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With the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
businesses and self employed persons are now strictly
controlled/regulated and legally liable as to how they obtain and
manage personal data. Whilst as a personal individual GDPR does
not apply to me I have chosen to remove all potential doubt and not ask
for or acquire any personal information on my website, including
your Email address, without your explicit consent. This is why
any of my programs or content that have optional registration on no
longer ask for "personal Identifiable Information" or "Email
This results in me losing a contact ability with my customers unless
they specifically contact me.
Buy having this blog I can:
Ensure that for any responses your details are kept PRIVATE.
- Tell you what is happening or on my mind with regards to my
programs / website
- Give you the opportunity/opening to personally contact me with
your ideas / thanks / etc.
- For submitted ideas the opportunity to expand upon / critique /
- Anything else good or bad
Please see my Privacy page for further details.
If you want to then please Email Me at one of the appropriate
Us Email addresses: (your privacy will be protected)
08 July 2020 - Serial/USB Port Communication Reliabilty
I've been recently working with a new user of DriveR8 who uses an older
style Alinco ERW-4C interface and could not get DriveR8 to talk to his
Alinco. Together (thank you Harrie) we seem to have solved the
The solution I have implemented is in the next release of DriveR8 and
Scan125. Possibly also in Scan75 as well.
A summary of the problem/issue is that USB interface devices to
traditional serial protocol devices will buffer the resonse/data and
then supply the response as a consolidated data response.
When talking directly to old style non USB serial devices then the data
comes back in "chunks" as opposed to a consolidated/complete
To cater for the differances in behaviour I have changed serial port
data reception from syncronous with no buffering to asynchronous with
The big advantage of this change is that people running or trying to
run Scan125, DriveR8 ... on MACs and LINUX machines should hopefully
find their COM errors/issues will be resolved or at least improved.
22 June 2020 - Audio Recording - Input Selection
Well it is now done and dusted for Scan125 and DriveR8. Scan75
will follow soon.
One hiccup I've discovered with the DriveR8 release is that for some
strange reason the User Manual Index links to their content for some
reason were not working. I've updated the WEB online version of
the manual and will update the download package ASAP.
20 June 2020 - Audio Recording - Input Selection
So I've been busy pulling my hair out on this and thanks to help from
Ian (BASS developer) and Scan125 user Jake I've finally managed to get
recording input selection working.
There was nothing wrong in my code but the problems I was having turned
out to be Windows OS issues with Windows returning generic non specific
error codes. With this now established, thanks to debug version
off BASS supplied by Ian, then I could work my way through loads of PC
sound settings to narrow down who/what was conflicting with who/what.
This is all now done and I've added more informational and messages to
my code so I'm now happy to shortly issue a new release.
To those who requested record input selection I'm sorry it has taken so
long to get to here but we have arrived and once I've done the
documentation and screen shots for the User Manuals then I'll be
publishing the next releases of Scan125, DriveR8. Scan75 may lag
a little but wont be far behind.
05 June 2020 - Audio Recording In My Programs
I've had requests and comments come in asking if I can provide
selective audio input selection for recoding.
Now I do take all input/request/criticism etc. seriously and so for the
past month I have been working hard on trying to accommodate these
request but Windows 10 is proving to be a complete bag of worms in the
audio domain. Currently my programs use the Window's default
input/recording devices. This, when people get their privacy
settings correct, seems to work for most people.
People will already recall Windows 10 failed to work with the code I
wrote for Windows 7, this being due to Microsoft removing some of the
Windows 7 audio code from Windows 10. This meant I had to move to
using the BASS external sound library code.
So here, I'm not a happy bunny and will be digging deeper. In
this "dig" I tried the well respected and used Audacity sound recording
program and even that failed under certain conditions!
17 April 2020 - DONATIONS TO DEBRA
I've just received the latest figures for the kind donations my
users have made to the DEBRA charity. DEBRA and I thank you very
The breakdown/details are:
21/03/2017 - 24/05/2018 = £1000 (37 donations) (average of £27 each)
30/05/2018 - 01/05/2010 = £288 (22 donations) (average of
10/05/2019 - 14/04/2020 = £340 (38 donations) (average of
Total To Date = £1628 (97 donations) = £16.78 average made by GREAT
PEOPLE and I thank everyone of you.
