BM-5 BandMaster V Configuration




Apply power


Applying power the first time after completing the installation should result in the display shown to the right.




Configuring the radio


Enter configuration mode

   The configuration menus are entered by pressing the NEXT and PREV buttons at the same time. The Configuration screen should be displayed. The Next and Previous buttons are now used to move between the various configuration menus. When at the Configuration screen pressing PREV will exit the configuration mode.


Begin radio configuration

   Press NEXT twice to move to the Setup Radio screen. (or PREV if you have already passed it). When the Setup Radio screen is showing press AUTO to begin configuring the radio interface.

NOTE: For Icom radios you must have CI/V Transceive enabled to complete the configuration process.


Set radio type

   After pressing AUTO at the Setup Radio screen the Radio Type screen will appear. Cycle through the selections using the Next and Previous buttons. Press AUTO when the desired radio type is selected. If Band Data was selected you are now finished with the radio configuration. For all other radio type the Baud Rate screen will now be shown.


Set radio baud rate

  After selecting the radio type you must select the radio baud rate. This baud rate applies to both the RS-232 and USB connections. Use Next and Previous to step between the selections. Press AUTO when the desired baud rate is selected. The Radio Number screen will now be displayed.


Set radio number

   After selecting the radio baud rate you must set the radio number. This number is used when using multiple units to indicate when an antenna is in use by another radio. Press AUTO when finished.


Set radio polling

   After selecting the radio number you must set the radio polling. Press Next or Previous to toggle between Enabled and Disabled. Leave polling enabled except under special circumstances. When polling is disabled you must have your logging or radio control software poll the radio or the band decoder will not function. Press AUTO when finished. Except for Icom radios this completes the radio configuration process.


Acquire CI-V address (Icom only)

   The BM-5 automatically acquires the CI-V address of Icom radios after exiting the radio configuration. This requires the CI-V Transceive function on the radio to be enabled. The acquired address will be displayed.





Configuring the relays / antennas


Enter configuration mode

   The configuration menus are entered by pressing the NEXT and PREV buttons at the same time. The Configuration screen should be displayed. The Next and Previous buttons are now used to move between the various configuration menus. When at the Configuration screen pressing PREV will exit the configuration mode.




Begin relay configuration

   Press NEXT four times to move to the Config Relays screen. (or PREV if you have already passed it. Press AUTO when the Config Relays screen is displayed.




Select antenna to configure

   Press NEXT or PREV to select the antenna to configure. The exit screen is located between Antenna 1 and Antenna 16. Press AUTO when the desired antenna is selected.




Select relays for antenna

   Use NEXT and PREV to move among the 12 relays. Press AUTO to toggle the relay ON / OFF. When finished configuring an antenna, press NEXT or PREV to the exit screen which is located between Relay 1 and Relay 12. Press AUTO to return to the Config Antenna screen. Use NEXT or PREV to select the next antenna to configure and repeat the process for each relay.






Assigning the antennas


You must first configure the radio before you can assign antennas to each band as the band to be configured is selected by changing bands on the radio.



Enter configuration mode

   The configuration menus are entered by pressing Next and Previous at the same time. The Next and Previous buttons are now used to move between the various configuration menus. When at the Configuration screen pressing Previous will exit the configuration mode. Press AUTO to begin assigning antennas to each band.


Set antenna for each band

   You must configure the radio before assigning antennas as the band to configure is set by the radio. Place the radio on the band to be configured and then, using the NEXT and PREV buttons, select the antenna for the current band. Selections are automatically saved. Switch the radio to the next band and select the desired antenna. Do this for each band. Press AUTO when finished.






Advanced features



Aux RS-232 data stream

   When the RS-232 connection on the radio connector is not being used by your radio, such as Icom, band data or Flex SDR on USB, the BM-5 can automatically generate a data stream on the RS-232 pins in either Kenwood or Yaesu format. This is useful for automatically controlling station accessories. The baud rate is fixed at 9600.

   To enable this option, enter the configuration mode and press NEXT until the Set AUX RS-232 screen is displayed. Press AUTO  to configure the options. Now use PREV and NEXT to select the Disabled, Kenwood or Yaesu mode. Press AUTO when finished.


NOTE: When using band data from the radio the Aux RS-232 and CI/V data stream frequency is set to the middle of the band.




Reset relay data

   The Reset Relay Data function is used to reset the relay configuration for all antenna to the factory default of Relay 1 for Antenna 1, Relay 2 for Antenna 2, etc. Antennas 13 thru 16 will have no relays assigned to them. 


  If you wish to reset all the relays data enter configuration mode and press NEXT until the Reset Relay Data screen is displayed. Press AUTO to enter Reset All Relays screen. Press NEXT or PREV to toggle between YES and NO. Press AUTO when finished.


Restore defaults

   The Restore Defaults function will clear all user data and restore them to factory defaults. Be aware that using this function will erase all of your settings.


  If you wish to reset the BandMaster V to factory defaults enter configuration mode and press NEXT until the Restore Defaults screen is displayed. Press AUTO to enter the Clear Settings screen. Press NEXT or PREV to toggle between YES and NO. Press AUTO when finished.