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General discussion forum / Re: Serial Cable?
« on: 2010-11-20, 18:04:06 »
I also have an Idiom Press controller, but with my HAM IV rotator. Because the serial cable supplied by Idiom Press has a female 9-pin connector, I connected to the RRC COM2 connector. I use COM2 MODE-3 4800 8-N-1, terminator 0d. It works fine, except that HRD  rarely returns the status (direction) of the rotator. The status seems to be reported only when I close HRD, then open it again.
I am controlling the TS-480 using the control head at the remote end, connected to the TTL port, program mode 5.

73, Dave - K3DX

General discussion forum / Re: Tip for RRC to WiFi
« on: 2010-11-20, 17:34:12 »
Ditto on the Netgear WNCE2001! It works perfectly with my Linksys WRT54G router here at home. I have not taken it on the road yet, but I see no trouble if the wifi signal is good and the bandwidth is available. In general, the user needs to configure the adapter using his web browser, pointed to The PC you use should not be connected to any other network during configuration, according to the instructions.  Here in the US, the best price I found was 60 USD at, with free 1-day shipping.
73, Dave - K3DX

Mike & Simon... thank you.
After returning from holiday, I took the RRC & TC-480 front panel to a friend's house ~ 5 miles away from my home.  The connection was perfect.
This tells me that it was the cable service at the guest house that was the problem, and not MY home cable ISP, modem, and Linksys router. That is a good thing!

I am also happy to report that, even from the guest house, I received excellent TX audio reports. One ham, who knows my voice in person, said that, after listening to the remote-controlled TS-480, he may have to buy the equipment, too.

73, Dave - K3DX

I've been delighted with the QSOs that I have made using the two RRC boxes and my TS-480. However, I do have an issue with loss of my connection to the radio. I may have perfect receive audio for 30 minutes, and then the "Incoming audio stream fail" red LED goes on, followed shortly thereafter by "SIP connection failed" light, and then the TS-480 panel goes off. A minute later, I can re-establish a connection, but, during that minute, I can't even access the radio's web status page with a desktop PC.  The failure can also occur during a radio transmission, which is more disturbing.

Each time, I can eventually re-establish a connection, and then return to Radio Bliss.

My setup is fairly standard, except that I use SIP port 5090 instead of 5060, because this guest house has a Motorola SBV5120 cable modem with a telephone connection. (The telephone was not in use when these failures have occurred. I have no idea which ports are used by the modem. Motorola is not much help.)
The cable modem is connected to a Belkin router, which has 2 LAN connections - desktop PC (on, but no one at the keyboard) and the RRC1258 Control. There are no wireless connections during this time.

Am I the only one with this experience? What can I do about it?

73, Dave - K3DX

Best of luck to your XYL, Walt.

I also have trouble logging in to this forum at times. In fact, I never received the activation email, after requesting one mutiple times. Comcast may have the mail server on its blacklist. They do that, for no apparent reason that I can see, sometimes. Anyway, someone took pity on me and activated my account here.

Thanks for the feedback regarding the Windows network bridge, and the autosensing feature of the control box. I guess I missed that in the documentation. You know what they say, RTFM!

Just for "fun" I've been exploring the option of using a hardware wireless bridge. I suspect that this is a poor choice, because, with wireless outside our home, we have to select the appropiate wireless network, don't we? I'm not smart enough to figure out how to do this without the laptop in the system.

From what I have read elsewhere, it may make sense to set the RRC boxes to port numbers below ~1000. Fewer ports reduces the load on the host (ie, hotel) router, so some may do this. Or maybe this is only an issue with consumer-class routers. I'm out of my league here.

I'm going to give the WinXP network bridge another try. Wish me luck!

Dave - K3DX

I feel your pain, Walt!  May I suggest that you check the post by Bob for ideas? His post is entitled "TS-2000 remote connection question" posted on: 2010-05-29, 21:18:45. He explored a cloned MAC address, with some success.

When you say that bridging to your Laptop NIC worked at home, are you referring to the bridge capability built-in to Windows? I've had a post, not far below yours, with that question, and I've had no replies. I guess this is not a very network-savvy group. I know I'm not!

I recently tried the WinXP network BRIDGE feature, and it proceeded to disable my Laptop's wireless card. After some searching on the MicroSoft support site, it would appear that I have to force my Intel wireless card into PROMISCUOUS MODE. Who woulda thought?

When we try to access the internet through a router/firewall that is beyond our control, there may be other issues. I had hoped to demonstrate this hardware at my next radio club meeting, but the site's firewall limits internet activity to just a handful of ports. And watch out for internet phone port 5060!

I'm beginining to think that this hardware solution is best suited for those who own a second home, and not for much else  :-(

73, Dave - K3DX

General discussion forum / Wireless with laptop & RRC?
« on: 2010-08-05, 04:11:23 »
Back on 2010-03-02 (I think) Mike told us that we could use a wireless network by connecting the RRC to our laptop ethernet card (crossover cable, I presume,) and enabling WLAN sharing in the laptop. I need a little more guidance. In WinXP, are we talking about a network BRIDGE, or INTERNET CONNECTION SHARING, or something else? I have found some documents describing the WinXP bridge, and ICS, on the MicroSoft support site. I'm not sure which to use. Help!
73 Dave - K3DX


"...You connect the TS-480 Head to the RRC and then the RRC to your laptops Ethernet port. The WLAN interface in Windows should be setup as shared. Then it works. Of course it also depends on the quality of the Internet connection.
73 de mike"

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