[amsat-bb] Re: FT-847 Serial Port Communications

Gary Schuchardt gschuchardt at gp.hrcoxmail.com
Thu Feb 14 14:21:40 PST 2008

Hi Keith, 

Everything is now working.  I have been experimenting with programs
developed by Bob Freeth, G4HFQ at  http://WWW.g4hfq.co.UK. This includes the
FTBasicMMO (memory management) and FTBCAT to control all the features of my
FT-847 rig.  You can contact Bob, at mailto:bob.freeth at g4hfq.co.UK, if you
have any questions and he will respond very quickly to inquiries.  I am
pleased with the software, support and pricing too.  The other program that
I tested was the FT-847 SuperCat, but price was a little high for me.  The
software is compatible to many of types of transceivers; however, I am only
concerned my current rig. I wanted to wait, until I had a chance to test the
programs before I said anything about what software I was using.  I went
ahead and paid a very small fee for one of the program and some others were
free. I have about 36 channels already programmed into my rig memory for
regional UHF and VHF repeaters.  Now, I am going to store various
operational and semi-operational satellite frequencies into the FT-847 in
some type of efficient arrangement or ordering to save precious time
changing from one to the other.  G4HFQ has various programs that look real
interesting after I get my main object done. 

I have installed a new null modem cable and rearrange Com 1 and Com 2 so
that the later can take care of my MixW logging and digital needs. I hope
you find this information helpful.  Keep in touch and God Bless. Thanks
again for your help. 

Chesapeake VA
CEM Retired  

-------Original Message-------
From: Keith N4ZQ
Date: 2/11/2008 10:44:06 AM
To: gschuchardt at gp.hrcoxmail.com
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] FT-847 Serial Port Communications
Hey  Gary,
I've been looking for a long time a replacement FT-847 memory management
program ,since I long ago lost one written by a Frenchman  called Edit.
Would you please tell me what program you are using to read and write memory
information to the Yaesu FT-847?
Glad you got your issue with port communication taken care of.
TU  Keith N4ZQ
-- "Gary Schuchardt" <gschuchardt at gp.hrcoxmail.com> wrote:
I have a problem involving the 9 pin serial port on the back of my FT-847
Yaesu transceiver.  When I try to use a null modem cable between the rig and
my PC on either COM 1 or 2, the rig will not respond to compatible rig
controller (CAT) nor a memory management program.  The COM ports have been
tested as well as the use of two different PCs.  Neither null modem cable
works. I have tried to use the Menu feature on the FT-847 to match baud rate
between radio and PC COM port.  Has anyone had a problem like this with the
Yaesu FT-847?  I would appreciate knowing.
Thank you.
Gary N0EZH
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