and signal detection tool — W-Spectrum Analysis (SA).

Main features of this analysis tool are:

  • Detect and measure all signals in a selected bandwidth (4 kHz to 96 kHz).
  • Measuring parameters are signal center (Hz), bandwidth (Hz), level (dB) and detection confidence (in percent).
  • Each signal can be detected in detail containing a number of sub-signals with their parameters.
  • Available in FFT and FFT/Sonagram displays for all radio bands (HF, VUHF and SAT).
  • Detected signals and their sub-signals are marked with their parameters in the display.
  • All results are delivered on the XML remote control interface (XML RCI) for third-party development.
  • Detected signals can be saved with their time-stamp as an XML file for database compatible display and analysis.
  • This is a licensed option and is available for all our HW decoders and W-SPECTRA as well.

Other features in this release are:

  • Substantial improvement of TETRAPOL, using the optimal soft ML decoding for data and voice frames. Enhance the voice quality to get more clear output on the speaker.
  • Significant improvement of the equalizer in CODAN-9001 (Codan compatibility mode). Improvement of QAM decoding in MIL-188-110B and CODAN-3212.
  • Other bug fixes and improvements.

15-March-2018 — TETRAPOL Live Voice Monitoring Released in W-CODE and W-SPECTRA

We release the TETRAPOL voice decoding in our decoder series W-CODE, W74PC and W-PCI/e V9.3.0 and the spectrum monitoring product W-SPECTRA V3.0.0.
TETRAPOL voice will be decoded to audible voice to the speaker for live monitoring purpose. This requires a Live Voice (W-LV) license option. Each voice session will be saved at the same time to a wav file and the original voice frames in bits are saved to a txt file. This feature is helpful for offline decryption analysis when the voice frames are encrypted.

Other features in this release are:

  • New decoder: CODAN-CHIRP.
  • CODAN-9001 extended with CODAN-3212 compatibility mode.
  • Phase plane available for CODAN-9001.
  • CODAN-CHIRP can be classified and recognized by the Classifier-Codecheck.
  • Extension in DMR: Idle data is displayed.
  • TETRAPOL overall decoding significantly improved, using the optimal soft decoding.

01-February-2018 — New Complete Decoding and Spectrum Monitoring System Series

We upgrade our complete decoding system series and launch two new complete systems.

  • W-PCIe-LAN MK2 and W-PCI-LAN MK2 are complete decoding systems at IF and AF level with two simultaneous decoding lines.
    They replace the "MK1" series.
  • W74LAN is a complete decoding system with quad-channel input at IF and AF level.
  • W-SPECTRA-LAN is a complete automatic spectrum monitoring system with direct receiver control, signal classification, decoding and database capturing.

All systems are implemented in a powerful ruggedized mobile computer with fanless cooling. The host computer has an Intel Core i7-6700TE, 6-th generation desktop CPU. With a dedicated built-in 1 TB solid state disk (SSD) the system is well suitable for various demanding tasks in COMINT/SIGINT: data decoding, spectrum monitoring and wideband signal recording etc.

08-January-2018 — Two Decoding Lines on One Device for W-PCI and W-PCIe, Release V9.2.0

Wavecom hardware devices W-PCI and W-PCIe support the genuine simultaneous dual channel decoding feature (in release V9.2.0). The user can connect two different signals to the two channels and do decoding and analysis at the same time.

Please refer to the brocures W-PCI and W-PCIe. This feature is also available in the complete systems W-PCI-LAN and W-PCIe-LAN.

All users holding a W-PCI or W-PCIe card can acquire a second license key to use this feature. The upgrade to the newest version 9.2.0 is included. Please use the Software Update form and indicate your card serial number SN#.

21-November-2017 — Wideband Recorder W-REC New Release V2.1.0

The new release of our wideband recorder W-REC V2.1.0 has significant improvement in the user interface and performance. User can make signal recording in a more intuitive and efficient way.

Please refer to the brocure W-REC. The software is available for download.

14-September-2017 — New Decoder Release V9.1.0 with CODAN-3212 and TETRAPOL

We make a new release of our decoders and applications: Release V9.1.0.

Major features and improvements are:

  • All Wavecom decoders and applications are tested and verified on Windows 10.
  • New HF decoder CODAN-3212.
  • Significant improvement of the TETRAPOL protocol interpreter.
  • Significant improvement of the TETRAPOL demodulator, using the optimal soft-decision to combat power fading in the VHF/UHF communication channel. The demodulation result is visualized in the phase plane.
  • TETRAPOL can be detected by the Classifier Codecheck.
  • We introduce an 8-cursor tuning tool in the FFT spectrum and sonagram. This tool is convenient to measure multi-tone/multi-carrier signals.

4-January-2017 — W-SPECTRA V2.0.0 with Wavecom Receiver

We make a new release of our Automatic Spectrum Monitoring System W-SPECTRA V2.0.0.

The new W-SPECTRA runs with the native Wavecom receiver W-PCIe as a complete system. It does not require a third-party receiving device anymore. This version contains significant performance improvement and a more intuitive user interface.

For details please refer to the brochure W-SPECTRA and the Application Note.
Helpful information in the Product Summary is:

  • W-SPECTRA-WB-SYS: Complete monitoring system, including the Wavecom W-PCIe receiver and the wideband classifier.
  • W-SPECTRA-WB: Complete monitoring system with wideband classifier. Software only. Receiving device not included.

11-October-2016 — New Decoder Release V9.0.0 with PACTOR-4 and TETRAPOL

We launched a new release of our decoders V9.0.0 with PACTOR-4 and TETRAPOL modes.

PACTOR-4 is an adaptive transmission mode that provides higher throuput and better communication reliability compared to Pactor-I, -II and -III modes. Pactor-4 mode completes the Pactor series in all Wavecom decoders: W-CODE, W-PCI, W-PCIe and W74PC.

