[amsat-bb] Re: Use of Elecraft K3 or KX3 with satellite sw

Alan wa4sca at gmail.com
Sun Dec 1 14:29:13 PST 2013


Do Elecraft rigs have their own unique CAT command set, or do them use the same basic set as Kenwood,
Yaesu, or Icom?  If so, you MAY be able to use them with SatPC32.  For instance, my Flex VU-5K uses
the Kenwood set, and behaves much like a TS-2000.  SatPC32 supports some Kenwood rigs "Other" in the
way you are discussing.



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<[mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of Edward R Cole
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<Subject: [amsat-bb] Use of Elecraft K3 or KX3 with satellite sw
<I very rarely post anything to this reflector, but I have a question 
<that maybe someone has already has done and has answers.
<Shortly Elecraft will be offering a 2m module for its popular new SDR 
<radio, the KX3.  This will provide 2m multi-mode operation using this 
<nice little HF/6m radio.
<Some years ago I sold my old satellite radios (FT-847 & FT-817) so am 
<looking into a two radio configuration for cross-band duplex 
<satellite operation.  I have a K3 with 435-437 transmit capability 
<using a Down East Microwave transverter and would be able to receive 
<on 145 using the new KX3-2M combo.  (I also still have my s-band 
<downconverter and L-band up converter for if/when these bands 
<are activated).
<What is unknown is if there is any sw support of the Elecraft radios 
<on any satellite tracking sw? I am primarily interested in SSB thru 
<transponders so frequency tracking under sw control would be 
<"nice".  I have both NOVA and SatPC32.  I have a tracking interface 
<to control antenna tracking using a B5400 Yaesu az-el rotator.  Both 
<these radios have computer control ports.
<73, Ed - KL7UW
<dubususa at gmail.com
<"Kits made by KL7UW" 
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