Enabling CwGet to Track and Set your Transceiver's Frequency

de Jim N8JQL

CwGet uses a soundcard to decode CW from your transceiver's audio output. The instructions in this article enable CwGet to track and set/tune your transceiver's frequency.

Commander's Secondary CAT port can be configured to respond to CAT commands from CwGet; here's the connectivity that will be established:


To configure Commander to interoperate with CwGet as described above,

  1. Establish a connected pair of virtual serial ports using VSP Manager or com0com; these instructions assume that connected virtual ports N and N+1 are created (e.g. 15 and 16)

  2. In the Secondary CAT Serial Port panel on the Config window's Ports tab,

    1. set the CAT protocol selector to Elecraft

    2. select Follow & Lead Primary

    3. set the Port # to N, the Baud selector to 9600, the Word selector to 8, the Parity selector to None, and the Stop selector to 1

    4. check the Enable box

  3. Configure !CWGet
    1. on the Setup window's Tuning tab,

      1. for Use RIG: select RIG1

      2. for Tune RIG by: select Main VFO

      3. click the Go. button

      4. on the Omni-Rig Settings window's RIG 1 tab

        • set the Rig type selector to Kenwood

        • set the Port selector to N+1

        • set the Baud rate selector to 9600

        • set the Data bits selector to 8

        • set the Parity selector to None

        • set the Stop bits selector to 1

        • set the RTS and DTR selector to Low

        • set the Poll int., ms and Timeout, ms selectors to 100

        • click the OK button to the Omni-Rig Settings window

      5. click the OK button to close the Setup window

Note that changes will be ignored until CwGet Setup window has been closed or the Apply button has been clicked.

OmniRig & CwGet Caveats

CwGet tunes your transceiver via the Omni-Rig software component. Other applications install Omni-Rig, which may result in several copies and versions of Omni-Rig on your System. Be sure that only one application -- like CwGet -- that uses Omni-Rig is active at any point in time.

CwGet’s AutoGTM function automatically seeks out maximum points of signal strength and QSYs your transceiver to that frequency. If you switch to a mode other than CW, its best to terminate CwGet to minimize resource consumption and ensure that AutoGTM won't QSY your transceiver.

Additional Topics

displaying CW characters decoded by CwGet in WinWarbler's CW Receive Pane

Interoperating with CwGet

Transceiver Control

Getting Started with DXLab

CWGetCommander (last edited 2016-05-08 18:16:02 by AA6YQ)