[amsat-bb] Some DUMB hints about using SatPC32 computer aided tuning

Burns Fisher burns at fisher.cc
Sat Jan 2 20:12:39 UTC 2016

I had CAT working once upon a time, but recently it has not.  I don't know
what I changed when, but I could not get it to work at all until I spent
several hours trying different things, and finally found the (duh) really
dumb problems.

1)  I have a TS2000.  I'm pretty sure that I saw somewhere that you have to
check the +12VRTS check box in Setup/Radio to make it work for the latest
version of SatPC32.  I'm not sure if it has to be, but it works when it IS

2) Check the serial cable.  I had the right one, and knew that I did (it
generally wants straight through, not null modem).  But apparently
somewhere along the line a connector had come loose.  Tighten them all down!

3) And here is the penultimate killer:  In the Setup/Radio dialog box, when
you check your manufacturer, you'll see to the right a "Model" label and a
pull down to say what model of radio you have.  But that "label" is
actually a pulldown too.  Select "baudrate" instead of "Model" and SET THE
BAUDRATE.  (I was sure I had seen it somewhere and that I knew what I had
set it too.  But I was wrong).

4) The ultimate killer in my case:  The TS2000 needs to be power cycled
after you change its baudrate (menu 56 for those who care) before it takes

I hope this helps someone!


Burns W2BFJ

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