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Several of the Kenwood amateur mobile radios such as the TM-G707, the TM-V7, the TM-V71 and others have a "packet" connector on them. Some use the same DIN connector as a PS/2 computer keyboard or mouse or the TV "S-Video" connection. The pinout is fully decribed in the manual. The signals on this connector are also useful when you connect the radio as a point-to-point link, as a remote base, etc.

One point that is not made clear however is that the audio connections in the packet connector have two different modes, selected by a item in the radio's setup menu. One mode is described as being appropriate for 1200 baud data, the other for 9600 baud data. The difference is that the 1200 baud mode enables pre-emphasis in the transmitter and de-emphasis in the receiver whereas the 9600 baud mode treats it as flat audio. For more information on flat audio see the articles on the "Tech Info" page at this web site.

Several of these radios have a VERY annoying characteristic that shows up if you try to use the radio as a remote base or as a mobile repeater: the COS pin is carrier driven, not audio mute driven. This means that if you put the receiver into CTCSS mode the COS output still tracks the channel activity, not the squelch opening. Kenwood needs to change the firmware to add yet another menu item, one that selects the COS output to one of three modes:

  1. Channel activity driven (the current behavior),
  2. CTCSS driven or
  3. Receiver unmuting driven (which takes into account the carrier/CTCSS mode).
Radios with built-in TNCs (like the TM-D700) should have one additional mode: CD driven (i.e. the output is active during a valid packet signal).

Until Kenwood gets their act together, here's a quickie mod that applies to the TM-G707 and the TM-V7, maybe others, courtesy of Ken Arc AH6LE at Arcom, who says that Eric W2ZT first posted it:

The internal "SQ" line of the TM-G707A is active with an open squelch in carrier mode. When in "CT" (tone decode) mode it is active only when the proper PL frequency is received. This behavior in other manufacturers is named "audio mute" - it's a signal that takes into account the carrier squelch/CTCSS mode and the presence or absence of the CTCSS tone signal.

This "SQ" line can be found at CN4 pin 11 on the main TX-RX board or CN502 pin 11 on the Control board (behind the front panel). If you donít wish to perform this modification to the DIN socket (kind of intricate), you can simply attach a wire to one of these points, then route it out of the radio and connect it to an appropriate connector.

I modified my TM-G707A by routing the internal "SQ" line to pin 6 on the radioís mini din socket (replacing the current connection). My method of doing this required the cutting of a circuit trace on the Control board (current din connection) and routing a wire from pin 11 of CN502 to the side of the trace cut that connected to pin 6 of the din socket.

This mod will facilitate fully agile CTCSS decode &/or encode functionality using only the RC-210's A72xx1 or A72xx2 commands without the need for an external PL decoder. Additionally, the remote base controller port can be left in carrier mode. Donít forget to change the controllerís remote base port setup from active high to active low.

Hope this helps someone.... de AH6LE
Ralph Hogan W4XE took Ken's info and did a TM-G707 photo article on it (3.8 Mb PDF file).
He later emailed an update:
I have a follow on note to my article on modifying the Kenwood G707's packet connector for allowing a CTCSS decode signal to be available instead of a COS only signal.

One unwanted side effect - the modification described breaks the serial connection to the radio - it will not allow the PC programming software, the PG-4S cable or the cloning cable to work. To resolve this I added a miniature toggle switch to select between the old COS only signal (for use while programming) and the new COS and CTCSS signal (for day-to-day operation).

Bob Dengler NO6B made W4XE's mod to his radio, and emailed in these comments:

Bernie Parker K5BP did the same mod to a TM-271.

Contact Information:

The author can be contacted at: his-callsign // at // repeater-builder // dot // com.




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