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. TS-480 menus
Group # Function Use
00 Brightness of display
(5 levels, including OFF)
You can adjust brightness to suit the
ambient lighting level. Turning
backlighting off reduces power
consumption by about 30mA.
01 Key illumination ON/OFF Turning illumination off reduces power consumption by about 30mA.
02 Auto mode Mode can be changed automatically
depending on frequency. This is more
convenient than setting VFO A to CW
and VFO B to USB.
03 Tuning control adjustment
By reducing the adjustment rate, you
can make it easier to tune.
04 Frequency step for the main
encoder in FM mode
You can change frequency with the
main encoder in the same way that
you can change channels.
05 Frequency rounding for the
MULTI control
With this switched OFF, if you
accidentally change frequency with the
MULTI control, you can return to the
original frequency.
Tuning 06 Frequency step size for BC
When ON, frequency step size is
9kHz. When OFF, step size is
determined by the STEP value. The
factory setting for US models is OFF;
for other markets ON is the default.
07 Temporarily change memory
Switch ON to operate a frequency in
memory without transferring it to a
08 Program slow scan Useful for 50MHz scanning.
09 Program slow scan setting You can choose how much to slow the scan.
10 Program scan hold You can pause the scan for 5 seconds, a handy way to avoid missing a signal.
11 Scan resume method You can switch between time-operated and carrier-operated scan resume to suit your purpose.
12 Beep output level You can adjust this to suit your preference.
13 Sidetone volume For full break-in, it is easier to hear the sidetone if you raise this volume.
14 VGS-1 message playback
You can check what has been
15 VGS-1 announcement
Switch this OFF if you do not need
announcements while working the
16 VGS-1 announcement
You can adjust this to suit your
17 RX IF filters Use CW IF filter for SSB
This is useful for PSK31 operations.
18 DSP RX equalizer You can adjust frequency
characteristics during reception. Select
the position that best suits your
external speaker/headphones.
19 DSP TX equalizer As with #18, this is not as versatile as a
dedicated graphic equalizer, but it is
useful for tailoring TX frequency
characteristics to match your mic and
20 DSP TX filter bandwidth As this is AF DSP, it is not as versatile
as IF DSP, but it can be used to
remove low frequencies during
TX output
21 TX power output control You can choose between a 5W step
and a 1W step. Useful for fine
adjustment of output when using a
linear amp.
TX control 22 Time-out timer This automatically terminates
transmission after a set time. Useful as
a failsafe for network (KNS)
23 Frequency when using
You can change the frequency
displayed by the transceiver to the
operating frequency of the Transverter.
Unlike the TS-570, you can set any
24 Output power adjustment for
Transverter output is fixed at 5W for
the TS-570, but with the TS-480 you
can choose output freely (within the
transmitter’s capability).
25 TX hold when internal AT
completes tuning
After completion of tuning, there is still
approximately 10W of output, so this is
useful if you want to go on to tune the
linear amp.
26 In-line AT while receiving The internal antenna tuner can also be
used during RX. Depending on
conditions, sensitivity can vary by
enough to see a change in the
S-meter. It can also reduce
low-frequency interference.
27 External AT control method If you own an AT-300, you can connect
it to the TS-480; however, operation is
limited by the capabilities of the
28 Linear amp control for HF
Linear amp
29 Linear amp control for
50MHz band
You can control the linear amp
independently for the HF and 50MHz
bands. And if the amp is not
compatible with full break-in, you can
add in a delay for the TX attack.
30 VGS-1 constant recording With the VGS-1 Voice Guide and
storage unit installed, you can engage
constant record for the RX signal.
Maximum playback time is 30
31 Repeat playback of
voice/CW messages
This is not just for contest CQ
machines; it can be used as a simple
32 Interval time for #31 Interval time can be adjusted up to a maximum of 60 seconds.
33 Keying priority over playback Without switching off the repeat
playback for messages, you can start
34 CW RX pitch / TX sidetone
Select RX pitch frequency between
400Hz and 1000Hz. At the same time,
sidetone frequency changes with the
pitch frequency. This can be used to
zero in on a target signal by matching
the sidetone frequency with the RX
35 CW keying weight ratio Change the dot/dash weight ratio. This is usually set to AUTO.
36 Reverse CW keying auto
weight ratio
You can change the AUTO setting for
37 Bug key function Manual TX can be enabled for dashes only.
38 Swap dot & dash paddle
Swap the paddle position to suit either
right-handed or left-handed use.
