Two issues have prevented me from doing this:
- The Rigblaster Pro can only drive one rig at a time without reconfiguring the jumper cables and reconnecting the cables
- The TS 440S does not natively support rig control
I was perusing eBay last week and ran across the items I needed. First, I found the IC10 computer chip set (virtual.swap.meet, $22.95) that need to be installed in the TS 440S for computer control. Second, I found a 6’ USB CAT cable (Affordable Radio, $34.00) that would work with the existing Rigblaster serial cable attached to my laptop.
The first step was to remove the top and bottom covers from the TS 440S, slide out the front control panel and install the chips. It’s a pretty tight space where the chips plug in, but it took me only about 30 minutes from start to finish.
The big question was whether the USB cable would work. It calls for the COM Port to be set to 1, which HRD reserves for the Rigblaster connection. Disregarding the cable driver installation instructions I selected COM Port 4 and started HRD. Within the HRD setup for rig control, I selected:
- 4800 Baud
- RTS checkbox checked 'on'