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Author Topic: Cant get TS-480SAT setup for Digital modes ????  (Read 15081 times)

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« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2013, 09:41:37 AM »

I'm a new HAM and could use a hand.....

I have a TS-480SAT running with HRD.
I am told that this rig does not require a soundcard interface like SignaLink or Rigblaster, but requires only an
audio cable running between the PC and the radio made from (2) 3.5mm stereo plugs to a mini-DIN 6-pin connector.

I'm have the rig connected to the PC with the DB9 serial cable, so that part is operational.
I made the audio cable that I described above, and pluged it to the data port of the radio, and the stereo plugs into the

Result:  I'm not able to decode the digital waterfall signals, they appear as jumbled text in coded format.

Anyone run into this ?

Yes. With and without external devices. Sometime the DIN does not sit right. This sounds silly but make sure you have a good connection. The plugs sometimes have very tight fit and it doesn't always get in all the way. Following that the sound levels for the radio and rig take some tweaking as noted by others. I do not have a rig here at work to check my settings but I do use HRD (Best program I have ever used in ham radio and extremely easy!) with my 480sat and the thing runs like a dream. Again, just ensure the DIN plug is really actually in there correctly.

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« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2013, 10:09:51 AM »

I do use HRD (Best program I have ever used in ham radio and extremely easy!) with my 480sat and the thing runs like a dream.

Some, like myself, consider HRD too busy. I tried t and did not care for it at all.

You can embrace new technology and change with it or cling tightly to old technology and fall further behind everyday....

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« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2013, 08:03:41 PM »

Just a comment about DIN plugs and the TS-480.  I had to 'whittle' the molded plastic 'case' of the DIN plug to fit the '480's jack.  That jack fits far enough behind the face of the radio's case that the 'stock' DIN plug just wasn't getting connected.  I tried several cables and they all were too 'fat'.  As long as you're careful about it, it's just a matter of 'shaving' some excess plastic from the plug (not the 480's case).
 - 'Doc

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« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2013, 01:10:44 PM »

Maybe I should admit defeat and get a Signalink ?

The SignaLink has three things that make it handy:

1.  A USB-connected sound card _with a knob_ to set the TX audio level.

2.  A "digital VOX" circuit that keys the transmitter, so you don't need a serial port to do TX/RX switching.  When it detects audio from the computer, it switches the rig into TX mode.

3.  A "breakout box" to connect the SignaLink's internal wires to the rig's interface cable.

IMHO, it is over-priced for what it does. 

But people who buy them have less trouble getting their first contact, than people who buy anything else.

With a SignaLink, if your digital-mode software is set to use the SignaLink's sound card (which shows up as a "USB Codec" under Windows), and your rig is set up right (use the "packet" settings in the manual), you'll be able to work digital modes.

You'll have to decide how much frustration you'll suffer, to save $100.<g>

.             Charles

PS -- the first digital contact is, by far, the hardest one you'll ever make.    Once the hardware and software is set up correctly, it's all "point-and-click".

PPS -- I'm using a 10-year-old BuxComm Rascal interface at home -- just a few parts in a plastic case.  But for my club's new Field Day station, I got a SignaLink.   The following year, the station was "improved" with one of the RigBlaster interfaces, which would handle hard-keyed CW.  It took three of us, testing for a few hours, to figure out that the RigBlaster was faulty!    So don't think that you're alone in having startup pains.
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