39 Auto CW TX in SSB mode Automatically switch mode to CW transmission by simply operating the paddle.
40 Define CW tune frequency Useful if used in combination with #39,
as there is no need to operate the dial
to zero in on a target.
41 FSK shift
42 FSK keying polarity
43 FSK tone frequency
Standard FSK operating parameters
are covered by these menus.
44 Mic gain for FM You can adjust FM mic gain (3 levels)
45 Filter bandwidth for data
This enables you to pick the
appropriate DSP filter for data
communications using the filter switch
on the control panel.
46 AF input level for data
47 AF output level for data
Adjust input and output levels
independently when the TS-480 is
connected to a SoundBlaster™ card or
other external device.
48 Assign PF keys on the
control panel
You can assign functions to the PF
keys on the control panel as detailed in
the separate table.
49 Mic PF1 key
50 Mic PF2 key
51 Mic PF3 key
PF keys
52 Mic PF4 key
You can assign functions to the PF
keys on a multifunction mic as detailed
in the separate table.
53 Split frequency transfer Split
54 Permit to write #54 to target
Transfer modes/frequencies between
compatible transceivers. Useful when
one is being used as a slave receiver.
TX inhibit 55 TX inhibit Inhibits TX, which is useful if the
transceiver is to be used for RX only as
it prevents unintentional transmissions.
56 PC data rate COM port communication
Select 4800~115200bps.
57 DTS polarity In data communications this switches
the logic for transmission. You should
match polarity to the external device
you are using.
58 TX inhibit Busy lockout You can select BSY lockout to inhibit transmission when busy.
59 APO APO (auto power off)
Power can be switched off
automatically in the absence of any
60 VOX source Select input for VOX Select either the mic or the data input
for VOX activation. Standby wiring may
not be required provided that the
method used is compatible with data
communications. (Be careful to ensure
correct TX delay.)

. Functions that can be assigned to PF keys
# Assigned
0~60 MENU #00~60 The selected menu item can be called up directly, making this useful for menu functions that you often use.
61 Voice1 In addition to the automatic Voice Guide, you can have frequency and other displayed data read out when you press a PF key.
62 Voice2 S-meter reading is read out when you press a PF key. 63 RX monitor The squelch can be forced open for as long as the PF key is depressed. Useful for monitoring when setting CTCSS, etc. 64 RX DSP monitor The TS-480 will receive using the widest passband available in that mode for as long as the PF key is depressed. This is a quick way to check on nearby interference.
65 Main encoder
You can lock the main encoder. This prevents unintentional operation of the encoder when the transceiver is being used in a vehicle.
66 SEND key There is no SEND key on the control panel, but this role can be assigned to a PF key.
67 TX tuning Irrespective of the current operating mode and power, this function allows you to transmit a continuous carrier at a fixed output. Useful for configuring external devices. 68 LSB/USB toggle Toggle between LSB and USB when LSB (USB) is displayed.
69 CW/FSK toggle Toggle between CW and FSK when CW (FSK) is displayed.
70 FM/AM toggle Toggle between FM and AM when FM (AM) is displayed.
72 Q MR
73 Q MI
75 A/B
76 M/V
77 A=B
79 M >V
80 M.IN
82 CH1
83 CH2
84 CH3
86 CLR
87 MTR
88 MHz
89 ANT ˝
90 NB
91 NR
92 BC
93 DNL
You can assign a function you often use to a PF key on the mic. Also, a function defined by pressing the key for 1 second can be called up instantly. For example, if you find yourself frequently switching between antennas, you can save time if you assign a panel PF key to ANT ˝.
99 OFF No function is assigned to the PF key.
. Making menus easier to use
Menu switching
There are so many different menu selections and parameters to choose from that it is impossible
to remember them all. Consequently, the menu system can be a little inconvenient when you need
to change several settings at once.
To solve this problem, the TS-480 offers two sets of menus: A and B. Switching between these
can greatly simplify operations – for example, when switching from DX to local, from regular to
data communications, or from fixed station to mobile operations.
Quick menu
The TS-480 offers many menu functions. If you know which functions you use most of the time,
you can arrange for other functions to be hidden when selections are displayed.


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