TS870RC free download for Mac

TS870RC for Mac4.1

15 January 2017

Remote control for Kenwood TS-870 transceiver.

What is TS870RC for Mac

TS870RC is for radio amateurs and ham radio.

I am a fan of the Kenwood TS-870 ham radio transceiver. What I missed was a straight remote control app for OS X, so I started to develope one. Here it is, it covers some main functions:

  • Serial data baudrate selectable between 9600 and 57600.
  • Power button to switch TS-870 on/off by the software.
  • OS X speech synthesis voice feedback.
  • Localized UTC clock.
  • Simple localized quick note "Logbook" in csv/ssv format.
  • Amateur radio band selector.
  • Frequency control.
  • Mode selector.
  • Receiver bandwidth selector.
  • Antenna and Attenuator selector.
  • AGC control for SSB
  • Squelch and RF-Gain selector.
  • Notch and Beat filter selector.
  • Volume control.
  • 10 memories selector, Read, Write, List, Clear.
  • Extern RX passthrough selector.
  • Digital and analog readout S-Meter. Peak hold option.
  • Simple band-scope/spectrum analyzer.
  • Favorite save/ load one frequency by mouse click or shortcut.
  • Direct jump to frequency harmonics.
  • Seperate frequency panel for transverter usage
  • RIT +-RX offset RX in 10 Hz steps.
  • Integrated amateur-prefixes, broadcast and beacon lists via menu item.
  • Transmitter RX/TX control.
  • VOX control.
  • TX Power control 10, 50, 100%.
  • TX Power-Amplifier control.
  • TX Mic-Gain, Processor response, Mic-AGC, others.
  • TX audio Equalizer control.
  • TX bandwidth and shift selector.
  • Save and load TX audio parameters as "local/dx" presets.
  • AM, CW carrier selector, ALC compared.
  • TX Monitor selector.
  • Antenna-Tuner control.
  • VSWR test button.
  • RX/TX split frequency support.
  • Sub-tone support for 29 MHz repeaters.
  • Digital recording playback and loop (if DRU-3 option installed).

The Demo version is free, while frequency control, TX control, and memory features are blocked. You will need a USB-to-serial-port adaptor. Get more information and hints on my website.

What's new in TS870RC

Version 4.1:
  • 40m band sets to 7100 kHz.
  • New broadcast menu, direct jump to shortwave bc bands.
  • Associated files moved from documents to app folder.
  • Wheel support. Can load (menu triggered) or autoload wheel shuttle or other software
  • Some shortcuts changed.

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App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later
  • USB-serial converter necessary to connect TS-870 to the Mac

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