Commander Quick Setup

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Quick Setup instructions: controlling one radio  

Step Directions
1 on the Configuration window's General tab
  • select the radio's Model

  • if you've selected an Icom or TenTec Omni,

    • indicate whether you'll be specifying the radio's CI-V Address  in decimal or hexadecimal radix (radio addresses given in Icom and TenTec manuals are in hexadecimal)

    • enter the radio's CI-V Address in the specified radix

    • set  the radio's CI-V Transceive parameter off  (using its menu system)

  • if you've selected a TenTec Pegasus, specify the Control Folder containing your Pegasus control software; this folder should contain a file named PEGASUS.OUT

  • if you've selected a Kachina, specify the the Control Filename established by your Kachina software


in the Serial Port panel  on Configuration window's Ports tab (skip if the radio Model is a TenTec Pegasus or FlexRadio SDR-1000)

  • designate the serial port that is connected to your radio interface

  • select the baud rate that matches your radio's settings

  • if the radio requires that the RTS modem control signal be asserted, place this signal in the always on state; the Kenwood TS-2000, for example, has this requirement.

  • if an external interface is being used and it derives its power from the serial port's DTR and/or RTS modem control signals, place these signals in the always on state


on the Configuration window's General tab, check the Continuous Frequency and Mode Interrogation box and set the interval to 200ms 

  • older radios like the Yaesu FT-767 require longer intervals, e.g. 400 ms

Note that checking the Continuous Frequency and Mode Interrogation checkbox with your Icom or TenTec Omni radio's CI-V Transceive parameter set on will degrade Commander's ability to track changes in your radio's frequency.