[amsat-bb] Re: SatPC32 via USB2Serial not working (Error reading comm device.)

David Palmer KB5WIA kb5wia at amsat.org
Thu Sep 15 06:41:11 PDT 2011

Hi Jan,

Be sure the baudrate is set correctly in your SatPC32.  It's under
Setup > Radio Setup then in the dropdown list next to your radio,
change "Model" to "Baudrate" and make sure it matches what your radio
is using.  It's not always obvious that the little drop-down there has
a second menu setting.

Also double-check your USB-serial converter settings (Windows Device
Manager, right-click each port and choose properties) to be sure the
baud rate and  stop/start bits are all OK just to be safe.

73 de Dave KB5WIA

On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM, PE0SAT <pe0sat at vgnet.nl> wrote:
> Hi,
> Thanks for reading this message.
> Because I do not have enough serial ports in my computer, I bought a USB
> to serial converter from StarTech. It is a 4-port version. (ICUSB2324X)
> I switched my FT-847 from a buildin serial com1 to com3 (the USB to
> Serial one.)
> Everything seemed okay, until I wanted to use SatPC32. When I start
> SatPC32 the CAT option lighstup in my FT-847 display and then I get the
> error message: "Error reading comm device."
> I have looked around to see if there is a setup option that can solve this,
> but I am unable to find one.
> Is there anybody out there who knows of a way to solve this? Other programs
> work fine, for example HRD 5.
> Here some hardware information:
> - Using a HP Compaq 3GHz P4 HT with 2G memory running Windows XP - EN SP3.
> - Yaesu FT-847
> - SatPC32 V.12.8a (2009)
> 73 Jan PE0SAT
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