Getting Started with Kenwood Transceiver Control

  1. connect your Kenwood transceiver to your PC; if you use one of your PC's USB ports, configure Windows to not automatically power down this port.

  2. run Commander, and click the Config button on its Main window to open its Configuration window

  3. in Commander's Configuration window, select the General tab and then set the Radio panel's Model selector to Kenwood

    1. if your transceiver is a TS-480, the DTS transmission using ANI input option will appear; enable this option to transmit via the ANI input instead of via the MIC input

  4. in Commander's Configuration window select the Ports tab; in the Primary CAT Serial Port panel,

    1. designate the serial port that is connected to your radio interface; if Windows has assigned your radio interface a serial port number greater than 17, reassign it a number less than 17

    2. select the baud rate, parity, word length, and stop bits that match your radio's settings

      • note: the Kenwood TS-590 requires 2 stop bits when its baud rate is set to 4800
    3. set the RTS selector to On

    4. if an external interface is being used and it derives its power from the serial port's DTR modem control signal, set the DTR selector to On

  5. on the Configuration window's General tab,
    1. check the Continuous Frequency and Mode Interrogation box

    2. set the Continuous Frequency and Mode Interrogation interval to 200 ms

  6. On Commander's Main window
    1. the VFO panel should reflect changes you make to your radio's frequency via its front panel

    2. the Mode panel should reflect changes you make to your radio's mode via its front panel

    3. Modifying the VFO panel's frequency display contents and striking the Enter key will radio's primary VFO to the specified frequency; see Changing Frequency for information about the other ways you can change transceiver frequency from the VFO panel

    4. Clicking the Mode panel's buttons should change your transceiver's mode; see Changing Mode for additional information

    5. Clicking the Bandspread button will display a Bandspread window; see Bandspread Window for additional information.

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TranceiverControlKenwood (last edited 2014-02-21 04:05:40 by AA6YQ)