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Kenwood TS-660 Digital Ops?

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by KE0SBX, Oct 5, 2021.

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  1. KE0SBX

    KE0SBX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Howdy folks!

    I've got a question that I hope someone can answer. I have been scouring the web for the past few days now for a cable that will allow me to connect my laptop to my Kenwood TS-660. I've come across a couple, but they aren't a direct fit for the TS-660, but they will fit other TS-type models. I'd like to get on the air and do some digital mode operations. The microphone is an 8 pin round socket connection, not the RJ45 type connection. I don't know if there is a special cable out there for this, as I'm sure by my luck that the TS-660 is rare. Any suggestions?

    I also wanted to ask is there any hardware that I need to put between the radio and the computer, or does that only matter if I'm using specific modes?

    Any and all help is greatly appreciated!!!
  2. KC3RN

    KC3RN Ham Member QRZ Page

    For the best results you'll need an interface between your radio and your computer. While just using the proper cable might work, it's really not recommended. If your radio doesn't have VOX (which I don't believe it does) it won't work.

    I'd recommend the Tigertronics SignaLink. You'll also need the proper cable (SLUSB8R). The jumper module is also convenient, but not absolutely necessary.
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  3. N8YX

    N8YX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a '660 with all the accessories including the rare VOX-4 VOX/Processor unit. If I'm operating portable for an extended period I'll take it, a TS-130V, antennas, an AT-130 tuner and a way to power both then go have fun on the air.

    The SignaLink is a good option. I use mine with a number of Kenwoods. Right now it's connected to an FT-980 which is my PSK/FT8 station.
  4. KE0SBX

    KE0SBX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you so much for the replies! This looks like a good option, and I think this will do. I have one other question... What is some good digital mode software that I can run on Linux?

    Hope to get some contacts soon!!! Thanks for the help!
  5. K3UJ

    K3UJ Ham Member QRZ Page

  6. N8YX

    N8YX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I use WSJT-X on Linux for FT8. It actually has CAT support for my '980.

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