TETRAPOL is a digital voice and data communication system for mobile services and used for public safety and civilian PMR (Public Mobile Radio). It is running in VHF/UHF band.

Other significant improvements and new features are:

  • The 70 MHz IF inputs of the hardware decoders W-PCI, W-PCIe and W74PC are available for all modes (HF, V/UHF and SAT).
    This feature makes our decoders compatible to tuners with a standard wideband 70 MHz IF output.
  • The voice session of DMR, dPMR, NXDN, APCO-25 and TETRA is saved in a separate HEX (bits before the vocoder) file. With this feature the user can further analyze the encrypted vocoder bits.
  • Implement power efficiency mode for the hardware decoders W-PCI, W-PCIe and W74PC.
  • Improvement in HFDL (HF-ACARS) and MIL188-110A modes.
  • General improvements and bug fixes.

12-September-2016 — New Release W-RECORDER V2.0.0

Besides recording the whole HF band from an antenna directly, the new release W-REC V2.0.0 records satellite signals at the three 70 MHz IF inputs.
During recording the application directs the signal to the speaker for acoustic monitoring purpose. This feature helps the user to have a quick check whether the signal wiring is correct.

W-RECORDER is an ideal option for the existing W-PCIe decoder card. It records signals at their primary level (from antennae, receivers or down converters etc.) for analysis and decoding with various Wavecom applications or third-party products.

Please refer to the product brochure W-REC and the user manual.

16-February-2016 — New Decoder Release V8.8.0 with MIL/STANAG Revision

We made a new release for our decoder products W74PC, W-PCI, W-PCIe and W-CODE version 8.8.0 with general revision on MIL/STANAG modes.
Significant improvements and new features are:

  • Revision MIL-188-141B mode.
  • General revision of most MIL/STANAG modes with performance improvement.
  • Soft decision in MFSK-8 and MFSK-16 modes. Display the decoding quality parameter "Confidence".
  • Phase plane extension: display the trace between two neighbour symbols.
  • Enhanced ACARS protocol interpreter.
  • New XML message indicating the release version number (e.g., 8.8.0).
  • New XML message "License error: ..." when calling VHF/UHF Classifier Codecheck (CCC) without license.
  • License delivered on a new hardware carrier Wibu SD card (CmCard/SD). USB dongle (CmStick/C) still available.

19-January-2016 — Wavecom License also Available on SD Card

We introduce a new hardware license carrier: Wibu CmCard/SD. The SD card is especially suitable to use in a mobile PC, e.g., a laptop. Please refer to the datasheet Wibu CmCard/SD.

The USB license carrier CmStick/B/C is still available. There is no price difference between CmCard/SD and CmStick/B/C. Please just mention in the order if the license should be programmed on a CmCard/SD.

22-September-2015 — New Product Wideband Signal Recorder W-REC

We launch a new product: Wideband Signal Recorder W-REC

Main features of this recorder are:

  • W-REC runs on the Wavecom decoder hardware W-PCIe.
  • W-REC records signals on the two wideband AF/IF inputs (0 -- 25 MHz) directly.
  • Selectable recording bandwidths, from 4 MHz to 22 MHz.
  • IQ signal recording with 16-bit each part.
  • Recording in WAV and PxGF format with on-the-fly side information for complete spectrum analysis and decoding.
  • Compatible with Wavecom decoders and monitoring system W-SPECTRA and other third-party products.
  • Extend Wavecom product suit with long-time signal recording and analysis capability.

Please refer to the product brochure W-REC.

20-August-2015 — New Release Monitoring System W-SPECTRA V1.1.0

New release of W-SPECTRA and W-SPEED V1.1.0.

Significant improvements and new features are:

  • A separate display window in W-SPECTRA for text and graphic result.
  • Extended spectrum display for fine tuning, measuring the center and shift of a signal.
  • Zoom-in sonagram display and spot display with receiver frequency and timestamps.
  • Performance improvement when recording wideband signals.
  • W-SPEED (Spectrum Editing Tool) displays a recording in different bandwidths up to 24 MHz.
  • Tool to convert a WAV recording into PxGF format.

04-May-2015 — New Decoder Release V8.7.0 with New Digital Input VITA-49

We made a new release for our decoder products W74PC, W-PCI, W-PCIe and W-CODE version 8.7.0.
Significant improvements and new features are:

  • Release 8.7.0 supports TCP/IP custom input with ANSI/VITA-49 protocol.
  • New decoders: Aero-P and Aero-C in L-band, Aero-R and Aero-T in C-band.
  • DMR supports two new SYNC types (Direct Mode Slot 1 and 2) according to ETSI TS 102 specification.
  • DMR Protocol Tier I, II and III according to ETSI TS 102 specification series.
  • FFT data can be sent in binary over the XML interface. This reduces the network load.
  • New XML parameters.

01-January-2015 — 30 Years Wavecom, Launch of Two New Products W-SPECTRA and W-SPEED

Celebrating 30 years company establishment, we launch 2 new products: W-SPECTRA and W-SPEED.
W-SPECTRA is a complete automatic online spectrum monitoring system over HF/VHF/UHF/SHF. It contains the following major functionalities:

  • Direct receiver control
  • Automatic real-time signal classification and decoding
  • Wideband (2 MHz) and narrowband (96 kHz) signal recording in baseband (IQ) and playback
  • Automatic capturing of classification result into a user configurable database.

W-SPEED is a spectrum editing tool. It displays an IQ signal recording in a 2 MHz wide sonagram. User can cut out any interesting signal in time and frequency domains from the sonagram for classification and decoding.
For details please read the brochure W-SPECTRA and the Product Summary. For our current product series please read our publication 30 Years Achievement.