Getting Started with Apache Labs Transceiver Control

de John W1JA

For Apache Labs transceivers using Thetis software,

  1. set up the Thetis software and a connected virtual serial port pair

  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

    1. in the Radio panel

      1. set the Model selector to SDR-3000

      2. check the Interrogation box and set the interval to 100 ms (note: Apache Labs SDRs can handle command intervals much shorter than 100 ms, allowing Commander to more smoothly track frequency, mode, and meter changes; after everything is working correctly, try reducing the Command interval to 50 ms, and then to 25 ms)

    2. in the General panel

      1. check the Accept Dual Receive On directives and Accept Dual Receive Off directives boxes

      2. check the Use TX freq for devices when split box

  4. in Commander's Configuration window select the Ports tab and then

    1. designate the virtual serial port you specified in the com0com or VSPE setup

    2. set the baud rate to 38400

    3. set the parity to none

    4. set the word length to 8

    5. set the stop bits to 1

  5. in the Thetis setup window's Cat Control tab's CAT sub-tab,

    1. set the Port, Baud, Data and Stop parameters to agree with the values set in step 4 above

    2. check the Enable CAT box

  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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