Kenwood TS-480 Digi-Mode How-To!

Ugh! I feel like I’ve been out of pocket forever! Rest assured… I’m still alive. This time of year gets really busy for me at work. Next month I’m...

Ugh! I feel like I’ve been out of pocket forever! Rest assured… I’m still alive. This time of year gets really busy for me at work. Next month I’m scheduled to work 50 hours of overtime! I don’t mind the extra pay though 😉

I’ve had plenty of requests for this how-to video on connecting your Kenwood TS-480 radio to a computer so you can get on the air with digi modes. Since the 480 can be connected directly to your PC sound card with a 6-pin mini din cable to 3.5mm plugs (x2), it’s easy to get up and running without any kind of special device, but in the video i’ll explain why using an isolated sound card is generally the best option.

I didn’t even realize that after I had finished editing the video, I had to go back in and point out some RFI that I was experiencing on the waterfall that was showing up every 60Hz or so, something being picked up by the antenna due to a power over ethernet camera system that I use… but it was good to point out this interference which is quite common!

73

k5acl

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Digital ModesKenwood TS-480SATRigBlaster Advantage
2 Comments on this post.
  • El
    22 September 2017 at 7:33 AM

    I have very simple home brew interface for the ts-480, and there is some to buy for 25$ as well.

    • K5ACL
      22 September 2017 at 1:24 PM

      That’s awesome! There are certainly cheaper ways to get on the digi modes. 73

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