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  • #984
    kg0mn
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    Can someone tell me what radio the LD-5 is similar to so that I can set it up for use with Ham Radio Deluxe. To clarify does the radio use Kenwood, Yaseu, or Icom command set?

    The second question is has anyone found a source for the Y-cable that is shown in the manual for the LD-5? Yes I realize that I can make one, but I would rather spend the money for a pre-made one that is less likely to fail in the field.

    Kevin – KG0MN

    #989
    kg0mn
    Participant

    It appears no one from the company monitors the forum to answer questions.

    #990
    QRPME
    Participant

    KG0MN,
    Most of the LnR crew are at the Hamvention in Dallas Texas or packing to go there. The command set is the same as the Kenwood 2000 or (I think) any modern Kenwood.
    The Y adapter is as you say easily homebrewed. Donner Digital may make one for you. It’s worth a try to contact them.

    73 for now,
    QRPME

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 6 months ago by QRPME.
    #1026
    Nick
    Participant

    Hi Guys,

    Organizing a person to be ready to answer all your prompt questions…how soon, will see. Radio is projected to be realized in several steps on the market, enclosure is good , but not perfect, still need some improvements, receiver is going to be better every next month, still working on RX/TX switching and own noise floor decreasing. Please, be patient, i know it is tough market, we trying hard from our side.
    FAQ will be improved soon, most of above given Q’s will be answered.

    73 all , Nick

    #1052
    W8JVB
    Participant

    I read in an earlier thread that the CAT commands would be the same as the Kenwood 2000

    #1093
    Nick
    Participant

    Correct – driver for TS 2000 will work on all digi S/W programs

    #1094
    Nick
    Participant

    When installing LD5 CAT system for the very first time:

    1.INSTALATION-USB driver for PL2303 – v1.8.0
    For WINDOWS XP ,WIN7 -the operating system
    When you starting for a very first time, install the USB driver for PL2303 – v1.8.0.: Download here: use the link:
    http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/ShowProduct.aspx?p_id=225&pcid=41

    NOW!!! Follow the installation instructions!

    Now PLUG IN USB cable in transceiver LD-5 and computer, for now do not turn ON the power
    Once STARTED- go to My Computer properties :

    Look in the Device Manager /Hardware/ which com ports is:
    System properties / Hardware/ Device manager….
    Each port is by default 1 (to you may be different eg 2 and 3 …)
    This port is for CAT system /in future do not change it physically/ and any firmware UPDATE !
    Go to ports /COM and LPT – on port settings use following:
    Bits per second 9600,
    Data bits 8,
    Parity -none,
    Stop bits 1,
    Flow control None,

    Scroll to Advanced and set COM port to 1 and push OK.
    Please REMEMBER – computer USB port is WHERE USB cable IS plugged FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YOUR COMPUTER to connect Transceiver LD-5 , and please, always USE this USB port as a physical allocation!!!!
    When this is done , the CAT system must operate properly, check it with anyone of the logger programs , i.e. N1MM par example.
    All software programs: Fldigi, N1MM, HRD, MixW , WSJT , they have their own configuration window setup. We decided to use as a interfacing driver the one from Kenwood TS 2000, fast enough and no complications.
    Please, be advised for the following:
    IN DIGITAL MODES
    VERY IMPORTANT – WITH ANY SOFTWARE CONFIGURED AND DEACTIVATED /not running on your computer/, CONNECT as follow:
    1.THE USB CABLE , 2.POWER CORD AND ANTENNA AND THEN SWITCH THE RADIO ON!!!
    SECOND – Check CAT SYSTEM operating properly, ACTIVATE/ means installed lets say FLdigi/ THE DIGI OR OTHER SOFTWARE PROGRAM and configure connection in accordance with setup instructions!!! LD-5 has nothing to do with config page on any DIGI mode software… good luck!
    Be aware: some antivirus protection programs does not allowing proper connection, as well a Firewall levels. Most important is : When you make any mistake on setup or connection, in order to start again , you need to restart your computer.
    Sorry to say guys , but IT IS NOT PLUG AND PLAY DEVICE!

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by Nick.
    #1096
    Nick
    Participant

    Hi Kevin,

    Larry at LNR has a sets of needed cables free of charge , you may got it with a radio?

    73 Nick

    #1392
    KK4QAM
    Participant

    My question is for the digital modes. I have my LD-5 working with my Rapsberry Pi and I am concerned that when changing bands, the output power changes also. What are the recommended power output levels that are safe to run at without damaging the radio? For example, when on 20m PSK31 my output power is about 1w and when I switch to 40m the output power goes up to close to 2w with the same settings. I know you are not supposed to run full power on digital modes, but how high is to high on this radio? I look forward to your reply.

    Thanks,
    KK4QAM

    #1393
    montyshu
    Participant

    Regarding line in/out splitter cable, Amazon.com has one with female jacks instead of male plugs for the split output.

    #1395
    montyshu
    Participant

    Note well that LD-5s are incompatible with Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 due to Prolific chip used in the USB port.

    #1527
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I am trying to do PSK31 with LD-5. Receive via Lineout/In works fine with Digipan but unable to trip digital vox with digipan via winXP sound card even using a portable headphone amplifier to increase volume. I have tried various settings of Gain Tx Dig without success as well. Has anyone had success with PSK31 and the Lineout/In cable?

    #1701
    kb2sdr
    Participant

    Try it in USB and turn on the vox to see what happens. I used an adapter I made for the ats-3b ant that worked as well.

    73
    Jason
    KB2SDR

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