[TenTec] RASCAL interface and the Orion 565

Rick W ve7tk at yahoo.ca
Wed Oct 17 00:50:05 EDT 2012

I assume we are discussing the pinout of the 565.  At least that's what I'm indicating.  According to page 29 of the 565 manual:

    "Pin 5 is for future assignment"
    "Pin 7 is the FSK mark/space input."

I believe you are correct and the red cable IS connected to pin 5 and on page 28 of the manual it indicates that:

     "RED = pin 5, future assignment."

There is no connection to pin 7 via this dongle.

Website:  http://www.ve7tk.com

> From: Bob McGraw - K4TAX <RMcGraw at Blomand.net>
>To: Bob McGraw - K4TAX <RMcGraw at Blomand.net>; Rick W <ve7tk at yahoo.ca>; Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec at contesting.com> 
>Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 9:27:40 PM
>Subject: Re: [TenTec] RASCAL interface and the Orion 565
>FSK input is the Red connector going to pin 5 on the AUX connector.
>Pin 2 on the AUX connector is ground.
>Bob, K4TAX
>----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob McGraw - K4TAX" <RMcGraw at Blomand.net>
>To: "Rick W" <ve7tk at yahoo.ca>; "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <tentec at contesting.com>
>Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:24 PM
>Subject: Re: [TenTec] RASCAL interface and the Orion 565
>> The Tentec supplied dongle has 4 cables/connectors.
>> They are:
>> Line Audio In = white - to pin 1 from computer sound card
>> Line Audio Out = yellow - to pin 4 to computer sound card
>> PTT = black to pin 3 - either a foot switch of manual switch.  Can be controlled from the RS-232 connector on the computer.
>> FSK = FSK to pin 2 - must toggle from high to low for mark / space
>> For true FSK {and not AFSK} a proper interface will be required to toggle pin 2 from high to low for proper mark-space operation.  The radio should be in FSK mode.  To activate PTT take pin 3 to ground.
>> The easiest way, use the Tentec 712 USB soundcard interface and the computer software of your choice.  No fuss, no mess, no external box to adjust.  The computer software handles all the levels and switching.  Only have to select AUX for the TX audio source.
>> 73
>> Bob, K4TAX
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Rick W" <ve7tk at yahoo.ca>
>> To: "Ten-Tec Reflector" <tentec at contesting.com>
>> Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 10:57 PM
>> Subject: Re: [TenTec] RASCAL interface and the Orion 565
>> Jack is correct the Orion AUX jack has output that can be used for AFSK . FSK on the other hand is more of an issue. If your friend is using the Ten-Tec AUX cable for FSK I'm afraid he's out of luck. That cable does not bring out the FSK output. He'll have to build up a new cable or perhaps purchase one from a 3rd party.
>> I'm using a US-Interface Navigator and it keys the rig with the PTT on pin 3 and sends FSK on Pin 7 of the AUX jack. It has it's own DIN connector and privides access to all pins on the Orion's AUX jack.
>> Also, if your friend has an "early" 565 he may need to add a 10k pull up resistor between pin 7 of the AUX connector and pin 8 of the REMOTE jack.
>> http://www.ad4c.us/Tentec%20HF%20manuals_/Orion%20II/02Orion%2520FSK.pdf
>> 73,
>> Rick
>> VE7TK
>> Website:  http://www.ve7tk.com
>> To:Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec at contesting.com>
>> Subject:Re: [TenTec] RASCAL interface and the Orion 565
>> From:"k0bx at arrl.net" <k0bx at arrl.net>
>> Reply-to:Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec at contesting.com>
>> Date:Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:35:17 -0700 (PDT)
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>> That is very good Jack, the problem is that I am not the owner of the Orion but
>> my friend W0TT is.  I am trying to get him on RTTY.
>> Maybe you could send me a note off line on what cables you are talking about?
>> We do want to be able to use FSK and NOT AFSK.  And do CW without changing
>> cables. Joe K0BX Stop the insanity!
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>> From: jack <jfriend31 at comcast.net>
>> To: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec at contesting.com>
>> Sent: Wed, October 17, 2012 12:31:38 AM
>> Subject: Re: [TenTec] RASCAL interface and the Orion 565 One does not need a Rascal for RTTY with the Orion. one can use the cables that
>> came with Orion for RTTY direct to the computer. I have done exactly that for
>> all the years I have had my Orions 565, mostly CW but MixW3 will do all modes
>> just about with the above cable connections to computer.
>> jack
>> ak7o
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