Need advice on computer controlling ts 140s
Ok im new to ham radio so be nice I would like to use my compiter to do some audio filtering the rig has the optional plug installed is this all I need other than a compiter program or I do I need to get a rig blaster or somthing of that nature
73 kd0kyz matthew
I am new to amateur radio.
I would like to use my personal computer to do some audio filtering.
My rig, the Kenwood TS-140S has the optional plug installed. Is this all I need other than a computer program?
FIRST, like many newcomers, you may be confused between DIGITAL MODE Usage and REMOTE Control of your Kenwood TS-140S HF transceiver.
SECOND, Let's talk about each of these functions -- in summary.
DIGITAL MODES: Uses the Audio IN/OUT from your Radio (MIC/SPKR) --> routed through the Digital Signal Processor (DSP) located within virtually ALL sound cards -->
and then that DSP chip is Controlled by a Software Application running on the computer with that Sound Card.
REMOTE Control: Until the late 1970s, amateur radio transceivers did NOT have micro-processors (or Phase Lock Loop) -- they used mechanical based VFO, PTO or tuning mechanisms.
SO, boatanchors, tube-based transceivers and those radios built before the 1980s -- generally CAN NOT be remotely controlled.
Your Kenwood TS-140S is normally considered to be a FIRST generation (early 1980s) of these "new type" of HF uProcessor and solid-state transceivers.
The ability to remotely control the transceiver -- from another computer --- was an OPTION for those 1980s amateurs that owned a personal computer.
You have stated that you have that option already installed in your TS-140S (that should be a 6-pin DIN connector on the rear panel)
From your QRZ question:
It sounds like you would like to use your home (personal) computer (with its DSP based sound card) to filter the audio (SSB? CW?) that you are receiving OR
you desire to operate a digital HF mode.
1. You will need to properly interconnect your TS-140S to the Sound Card ports of your personal computer.
2. SELECT software that will operate with your computer's OS (MacOS/OS-X, Linux, Windows) and perform operations/functions that you are seeking.
WM2U -- Understanding Soundcard Interfacing
SOFTWARE (Numerous applications from across the world, Google the Internet)
DigiPan -- PSK
Linux and OS-X software for amateur radio
Kenwood TS-140S HF transceiver (Universal Radio)
Last edited by W9GB; 10-09-2011 at 05:38 PM.
Thanks for the help your leads are more then heplfull
TS-140 Serial connection
Unless you used the Piexx Option board (Piexx IFB-10) to add RS-232 serial access for REMOTE Control,
the original Kenwood option board/cable set - with its 6-pin DIN connector presents an Inverted Serial TTL level (UART) connection.
Suitable RS-232 or USB cables are available from numerous resellers (QRZ, eBay, Internet, amateur radio stores),
that will invert that signal and perform proper Level Conversion (RS-232 or USB) for the Kenwood radios with original option boards.
Last edited by W9GB; 10-09-2011 at 06:07 PM.
What a great reply.
Originally Posted by W9GB