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Author Topic: Ham Radio Deluxe and TS-870  (Read 1236 times)
N4JX
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« on: January 11, 2009, 08:51:16 PM »


Is anyone using Ham Radio Deluxe with a Kenwood TS-870? If so, can you share your related HRD and radio menu settings? I am having trouble getting the com port on the radio and computer to communicate. Not sure if it is one or the other not configured correctly, or bad. I do see Com 3 (which is the port) on the computer . . . so thinking it is radio or settings. I did build the cable but have triple-checked it with pinouts in radio manual. Any help is appreciated!

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Mike
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WA7NCL
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2009, 08:46:38 AM »

You need to make sure the pins of the RX, TX and CTS, RTS match up with the TS870.  I have gotten most control programs to work with my 870 by using a straight thru cable (9pin).  Do not use a Null modem cable.

The other important thing is to look in the manual for the 870 and check the menu for serial communication.  Make sure the baud rate, number of bits and parity match up with the settings of HRD.  A kind of vanilla setting for the 870 would be 9600 baud 8bits no parity.  Make sure HRD has the same.  Also if I remember the 870 likes hardware flow control so make sure HRD is using the CTS, RTS lines as well.  After you get it to run at 9600 baud you can bump it up.  I usually use 19.2K for a faster control update rate.

You can debug the command interface with a terminal program.  you can send the radio a raw command and see if it responds.  The 870 manual contains a listing of the commands.

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2009, 03:57:29 PM »

Thanks for the good suggestions. I finally got it figured out . . the main issue being an issue with the serial card in my computer. And I think I will try and run it at 19.2k as well. All is working FB now. Thanks again.
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