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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

Dennis, does the I/O of Radio-RRC need to be connected to TCVR, too? Or it is enough to just connect the I/O of Control-RRC to my footswitch? No trip to my remote QTH needed?

73 Marvin VE3VEE 

Mike, it may not be RRC, it may be my TS-480 itself, or some TS-480 setting I'm overlooking.

Dennis, I use foot-switch during my normal operation. However, TS-480, to send recorded voice messages, requires VOX to be on. Also Win-Test software requires VOX on my TCVR to be on, otherwise it will not send voice or CW messages either. So when VOX controls the switching between TX and RX, I don't experience the one second mute delay before RX comes on. When mic button or foot-switch controls ptt, then I do get the one (or one and a half) second delay.

Dennis, if you have a mic button, could you test if the ptt tail delay is longer when you use the mic ptt button versus your footswitch wired to your I/O input?

To wire my footswitch to my I/O, would I need to travel to my remote QTH to make a connection between I/O and the tcvr, or it only requires connection between the footswitch and Control-RRC?

73 Marvin VE3VEE

Hi Mike,

I've had RTP tx mode set to Continuous. The internet speed is likely not a cause of this issue. I use high speed internet via TV coax cable at home and a WISP at remote QTH.

The one second delay is actually NOT present when:

- sending CW messages from Win-Test contest logging software
- sending recorded voice messages from TS-480 by pressing the appropriate buttons on the TS-480 control head
- sending the voice messages by controlling TS-480 with keyboard shortcuts from within Win-Test logging software

(in the above 3 instances I do NOT use mic ptt button or foot-switch)

The one second delay is present only when:

- I use mic ptt button or foot-switch connected in parallel to the mic ptt button

73 Marvin VE3VEE

General discussion forum / Re: microKEYER II
« on: 2015-09-21, 12:05:43 »

I can give you a good tip: I use an LUA script for Win-Test for using my K3 voice module that was written by Bob, N6TV.
Bob has written a number of scripts which can be downloaded at:

That worked! Thanks Mitch! On Saturday, I went to my remote QTH to install the voice memory module into my TS-480. Immediately I tested the sending of messages from Win-Test using the scripts you suggested. It works! The scripts are indeed compatible with TS-480.

73 Marvin VE3VEE

Mitch, it's not that. Those setting have been disabled. What drives me nuts is simply the fact that when I let go of the microphone, or let go of the foot-switch, I hear nothing for about a second and a half. This delay is not there when instead of the mic-PTT or foot-PTT I use software to control PTT, for example when I use Win-Test software to send CW messages or I use Win-Test to send pre-recorded voice messages, the PTT-off delay is none. Can I somehow achieve the same with my foot-switch? Can I connect my foot-switch differently so it controls my TCVR the same way as the software does?

I see RemoteRig has its I/O outlets that the manual says could be used for PTT. Would this work differently than my current Mic-switch or foot-switch?

73 Marvin VE3VEE

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