Rig Interface Help

The following is the essential information you'll need to get your rig interface up and running with AC Log and my contesting software. You also find additional information in the Definitive Guide to AC Log on page 45.

To get started with rig interface, you'll need the necessary interface hardware to connect your rig to your PC. You'll find a variety of W1GEE interfaces that support most of the common rigs here!

Here is a video that young Faith Hannah, AE4FH put together, demonstrating how to interface an Icom 7300 with my software:


To interface your rig with my software, once you have the necessary hardware connected between your radio and PC, configure the rig interface form as follows:




1. For Select Rig, select the rig you are interfacing. For most rigs, simply selecting the correct rig will also accurately set your baud rate, parity, data bits, stop bits and polling string!

Icom Users Only! If you select Icom, you will also see text appear, asking you to change the rig ID (64 by default, which happens to be for the 756 Pro II) to the ID for your rig (the red lines in the graphic above). You should be able to find your rig ID in your manual's CAT control section. If there is a small h, such as 64h, ignore it and just enter the two digit number. I've also included all the successful settings I've received from other users below, which include the rig ID.

2. For Com Port, select the com port that you have your rig connected to. Even if only one port is listed, you still have to click on the port to select it.

3. For Connection Power, select the power option, if any, that your interface requires. Most use RTS, some use DTR and some do not require a power option at all.

Ready to Go!

If you have entered your settings correctly, you should be all set to enable rig interface. To give it a try...

4. Click Test to begin polling your rig. If both frequency and mode appear, you are all set! The software will follow your frequency, (and band provided you are in the limits of an Amateur band) and mode. In addition, when you click on a DX spot from the main form, your rig will tune right to that frequency!


In Case of Difficulty - Don't Panic!

If for some reason you don't get a response from your rig, there are a number of possible causes:

First, make sure that your rig is on and that your rig interface hardware is properly connected to BOTH your radio AND your PC.

Make sure that you have selected the correct Com Port.

Make sure you have selected the correct Connection Power for your interface.

In some cases, certain rigs use settings other than the defaults. Take a look at all the following successful settings sent in by other users below and correct your settings as necessary.



Successful Rig Settings!

The following are working, successful settings that other users were kind enough to send along. Note that the Com Port and power option will depend on your PC and interface, so those two settings may be different than the settings listed below.

If you try these settings for your rig without success, something rig or interface hardware specific is likely at play. Since I only have a Kenwood TS 440s and an Icom 756 Pro II here with W1GEE interfaces, I will not be able to provide further assistance for any other rig or interface. If you are unable to get your rig going after trying the settings below, please feel free to search the message archives on the Users group or post a question there. It's likely that someone with a similar rig and interface will be able to help.

If you have settings for a rig not listed below, I would be very grateful if you would send them along, by clicking the Copy Data to Clipboard button while polling your rig and pasting the contents into an e-mail!

Elecraft K2
Rig Name = Elecraft
Read Frequency Command = FA;
Read Mode Command = MD;
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM4
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Elecraft K3
Rig Name = Elecraft
Read Frequency Command = FA;
Read Mode Command = MD;
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM1
Baud Rate = 38400
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Elecraft KX3
Rig Name = Elecraft
Read Frequency Command = FA
Read Mode Command = MD
Convert to Hex = False
Com Port Name = Com 4
Baud Rate= 4.8
Parity = None
Stop Bits= 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

FLdigi
Rig Name = Kenwood
Read Frequency Command = FA;
Read Mode Command = MD;
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM3
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Flex Radio
Rig Name = FlexRadio
Read Frequency Command = FA;
Read Mode Command = MD;
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM4
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = None

Icom 703
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 68 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 68 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM8
Baud Rate = 19200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = None

Icom 706
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 48 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 48 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM3
Baud Rate = 1200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 706 MK II
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 4E F0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 4E E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM3
Baud Rate = 19200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 706 MK II G
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 58 F0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 58 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM3
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 718
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 5E E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 5E E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM1
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 728
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 5E E0 03 FD (another user said 38 was the correct rig ID)
Read Mode Command = FE FE 5E E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM1
Baud Rate = 19200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = DTR

Icom 735
Rig Name = Icom 735
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 04 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 04 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM6
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = None

Note - Icom 735 users report it is particularly important that you use the 9600 baud rate with this radio. You may have to adjust the radio's baud rate by manually removing the cover and changing a jumper in the 735.

