ID Tracker / ID Tracker II  / ID Tracker III
Freeware
Updated: 02/12/17

Programmer's Disease

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)    ID Tracker Tips and Uses

Source Code    Acknowledgements    The Future    Home Page

Reporting Problems    ID Tracker Mirror Site

If you enjoy ID Tracker, donations are graciously accepted.  Any funds received will be used to support the continued development of ID Tracker through the purchase of updated scanners, etc.

Any updates or notices for ID Tracker will be posted to the Radio Reference Scanner Programming Software forum.

Here is a independent review of ID Tracker III.

WEB IMPORT NOTICE!!!!

With Radio Reference converting to the SOAP interface for data download, the ID Tracker Web Import is no longer functional for ID Tracker II.  ID Tracker III is required for web importing.


Introduction

ID Tracker's main purpose in life is to help find and identify new trunk system IDs.  One important item, the program is not designed to be a complete control program.  It will not download IDs or frequencies to or from the scanner.  There are programs available that already serve that purpose.

The ID Tracker is designed to be used in conjunction with the Uniden TrunkTracker scanners to find and identify new trunk system IDs and was inspired by A. Giammarino's DOS based program (780TMON).  My basic design criteria was that the program must be as small as possible and have a small footprint on the screen.  I originally designed the program so that no DLLs or special controls were required with the exception of the main VB6 runtime DLL (MSVBVM60.dll).  However, in order to easily provide certain functions, the program (ID Tracker and ID Tracker II) now uses one other file which is the MS FlexGrid control (MSFLXGRD.ocx).  ID Tracker III has been completely rewritten using VB.Net to help maintain compatibility with future operating system releases.

I will update the program as I find bugs or add items that I think will be useful.  Suggestions for improvements will be considered (e-mail me).

The program is freeware.  I designed it for my personal use and thought others may get some use from the program.  Therefore, use these programs at your own risk (please see notes on Programmer's Disease).  I do not guarantee the functionality of this program and that it will be supported.  If you experience any problems and send me the complete error message or description of the problem and I may attempt to help.  Also, before sending email, please read the help page and make sure the answer is not already here.

The programs have been tested on Windows 98, Windows SE, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

How ID Tracker Works

I find there is a misconception about what ID Tracker does and does not do.  First of all, ID Tracker DOES NOT program your scanner.  If this is what you are looking for, there are various other applications that are free and paid for that accomplish this task.

ID Tracker is used to monitor the activity and expand the capabilities of scanners that provide a computer interface.  The expanded capability includes adding descriptions and comments to a virtually unlimited number of talkgroup IDs and frequencies.  It also provides the capability to log activity and record audio associated with that activity.

As ID Tracker monitors the scanner, any talkgroups or frequencies that were not previously added ID Tracker's system file are added to the system.  The user can then add a description to the talkgroup or frequency using ID Tracker's system editor.  Once the description has been added, any subsequent activity will display the entered description.  Talkgroup IDs and frequencies can also be entered in the system editor by using the file and Radio Reference import functions.

If configured to do so, ID Tracker will record audio from the scanner using the computer's sound card.  The audio is then saved and time stamped for later review using ID Tracker's built in audio player.  From the audio player the user can simply listen to the day's activity and use clues in the audio to determine information about the talkgroup or frequency.  ID Tracker will continue to record new audio during playback.

Other Information

For more information on trunking see Lindsay Blanton's Radio Reference web site.  A great resource for trunked radio systems.


ID Tracker III
Current Version: V1.20.1

ID Tracker III

ID Tracker III Help File    Version History    Known Issues    Download

ID Tracker III Excel Workbook

ID Tracker III is the latest in the line of ID Tracker software.  It was written to use the Windows .Net framework in order to maintain compatibility with the latest versions of Microsoft Windows.  The most recent versions were written in Visual Studio 2010 and has been tested on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit).  For older version of Windows, please use ID Tracker and ID Tracker II.

Features

Notes:

ID Tracker III Downloads

ID Tracker III requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5. You can check for the framework by looking for the folder C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5.

.Net Framework 3.5 Installation

Setup Kit (about 500 KB, zipped)    Download

Executable Only (about 400 KB, zipped)    Download

ID Tracker III Excel Workbook

Please Note:  This workbook is unsupported so USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!

This workbook is designed to maintain a master list of Trunk IDs (talkgroups) for ID Tracker III.  It is derived from a workbook used by the author of ID Tracker III to maintain system lists for multiple ID Tracker III installations.  It is published here as an unsupported tool for ID Tracker III.

Download


ID Tracker II
Current Version: V3.3.0

ID Tracker II Help File    Version History    Known Issues    Downloads

Features

Notes: ID Tracker II functions much the same as the original ID Tracker with some exceptions.

ID Tracker II Downloads

Complete Setup Kit (about 1.7 MB, zipped): This is required if you do not have any VB6 programs previously installed.   Download

Executable and Help File Only (about 260 KB, zipped): Can be used if you have already installed the complete setup kit or have installed other VB6 programs.  If you are updating ID Tracker II, you may wish to save or rename the previous version of the executable (IDTrack2.exe) in case you experience problems with the new version.  Download


ID Tracker
Current Version: V3.11.0

ID Tracker Help File    Version History    Known Issues    Downloads

Features

ID Tracker Downloads

Complete Setup Kit (about 1.7 MB, zipped): This is required if you do not have any VB6 programs previously installed.   Download

Executable and Help File Only (about 260 KB, zipped): Can be used if you have already installed the complete setup kit or have installed other VB6 programs.  If you are updating ID Tracker, you may wish to save or rename the previous version of the executable (IDTrack.exe) in case you experience problems with the new version.  Download


Visual Basic Source Code

ID Tracker and ID Tracker II was written in Visual Basic 6.   ID Tracker Source     ID Tracker II Source

Note: Due to proprietary agreements, the ID Tracker II source is pre-V2.00 (GRE support) only.  ID Tracker III source code will not be released due to these agreements.


Programmers Disease

I have recently been informed that I have programmer's disease.  At first I was in denial, but after some time I have come to realize that it is true.  The ailment apparently manifests itself as a mental block that prevents me from anticipating every possible system combination that can ever be conceived and every possible thing that a user might attempt with my software.  This results in imperfect software.

Users who do not understand my condition might think I am trying to ruin their lives, but it is not so.  Due to my condition I am simply incapable of being omnipotent.

With that said, please understand, if the software is not perfect or fails to work with your system or scanner, it's not my fault.  It's programmer's disease.


The Future

Here are some possible future enhancements:


Acknowledgements

Special thanks to A. Giammarino for the program that got this started and Doug Fisher for help testing the software and suggesting the name ID Tracker.  Also thanks to those who reported problems, beta tested and helped make this a better program.

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