Hi Russell,One of the things about at least some of the older Kenwood rigs such as the TS-440S is that a basic interface without rig control is easy to accomplish since they provided easily connected RCA phono connections to audio in and out and the VOX comes after that. It could not be simpler. The first Kenwood with good rig control is your 450S although it is theoretically possible to interface the 440 with adding some internal chips and an external RS-232 type converter. Needless to say, I would not go that route with such an old rig, HI.
The 440S also provides an easy way to key PTT and audio lines through the 13 pin DIN rear connector (different configuration than ICOM). Many years ago I made a breakout box with RCA phono jacks for PTT, audio in and audio out, plus a small switch that shorts one of the lines to ground and this mutes the mike without having to remove it from the rig. Used it for many years with different interfaces for everything from Pactor, Amtor, RTTY, computer generated CW, etc.
73, Rick, KV9U Russell Blair wrote:
Rick, to some of you question, I am using a Kenwood TS450S with Vox for PTT, and during installation of the PSKmail server software I have no rig control in fldigi, in the configuration of the server set up you tell it what kind of rig your going to use, David help me set mine up, he looked some where and told me what was the input for my Rig. Some of the other question are not for me. Russell NC5O Yesterday is HISTORY. Tomorrow is a MYSTERY. Today is a GIFT! Thats why its called the PRESENT!" IN GOD WE TRUST "Russell Blair (NC5O) Skype-Russell.Blair Hell Field #300 DRCC #55 30m Dig-group #693 --- On Mon, 6/1/09, Rick W <mrfarm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:From: Rick W <mrfarm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: [pskmail] Re: ICOM interfacing with pskmail_server To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Date: Monday, June 1, 2009, 5:35 PM 1. The 756 series I think are all the same. Do you know if PI4TUE uses D mode or does it stay in regular USB and just disconnect mike and shut off compression, etc. to avoid the D mode? If anyone can help me figure out how to stay in the D mode, it should be possible to use PSKmail_server with the 746 Pro, because when interfacing via the 6 pin mini DIN you must be in D mode to provide PTT. Alternatively, is there a way to send the control code for the D mode "on" each time you change modes in the qrg file? Or is that impractical to implement? 2. I do not read much German, HI, so the INTEMAR info is difficult to understand. However, I am effectively running hardware VOX with the SignaLink USB which provides line in, line out, and PTT hardware VOX keying. Then I still need another USB port and adapter that works through my CI-V to handle the rig control functions. How are you keying the rigs currently being used as servers if not with some kind of VOX keying? 3. Is CI-V keying possible or is that impractical to implement? 4. Does pskmail_server require the rig to be connected to the computer with rig control? Are you able to use older rigs, such as my Kenwood TS-440SAT? Is anyone using such a rig without rig control or is that a mandatory requirement even if you were satisfied with setting up one qrg, mode, and sideband? 4. Under item 3 below does the last USB require a comma? Normally, I have only used commas between the "arguments" and not at the end. 73, Rick, KV9U