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Using the Kenwood TS-2000 with TR LOG

I have successfully configured TR LOG to use my Kenwood TS-2000 as a second radio. I was stumped for a while during the configuration, so I thought I would pass along what I did in case someone else runs into the same problem. The key is that the Kenwood TS-2000 defaults to 9600 baud, and TR LOG wants 4800 baud (I tried 9600 baud settings and it didn't work.) The other key is that you must cycle the power on the Kenwood TS-2000 after the baud rate change to make the setting "take". Not doing this cost me half my hair during debugging! :-)

Here is the procedure to make TR LOG work with the Kenwood TS-2000:

  1. Enter lines similar to the following examples in your TR LOG configuration file. These example lines configure the Kenwood TS-2000 as the second radio, but equivalent lines could be used to configure it for the primary radio instead (by changing "RADIO TWO" to "RADIO ONE"):
        RADIO TWO BAUD RATE = 4800
        RADIO TWO NAME = TS2000
        RADIO TWO TYPE = TS2000
  2. On the Kenwood TS-2000, press the MENU button.
  3. Use the MULTI/CH knob to select menu 56 ("COM CONNECTOR PARAMETERS.")
  4. Use the + and - keys to select "4800bps."
  5. Use the MULTI/CH knob to select menu 52 ("SETTINGS COPY TO ANOTHER TRANSCEIVER"). Be sure this option is "OFF".
  6. Press the MENU button to exit menu mode.
  7. Power the Kenwood TS-2000 off, then power it on again.
  8. Run TR LOG. Use Alt-R to select the second radio. The display should indicate "TS2000" and the current band/frequency from the Kenwood TS-2000 should be displayed.

Note that if the Kenwood TS-2000 is improperly set to its default of 9600 baud, when TR LOG starts up, the "PC" indicator will appear on the Kenwood TS-2000 LCD, indicating that the serial communications were successfully initialized. However, TR LOG will not be able to read data from it. Note also that the default 9600 baud mode on the Kenwood TS-2000 works fine with other software, I use that mode with my homebrew satellite tracking program for automatic Doppler compensation.

Eric June KU6J

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Last updated: 26 January 2006