Optional firmware DX-SR8 (all versions)

This software (firmware) is for applicable model(s) indicated above. The software detailed below is provided to those who agree to the terms of the software license. When the user selects "Click here to agree to license and begin download", agreement to the terms of the software license is inferred and the user is bound by the terms of Alinco,Inc (hereafter "Alinco") License Agreement. Be sure that you have read and understand the terms of the license agreement before initiating the download of this software.

This is an OPTIONAL firmware for DX-SR8 only and is NOT AN UPDATE. This firmware will replace the current firmware and Alinco doesn't offer the original version to restore. This version of firmware will add simply a new setting menu in the set-mode allowing to change the knob function assignments of Squelch, IF shift and RIT. We do not intend to alter the original design of knob lay outs, therefore we release this firmware as an option only. There is no hidden bug-fix or user-interface improvement in this optional firmware so we do not offer a free update service, either. Please consider this software as a BONUS to ERW-4/ERW7 cable owners.

An ERW-7 or ERW-4C PC connection cable is necessary to perform this update. The same cable can be used for the Clone-utility software that is available for free from here.
Never power down the device or power-source while updating. This program is not version-sensitive and usable to any DX-SR8.

Please download the Zip file from the link below. Unzip it and place the folder to a directory of your preference.

[Installation and Uninstallation]
Please do not install this program if you don't agree with the terms of the software license.
Please be sure to install driver software of ERW-7 before start using it. (ERW-4C doesn't require the driver software), and the cable has been connected to your PC, ready for use.
Open the folder and click on the "DX-SR8 flash Writer.msi." to install the program. A short-cut icon will appear when it's been successfully installed. You may uninstall [DX-SR8 Flash Writer] through Add / Remove Programs in Windows Control Panel after the copy is done, as this is a one-time tool.

[Copying the firmware]
Click on the short-cut icon to open a simple interface window. Select the port number at the com port pull-down box that your ERW-cable has been assigned to. If you are not sure about the port number, check Windows system menu>device manager to make sure the port assignment of the cable at [Port(COM and LPT)>USB Serial Port (COM*)] entry.
The most common causes of troubles are COM-PORT setting related or missing the installation of the ERW-7's driver-software.

Connect the ERW-7/4C's plug to the SP jack on the front panel of SR8 and turn it on. Press [Write Ver 01.05] button on the program to rewrite the firmware. "FLASH" appears on the screen while copying. The error/failure while copying the new firmware won't cause serious trouble to the radio. If error occurs during the operation, just turn off the DX-SR8, perform a reset and retry. At completion, the radio turns off for an instant and turns back on. Remove the PC cable.

Press FUNC key for a second to enter to the set-mode. By using the triangle keys, go to menu 24 that is newly added. Rotate the VFO dial to select knob assignment of your preference. Selectable parameters are as follows. Press PTT to set and go to the operation mode.
* S-IF-RT (Original assignment: SQL/IF SHIFT/RIT from the left to right)

* I have understood that this firmware update is not mandatory but up to my personal preference. I agree and accept all conditions explained by Alinco and download the optional firmware program.

Download DX-SR8_Optional Firmware (Zip file/2.1MB)

Download panel-logo sheet (Zip file/0.1MB) Contains different combinations of SQL-IF shift-RIT logos in ai, pdf, jpeg and tiff formats. It may be usable to make your own panel label using a PC printer.

[Instruction manual update]
Not intended.

Download Information:
Software name
DX-SR8 flash Writer.msi
Download file name
Supported model(s)
DX-SR8 All versions (Sorry, DX-R8 receiver is not supported)
Ver. 01.05
System requirements
5 MB or more free hard-disk space; 32 MB or more RAM; built-in USB or serial port
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit version)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit version)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32-bit version)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (32-bit version)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit version)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
(64-bits versions not tested therefore not supported)
Zipped file
Not permitted

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