Changing Receiver Bandwidth

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Radios differ in the degree to which they permit receiver bandwidth to be controlled from PC software.  If Commander provides bandwidth controls for the current the radio Model, they are presented in the Filters panel on the right side of the Main window, sharing space with the Memory Bank panel; if the Filters panel is not visible, click the Filters & Devices button. Commander uses the concept of a Filter Group to bridge these disparate capabilities: a Filter Group is a named configuration of one or more receiver bandwidth settings. If Filter Groups are supported for a particular radio Model, Commander remembers the Filter Group last used in each mode. Checking the restore Filter Group on mode change box directs Commander to automatically restore the last used Filter Group whenever a new mode is selected.


Elecraft Transceivers

For the Elecraft K3 and KX3, Commander's Main window's Filters panel provides Width and Shift controls. Clicking the X button to the right of the Width slider selects the default filter widths for each mode. Clicking the X button to the right of the Shift slider centers the current filter; you can set the Shift control's resolution to 10 Hz or 50 Hz. The Main window's Filters panel also provides Group selector that lets you quickly choose pre-set Wide, Normal, or Narrow width and shift settings that you've defined for the SSB, CW, Data-L, Data-U, RTTY, and AM modes on the Configuration window's Filter Groups tab. Enabling the restore Filter Group on mode change setting on this tab causes Commander to remember the last Filter Group used in each mode, parenthetically display each mode's last Filter Group in the Main window's Mode panel, and automatically select a mode's last Filter Group when the mode becomes active.

 

Flex Signature (6000) Transceivers

When controlling a Flex Signature transceiver, Commander's Main window's Filters panel provides Width , High-cut, and Low-cut controls. The Main window's Filters panel also provides Group selector that lets you quickly choose pre-set Wide, Normal, or Narrow width and shift settings that you've defined for the SSB, CW, DIGL, DIGU, RTTY, and AM modes on the Configuration window's Filter Groups tab.

Icom Transceivers

Early Icom transceivers provide two Filter Groups, whose functions are hardwired: group 1 provides a wide bandwidth filter, and group 2 provides a narrow bandwidth filter. Later Icom transceivers allow the user to reconfigure one or both filter groups to a different bandwidth (by physical replacement, or in high-end transceivers via menu selection), and some include a third group ambiguously referred to as normal. The Icom Filter Group Names panel lets you assign names to each group that are meaningful for the actual filter configuration of your transceiver.  With the radio Model set to an Icom transceiver, the Main window's Filters panel presents a Group selector with the choices whose names you've specified. You can activate a Filter Group by selecting its name in the Group selector on the Main window's Filter panel. When you change filters via the radio's front panel, the Group selector is updated to reflect your choice. Enabling the restore Filter Group on mode change setting on this tab causes Commander to remember the last Filter Group used in each mode, parenthetically display each mode's last Filter Group in the Main window's Mode panel, and automatically select a mode's last Filter Group when the mode becomes active.

For the Icom IC-756ProIII, IC-7000, IC-7200, IC-7300, IC-7600, IC-7700, IC-7800, IC7850, and IC-7851, the Filters panel also provides Width, PBT1, and PBT2 controls; PBT1 corresponds to the transceiver's "inner" PBT knob, and PBT2 corresponds to its "outer" PBT knob. Clicking the X button to the right of the Width slider selects the default filter width for the current mode. Clicking the X button to the right of either PBT control centers that control, eliminating any shift.

 

Kenwood Transceivers

The Filters panel on Commander's Main window provides mode-specific receiver bandwidth controls for the TS-480, TS-570D, TS-570S, TS-870, and TS-2000 as shown in the following table:

Transceiver SSB CW, CW-R RTTY, RTTY-R AM FM
TS-480 High-cut, Low-cut Shift, Width Width   High-cut, Low-cut
TS-570S, TS-570D High-cut, Low-cut Shift, Width Shift, Width High-cut, Low-cut High-cut, Low-cut
TS-870 High-cut, Low-cut Shift, Width Width   Width
TS-2000 High-cut, Low-cut Shift, Width Width   High-cut, Low-cut

 

TenTec Transceivers

For the TenTec Orion and Orion II, the Main window's Filters panel provides Width  and Shift controls. 

Clicking the X button to the right of the Width slider selects the default filter width for the current mode. You can specify the default filter width on the Config window's Filter Groups tab. You can optionally configure Commander to select the default filter width whenever the transceiver changes mode.

Clicking the X button to the right of the Shift control centers that control, eliminating any shift.

 

Yaesu Transceivers

Commander's Main window's Filters panel provides comprehensive bandwidth control for the Yaesu 1000MP family, including the MarkV and MarKV Field.  The Filters panel provides controls that allow direct selection of 2nd IF, 3rd IF, and sub-receiver filters. With the radio Model set to MP1000 or MP1000MKV, the Config window's Filter Groups tab lets you defines 12 Filter Groups, specifying a name, mode, 2nd IF filter, 3rd IF filter, and sub-receive filter for each; you can revise or delete these definitions, and provide new ones. You can activate a Filter Group by selecting its name in the Group selector on the Main window's Filter panel. When you change filters via the radio's front panel, Commander determines whether the new filter configuration matches a defined Filter Group; if so, the Group selector is updated to show the name of the matching Filter Group. Enabling the restore Filter Group on mode change setting on this tab causes Commander to remember the last Filter Group used in each mode, parenthetically display each mode's last Filter Group in the Main window's Mode panel, and automatically select a mode's last Filter Group when the mode becomes active.

For the Yaesu FT-450, FT950, FT-2000, and FT-9000, the Main window's Filters panel provides Width  and Shift controls. Clicking the X button to the right of the Width slider selects the default filter width for the current mode. Clicking the X button to the right of the Shift control centers that control, eliminating any shift.