Using Kenwood ARCP in Linux

arcp

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
/home/user/.wine/dosdevices/com1

arcp590
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

[Hardware\\Devicemap\\Serialcomm] 1231984861
“Serial0″=”COM1”
“Serial1″=”COM2”
“Serial2″=”COM3”
“Serial3″=”COM4”
“Serial4″=”COM5”
“Serial5″=”COM6”
“Serial6″=”COM7”
“Serial7″=”COM8”
“Serial8″=”COM9”

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.

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