Welcome to the VT Rig control page
This program is designed for the RD contest and operates
with your logging program. I use VKCL from Mike Subocz
VK3AVV. Mike has a version that incorporates a rig interface and reads
the operating frequency and mode from the radio.
To use this and Mike's program you will need to have the rig control
software Omni-Rig operating. Omni-Rig software allows
several programs to communicate with your rig at the same
time.(It will communicate with two rigs but this version of my
software only operates with one.) Omni-Rig can be downloaded from the
The software I have written is designed for the VHF/UHF section of the
contest and allows easy band, frequency and mode changes. It is
ideal if you have a multimode / multiband rig such as an ICOM 706MKIIG.
The first time you run the software you have to set the radio
model and port number etc. This is done by clicking on "Rig
setup" - If your radio is not shown then check the documentation
for Omni-Rig as it is reasonably easy to make a parameter file for
any of the common radios.
For this year the rules of the RD test allow for both FM and SSB
contacts with the same station but they must be in the appropriate band
plan segments. This software has preprogrammed frequencies in the
6M, 2M and 70CM bands for FM and SSB - just click on the one you want
and the rig will move there. The frequency and the mode the radio
is currently transmitting on is displayed. A frequency can be
entered directly into the radio - enter the frequency and then click on
"Set freq". To change the frequency allocation for the different
band/mode buttons right click on the one to change the "Set freq"
button will change to match the one you have selected; enter the
frequency and then press the button. (Note this will not change the
frequency of the radio - you need to then press the band/mode button to
change the frequency.)
Download the ZIP file below and then run "setup.exe" - Note
if you do not have the Microsoft.net environment on your machine it
will be required - this is a 24Meg download. If you do not have a
high speed connection or you want a copy on CD please contact me.
Please let me know if you find any problems with the software and I will try to fix them before the contest
Download the software - Click here
Omni-Rig - Download the runtime package and the rig description files
VKCL - Note I am not sure if this is the version that has the rig interface software The version that I have is here.