Icom 737
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 03 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 03 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM3
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 738
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 44 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 44 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM3
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = None

Icom 746 Pro
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 66 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 66 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM5
Baud Rate = 19200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = DTR

Icom 751A
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 1C E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 1C E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM4
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 756 Pro
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 5C E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 5C E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM5
Baud Rate = 9600 (Note - one user reported success with baud rate of 1200)
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 756 Pro II
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 64 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 64 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM3
Baud Rate = 1200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 756 Pro III
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 6E E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 6E E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM8
Baud Rate = 19200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = None

Icom 765
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 2C E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 2C E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM3
Baud Rate = 1200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = None

Icom 775
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 46 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 46 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM2
Baud Rate = 19200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = None

Icom 821
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 4C E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 4C E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM4
Baud Rate = 19200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 7000
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 70 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 70 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM9
Baud Rate = 19200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = DTR

Icom 7100
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 88 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 88 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM8
Baud Rate = 19200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 7200
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 76 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 76 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM3
Baud Rate = 19200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = None

Icom 7300
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 94 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 94 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM4
Baud Rate = 56000 (some users report 9600, another reported 4800.)
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 7410
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 80 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 80 E0 04 FD
Note - another user wrote that his 7410 used 3F instead of 80
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM7
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 7600
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 7A E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 7A E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM4
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = None

Icom 7700
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 74 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 74 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM11
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 7800
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 6A E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 6A E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM2
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 7851
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 8E E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 8E E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM 3
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Icom 9100
Rig Name = Icom
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 7C E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 7C E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM22
Baud Rate = 9600 (another user reported 19.2 worked for him)
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Note - Kenwood rigs have two options and most will work with either selection, though I recommend Kenwood2. The settings listed below are the ones users just happened to send in. The first setting, Kenwood, always reads the VFO specified (FA; reads VFO A and FB; reads VFO B). Kenwood2 always reads the active VFO. Kenwood2 also sometimes returns a mode when the first setting does not.

Kenwood TS 440s
Rig Name = Kenwood2
Read Frequency Command = IF;
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM3
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Kenwood TS 480HX
Rig Name = Kenwood
Read Frequency Command = FA;
Read Mode Command = MD;
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM9
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Kenwood TS 570
Rig Name = Kenwood2
Read Frequency Command = IF;
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM1
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Kenwood TS 590
Rig Name = Kenwood2
Read Frequency Command = IF;
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM4
Baud Rate = 9600 (some users report 115200)
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS
Please note that for the Kenwoood 590, users have reported it is necessary to change the rig's default baud rate as one user detailed here on the Users group. In short, he writes "I now set everything to 38.4 – the 2 menu settings that I didn’t know existed (61 and 62) as well as the device manager for the bridge and the software, and waalaa! It works like advertised!" That said, another 590 user reported that his 590 worked fine at 9600 baud. Also, you can enter any baud rate you like by clicking the Other button.

