Commander Quick Setup

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Quick Setup instructions: controlling one radio  

Step Directions
1 on the Configuration window's General tab
  • select the radio's Model

  • if you've selected an Icom or TenTec Omni,

    • indicate whether you'll be specifying the radio's CI-V Address  in decimal or hexadecimal radix (radio addresses given in Icom and TenTec manuals are in hexadecimal)

    • enter the radio's CI-V Address in the specified radix

    • set  the radio's CI-V Transceive parameter off  (using its menu system)

  • if you've selected a TenTec Pegasus, specify the Control Folder containing your Pegasus control software; this folder should contain a file named PEGASUS.OUT

  • if you've selected a Kachina, specify the the Control Filename established by your Kachina software

2

in the Serial Port panel  on Configuration window's Ports tab (skip if the radio Model is a TenTec Pegasus or FlexRadio SDR-1000)

  • designate the serial port that is connected to your radio interface

  • select the baud rate that matches your radio's settings

  • if the radio requires that the RTS modem control signal be asserted, place this signal in the always on state; the Kenwood TS-2000, for example, has this requirement.

  • if an external interface is being used and it derives its power from the serial port's DTR and/or RTS modem control signals, place these signals in the always on state

3

on the Configuration window's General tab, check the Continuous Frequency and Mode Interrogation box and set the interval to 200ms 

  • older radios like the Yaesu FT-767 require longer intervals, e.g. 400 ms

Note that checking the Continuous Frequency and Mode Interrogation checkbox with your Icom or TenTec Omni radio's CI-V Transceive parameter set on will degrade Commander's ability to track changes in your radio's frequency.