[amsat-bb] (UPDATE): Odd split setup on TM-D710
wb3jfs at cox.net
Fri Nov 26 00:15:08 PST 2010
As I promised, I want to update this situation with those who had sent along
their suggestions and ideas when I posted my problem here a few weeks ago.
I want to thank you all.
After looking at the situation and setup, I decided it would be best to use
the MCP program provided free from Kenwood. I attempted to load the
software but found out I needed to have a .net framework of 2.0 or greater.
I went to the Microsoft website and upgraded and it took me to the latest
version of 3.5. I was able to load the software without a problem, but
immediately found another problem with the hardware. The PC connection on
the TM-D710 uses a 8 pin mini DIN connector. I could not find one anywhere
near me. I went on ebay and bought a 6 foot cable with both ends capped
with male 8 pin mini DIN's for a few dollars and a couple more for shipping.
A couple weeks have gone by since I got all of the items I needed to make
the connection but didn't work on it until Thanksgiving Day.
After eating Thanksgiving dinner, I immediately proceeded to work on the
transformation of the cable. No, the Tryptophan in the turkey never seems
to make me sleepy. :) I cut the 6 foot cable in half so if I need another
cable with a 8 pin mini DIN, I will have it. I checked the pinouts for the
connectors, the 8 pin Mini DIN and the DB9, then ohmed the wires to see
which one was which. I soldered the connections and completed the DB9 with
a shell and connected the TM-D710 to the laptop. The program read the radio
and was communicating with it as well.
I setup the frequencies and saved them to memory and checked it out. All is
working well and will just have to wait for Col. Wheelock to show up. :)
Thanks again to all for their inputs.
Las Vegas, NV
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