Does JT65 send mode CAT commands?

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After reading the post about ALE software acting strange, I’m wondering if my JT65 situation is related? As N2RJ noted, JT65 uses USB on all bands. Using 1.9.x I’ve experienced 2 different irregularities. My 6500 was on 40m CW. After starting the latest version of JT65, I selected 40m. The radio switched to the JT65 frequency on 40 but stayed in CW mode. Last night, I was on 20M SSB. I started JT65 and selected 40M. My 6500 switched to the 40m JT65 frequency, but switched to LSB.

Is JT65 supposed to send the CAT commands to put the radio into SSB / USB? Is this an option that I’ve overlooked?

One point that may be relevant. I’ve never been able to get JT65 working correctly if I use any radio profile EXCEPT the Kenwood TS-2000.

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Open up the log on the CAT port and look to see what command the digital mode app is sending to the radio.

I have also heard operating WSJT-X in split mode causes problems.

I do not believe they have ever gotten the SmartSDR profile working.
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I'll ck it tonight
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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I'm running 1.7.0 and you can configure it to send the mode or not. In the radio tab, select the mode as USB and when you switch bands in WSJT-X it will change it in the CAT port and on the radio. 
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That may be the fix to the issue, assuming the default was having this feature deactivated. I'll check his evening - many thanks!
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USB might not be the best. DIGU seems more appropriate for JT as it provide a 5 KHz filter. With JT65 from 0-2500 Hz and JT9 from 2500-5000 Hz I just manually set SSDR to DigU 5.0 KHz. Then again, I rarely ever hear anyone that low or high so it probably doesn't make much of a difference.
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DIGU anyway. I'm not sure where DIGL would be used.

It would be nice if these external programs allowed us to modify existing or create new or custom modes. This way, WSJT-X wouldn't care about the radio mode. We'd just enter in the CAT command for DIGU as part of the configuration and let WSJT-X send it along with the frequency change.

I think a lot of programs would benefit from such a setup. Every radio (almost) has CW, USB, LSB, AM, FM, FSK. Other modes are kind of "fabricated" modes by the particular vendor. DIGU is just USB with some tweaks for digital. Other vendors might call it DIG-U, DATA-U, etc. Let the user plug in the right command for the fabricated mode.

Some day some how all these cool programs out there will be able to interface seamlessly and without bridges with all these cool CAT-enabled radios and other shack devices. I think we'll have established colonies on Mars before then.
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I just tried omnirig. I didn't even notice it as an option . Selecting omnirig and then data/pkt for the mode seems to work. Jumping around bands, WJST-X sets the mode to DIGU each time. A bridge. But it seem to work.
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I've struggled at times with digital apps disagreeing about what mode to set, most recently I had to change to another method of configuring Fldigi, Fldigi-DxLabs Gateway, and Commander, due to one of those apps switching the rig from DIGU to USB. I got that sorted out by switching back from xml-rpc rig control, to rigcat control using the .xml files in Fldigi. Since that required a CAT port, I switched WSJT-X over to using DXLabs Commander for rig control to free up the port it had been using. It seems to work fine. I was already running all those apps anyway, I only needed to get them all configured so they would coexist correctly. If you're not interested in running all that software, OmniRig is a reasonable alternative. I could have also just added another Smart CAT port too. There's more than one way to skin a CAT, I guess. 

This lets Fldigi-DXLabs Gateway, and JTAlertX to log both Fldigi, and WSJT-X to DXKeeper, I usually run SpotCollector for spots too. The DXLabs Suite get's used more, the more I learn about what it's capable of. 

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73, Jay - NO5J

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1. Many thanks to N2RJ for pointing out that you can activate the "USB" feature to have WSJT send the CAT command. Tried it, and that works fine!

2. I'm going to drop Joe Taylor an e-mail asking him to consider adding one more option in the Settings / Radio / Mode section. It would be very useful to have an "Other" choice where you can type in the CAT command(s) that you want the program to send. You could have it send DIGU and even specify the bandwidth. Has anyone ever requested this in the past?

3. Thanks to Tim for pointing out that DIGU should be used. Been doing some A/B comparisons and so far I'm not seeing any significant difference from USB. Regardless, I'll be using it.

Thanks to all!
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I have to try omnirig but I already use it for 2 slices in Log4OM.