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3738Announcing CATfix -- a Christmas present for Kenwood radio owners

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  • Ian Wade G3NRW
    Dec 21, 2013
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      ANNOUNCING CATfix -- a new Windows utility that controls IF Filter
      switching and configures the radio for digital working.

      CATfix OPTIONS
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      1. Switching between the IF Filters when using SPLIT:

      CATfix monitors the radio’s TF-SET button, and (optionally) toggles
      between IF Filter A and IF Filter B when you press and release the
      button. This is especially useful when chasing a rare DX station that is
      working split – you can set up a narrow filter to listen on the DX
      station’s TX frequency and a wider filter to monitor around your own
      TX frequency, then automatically toggle between the two filters as you
      press and release TF-SET.

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      2. Setting up the radio for digital operation:

      CATfix provides several options that help set up the radio for digital
      operation. These options let CATfix automatically:

      *** Turn off Auto Information, to prevent overloading the input to
      application programs.
      *** Lock the radio's front panel, to prevent accidental changes.
      *** Set the power level (typically to a few watts).
      *** Turn off the audio processor.
      *** Switch both VFOs to upper sideband.

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      3. "Fixing" the "TX" command:

      CATfix has an option to change the "TX" (or "TX0") CAT command issued by
      an application program (such as MMTTY or Ham Radio Deluxe) to "TX1".
      This ensures the radio uses the TX audio that is input to the USB or
      ACC2 port, rather than via the mic socket.

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      All of these options are individually configurable.

      CATfix was written specifically for the TS-590S, but most of the
      functions should also work with other Kenwood radios, including the
      TS-990S and TS-2000 (and possibly others).

      CATfix does not require any changes to application programs, other than
      changing the COM port they usually use to communicate with the radio.
      There is no need to apply any software patches. You run application
      programs in exactly the same way as usual.


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      For the CATfix software and User Guide, go to the "TS-590S Resources
      Page":

      http://homepage.ntlworld.com/wadei/ts-590s.htm

      Then click on the red "CATFIX" button.

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      And finally, Christmas/Holiday greetings to everyone. May the New Year
      keep you in good health!


      --
      73
      Ian, G3NRW

      The TS-590S Resources Page:
      http://homepage.ntlworld.com/wadei/ts-590s.htm

      The TS-990S Resources Page:
      http://homepage.ntlworld.com/wadei/ts-990.htm