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Old 25-01-2016, 15:57   #1
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Wiring a SS TKM-707 and coupler AT-140

Dear all,

Has anybody some information on wiring the TKM-707 to the AT-140?

Thanks a bunch!

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Re: Wiring a SS TKM-707 and coupler AT-140

Olivier,
Not having a Kenwood TKM-707 to actually measure the voltages, I cannot be certain, but looking at the manual (and that of the AT-140, along with my familiarity with the AT-140), I think I can help...(BTW, I think btrayfors has a TKM-707, so he might chime in here)
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Has anybody some information on wiring the TKM-707 to the AT-140?

Thanks a bunch!

Olivier
1) First off the B+ and ground are easy....they run off of "12vdc"....so, these are easy to wire up:

TKM-707 ant. tuner connector:
Pin 6 = tuner DC power = AT-140 "13.6" / Red

Pin 3 = GND = AT-140 "E" / Black




2) As for the "tuning control" / tuning signals:

TKM-707's ant. tuner connector pins:
Pin 5 = TS (? Tune Start)

Pin 2 = TT (? Tune Transmit)


The AT-140's operation is pretty straight forward...

A connected radio (or external controller) sends a "Start" signal to the AT-140, by sending the "Start" terminal / white wire "low" (typically pulling it to ground, from it's nominal 7.5vdc - 8.0vdc), and this starts the AT-140 tuning process...
At this same time the AT-140 sends a "Key" signal to the connected radio (or external controller), by sending the "Key" terminal / green wire "low" (again typically pulling it to ground, from its nominal 7/5vdc - 8.0vdc), and this triggers an ICOM radio to send a low-power (typ. 10-watt) CW carrier.

Once the AT-140 has completed tuning, it sends this "Key" terminal back "high" (above 7.5vdc) and the radio stops transmitting, and the radio's "Start" line is then also sent back "high" (above 7.5vdc).

SO...

So, assuming the TKM-707's "TS" (tuning start?) and "TT" (tune transmit) levels are compatible with the AT-140, then they should work well together....
[please note that even if the 707's voltages are slightly different, the AT-140 has an internal switch that allows it to be used with non-standard "start" and "key" voltages...see page 6 of the AT-140 manual]

You should simply measure the "TS" signal (Pin 5) and see if it goes "low" for > 350ms, when you press the 707's "TUNE" button....and see if the 707 transmits a low-power CW carrier when you send the "TT" connector (Pin 2) low....
If these do as expected, then you're good to go...and wire as shown here:

Pin 2 = TT = AT-140's "KEY" / green wire
Pin 5 = TS = AT-140's "Start" / white wire

Pin 3 = GND = AT0-140's "E" / black wire
Pin 6 = Tuner Power = AT-140's "13.6" / red wire


The exact tuning description is explained on page 108 of the TKM-707's service manual...(and if I could get the darn thing to post here, I would!)




I hope this helps..

Fair winds....

John
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Re: Wiring a SS TKM-707 and coupler AT-140

Dear John,

Thank you soooo much for these information - that give me a pretty good ground to work on it. I will let you know wether this work. There may be a little trick concerning the duration of the start/key signal ....

Thanks again!
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Re: Wiring a SS TKM-707 and coupler AT-140

I've had several TKM-707s in the past. Sold them all, including one just shipped last Friday. But, I've always mated them with the Kenwood MAT-100 tuner.

The TKM-707 voltages are a nominal 5.0VDC. This is a bit lower than called for by the AT-140 but it might work.

Hope the experiment with the AT-140 works.

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