Re: Kenwood TS-850 and Commander settings

Mike - AA1AR
 

FTDI makes 6ft long USB cables, which are a neater solution than the module, I think.

I used the TTL-232R-5V-WE, and just soldered on the 6-pin DIN plug.

You’ll still need to set it to invert the logic, as described in Joe’s “USB:” link.

Cable and plug are available at Mouser, Digikey, etc.

73, Mike – AA1AR

 

 

From: dxlab@... [mailto:dxlab@...]
Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2017 3:10 PM
To: dxlab@...
Subject: [dxlab] Kenwood TS-850 and Commander settings

 

 

Thanks, Joe! I've added the information below to

<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/ConnectingKenwood>

and

<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/TranceiverControlKenwood>

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

-----Original Message-----
From: dxlab@... [mailto:dxlab@...]
Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2017 1:48 PM
To: dxlab@...
Subject: Re: [dxlab] Kenwood TS-850 and Commander settings

> Who makes or has a cable that will go from the 6-pin DIN ACC1 socket
> on the TS-850, do the conversion, and deliver the result to either a
> DB9 serial or USB plug?
Here is information on rolling your own:

RS-232:
<http://www.egloff.eu/index.php/en/la-technique/le-ts850/interface-de-telecommande>

USB:
<http://fweb.wallawalla.edu/~frohro//SDR/USB%20Interface/IF-232%20USB%20Replacement.html>

"Commercial" cables can be found on e-Bay (look for "Kenwood RS-232 cables").

> What are the proper CAT settings for the TS-850 in Commander?
The serial interface of the TS-850 is fixed at 4800 8N2 per the Kenwood
TS-850 PC (CAT) manual.

73,

... Joe, W4TV

On 7/29/2017 11:56 AM, Ed Douglass aa9ozham@... [dxlab] wrote:
> Dave, I think you are right. I have a hardware problem, not a problem
> with DXLab.
>
> One problem is my old dual port serial PCI card. It didn't like the
> Windows 10 environment. I have replaced it with a dual port PCIe card
> and it and a driver are getting along with Windows 10 just fine.
>
> Another likely problem may be that the W1GEE LCU3-K TTL level
> converter I have been using may have died. I have no way to test it.
> The data output of a Kenwood T-850 has to be converted to something a
> computer can work with.
>
> The DXLab Wiki pages about interfacing Kenwood radios to Commander and
> the other relevant DXLab apps is not specific enough for me and my TS-850SAT,
> both of which are old! Who makes or has a cable that will go from the
> 6-pin DIN ACC1 socket on the TS-850, do the conversion, and deliver
> the result to either a DB9 serial or USB plug? What are the proper
> CAT settings for the TS-850 in Commander?
>
> My ultimate hardware problem is the Kenwood TS-850 that was not
> designed to work into a computer running software like the DXLab
> Suites. As a kind friend said to me this morning: get a radio that
> belongs to this century and you won't be having interfacing problems!
>
> Help from you and/or the DXLab users would be appreciated very much.
>
> Ed, AA9OZ (ex 7P8DX)
>
>
>
> On Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 8:56 PM, 'Dave AA6YQ' aa6yq@...
> [dxlab] < dxlab@...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>>>>> AA6YQ comments below
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* dxlab@... [mailto:dxlab@...]
>> *Sent:* Sunday, July 23, 2017 9:38 PM
>> *To:* dxlab@...
>> *Subject:* Re: [dxlab] Kenwood TS-850 and Commander settings
>>
>>
>>
>> Thanks, Dave. All of your setting suggestions are what I have been
>> using. The serial cable is not the null modem type. There are no
>> bent pins.
>>
>> The dual serial port is old. The manufacturer was NetMos Technology.
>> In November 2012, NetMos was acquired by MosChip Semiconductor. The
>> driver number was NM9835S. It could the 98 in the number is a
>> reference to Windows 98? That old?? In February of this year, the
>> company that is responsible and supplies drivers became ASIX
>> Electronics. Their driver number, MCS9835, is version 2.0.4.0 It is
>> digitally signed by Microsoft Windows Compatibility Publisher.
>>
>> Here's a thought. This card was working in Windows 7. I think it
>> has not worked since I changed the motherboard and began using Windows 10, 64 bit.
>> Could it be that this old dual port card can no longer make it in the
>> W10 environment? This would fit your suspicion that I have a
>> hardware problem and not a DXLab software issue.
>>
>>
>>
>>>>> Since there are no reported but uncorrected defects in Commander,
>>>>> and
>> since many ops successfully use Commander with Kenwood radios every
>> day, it is unlikely that your situation is the result of a defect in Commander.
>>
>>
>>
>>>>> If you have an oscilloscope, monitor the radio s CAT port s TX
>>>>> data pin
>> to see if there s any response to the CAT commands being sent by Commander.
>>
>>
>>
>> 73,
>>
>>
>>
>> Dave, AA6YQ
>>
>>
>>

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