Kenwood TS 990
Rig Name = Kenwood2
Read Frequency Command = IF;
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM4
Baud Rate = 115,200 (Click Other Button)
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Kenwood TS 2000
Rig Name = Kenwood2
Read Frequency Command = IF;
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM2
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Ten Tec Jupiter
Rig Name = Ten Tec Fnt Pnl
Read Frequency Command = 3F 41 0D
Read Mode Command = 3F 4D 0D
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM1
Baud Rate = 56000 (Another user reported 57600)
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS (Another user reported Both)

Ten Tec Omni VI
Rig Name = Ten Tec Omni VI
Read Frequency Command = FE FE 04 E0 03 FD
Read Mode Command = FE FE 04 E0 04 FD
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM12
Baud Rate = 19200
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Ten Tec Omni VII
Rig Name = Ten Tec Omni VII
Read Frequency Command = ?A
Read Mode Command = ?M
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM7
Baud Rate = 56000
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Ten Tec Orion I
Rig Name = Ten Tec Orion
Read Frequency Command = ?AF
Read Mode Command = ?RMM
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM8
Baud Rate = 56000
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Ten Tec Orion II
Rig Name = Ten Tec Orion
Read Frequency Command = ?AF
Read Mode Command = ?RMM
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM3
Baud Rate = 56000
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 100D
Rig Name = Yaesu 100D
Read Frequency Command = 00 00 00 02 10
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM3
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = None

Yaesu 450D
Rig Name = Yaesu - Newer
Read Frequency Command = FA;
Read Mode Command = MD0;
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM1
Baud Rate = 38400
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 817
Rig Name = Yaesu - Older
Read Frequency Command = 00 00 00 00 03
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM5
Baud Rate = 38400
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 847

Note - Some, but not all Yaesu 847 users were having trouble interfacing with the new, C#.NET versions of my software. This problem has been corrected in rig interface verion 1.3 and later by sending a command to start cat control when the port is opened if Yaesu - Older is selected. Your 847 must first be turned on before starting rig interface with the software.

Rig Name = Yaesu - Older
Read Frequency Command = 00 00 00 00 03
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM5
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 857
Rig Name = Yaesu - Older
Read Frequency Command = 00 00 00 00 03
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM7
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 890
Rig Name = Yaesu 890
Read Frequency Command = 00 00 00 02 10
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM1
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 891
Rig Name = Yaesu 991 (That's correct, select the 991 for the 891)
Read Frequency Command = FA;
Read Mode Command = MD0;
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM20
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 897
Rig Name = Yaesu - Older
Read Frequency Command = 00 00 00 00 03
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM5
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 900
Rig Name = Yaesu 900
Read Frequency Command = 00 00 00 02 10
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM1
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 1
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 920
Rig Name = Yaesu 920
Read Frequency Command = 00 00 00 02 10
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM5
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 950
Rig Name = Yaesu - Newer
Read Frequency Command = FA;
Read Mode Command = MD0;
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM6
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 991
Rig Name = Yaesu 991
Read Frequency Command = FA;
Read Mode Command = MD0;
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM20
Baud Rate = 9600
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 1000
Rig Name = Yaesu 1000
Read Frequency Command = 00 00 00 02 10
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM4
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 1000 D
Rig Name = Yaesu 1000 D
Read Frequency Command = 00 00 00 02 10
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM4
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 1000 MP
Rig Name = Yaesu 1000
Read Frequency Command = 00 00 00 02 10
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM1
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 1200
Rig Name = Yaesu - Newer
Read Frequency Command = FA;
Read Mode Command = MD0;
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM12
Baud Rate = 38400 (some users report 4800 also works)
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 2000
Rig Name = Yaesu - Newer
Read Frequency Command = FA;
Read Mode Command = MD0;
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM1
Baud Rate = 38400
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 3000
Rig Name = Yaesu - Newer
Read Frequency Command = FA;
Read Mode Command = MD0;
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM2
Baud Rate = 38400
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu 5000
Rig Name = Yaesu - Newer
Read Frequency Command = FA;
Read Mode Command = MD0;
Convert To Hex = False
Com Port Name = COM2
Baud Rate = 38400
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS

Yaesu Mark V
Rig Name = Yaesu 1000
Read Frequency Command = 00 00 00 02 10
Read Mode Command =
Convert To Hex = True
Com Port Name = COM5
Baud Rate = 4800
Parity = None
Stop Bits = 2
Data Bits = 8
Power Option = RTS


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