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Re: First Run Experience #mfj-1234 #ic-7300 #quick-start

Howard Nurse, W6HN
 

Hi Bob,

Thanks for your input!  We are about ready to open the Forum Wiki for anyone to access.  Larry, AC9OX, has been setting it up for several months.  It is an ongoing project, and all contributions will be welcome.

73, Howard W6HN

Re: FT-857 No Audio

Jeffj51@...
 

Hi Howard - 

I can check voltage and continuity. I seated the jumper to match the notch on the socket. It looks ok visually, but could have a bad solder joint. Can you direct me to the pinout voltages I should see? I don’t remember which is pin 1 on the socket - the one on the right of the notch looking down on it?

Jeff

Re: FT-857 No Audio

Terrence Redding
 

Good Morning, Howard,

I am hoping to setup a rig with RigPI today.  I have three easy choices in the shop.  A TS-2000, IC-7600, and a FT-857d.  Of the rigs I have listed the only the TS-2000 is cited as Stable so maybe that should be my first choice. It would certainly give me the great flexibility on bands and modes.

Has someone produced a connection guide for the TS-2000?

Terry - W6LMJ

On Aug 21, 2019, at 9:07 PM, Howard Nurse, W6HN <hlnurse@...> wrote:

Hi Kerry,

I want to assure you that getting the IC-7300 integrated with RigPi is normally straightforward.  (I have one sitting right here.)  The 7300 has much documentation and step-by-step instructions in the Forum Files area.  One of our users, Harold, W5ZZT, created a file which you can load into your 7300 to take care of all radio menu settings if you don't want to change settings manually..

https://groups.io/g/RigPi/files/Rig%20Configuration%20Information/ICOM

There is a list of supported radios in the Forum File area here:

https://groups.io/g/RigPi/files/RigPi%20Documentation/Hamlib%20Radio%20List%205-7-19.pdf

There are notes for each radio that indicates testing status.  I've found these notes to be unreliable.

I know of several who are using the TS-2000 successfully.  The FT-857d is a bit more difficult since you have to patch into the Mic connector to take advantage of DSP and other radio audio options.

73, Howard W6HN

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Loic SM5VFE
 

Hello Howard, 
I have search Everything on TS 590 radio but I cannot find anything. CODEC is used. Receive audio is very good. 

I noticed on Preferences Audio Device settings that I didn´t have USB Audio CODEC so I changed it but no luck. 
PDF file about TS 590S(SG) checked without sucess. 

Regards from Loic, SM5VFE

Re: FT-857 No Audio

Howard Nurse, W6HN
 

Pin one is to the left of the notch.  Looking at the back of the daughter board, it would be to the right.  PTT is on pin 3.  It should be a positive voltage until RigPi toggles PTT, at which time it should go to ground.

--Howard

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Mark Weisheimer
 

Hello Loic,

First, do you have ONLY a USB A to B cable connected from the TS-590 to the RigPi?
I have used the RigPi with a TS-590S this way and it worked great once it was set up properly.

Can you tell us a bit about what you are using for your remote device?
Is it a tablet or a phone or a laptop and which OS is it?
Do you hear audio from the radio at your remote device?
The stumbling block for me was getting the Transmit audio to modulate the TS-590S.
There is a menu setting that informs the radio to use the audio from the USB port of the radio.
Menu 63 I believe it was, must be set to USB so that the transmitter will use that audio when CAT keys the PTT.

I has been a couple of months and a couple of radios ago that I set that up and I currently have a different radio on the desk.
If you get really stuck, I can get it out and set it up and verify the settings.

I do think that there was a need to create a Macro to key the PTT and make it use the USB audio, that idea just came to me while typing.
I believe that I made the Macro emulate pushing another button which caused the radio to go into "transmit DATA mode" which actually meant "transmit audio from the internal USBaudioCODEC of the radio.

I just now opened the guide to where I had written:
We also added a macro (using Macro 21's slot) to send the CAT command for TX1 which is "Send USB
data/audio".
That macro is populated with:
*0w TX1;
and I named it "TX USB"
you can name it anything meaningful to you.

That will key the radio and pass USB audio to the transmit chain, then you need to tap the PTT button to
go back to receive.

That "fake PTT button push" requires:
Set Menu 79 PF-A function to value 205 for the TS-590S only.
The purpose of this change is to make PF-A become "PTT RigPi Audio"

Let me know if that does not help enough to get you transmitting!

--
73 - Mark - K8MHW
'A RigPi Enthusiast!' - I am not otherwise affiliated with MFJ or RigPi

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Howard Nurse, W6HN
 

Transmit audio can go through the CODEC, or as an experiment, through the RigPi Audio card.  In Mumble, change the Audio Output Device to the sndproto default device, then click Apply and OK.  Plug earbuds into TX OUT on RigPi.  Do you hear audio from your phone/tablet?

--Howard

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Loic SM5VFE
 

Hi Mark, 
Thank you for your reply. 
I have a USB Cable from TS 590s to RigPi. 
I have also the  RigPI MFJ Cable for Kenwood TS 590s from the DATA jack on TS 590s to the audio jack on the RigPi. 
I use Win 10 on laptop and headset. 
I have done all meny settings from the Kenwood TS 590s(sg) PDF file. 

