TS 2000 CAT Windows 8.1 and Prolific USB serial adapter settings

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TS 2000 CAT Windows 8.1 and Prolific USB serial adapter settings

I see many of us are struggling with the CAT settings having upgraded PCs to Windows 8.1 and similar situations.

Note this is for use with a serial switching interface (a box with a relay that switches the PTT from your serial port into ACC2 socket on the back of the rig).

With a new PC you will need two USB to serial adapters if you plan to use RTS on one port for PTT switching and the CAT control on the other. When you install the two adapters you will see in Device Manager under Ports (COM and LPT) the two Prolific devices, on mine they are COM3 and COM4.

To set up with the TS2000 you will need the following settings:
Audio in - set to the Microphone port (or wherever you plugged it in to)
Audio out - set to the Speakers port (or wherever you plugged it in to)
Power - set to your power output on your radio, e.g. 5W = 37dBm
PTT method - RTS
PTT port - COM3 (or whatever you have connected your interface box to and is on the list in device manager)

You may at this point be thinking, "Why don't I use the same CAT port for the PTT?" (option in PTT method above). You may find that the interface box also only switches in the audio to your rig when the relay is energised. I.e. the CAT port will turn the rig to TX but no audio is getting into the ACC2 connector because the relay isn't energised. Maybe some rewiring if you know what you are doing or speak to the manufacturer of the interface.

Ok now for the CAT control:

Set CAT control check box to ticked.
CAT Port - COM4 (or whatever you have connected your serial cable from the rig to the PC and is on the list in device manager)
Rig number - 214 Kenwood TS2000
Serial rate - 9600 (but must be the same as what you set with menu 56 on the rig!!!)
Databits - 8
Stopbits - 1
Handshake - Hardware (yes I know some others have said no hardware handshake but it only works on mine like this)

Now write that down and keep it safe!

Would some autodetecting on the ports be better in a later release of WSPR? Like HRD etc.