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The CommCat Mobile Tuner window has 8 rows of 4 macro buttons (32 total). The CW Keyer has 16 macros,shared with the first sixteen in the Tuner. You can use macros to send CW messages and remote commands. CW Macros, Tune, Radio Control, and Rotor control are not available for QSXer/HRD users.


Programming Macros


The CommCat Mobile Tuner window has 4 bands of 4 macro buttons (16 total) you can use to send CW messages and custom remote radio commands.  CW and Radio Control Macros are not available for QSXer users.


Macros and their associated button captions are entered in CommCat Mobile Settings in the Macros section.


The first character in a macro indicates the action to be taken.



Literal characters sent as CW


Radio Control described below


Special commands described below


CommCat macro having the same macro number as defined in CommCat CW settings is sent


For example,




causes CommCat to send




in CW.


Radio '*' commands allow you to send custom control messages to your radio.  Radio control macros can include functions such as power on/off, antenna tuner, or antenna select.


These commands are one-way.  Radios often send a response to a command, and these return responses are ignored by CommCat.  For example, it is not possible to request the frequency for VFO A through the use of a macro.


Many radios use hex numbers for commands.  For these radios, enclose each hex number by greater than/less than symbols.


Icom Example 


To tune the Icom IC-7800 Antenna Tuner, the command is 1C-01-03.  Each 2-character pair is a hex number. The entire command is:




These are all hex numbers.  You can see the Antenna Tuner command in there, which is taken from the IC-7800 manual.  The entire string of hex digits must be sent to the radio.


CommCat Mobile has a special way to represent hex digits.  FE should be entered <FE>, and so on.  The entire string must be preceded by an asterisk.  So the command to start the antenna tuner in the radio would be:




Open the macro settings in CommCat Mobile and find an unused macro slot.  Enter the name ‘A-Tune’ in the name box, and the command string into the macro box.


If you wish to add multiple commands in a single macro, simply append one macro to the previous one, without using an asterisk.


Elecraft K3 Examples


Mike, N6MQL, uses the following radio macros for his K3:


CQ (K3 memory 2)








ANT 1/2


RIT On/Off




RIT Down








RF Gain 100%


ATU Tune



Kenwood TS-2000


Dave, K5OZ, uses these macros for his Kenwood TS-2000:






Ant Tune


Rig On


Rig Off






147.270 MHz (see note)


444.100 MHz (see note)


444.425 MHz (see note)



Note: The macro sets frequency, FM mode, and 114.8 PL tone.  The radio is already set for automatic repeater offset.


Special '!' commands that can be sent using a macro key include the following:



Opens the iPhone keyboard so you can send CW manually


Stops a CW message that is being transmitted


Toggles Transmit/Receive (available with QSXer/HRD)


Keys the transmitter while you hold your finger on the macro button


Turn your station rotor to the DX bearing (not available with QSXer) Tap the ROTOR macro button to open a dialog giving you the opportunity to accept the bearing shown, or to enter a new bearing.  You can also use the Maidenhead Grid Square in lieu of a bearing.


Stop rotor immediately



Special CW keying characters that can be used in a macro (prefaced by $):





Your call sign (apostrophe + asterisk)


DX call

@ or 'A





BK (apostrophe + B)

- or _

BT ( dash or underscore)


CL (apostrophe + C)


"dit space dit" (as in "two bits")

# or 'K

KN (pound sign or apostrophe + K)

[ or 'S

SK (left bracket or apostrophe + S)

] or 'Z

AS (right bracket or apostrophe + Z)


Increase the current code speed to the "fast" setting


Restore the code speed to normal


Insert contest number. This number increments by one after every complete log entry. Set the starting point by using File, Settings, Station, Code in CommCat.



If you have a CommCat Live or CommCat VoIP subscription, you can also send voice macros when operating phone.