[TenTec] Some Apparent Problems With Computer Control With My Argonaut VI RIgs

Michael Chowning mike.chowning at mgccc.org
Thu Dec 28 22:26:20 EST 2017

  Also, this previous reply of Bob McGraw (K4TAX) to another’s question, might be pertinent to you as well - that is the proper sequence of loading the drivers.

>I think this is one of those Windows silly issues.   Windows has a propensity to want to assign com ports based on demand.  And in some cases, it may take Windows some time for the port issue to clear when the radio is turned off.  Even in >some cases, having to physically disconnect the USB cable from the computer may be necessary.  Then plug in the USB cable and then turn on the Radio.   Ideally, the computer / Windows will recognize the correct port and drivers.

>There is a preferred sequence with regard to turning on a system.  Start with the computer on and booted, connect the radio, and turn the radio on.   In reverse, turn the radio off, close Windows and shut the computer off.    I've observed in >some cases shutting things down in the incorrect sequence will confuse Windows.


>Bob, K4TAX

Mike, N8TTR

> On Dec 28, 2017, at 8:14 PM, Steve Berg <wa9jml at frontier.com> wrote:
> I have been trying to use different software to control my Argonaut VI rigs that I use with VHF transverters.  It seems that when I plug a USB Cable into the back of the radios, and turn on the rig, and then turn on the computer, the computer loads the device driver, and this seems to affect the SSB and AM modes of the receiver, but not so much when it is run on CW.  There seems to be a great deal of popping noise, and distortion so that I cannot even copy stations or beacons when using LSB or USB.  The noise is there even on CW, but it is much less.  This renders my Argo VI radios useless on voice or digital modes.  When I unplug the USB cable, the noise stops or is greatly reduced.  It does this with USB cables that are plain but shielded, and with those with ferrite chokes installed.  This has been plaguing my station for months.  Does anyone have any ideas on what is happening?  I have 3 Argo VI rigs, one with the older driver, and two with the newer driver.  It works the same on all three radios.
> Help?
> Steve WA9JML
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