Using Kenwood ARCP in Linux
ARCP acronym stands for Amateur Radio Control Program and it’s ditributed by Kenwood.
I like this software, every single function or parameter of the rig can be accessed easily without stumble in menus.
The ARCP-2000, version for TS2000, is my preferred tool for control the rig when in remote. I don’t use a remote desktop (eats too much bandwidth), I prefer to remote only the com port in a ssh tunnel using ser2net on the server and socat on the client.
ARCP-2000 works well in Linux (wine) with a real com port or usb-232 adapter.
The only steps to be made are:
– allow the current user to use the serial ports (on Debian based distros add the user to dialout group)
– create a symlink from /dev/ttySx (or /dev/ttyUSBx) to
Unfortunately ARCP-590, for TS-590S, has some problem with wine and it needs further work.
First we need the latest wine version, currently i’m using wine-1.7.18, then MS dotnet 3.5 must be installed.
The easiest way to do that is with the script winetricks.
Finally add following lines in the file /home/user/.wine/system.reg
The symlink to /dev/ttyUSBx (the USB-232 adapter inside the TS-590S) must be /home/user/.wine/dosdevices/com1
I’ve tried other com numbers and it does not work.
Now ARCP-590, running in wine emulator, should be able to talk with the rig.
I’ve tried to remote the com port of TS590S with the method used for the TS2000 (ser2net+socat) but for now I failed to get it working.