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Hi Duncan,

I suspected that CW may be the reason, otherwise it doesn't make much sense.

A USB to serial adapter will not work, because it needs a host such as a PC. You have a couple of possibilities:

- You can run Teamviewer
- You can swap out the USB adapter for the rotor controller for a serial one, then you won't need to have a remote PC running.

Mitch DJ0QN  / K7DX

Hi Duncan,

No USB device may be controlled via the RRC, only serial devices.

Honestly, I think the RemoteRig may be overkill for what you are doing. You can use the Icom software
RS-BA1 to remote the 7300, since you would have to use software control anyway with the RRC. You can
remote the PC using Teamviewer and not have to worry about the rotor.

The only real advantage using RemoteRig would be good CW support, otherwise I think you can use a pure
software approach. I am a huge RemoteRig supporter, but not sure if it makes sense for you.

Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX

General discussion / Re: WiFi nodes
« on: 2019-02-15, 02:46:58 »
The JetPack is a portable hotspot that you own and uses only a WPA passwort for authentication.

If you use a public hotspot anywhere, such as a hotel, you will need to click or enter something on
a web page that comes from the Radius Server in that network. The RRC WiFi module does NOT
support that, it only supports WiFi that doesn't require a Radius Server authentication. You would instead
need an external WiFi extender/bridge with an ethernet connector to make it work without a problem.

If you search this forum for the keyword "hotel" or similar, you will find a lot of discussion on this subject.

Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX

General discussion forum / Re: WiFi replacement antenna?
« on: 2019-02-11, 06:35:34 »


Just drop me a short email at dj0qn (at) and I will send you my networking checklist
that walks you through the process.

Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX

Hardware, Cabling, Installations / Re: Remote Rig and HRD
« on: 2019-02-07, 16:26:23 »
Hi Dave,

I was referring to radio mode-3, Mike added comments on the serial port mode.

I am not sure why you are using a USB to serial adapter and not the internal one, but if you insist,
then it will only work when "Use USB Com Port as COM2" is set to NO. This was obviously your problem
as you described seeing two virtual ports in Windows, which can not be used in that configuration. These
ports are only for when you use a standard USB cable.

Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX

Hardware, Cabling, Installations / Re: Remote Rig and HRD
« on: 2019-02-07, 06:36:51 »
Hi Dave,

I am not sure what you mean by "all works well". Are you saying it works remotely? If so, how? I am
not sure if I understand how you are controlling it if you can't get HRD to work.

Are you using an external USB to serial converter instead of the RRC's internal USB to serial converter?
If so, you can either use a normal USB cable instead and set COM2 to "Use USB Com Port as COM2 to YES.
If you want to continue to use a separate converter, then "Use USB Com Port as COM2" must be set to NO,
since it thinks you are using a real serial cable. Also, make sure the cable has an FTDI chipset instead of
Prolific to make it more reliable (I would just eliminate it and use a USB cable instead).

Otherwise, I assume you know to set Program mode to mode-3. Also I assume that you put a REAL serial cable
between the FT-1000's CAT port and the radio RRC's COM2. A USB converter cable will NOT work on the radio
side and the setting "Use USB Com Port as COM2" must be set to NO.

Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX

Glad you got it working, Aris.

I don't have your file any more to check, but that problem is caused by the setting "auto connect"
under the radio settings being set to YES. Make sure this is set to NO.

Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX

Hi Aris,

I sent you a mail back yesterday: you have the setting for COM0 wrong. You need to
change it on both RRC's to 57600 baud to make it work.

Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX


I suspect that you have a flaky router. I don't think you have to wait until your contract is up to return a
router, that applies only to the service itself. maybe you should bite the bullet and buy your own modem
and router (some also have telephone support, look at the Xfinity website). Worst case, you save money
after it amortizes.

Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX


I am not up to date, but I would think that anything would be fine. I have been using a
WNCE2001 for many years without a problem.

I recently bought a cheap GLiNet router as a portable VPN router. It also has a bridge mode
which can be changed with a physical switch on the side. I tested it with the RRC and it works
just fine.

Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX

OK, Aris, I just wanted to make sure.

The reason is that the EU version of the TS-480 includes two original Kenwood separation cables.
but the US version only includes one cable. It is very common that in the US, people that buy this
assume that this is a regular telephone cable, which it is not. Since I assumed that you were in the
US, I assumed that you only received one original cable.

I will look for your mail tomorrow and see if I see something wrong.

Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX

Hi Aris,

I have had others tell me that they were sure that the cables were good, but it turned out to be a
cable. Do me a favor and try each one directly between the control panel and TS-480 body without
the RRC's and see if they both work ok. The problem you are experiencing is exactly like you describe,
so maybe one of the cables is broken.

The red straps and the two type apply to the microphone pinout/audio and would have no effect on if
panel works or not.

The only thing I can think of offhand is that you are plugged into wrong jack on the RRC somewhere, but
then it wouldn't connect if that were to be the case.

There could also be some settings wrong, so if you mail them to me, I can see if I notice anything wrong.
Use the export to HTML function for both RRC's and send to my e-mail listed before if you want. I have seen
hundreds of these and notice problems quickly.

Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX

Looks like the two RRC's are connected, so you must have a wiring problem. The most common problem
that people have when they experience this is by using the wrong type of cable between the RRC and TS-480
control panel. It looks like a standard telephone RJ12 cable, but it isn't. It must have all wires connected,
commonly known as a 6P6C (6 pin, 6 connected) cable.

If you do have the correct cable(s), then you must have a wiring problem elsewhere.

Note that you do not need to place the control RRC in the DMZ, or even forward its ports. Within the same network,
port forwarding has no effect, anyway. If you need help getting things working when you move outside of your network,
my networking checklist will help you out. Just drop me a mail to dj0qn (at) and I will send it to you.

Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX

Hi Paula,

Glad that changing the ports solved the problem. There is no real reason to understand why; it could
have been a change in Comcast somewhere, or maybe something local started using a port in that series.

Changing the router may or may not have solved the problem, depending upon where the port was used.
Not sure why they would not have anything against SIP, as long as it doesn't conflict with their own SIP
implementation for your home phone (which usually uses port 5060).

There are indeed routers on the market with phone ports that are certified for Xfinity use, since I just helped
someone here in Naples make the switch. I personally "cut the cord" last year and only have internet. I use a
TV streaming service for the handful of U.S. channels we watch. I have always had my U.S. phone on a Magic
Jack device, which you can port your number to and have a much cheaper and more flexible long-term solution.

So hopefully your problems and solution will help someone else that experiences similar problems find a solution.
Hope to see you in Dayton in May or Orlando next week.

Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX

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