[WT-support] Band data output

Filipe Lopes ct1ilt at gmail.com
Mon Sep 28 19:46:12 CEST 2015

Hi Bob,

thanks for your comments, it is for a multi op station. I will try addidng
LPT ports, it is easier.

For SO2R I am ok with my u2R :)

thanks for your help.

73's Filipe Lopes

2015-09-28 19:41 GMT+02:00 Bob Wilson, N6TV <n6tv at arrl.net>:

> If your radio has a band data output, that's the best way to drive a band
> decoder, because it works even when your computer is off or you reboot.
> But, are you using a TS-590 with no band data outputs?
> USB to Parallel port adapters will not work.
> You could try an RS-232 port sniffer, but I have no experience with this:
> http://www.stockcorner.nl/index.php/component/jshopping/product/view/12/37?Itemid=0
> Real LPT ports (DB-25 parallel ports) can still be added to most notebook
> computers via an ExpressCard slot, or to most desktop computers via PCIe
> card, giving you many useful output pins on a single connector (CW keying,
> PTT, 4-pin Band Data, TX Focus, RX Focus, Stereo On/Off, and 4-6 msg pins
> for External DVK).  This is supported by Win-Test.  But only for one
> radio.  If you are doing SO2R with two TS-590s, this will not work.
> The microHAM MK2R+ lets you copy BCD data for both radios to the 25-pin
> ACC connector on the back, providing similar function with a single USB
> connection.
> With USB to COM adapters, you only get two useful pins per port (RTS &
> DTR).  Four pins are needed for BCD data.  So you would need to dedicated
> two COM ports and combine them to get BCD data, which could work, but it
> would be quite a mess of wiring compared to using an SO2R box like the
> MK2R+ or an RS-232 sniffer.  Win-Test would also have to be modified to
> split the BCD data to two ports.  You would need to dedicate four serial
> ports to get BCD data for two radios.
> 73,
> Bob, N6TV
> On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 6:11 AM, Filipe Lopes <ct1ilt at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello guys,
>> Does anyone know if using a USB TO COM converter we have BCD band data to
>> connect to a band decoder?
>> I read somewhere that on the LPT of a PC it works with pins 2, 7, 8 and
>> 9. LPT ports are not in use for many years. How can we do it with Laptops?
>> Thanks in advance
>> 73's Filipe Lopes
>> CT1ILT - CR6K
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