[pskmail] Re: ICOM interfacing with pskmail_server

  • From: Rick W <mrfarm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 01 Jun 2009 20:42:21 -0500

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.


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

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--- 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

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.


Rick, KV9U

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