The final setup (or DXLab Suite, HDSDR, RTL-SDR, TS-590 How-To)

TS-590 DXLab HDSDR

So this is my current setup. Step by step:

  1. Hook up CN303 of the TS-590 to the antenna input of the RTL-SDR.
  2. Hook up the TS-590 to the laptop for CAT control. In my case i am using COM3.
  3. Configure DXLabSuite to use COM3 for CAT control.
  4. Install VSP Manager and configure a COM pair. These are two virtual COM ports connected to each other. I use COM4 and COM5.
  5. Configure DXLabSuite to use COM4 as second CAT interface using the Kenwood protocol.
  6. Install Omni-Rig and configure Rig1 to use COM5 (remember that this is the one connected to DXLab) for the TS-590.
  7. Install HDSDR and add the correct RTL-SDR drivers. How-to can be found on the HDSDR website.
  8. Configure HDSDR to use the RTL-SDR USB.
  9. Configure HDSDR to use Omni-Rig and select Rig1.
  10. Switch everything on and enjoy.

 

Two new projects in the pipeline

tcxoOne is the installation of a chinese TCXO unit. The original Kenwood SO-3 TCXO units are around 150 euros and i never saw the purpose for it. But now people on the Kenwood TS-590 Yahoo group bought and tested a chinese SO-3 replacement. They seem to work as good as the Kenwood ones but they are a lot cheaper. I got mine from eBay and payed 17 euros for it. The come including a small board so you don’t have to solder them unit in. So, even if i will never see the need for the TCXO unit, for 17 euros i upped the value of the radio with a 100 bucks.

Second project is hooking up the TS-590 to an RTL-SDR receiver and being able to look at the whole band using SDR software. From what i understand from this video the “only” thing i need to do is hook up a wire to CN303 on the board and get that wire into the antenna in of the RTL-SDR. Let’s see if i can get this to work. Any hints, corrections, potential risks, etc up front would be appreciated.

Glad to be back on HF

Couple of things to report:

1) I got bored on 11 and 10m because “propagation was bad”. I don’t know if i got lucky, but the last week i was ONLY on 10m making lots of really nice DX contacts. Worked several new countries. So what is the cause? Propagation or the quality of the radio? Check out my log for the new DXCC. And all this with my 1,25m “dummy load”.

2) Regarding PLC noise, Wimo boxes and stuff like that. Check this video. This is with an idle PLA and no Wimo, just the NR from the radio itself. Amazing. On the HAM bands i hardly have any PLC noise, but if i get some i know the radio can handle it.