[amsat-bb] Yaesu FT-847
w4as at bellsouth.net
Sun Nov 2 09:40:07 PST 2008
I recently acquired a Yaesu FT-847 for use primarily with satellites.
Previously I used a Kenwood TS-2000, but decided to go with the 847
due to the 2000's known birdies on the output of some of the FM
I use Ham Radio Deluxe, but used SATPC32 on the Kenwood. I had no
problems at all with the SSB birds on the Kenwood & SATPC32. However,
with the Yaesu FT-847, I find that SATPC32 will no longer 'see' the
radio. It won't place the radio into satellite mode, and it won't
change the frequencies depending on the satellites I click from the
'shortcuts' on the bottom right.
I have doubled-checked the wiring on the RS-232 cable, 5 for ground,
and 2 & 3 crossed (null modem cable). I'm sure it's not the cable,
since Ham Radio Deluxe can see and control the radio's frequency.
I'm wondering if there is a problem with either the radio, or if there
is something that I need to do in SATPC32 in order to change over to
the Yaesu. Obviously under Setup, Radio Setup, I have selected Yaesu,
Model FT-847, Com port 1, and CAT delay of 20. However, I don't see
anywhere to tell the program what the baud rate of the radio is. I
have tried 4800, 9600 and 57600 with the same lack of success. I see
there is a file called yaesupar.sqf in the directory of SATPC32,
however I can't find anything in the documentation about what, if
anything, needs to be entered in that file.
I should also note a couple of other things. On the rig's menu item #
41, for X RPT which is cross repeat, I can't change it from OFF, it's
stuck there, no matter what I do. I wonder if that has anything to do
with the problem.
In addition in Ham Radio Deluxe, if I use the new HRD Sat Track
program, which is a beta release, I can't connect to the radio using
the IP server. It briefly displays FT-847, and then it immediately
goes away. However, if I use Digital Master 780, which is used for
digital modes, it can control the radio without any problems, so I
think I have narrowed it down to a problem with SATPC32.
I hope someone can help me, as I would really like to use this rig on
73 de W4AS
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