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PC control of an Kenwood transceiver requires either an level-conversion interface, an [[SerialCable|RS232 cable]], or a USB connection as a function of the model: PC control of an Kenwood transceiver requires either a level-conversion interface, an [[SerialCable|RS232 cable]], or a USB connection as a function of the model:
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 * a male 6-pin DIN to male 6-pin DIN cable to connect the transceiver and IF-232C   * a male 6-pin DIN to male 6-pin DIN cable to connect the transceiver and IF-232C
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When connected to your PC via its Universal Serial Bus [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Serial_Bus|(USB)]] connection, the '''Kenwood TS-590''', '''Kenwood TS-590SG''', and '''Kenwood TS-900''' provide transceiver control by emulating a serial port, and provide access to both their audio input and audio output by emulating a soundcard. Setup instructions are provided [[ConnectingKenwoodUSB| here]]. When connected to your PC via its Universal Serial Bus [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Serial_Bus|(USB)]] connection, the '''Kenwood TS-590''', '''Kenwood TS-590SG''', the '''Kenwood TS-890''', and '''Kenwood TS-990''' provide transceiver control by emulating a serial port, and provide access to both their audio input and audio output by emulating a soundcard. Setup instructions are provided [[ConnectingKenwoodUSB|here]].
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If you use one of your PC's USB ports, [[PreventUSBPortPowerDown| configure Windows to not automatically power down this port]].
If you use one of your PC's USB ports, [[PreventUSBPortPowerDown|configure Windows to not automatically power down this port]].
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[[https://www.rtsystemsinc.com/USB-63-Programming-CAT-Cable-p/usb-63.htm|RT Systems USB-63]] - recommended by Kenwood Technical Support for all Kenwood HF transceivers with a DB-9 serial connection, including the TS-990S, and TS-890S
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[[http://g4zlp.co.uk/unified/KenwoodCAT.htm|ZLP Electronices IF-232 replacement]] [[http://www.g4zlp.co.uk/unified/KenwoodCAT.shtml|ZLP Electronices IF-232C interface replacement for the TS-450s, TS-690s, TS-790s, TS-850s, or TS-950s, and interfaces for the TS-50 and TS-60]]
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 * [[Win7VistaHardware|Interfaces known to work with 32-bit and 64-bit flavors of Windows 7 and Vista]] [[Win7VistaHardware|Interfaces known to work with 32-bit and 64-bit flavors of Windows 7 and Vista]]
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=== HomeBrew Interfaces === === HomeBrew IF-232C Replacement Interfaces ===
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[[http://fweb.wallawalla.edu/~frohro//SDR/USB%20Interface/IF-232%20USB%20Replacement.html|Build a USB IF-232C replacement for your Kenwood TS-50, TS-60, TS-140, TS-440, TS-450, TS-680, TS-690, TS-711, TS-721, TS-790, TS-811, TS-850, TS-940, TS-950 or R-5000]] [[http://www.egloff.eu/index.php/en/la-technique/le-ts850/interface-de-telecommande|Using an RS-232 Serial Port]]

[[http://fweb.wallawalla.edu/~frohro//SDR/USB%20Interface/IF-232%20USB%20Replacement.html|Using USB]]
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[[TranceiverControlKenwood|Kenwood Transceiver Control]]

Connecting an Kenwood Transceiver to your PC

PC control of an Kenwood transceiver requires either a level-conversion interface, an RS232 cable, or a USB connection as a function of the model:

Model

Interface

TS-50

IF-10D + IF-232C

TS-140

IF-10C + IF-232C

TS-440

IC-10 + IF-232C

TS-450

IF-232C

TS-480

straight-through female 9-pin RS232 to female RS232 cable

TS-570

straight-through female 9-pin RS232 to female RS232 cable

TS-590

standard USB cable (A-male to B-male)

TS-680

IF-10C + IF-232C

TS-690

IF-232C

TS-711

IF-10A + IF-232C

TS-790

IF-10C + IF-232C

TS-811

IF-10A + IF-232C

TS-850

IF-232C

TS-870

straight-through female 9-pin RS232 to female RS232 cable

TS-890

standard USB cable (A-male to B-male) or straight-through female 9-pin RS232 to female RS232 cable

TS-940

IF-10B + IF-232C

TS-950

IF-232C

TS-990

standard USB cable (A-male to B-male)

TS-2000

straight-through female 9-pin RS232 to female RS232 cable

The IF-232C, IF-10A, IF-10B, and IF10-C are no longer available from Kenwood, but replacement units are available from the suppliers below and used units can be found at flea markets and on eBay.

When using an IF-232C or equivalent, two cables are required:

  • a male 6-pin DIN to male 6-pin DIN cable to connect the transceiver and IF-232C
  • a male 25-pin RS-232 to female 9-pin RS-232 cable to connect the IF-232C and PC serial port

When connected to your PC via its Universal Serial Bus (USB) connection, the Kenwood TS-590, Kenwood TS-590SG, the Kenwood TS-890, and Kenwood TS-990 provide transceiver control by emulating a serial port, and provide access to both their audio input and audio output by emulating a soundcard. Setup instructions are provided here.

If you use one of your PC's USB ports, configure Windows to not automatically power down this port.

Commercial Interfaces

microHAM USB Interface II (recommended)

Donner Digital Interfaces

Piexx TS-140 IF-10C and IF-232C interface replacement

Piexx TS-711/TS-811 IF-10A and IF-232C interface replacement

Piexx TS-940 IF-10B and IF-232C interface replacement

Piexx IF-232C interface replacement for the TS-440, TS-850, and TS-940

RT Systems USB-63 - recommended by Kenwood Technical Support for all Kenwood HF transceivers with a DB-9 serial connection, including the TS-990S, and TS-890S

W1GEE IC-10 replacement

ZLP Electronices IF-232C interface replacement for the TS-450s, TS-690s, TS-790s, TS-850s, or TS-950s, and interfaces for the TS-50 and TS-60

Interfaces known to work with 32-bit and 64-bit flavors of Windows 7 and Vista

You'll find product reviews of the above, along with more alternatives at http://www.eham.net/reviews/products/53

HomeBrew IF-232C Replacement Interfaces

Using an RS-232 Serial Port

Using USB


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