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My remote system is working very well. However, since yesterday morning, I have been unable to connect any logging software (N1MM+ and DXLab). What I noticed was that after I connect to the remote, I plug the USB cable to the RRC control unit and it does not create the Microbit Virtual COM ports.

Hi Serge,

Sorry I'm a bit too late responding to this, but I just wanted to mention that even if the issue ends up being the mini-USB port on your Control-RRC, you could still use the RS-232 ports for the same purpose. You would just end up with two cables between your laptop and Control-RRC instead of one. Alternatively, you could buy an RS-232 server and have no wires between it and the laptop.

You have, in the mean time, very likely ordered a new Control-RRC, and that's a good thing, but don't throw away the old one. You can still use the old one , even with the damaged USB port, for setting up a fully functional station. After my Control-RRC's USB port got damaged, I ordered a new one, too. The new one is at my home location, and I use the damaged one in my car.

Marvin VE3VEE


The 4G router will not conduct another site survey until signal metrics drop below an amount determined in a setup menu.  If 2/5 bars are "good enough," there it stays even if a stronger 4G cell site comes back on line. 

Paul, would the router connect to the stronger signal after rebooting?

Marvin VE3VEE

General discussion forum / Re: TS-480 Control Head Wanted
« on: 2017-03-10, 22:00:34 »
Hi Simon,

Thanks! It's a decent price, too.

I have already ordered and received it from It was the only place that had it in stock at that time. I bought the last one they had.

Marvin VE3VEE

General discussion forum / TS-480 Control Head Wanted
« on: 2017-02-27, 22:59:09 »
TS-480 Control Head Wanted. Anyone has one for sale?

Marvin VE3VEE

Hi Pat,

I use TS-480. I don't think I've experienced the loud speaker pop as the TCVR shuts down. However, I'm very familiar with the not fully populating of the LCD screen. In my case, I think it happens more often than in your setup. But I can live with it.

GL with solving the sound issue. (Turn off the external speakers first, then turn off the TCVR [temp solution]).

Marvin VE3VEE

General discussion forum / Re: TS-480 head - light flashing
« on: 2016-06-23, 23:18:30 »
Buy a stronger power supply unit then. Alternatively, use an amplified speaker and plug it to the jack on the head unit of the TS-480. Plugging it there will disable the built-in speaker of the head unit and the flashing of the display will stop.

Have a look at the power supply unit and see how many amps it is good for. If I recall correctly the one for Control-RRC should be rated for at least 1 Amp (but I may be wrong). I bought one on eBay, very inexpensive, that is rated for I think 5 Amp and I power other stuff with it, too. No more flickering... :-)

Marvin VE3VEE

I'm not too big on digital modes, but I've done some QSOs (just under 200 dxcc entities) via RemoteRig in the past year or so using RTTY, PSK31, PSK63, JT65 and JT9. I just use Audio Quality 2 - Linear 16 bits 8 kHz. I haven't experimented with better audio quality settings. I use Fldigi and wsjtx.

Marvin VE3VEE

General discussion forum / Re: TS-480 head - light flashing
« on: 2016-06-23, 14:10:24 »
Have you used a different power supply unit for your Control-RRC? Try a stronger power supply unit...

Marvin VE3VEE

General discussion forum / Re: TS 480HX PTT issue
« on: 2015-12-10, 15:57:07 »
Hi Peter,

Just out of curiosity, try if VOX works.

73 Marvin VE3VEE

General discussion forum / Re: TS-480 Control head
« on: 2015-12-10, 15:30:53 »
The same thing happens to me occasionally, too. It's not a problem for me, since I know what to do when it happens. However, it may confuse new users.

73 Marvin VE3VEE

*** UPDATE ***


Yes, it was simply my buffer, delay, and pocket size settings all three set to their maximum value. I just lowered them to 4, 3, and 10 and all works just beautifully. I could very likely lower the values even more when I'm at home on high speed internet. Often times I use it while on the go, in the car, at work, etc. In those situations I will keep the settings higher if  needed. But especially during contests, I will now know to keep the settings as low as the quality of my internet connectivity allows me.

With the current settings I perceive absolutely no delay after I let go of my footswitch. It's like the radio was right here! I'm a happy camper now! :)

73 Marvin VE3VEE

P.S. I just briefly tried to use the following very low settings:

- Rx jitter buffer size: 2

- Rx jitter delay: 1

- Audio packet size (ms): 10

It seems to works even with these low low settings. What would be the lowest recommended settings for Audio quality: 2 Linear 16 bits 8 kHz?

Hi Mike,

That perfectly explains my PTT delay issue! THANKS!

My current settings:

- Rx jitter buffer size: 16

- Rx jitter delay: 15

- Audio packet size (ms): 40

Those settings are likely unnecessarily way too high. I will lower them tonight and post results.

73 Marvin VE3VEE

Hi Mitch,

I think I might have helped the situation a little bit by turning the (SSB) VOX delay off, but I still think it is not as it should be. Please, have a look at it.

- Please, notice how quickly (instantly) RX comes on after you play the pre-recorded message (press CH1)

- Then compare it to the delay till the RX comes on after you let go of your microphone's PTT button. It's definitely not instant. In a contest I may miss the first letter or two of a station's callsign.

I'm e-mailing you passwords, etc.

73 Marvin VE3VEE

It took me a while, but I figured it out. I needed to connect pin 4 and pin 8. I'm able to control PTT via I/O, but it does exactly the same thing as my old footswitch and my mic PTT switch. No matter how I control PTT, I always get the more than one second of PTT-off tail delay.

I will have to, all over again, go through my TS-480 settings, one by one, to see if I have something missconfigured.

If anyone has any ideas to try, please do let me know. I'm running out of ideas myself. Any crazy idea will be tested :-)

73 Marvin VE3VEE

Dennis, that sounds good and I'm very much interested in testing it to see if controlling my PTT this way removes the one second PTT tail delay. However, I've looked through the manual but I cannot figure out which pins of Control I/O to connect my footswitch to. Would you be able to help me with this, too?

Thanks so very much for your help!

73 Marvin VE3VEE

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