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Reviews Categories | Interfaces, Radio to computer, amp, rotor, coax switch, internet | Navigator by Timewave - previously by US Interface Help

Reviews Summary for Navigator by Timewave - previously by US Interface
Navigator by Timewave - previously by US Interface Reviews: 67 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $369
Description: The Navigator is a high quality interface between the rig and the computer, for use in running the digital modes such as PSK31, Olivia, MFSK, Hellschreiber, MT-63, etc. It also works fine for SSTV using many popular software programs such as MMSSTV.

The Navigator interfaces to the rig using a USB port, thus it does not require a serial port on the computer. It provides CAT control to the rig via a serial connection from the Navigator to the rig. The Navigator is completely configured and defined in software, and future updates are expected to be flash-ROM updates that can be installed by the user.
Product is in production.
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K6HOM Rating: 5/5 Nov 12, 2016 21:15 Send this review to a friend
Great for FSK RTTY & Digital Modes  Time owned: more than 12 months
My Navigator was the original version manufactured by US Interface and it has been used with a number of radios over the years.

My initial reason for purchasing it was for its ability to support FSK RTTY. At the time, there were not many soundcard devices that could support FSK. While my current IC-7600 can natively decode & TX FSK, applications like MMTTY, 2Tone, WinWarbler and others offer much more powerful macro capabilities and better decoders. The Navigator does an excellent job with these applications and together with these apps, out-performs my radio's internal RTTY decoder and limited macro capabilities.

In recent years I have been enjoying digital modes like JT-65, JT-9, PSK and others. I have found the Navigator to be superb for these modes because its noise floor is significantly lower than other soundcard devices that I have tried, including the one built into my radio.

Easy to use and extremely reliable, I haven't experienced any hardware issues. To be fair, I did experience some driver incompatibility issues with some of the later Windows 7 upgrades and ended up contacting Randy at Timewave. The latest driver and ExtFSK updates resolved these issues. There are detailed step-by-step instructions included with these upgrades. After following them, my Navigator ran flawlessly on Win 10.

Highly recommended for the above uses.

K1HC Rating: 3/5 Nov 11, 2016 10:32 Send this review to a friend
Cumbersome Setup; Bring Plenty of Computer Skills  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Maybe this device would have worked out better had I had better computer skills, but I was not able to get it up and running. So, if you are not well-versed in computers, you may have difficulty. Purchased it in October 2016 and the software CD with it was dated two years prior. Timewave tech help directed me to download new drivers, but I was not able to get things set up correctly. Also waited quite while to get the two cables I ordered. When I did get them about three weeks later (due to parts availability they said) there was no set up instruction with either cable (TS-2000 or K-3).
W6OU Rating: 2/5 Jun 17, 2016 11:59 Send this review to a friend
Miswired factory cable  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I ordered a cable for my Navigator and FTDX5000 and was told it would be shipped right away. It was shipped 9 days later. When I received the cable, I made an Ohmmeter check of the wiring and found the CAT RS232 wires were crossed! This miswiring was easily fixed but if I hadn't made an initial cable check I would have wasted some time trying to get my software to work. Why didn't Timewave check their cable for proper continuity after assembly?
W4TUN Rating: 5/5 Apr 1, 2015 06:09 Send this review to a friend
Great Customer Service  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Everyone has said how great the unit is, and I go along with that. Very easy to set and run, and it just keeps on going. I wanted to say that Randy at Timewave spent several hours with me getting this baby working the best it could in my set up. He was great, some of the best customer service on a product that I've experienced. Don't hesitate to buy one, Timewave and Randy will do whatever it takes to help you. Can't say that about many companies.

K0MTZ Rating: 4/5 Mar 19, 2015 13:04 Send this review to a friend
Computer Booting Issue  Time owned: months
Well I guess I have to write this fairly long review over again since the system lost my last version. Said the summary was missing (it was) but when hitting the "back" it lost everything.

Now for the Navigator. It's very rare for any product to get a large number of reviews with 100% of them giving a rating of "5" and I kind of hate to break that record, but I will.

The product works great while everything is up and running. The issue comes up whenever you have to boot the computer. Be aware that if you do this without unplugging both cables from the Navigator, it goes into an oscillatory mode where over a period of several seconds there is a sort of a "beep", the lights flash and the rig is put into a transmit mode. That last one is serious. To fix this you have to unplug both cables, reboot the computer, plug in the USB cable, wait a while, plug in the cable to the rig. Then you're OK again.

If you leave the computer and rig on say overnight and Windows does an update with a reboot, you won't even see this thing keying the transmitter until morning! In other words don't do that.

Even if you're at the computer and need a reboot (remember this is windows and OS updates, antivirus updates, and others all require this way more frequently than seems reasonable) then unless you unplug the Navigator before you boot, the strange mode happens and you have to do the whole unplug/reboot/replug sequence again.

I understand about Windows and the need to assign COM ports, USB ports, etc. but it looks like the first thing to wear out on the Navigator will be the connectors/cables due to the frequent plugging. That is unless my tolerance for the hassle wears out sooner.

Really, the major issue is putting the rig in transmit. That should never happen without control operator intervention!
HZ1SK Rating: 5/5 May 3, 2014 03:12 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Interface  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have owned so far every model of digital modems and tested them over many years. The US Navigator interface is built to last , installation is easy..documentation is Excellent. I got the one with silver face, I only wish if there was an ON/OFF switch but anyway this is not a big deal.
I made the cables by myself so you can save some money on this as all information is available online for the majority of transceivers.
The sound card has very low noise which enables you to pick low signal and pull them out of the noise.Bottom line, I highly recommend this modem.
Best 73,
W7BV Rating: 5/5 Jan 19, 2014 12:04 Send this review to a friend
Great interface  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I'm very pleased with my 2 month old Timewave Navigator in use with HRD 6/ DM 780 software and my Elecraft K3. It has provided excellent performance and replaced a MicroHam Microkeyer II and software router. My only complaint is the lack of an "on/off" switch to remove power from the unit when it's not in use and the computer is still and in use for other purposes. While I've solved the problem by using an external USB hub whose ports can be switched on or off as needed, adding an on-off switch to one of the pots on the navigator would be nice.
AD2TM Rating: 5/5 Nov 14, 2013 07:35 Send this review to a friend
Great interface - back in production by Timewave  Time owned: more than 12 months
I am not going to say anything that has not been said before, This is a great puce of equipment! I have had mine for three or four years, and never a problem, other than a couple of opreator induced software issues.

The owner of the company decided that he had had enough and transferred the rights to Timewave (

Yes it is a little on the pricey side, but if you want the best money can buy, get one. My recommendations convinced two local hams to get one.

Also there is a very active group on Yahoo if you have any questions or problems. The group helped to solve the problems mentioned above.

W0ZS Rating: 5/5 Mar 9, 2013 08:05 Send this review to a friend
It's staying in the shack  Time owned: more than 12 months
I won't add much here other to say it is a wonderful addition to the shack and has reduced a lot wires in the shack. I also love that it does fsk for those rigs that have that function for RTTY. Luckily, it is built very well, and will last a long, long time.
NV8G Rating: 5/5 Feb 27, 2013 19:26 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Interface!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have no idea why they would stop making these. I have had mine about 3 years now and I absolutly love it. Before that I had a Signalink, which functioned ok....But, the Navigator beats it hands down. You get a much cleaner signal from the Navigator and a lot more features. It's extremely well built and I believe it will last forever. They are worth every penny of the cost. If you can find one, buy it!
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