All  is working very good remote exept no modulation and button Power ON doesn´t work. 
Thanks in advance, 
Regards from Loic, SM5VFE

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Loic SM5VFE
 

On Output I changed to sndpriproto. Apply and Ok. I tested it on earphones on TX out and nothing Heard in earphones. I rebooted RigpI and output goes back to CODEC. I tried two times but goes back to CODEC maybe normal. 

Regards from Loic

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Mark Weisheimer
 

Loic,

Do you have then 2 cables from the RigPi to the TS-590S?

I can understand if you do, it is because this RigPi can be connected so many different ways, and none of them is wrong.
The only trouble is sometimes that there can be confusion where the audio for TX and RX and even the PTT is coming to and fro.
And in my thinking, the USB cable is so simple once it is fully configured.
It carries both RX and TX audio plus the serial data for CAT control which includes PTT.

So, for some first tests, can we reduce to just one cable, the USB A to B cable only from the RigPi to the radio.
Then, with that, do you still have good receive audio?

And about Power on and off with the TS-590S. My remembrance is that it can be turned off, but that it did not turn back on using the RigPi button.
It may be that a Macro can be made to do that, but I use another method to turn gear on, so I did not spend any time on that before.
We can visit that at the end, but first, let us work on the audio.

--
73 - Mark - K8MHW
'A RigPi Enthusiast!' - I am not otherwise affiliated with MFJ or RigPi

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Mark Weisheimer
 

One VERY important thing to know about Mumble settings.

When changes are made to the Mumble client on the RigPi, those changes are lost on reboot if not "saved" using this method.
Once the desired settings are applied, OK'ed and done, then you must close the Mumble client on the RigPi.
After the Mumble client has been closed on the RigPi, you can reboot the RigPi and the new settings will be retained.
It must be done in that order though, otherwise, the settings are not retained.
If you simply reboot the RigPi without closing the Mumble client first, the settings are lost and the last settings are applied.
Once you have followed this simple process, they are permanently saved.

--
73 - Mark - K8MHW
'A RigPi Enthusiast!' - I am not otherwise affiliated with MFJ or RigPi

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Loic SM5VFE
 
Edited

Hi Mark, 
Yes I one USB cable  and the MFJ cable for TS 590s for ACC2 connector at back of the radio. 

I have now only the USB Cable. Until now. No difference still no modulation.
Audio is still good.  

Regards from Loic

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Mark Weisheimer
 

Have you programmed the Macro into the RigPi?
--
73 - Mark - K8MHW
'A RigPi Enthusiast!' - I am not otherwise affiliated with MFJ or RigPi

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Loic SM5VFE
 

Yes. I hope so. On Macro 21 I put *0w TX1;

Regards from Loic

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Mark Weisheimer
 

OK, can you try this, press the PF A key on the top left of the radio while you talk into your remote device, if that is possible.
Do you have transmit audio then?
--
73 - Mark - K8MHW
'A RigPi Enthusiast!' - I am not otherwise affiliated with MFJ or RigPi

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Loic SM5VFE
 

I have tried PF A key when pressing PTT and talking. No Modulation. 

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Mark Weisheimer
 

Yes, but only PF A, not PTT at the same time.

Also can you try pressing the button that is Macro 21 and talking into the remote device?
Any TX audio at the radio and does the radio go into transmit mode?

You have set menu #79 to 205 in the radio, right?

--
73 - Mark - K8MHW
'A RigPi Enthusiast!' - I am not otherwise affiliated with MFJ or RigPi

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Loic SM5VFE
 

PF A alone TX but no TX Audio.
Macro 21 button pressed TX but no TX audio

When I configure sound at Mumble at remote. I can hear my voice. 
Meny is set to above value. 
Only way to get Tx audio is to plug in a microphone in front of radio. 

I noticed when I start Rigpi now. I got a sound for 20 sec then stops. Maybe nothing to do with this problem. 

Regards from Loic

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Loic SM5VFE
 
Edited

I got modulation now when I press "TX USB" But there are a big delay to get ptt to close with "PTT button.

At moment not 100% usable remote.

Normal PTT works much much better but then I have no modulation.

Regards from Loic, SM5VFE

Re: Kenwood TS 590 and no modulation when using remote.

Mark Weisheimer
 

Loic,

The reason you have no modulation when you press PTT on the remote device is that it is sending the CAT command TX0;
TX0; is the command to "Transmit using the microphone audio" and you really want to use USB audio. It is much simpler, once the hurdles are overcome.
That was the reason that we made the Macro button that contained
*W TX1;
This is the CAT command for a TS-590S/SG to "use the TX audio from the USB port"
I suspect that we shall need to modify the PTT (momentary transmit so long as the button is held down)
and the T/R button (latching transmit until the T/R button is pressed again) on the RigPi that you are using to send that TX1; CAT command.
That will be the modification that TS-590S/SG users will need in order to have seamless operation.
I don't know why this was not clear to me earlier, but alas, I am still learning too!
Let me look at the notes on modifying the buttons as I don't recall that process from memory.

--
73 - Mark - K8MHW
'A RigPi Enthusiast!' - I am not otherwise affiliated with MFJ or RigPi