I would personally like to thank those 97 people who have donated to
Debra. To those who have donated (you know who you are) and the
person who donated £500 of that total you have my unreserved
thanks. Downloads in that period were in the multiple thousands!
Am I'm asking too much? Surely Scan125/Scan75/DriveR8 are
worth a couple of pounds or more? This charity needs your modest
So PLEASE if you have not already donated to DEBRA then can I ask you
to please do so.
16 April 2020 - DriveR8 - Release V18.104.22.168
Well I eventually got this release out and I:
Now over to you my DriveR8 users.
- Apologise to DriveR8 users for the wait for the new release
- Hope the wait was worth while
06 April 2020 - DriveR8 current work
Back on the the 17 May 2019 I wrote about new work on DriveR8
supporting for the SR8 and SR9 Transceivers the additional functions of
TX Power, Tone/CTCSS and Split Frequency
This work stalled due to my beta tester having to attend to more
important other matters. Sadly this state continues but I'm
fairly confident that what testing we did get done was effective and
there are no major issues.
So I'm now working on finalising the next release of DriveR8 with
new function and some bug fixes.
As always my schedules (other than important bug fixes that break my
programs) are flexible and not guaranteed but I'm back on DriveR8 and
hope to get the new release out in the next few weeks.
26 March 2020 - Some Web Page Changes
I was recently advised that my rather old style web pages do not
always show nicely on small mobile devices. Now my software is
clearly for PCs, laptops and tablets running Windows but clearly the
use of smaller mobile devices is now common place so my pages should
try to accommodate these devices and users.
So I'm working my way through my pages (which will take time) to try
are improve them with regards to their Responsive, Viewport and Table
01 March 2020 - Scan75Convert and Scan125Convert
Scan75Convert is a new release to support the Scan75 Control
Program. Long overdue but it is here now.
Scan125Convert has been updated to remove a bug and now has a proper
As mentioned many times before my programs are there for you users
and any/all developments and bug fixes rely on user reporting and
29 January 2020 - Scan75 Control Program Released
Well a New Year to all and a new program as well. Scan75
is for the Uniden UBC75XLT and BC75XLT scanners and the Albrecht AE75H
In my December 2019 entry below I gave some insight into how Scan75
came to be started and of course my thanks to Chris Taylor of Moonraker.
Now that the first release of Scan75 is public I will be looking to new
releases of both Scan125 and DriveR8 Control Program. Much of the
work for these has already been done but there are a few items still to
No doubt there will be questions from Scan75 user's and hopefully not
too many bug reports. These will be addressed as priority work.
That is all for now. Enjoy Scan75 and above all enjoy 2020.
25 December 2019 - Year End Round-Up
This December, I give thanks to Chris Taylor of Moonraker, who kindly
provided me with a UBC75XLT earlier this year. With this I was able to
create the first Beta version of Scan75.
When I was developing and publishing Scan125 I had many requests
for Scan125 to support the supposedly similar UBC75XLT scanner.
At first this looked like an easy thing to do but on further research
it became evident that unless I had an actual UBC75XLT scanner to
develop and test against then the cards would be stacked against me in
developing a quality program.
Thankfully Chris Taylor/Moonraker came to my rescue in offering me a
UBC75XLT scanner, free of charge and no strings attached to develop
with. Even the postage was paid for.
So to Chris, Moonraker and all their employees I have to, must, wish
you all the seasons greetings and a Happy and Healthy New Year and also
thank you on behalf of DEBRA.
To the users of my software and especially those who have donated to
charity this year, and/or in past years, then I thank you all on behalf
of myself and DEBRA.
I trust you have all found my software and support worthy of your time
2020 will see the first formal release of Scan75. Also a release
of DriveR8 with additional transmitter support for the Alinco SR8 and
Lastly to you, yours, family and friends I wish you a Merry Christmas,
Seasons Greeting and a Great New Year
29 June 2019 - Windows 32 Bit OS Recording Issues
Thanks to a user I have been made aware of an issue with the current
releases of Scan125 and DriveR8 when used on a Windows 32 bit OS
An exception will be thrown (invalid file format) in the BASS.DLL/sound
library used to support audio recording. Form most/almost all
users this will not occur as the majority of Windows OS systems are 64
If you are a 32 bit OS user and have seen/experienced this problem then
I have an immediate fix that just requires the BASS.DLL file to be
replaced with a 32 bit version. Please contact me for the
The next releases of Scan125 and DriveR8 will resolve this issue.
