Re: New file uploaded to DXLab@groups.io


Dave AA6YQ
 

Thanks, Art! I'm glad that Commander's multi-radio support gave you the capabilities you sought.

If you reverse the arrangement so that your 7300 is connected to Commander's Primary CAT Port and your 590 is connected to Commander's Secondary CAT port, then you'll have the use of Commander's Spectrum-Waterfall window, which displays spectrum and waterfall data from 7300 overlaid with color-coded active callsigns reported by SpotCollector, and provides better control over the radio's spectrum-waterfall display. You would still use your TS-590 to make QSOs, but as the secondary radio, its passband and meters would no longer be trackable and controllable by Commander.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

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File: Hardware band scope TS-590SG.MOV

Uploaded By: RVnRadio

Description:
DXLab's Commander program provides Multiradio connectivity to link the band scope feature of one radio in direct proximity of a radio that does not have a band scope. The video provided here is a quick pass to show you the Multiradio feature of the Commander program at work for me between two HF radios. This software is key to making use of hardware in the 7300 to work with the hardware of the 590G While the ICOM IC-7300 is an excellent radio, it lacks many features that this operator is accustomed to using. But now I have essentially "built-in" a band scope such that I have much (not all!) of what the TS-890S provides at a much lower cost. This is also something like a K3/K3S with a P3 band scope. Technically not as good but the price point is less while the performance in certain band/communication situations at least nips at the heals of the more expensive rigs abilities to slice and dice a signal out of difficult operating conditions. One advantage of using the KENWOOD TS-590SG is that it has a USB port AND an RS232 port. CAT command strings are rather constant between the two radios in this linkup but we can still run other software programs (e.g. WSJT-X) through the RS232 port at the same time the USB port on the '590SG is in full use with CAT control operations. Another advantage of using this pair of '590SG and '7300 models is the rigs are isolated from each other from damaging TX RF from one radio, getting back to the other radio. This isolation both ways was made really easy by KENWOOD having a dedicated RX Antenna OUT port (DRV port switched to RX Ant Out) along with VIBROFLEX/iINRAD having their RX-7300, RX Antenna IN kit added into the ICOM IC-7300. This is not for everyone. DXLabs has an outstanding Bandspread feature in the Commander program. And you might still like to use a large computer display for a band scope. The wonderful thing here is we have a lot of choices, limited only by our imagination. Oh, and sometimes the pocketbook. In my case, a combination of funds and a bit of any eye problem was the impetus of creating this setup. Heaps of thanks to Dave / AA6YQ for creating such a wonderful, rock solid piece of software. A case where a seasoned ham radio person with excellent programming skills come together to create a Graphical User Interface on top of program code that is easy to configure.

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