Woodbox Radio TMate 1.0 Windows 10 Driver

I bought the TMate v1.0 “VFO Tuning Knob” a few years back at Friedrichshafen for use with my Flex-1500 as the TMate was much cheaper than Flex’s own “FlexControl”.

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When I bought it I was probably still using Windows XP, but I certainly used it with Windows 7 without an issue, but on Windows 10 it wouldn’t work due to no driver being available.

A little digging and I found that in Windows 10 Hardware ID for the TMate now ends with “&REV_0002”.

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The driver file “winusbtmate.inf” supplied by Woodbox Radio doesn’t list any “&REV_0002” Hardware IDs, “winusbtmate.inf” only lists “USB\VID_1721&PID_0607” as a valid Hardware ID, not “USB\VID_1721&PID_0607&REV_0002” so Windows doesn’t think the supplied “winusbtmate.inf” is the right driver.

So a bit of hacking editing was needed to update “winusbtmate.inf” to include the Hardware ID “USB\VID_1721&PID_0607&REV_0002” allowing Windows 10 to match the Woodbox Radio TMate v1.0 with the driver files listed in “winusbtmate.inf”.

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The edited driver files can be downloaded from my website. Unzip to a local (on the PC) directory like the desktop.

However this is only half the battle. You also need to disable Windows 10 driver signing, but this is a simple process. To do this follow these simple steps, take from this website.

a. Press the Win + C and click on PC settings.

b. Switch over to the “Update & recovery” section.

c. Then click on the Recovery option on the left hand side.

d. Once selected, you will see an advanced start-up section appear on the right hand side. You will need to click on the “Restart now” button.

e. Once your Computer has rebooted you will need to choose the Troubleshoot option.

f. Then head into Advanced options.

g. Then Startup Settings.

h. Since we are modifying boot time configuration settings, you will need to restart your computer one last time.

I. Here you will be given a list of start-up settings that you can change. The one we are looking for is “Disable driver signature enforcement”. To choose the setting, you will need to press the F7 key.

NOTE: After a reboot, Windows 10 will re-enable driver signing, and any drivers installed while driver enforcement was disabled will continue to work.

Once Windows has loaded, install the driver for the Woodbox Radio TMate v1.0 using the driver file you edited, or downloaded from my website.  Windows will ask if you are sure you wish to install them, click on Yes / OK.

Windows 10 should now list the Woodbox Radio TMate device under “Universal Serial Bus controllers”.

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I hope this helps someone.

4 Comments

  1. Peter

    Hi Gavin:

    You made me a happy man ! Had an unused TMate 1 in storage (since I am using TMate 2 in my main shack) but I am in the process of upgrading my secondary shack now and wanted to put the unused TMate 1 into use. Unfortunately, I had “upgraded” the PC in my second shack to Windows 10 (the one in the main shack is still on Windows 7, thanks god 🙂 and was lost until I found your easy-to-implement instruction.

    I am using an ELAD FDM-S2 for reception and it works all fine now. I am new to transmitting (just passed the exam) so I suspect one day this will all work with a transceiver, too.

    Thanks again and keep up the great work !

    Peter
    DL2PIT

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    1. m1bxf (Post author)

      I’m glad it helped Peter, like you my T-Mate 1 sat doing nothing after I upgraded ti Win10, after I worked out how to get it working I was very happy. I use mine mainly with SDRUno with my SDRPlay RX.

      Good luck with getting on air, maybe we will work sometime.

      Gav, M1BXF.

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  2. Tim G. Børresen

    Hello Gavin
    Like you I some years ago couldn’t help myself in Friedrichshafen and brought home a Flex-1500 and a Tmate 1. I just had to have it. Long story short: The spectrum capability of the 1500 was too small for what I wanted so I sold it again before I ever got the Tmate hooked up.

    The Tmate has been sitting on my shelf collecting dust ever since. It was simply too nice not to keep. “One day I’ll come across the right project and it will put to good use”

    That day arrived about a year and a half ago. I eagerly opened the box containing the Tmate and “plopped” the CD into the drive. CRIKEY!!! It only contained drivers for Windows XP. My ham PC was running Windows 7 at that time since Windows is old and smelly and the SDR software I want to use my Tmate with only supports Windows 7 and up – What a bloody nuisance!

    Today I found your page: I couldn’t believe my eyes: Tmate 1 drivers for Windows 10!!!

    I’m running Windows 10 V. 1703 so shoehorning in the unsigned drivers was a bit “trixier” than you describe on your page. Following option 2, using advanced boot options, on the below URL did the trick.

    https://www.howtogeek.com/167723/how-to-disable-driver-signature-verification-on-64-bit-windows-8.1-so-that-you-can-install-unsigned-drivers/

    Option 1 using bcdedit to install unsigned drivers in test mode won’t work on Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703).

    I just finished a lengthy happy dance after having seen the driver loaded, Tmate 1.02 being aware of the physical VFO knob and trying to sync w. an imaginary IC-7000.

    WOW! I can hardly believe it. I can actually use my Tmate 1 now. You’re the man. Plain and simple.

    In case you haven’t guessed it: You REALLY made my day. 😉.

    Sincerely / 73 es DX
    Tim / OZ4GA

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    1. m1bxf (Post author)

      Hi Tim,

      That’s great news and the whole reason behind me posting such info 🙂 So glad you got it all working and you’re a happy man!

      Maybe see you on the bands.

      Gav, M1BXF.

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