This may have to be done by having two separate downloads, one for 64
bit Windows OS and another for 32 bit Windows OS.
17 May 2019 - DriveR8 Additional Support for DX-SR8 and DX-SR9
Well apart from a beta tester I'm working with I've had no contact from
anyone else. This has slowed things down!
If finally testing goes well then the next version DriveR8 will support
I have to beg/stress to all my software users that:
- VFO A/B split frequency display/edit
- Memory Bank support for CTCSS Tone On/Off
- TX Power
THEN PLEASE contact me. If I can fix or support them then I will
- If something is broken/not working/confusing
- If you have ideas/suggestions
- Anything else
DriveR8, Scan125, and my other programs only get better with your
feedback and support.
01 May 2019 - DriveR8 Additional Support for DX-SR8 and DX-SR9
This work is ongoing but to speed matters up if there is anybody else
out there who can help/do some testing then please contact me (Email
address for DriveR8 above).
Information from Alinco is limited and any help will require you to set
some setting on your rig and then use the DriveR8 debug facility to
read specified memory locations. e.g. set Tone Off and read
memory and then set Tone On and read memory then we can see what has
01 May 2019 - DEBRA Charity Donation Update
I would personally like to thank those 59 people who donated in the
period 21 March 2017 to 01 May 2019 raising £1288 for Debra. To
those who have donated (you know who you are) and the person who
donated £500 of that total you have my unreserved thanks.
Downloads in that period were in the multiple thousands! Am I'm
asking too much? Surely Scan125/DriveR8 are worth a couple of
pounds or more? This charity needs your modest donation.
So PLEASE if you have not already donated to DEBRA then can I ask you
to please do so.
28 April 2019 - DriveR8 Additional Support for DX-SR8 and DX-SR9
I'm pleased to say that I'm working with a great guy called Gerald to
extend DriveR8's support for the SR8 and SR9 transceivers.
Currently DriveR8 supports some TX functions/settings but these are not
currently mapped/stored/reloaded or editable by memory bank
location. An example of this is TX Power.
Thanks to some testing by Gerald I now know where this data is stored
and will be able to update DriveR8 to fully support TX Power.
There are of course other items that we need to work through and this
will take time. To this end there is no delivery schedule planned
HOWEVER DriveR8 will be updated.
I could update DriveR8 almost immediately to support TX Power in memory
locations but with all the other TX settings that may or may not be
stored in a memory location I need to understand how best to redesign
the DriveR8's memory display and edit form.
The good news is that progress is being made for near or almost full PC
program support of the SR8/SR9 transceivers. To my knowledge
nobody has this current level of support let alone what I'm
Stay tuned :)
20 April 2019 - Scan125 & DriveR8 Windows 10 Recording Functions
Today I've release new versions of Scan125 and DriveR8 that resolve the
audio recording functions on Windows 10.
To do this I've had to:
Ideally I would have preferred to not have used external audio library
functions but this proved to be the most sensible solution for Windows
10 systems. And as Windows 7 is going out of support come January
2020 then this is probably the best time to change my code base (.NET
and BASS) and hopefully flush out any issues prior to Windows 7 going
out of support.
- move the base .NET version requirement from Version 3.5 to
Version 4.5. This should not be any issue on Windows 7 and
Windows 10 systems. If it is for you then just download the .NET
4.5 framework/run time from Microsoft.
- use external audio library functions, BASS (bas.dell) and
I rely on my users to tell/inform me of issues etc. so if you
have any issues then TELL ME. Do not rely on some other person
doing it for you.
11 April 2019 - Scan125 & DriveR8 Windows 10 Recording
I'm rather staggered that since I upgraded to Windows 10 the recording
functions of Scan125 and DriveR8 just record noise!
None of my users have raised this issue with me so possibly for a long
time (one or two years) both programs have been broken with respect to
audio recording on Windows 10 systems.
I've been looking to resolve this issue but it is looking like that I
will have to withdraw both program's audio recording abilities on
Windows 10 and direct users to use alternative recording applications.
