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RadioCompass - Features

Here are some pictures to show you what RadioCompass does:

This is the main Menu. As with ComStudy®, we have divided the study selectors into "bands" so that defaulted parameters can be applied. Note that much of these menus will change as features are added to RadioCompass in response to our plans and user requests. For example, as we finalize mobile interference criteria, expect to see an advanced study type become available. Generally, we aim to keep the interface as simple as possible, yet retain maximum flexibility.

The Inspectors are a big help.

The Object Inspector is typically used to display all information about a Radio, including administrative information if available.

A Map Layer Inspector will show conditions under the cursor at any point on a map, such as field strength, interference, elevation or whatever other information is available to the program, whether calculated or from external data.

"Easy" vs. "Advanced"

Take a look at some of the differences between an "easy" Interference ("Ix") study and an advanced one. In the easy interface, three things are done:

  • Step-by-step controls
  • Help screens for each step
  • Options limited to force simplicity—for example, in an easy Ix study you can't include radios from multiple bands in one study.

By contrast, in an advanced study, most functions are in one page, including spreadsheets for both proposed radios (frequencies), interfering radios and a map on which to display Ix caused and received: