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TS-590S Connect to the SDR-IQ Receiver | Radioaficion Ham Radio

TS-590S Connect to the SDR-IQ Receiver


How To Connect the Kenwood TS-590S to the SDR-IQ Receiver

These brief notes explain how to connect the Kenwood TS-590S transceiver to an RFSPACE SDR-IQ software defined radio receiver. This lets you control receiver tuning from either the TS-590S or the SDR-IQ – the two units tune in step.

The SDR-IQ also provides an outstanding graphics interface that displays a wide spectrum of received signals, allowing “point-and-shoot” operation – you just click on a signal on the display, and both the SDR-IQ and the TS-590S will immediately jump to that frequency.

The control of the TS-590S and the SDR-IQ is implemented by Simon Brown’s SDR-RADIO software [1]. To see how the SDR-IQ and TS-590S work together, take a look at the video at [2]. The software shown in the video is actually SpectraVue, but SDR-RADIO works in essentially the same way.

A good knowledge of how to operate both the TS-590S and the SDR-IQ individually is assumed in this HOWTO.

The procedures described here have been specifically tested with Windows XP Home + SP3. The procedures for other versions of Windows should be similar.

All interconnections between the TS-590S and the SDR-IQ are external to the units. There is no need to open either of the boxes.

This HOWTO is in five parts:

  • Part 1:  Connecting the Hardware
  • Part 2:  Setting up the Hardware and Software
  • Part 3:  Preparing to Transmit
  • Part 4:  Other Hardware Configurations
  • Part 5:  References


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