If this is going to be a problem for you then please let me know.
As Win 7 goes out of service/support then for W10 I plan to withdraw
the broken audio recording functions.
If you have objection / issue then please let me know.
04 February 2019 - Scan125Convert & DriveR8Convert New Releases
I've updated the above utilities to cater for input CSV files that may
lack tag name, frequency or modulation information. After a user
query it became apparent that his input CSV file lacked a modulation
data field. Design omission by me.
Now these programs will substitute missing data a follows:
Scan125Convert : 25MHz for
frequency, AUTO for modulation and "" for channel tag name
DriveR8Convert : 1MHz for
frequency, USB for modulation and "" for memory tag name
20 January 2019 - Scan125 New Release
As mentioned on my 20 January 2019 entry this new release of Scan125
now supports a direct frequency input tuning control.
20 January 2019 - New Year Software Comings
I've just started work on (and almost finished) a new release of
Scan125. Something that has been missing from Scan125 (and
competitor products) is a direct frequency input control so you can use
the scanner just like a more traditional receiver. Want to directly
tune to 195.33 MHz then you just mouse click the virtual display and
enter the frequency. For Airband followers then Scan125 will also
(if enabled) apply the *real* frequency conversion from Air Traffic
Control (ATC) called values (and airfield published values) to the
actual frequency the scanner has to be tuned to.
I've been playing and testing and it is actually all working very
well. Just wish I had done this earlier as I'm an avid airband
enthusiast and this function is great for following frequency
transitions. As always documentation, screen shots, etc. is the
release pain that delays my software releases but is an import part of
Rest assured none of my software is not open / up for update in 2019.
So if you are a user of my software and/or have new ideas etc. then
please shout and contact me via the relevant Email address at the head
of this blog.
If I can do it I will try to (legal restrictions applying).
26 December 2018 - Timely Reminder
Hope you all had a good Christmas Day and continue into the new year.
Santa is bringing some people UBC125XLT/series scanners and inevitably
some people are asking questions or setup queries regarding
Scan125. PLEASE Use Email and
not the Comments facility. The comments facility is
totally anonymous to comply
with GDPR so I am unable to respond to any questions or issues raised
via the Comments form.
14 December 2018 - Yaesu FTA-250L
Well Santa is bringing me a Yaesu FTA-250L Airband Transceiver for
Yaesu have their own software for programming this device but the
software does not provide virtual control and display functions like my
Scan125 and DriveR8 software.
So in 2019 I'll be looking to keep my brain cells alive (in older
age/retirement) to see if there are any possibilities of virtually
controlling the FTA-250L. If not then I guess I'll just enjoy
following my pleasure if following aircraft and their flight
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my users. I thank all
of you who have donated to the DEBRA charity and hope that those who
have not yet done so will give DEBRA a little Christmas present that
they can put to good use in 2019. Please remember, at this
time of year, my software is free, function unrestricted with the hope
that users will make even a £1, 1$, 1 Euro to DEBRA.
10 November 2018 - The Fallen Radio Operatives
This weekend is a very good time to appreciate the role of radio
communications, especially HF, in WWII and absolutely to those brave
resistance fighters, agents and spies who kept information flowing and
often gave their lives in the process.
I raise my aerial to them, take my hat off and honour them.
14 October 2018 - The Leaves Are Falling
So winter is approaching which may lead to more development activity.
For Scan125 everything is quiet with no reported issues or function
For DriveR8 a user with an Alinco DX-SR9 has reported some issues due
to the SR9 not responding to some commands DriveR8 sends. We are
working on this and are making good progress. As no other
user has reported the same issues then I'm assuming there is currently
only one SR9 user out there so am taking the time to get test versions
tested instead of rushing out a patch/fix. The way the SR9 is
handling and responding to some commands is proving to be interesting
to say the least so getting it right is my priority.
If you have tried DriveR8 on a DX-SR9 and hit problems and not bothered
to contact me then I have a test release available that will get you up
and running so all you have to do is "ask and you shall receive".
As always any issues, questions etc. then please do not hesitate to
08 September 2018 - DriveR8 New Release
Today I released DriveR8 V22.214.171.124. This release adds some new
function and also removes the requirement to register (for free) to
remove the previously time limited virtual display function. See
my 25 August 2018 post below for more details about this.
25 August 2018 - Scan125 New Release
Well I've gone a done it and removed the requirement to register (for
free) to remove the previously time limited virtual display function.
Apologies to the users who only just registered today.
As for a periodic nag "pop-up" then I've not done this. Instead
the Menu DONATE (DEBRA Charity) button will "blink" just 10 times every
100 program executions, or on a new installation and every 100
If this annoys users then so be it but imagine having to painfully
prick 10 or more blisters EVERY day. Scan125 will just blink the
donate button 10 times every 100 program invocations.
And for those who have donated (or bought me a coffee in the past) then
it will be a pleasant reminder of how Scan125 got to the stage of
raising money for charity. To them I say THANK YOU!
22 August 2018 - Scan125 Next Release
The next release of Scan125 may see some changes that I've *not yet*
finally decided to do.
Scan125 now has over 3500 registered users from 56 or more
countries. I collate and publish these stats along with User
Comments (all anonymous) so both me and the users get a good idea of
what others are saying. This also lets users see how many others
in their country are using Scan125. Additionally it helps me
identify any possible country specific issues.
I think we can safely assume (unless I do something stupid) that
Scan125 usage will increase and the current stats data speaks for
itself in terms of a steady growth of World Wide users. To this
end I think Scan125's popularity and usage has been proven and the
current registration process has served its purpose?
So with the next release I thinking/proposing:
Now 3) above will possibly be very contentious as for many it may/will
be considered to be "nag ware". I do understand this which is why
I'm very cautious about going down this route. However Scan125 is
*FREE* and with a Careware/Charity
status and objective. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Careware).
Scan125's and my objectives and time (many many many hours) is to raise
funds for DEBRA/charity and also provide a free alternative program for
scanner users. To this end I need to do something to try and
ensure that the objectives are fulfilled as best as possible. The
problem I have is that users are anonymous, donations are anonymous
(unless you have Emailed me to say you have or will be donating) so the
"nag" will be occasionally present to all users (including me).
- Remove the free registration and virtual display timeout (yippee
I hear some shout)
- Provide a program link to post comments and suggestions
(anonymously) for me to see - comments will be used on the existing
"User Comments" web page
- Possibly add some periodic reminder (eg. 3 times a year or every
100+ program invocations) for people to consider donating to the DEBRA
charity (or other charity)
I would like your thoughts on this if you would be courteous enough to
Email my Scan125 contact Email address above.
28 July 2018 - Time Flies By As Do Registrations
Hope you are still enjoying Scan125 and DriveR8 programs. Scan125
registrations come through almost daily and are approaching 3450!
By year end at this rate there will be over 3500 happy? users out there
On the subject of Registration Comments I sometimes see them stating a
problem or issue. This can be a little frustrating for both of us
because with my "no personal details" registration process I'm
powerless to help. All problems, issues, questions, etc. should
be sent to my program's contact Email address. Those who have
done so will vouch for my rapid response and support. I have
thought about putting Feature Request and Bug Report forms on my
website but for these to be effective I would need people to enter
personal details and I'm not happy about going down that route despite
my site being HTTPS and SSL enabled. So, please Email me directly
even if you only have a question.
02 June 2018 - Scan125 New Release and Debra Charity Donations
I've just released Scan125 V126.96.36.199 today. Enjoy.
I would personally like to thank those 37 people who donated in the
period March 2017 to May 2018 raising Â£1000 for Debra. To the
person who donated Â£500 of that total you have my unreserved
thanks. Registrations in that period were 1990! Am I'm
asking too much? Surely Scan125/DriveR8 are worth a couple of
pounds or more? This charity needs your modest donations.
Please guys and gals if you have not donated then please do so.
If you can find better quality, better supported (even at weekends)
software for less than a minimal/modest donation then please let me
13 May 2018 - Four Years Since Scan125 Went Public
For those of you that read the Scan125-History file you will have
noticed that Scan125 was first released publically on 30 April 2018
with development and private beta releases dating back to before then.
In these past four years we now have in excess of 3150 registered users
so if you use Scan125 then you are not alone and I hope are enjoying
the program and, what I'm repeatedly told is, excellent support (even
during weekends and evenings).
I'm not looking for extra work as I have an alternative life to live
(and of course my DriveR8 and other projects to support) but it is
probably a good time to think about Scan125's future. Whilst the
Uniden 125 series of analogue scanners appear to be still selling well
I doubt this is going to last well into the future. So this
coming year is probably our last real opportunity to add sensible
functions/features to Scan125.
Over to you Scan125 users to Email me with ideas and suggestions.
As always I make no promises to implement any particular request but
just remember that Scan125 is what it is by virtue of user feedback and
28 Apr 2018 - General - Questions / Requests when Registering
I'm seeing a few people who when registering (Scan125 & DriveR8)
are putting questions and/or requests in the registration comments
field. Please do not do this
but instead use one of the official Email contact addresses as
My program registration process is totally anonymous and I have no
knowledge of who you are or your Email address (unless you give that
information when registering). This means that I can not
reply/answer your writings.
03 Apr 2018 - General - Scan125 Registered Users
Just the other day Scan125 topped 3000 registered users in 55 countries
around the world.
This success is a credit to my registered users many of who send me
ideas, requests and bug reports. More importantly, whilst not as
good as I would have hoped for the DEBRA/other charity donations
trickle in and this is massively good news and support for those in
need. PLEASE everyone
keep those charitable donations coming in. Just a UK pound, US
dollar, or any other unit from every user would be great.
07 Mar 2018 - General - DriveR8
DriveR8 V188.8.131.52 is released today. I hope that the new functions
will be welcomed by users. I'm already enjoying the possibly most
welcome new function of Scheduled Tuning. This allows one to set
a date, time, duration and Memory Bank and Memory Number for DriveR8 to
automatically tune to. In addition one can enable automatic
recording. So there is no excuse to missing your favorite
commercial broadcast program, your normal HF net meet or that
NAVTEX or any other reception requirement.
27 Feb 2018 - General - Scan125
As February 2018 draws to a close then I note that there have been 160
new Scan125 registration since 1st January 2018. So give or take
a few that is a registration rate of 80 per month this year thus
NOT WANTING COMPLAIN but ONLY 3 users
have told me that they have made a donation to charity. I hope to
get more accurate figures from DEBRA come financial year end but at the
moment I'm not that pleased.
Please tell me where you can get better software for your
BC125AT/UBC125XLT/UBC125AT/AE125H scanner for the same price as a small donation to an International
Charity such as DEBRA or a charity of your choice. Every
donation no mater how small is
a life saving, life enhancing gift.
Please help me to help them and
encourage me to continue supporting Scan125. Not much to ask for!
14 Feb 2018 - We now use HTTPS / SSL
It has been a long time coming but I'm pleased to let you know that
this site is now HTTPS / SSL enabled. It is good for both you and
me so we can all feel more secure and comfortable.
30 Jan 2018 - DriveR8 Control Program - V184.108.40.206
Thanks to user Gerald in Germany I've been busy supporting the
TRANSMITTER/TRANSCEIVER functions of the Alinco DR-SR8 and Alinco DR-SR9 Transceivers.
As I do not have either of these rigs it has been an interesting
journey for both of us. A game of "Ping-Pong" in me supplying
code and Gerald having to validate against his DX-SR8 rig.
With V220.127.116.11 of DriveR8 most, but not all, of the SR8/SR9 transceiver
transmitter controls are supported with the basic omission being that
of CW and Key/Paddle settings. If you are a CW user
and would like the additional CW function support then please Email
me. Needless to say you will end up having to test and report
back etc. which could take time and several cycles to complete so
unless you are able/willing to undertake these responsibilities then
please do not contact me.
As always please Email me bug reports, suggestions.
04 Nov 2017 - Blog Publish
The background/reason for this blog, which I may cease at any time, is
that with recent forthcoming UK/EU regulation changes I can no longer "acquire" personally identifiable
information via my website without your prior consent and then I would
have to secure that data from theft from my website/server. To
comply with these new regulations would require me to have htpps: and associated expensive
security certificates etc..
How does this affect you/me:
- You can register my software online with any crap information you
like. I'm waiting for a "Donald Trump" to appear (big smile).
- I can not contact you, even if you are having problems with my
software. YOU HAVE TO CONTACT me (see contact Email addresses
- A general loss of ready communication/feedback/issues etc. for
BOTH of us
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