[amsat-bb] Re: Digital sats with less

Gould Smith gouldsmi@bellsouth.net
Thu Aug 31 17:55:01 PDT 2006

Hi Gary,

Yes the USB to serial adapters work, but they are not all equal.  I have 
found the ones with the FTDI chip and drivers to be the most reliable.  In 
my computer upgrade I installed a USB to serial port and also got a PCI to 
dual serial port card (very cost effective).

The new computer came with no serial ports, but I am using three serial 
ports for digital work.
First one for 9600 bps modem to WiSP software.
Second for SatPC32 to LVB tracker and rotor control
Third for SatPC32 to FT-847 for Doppler tracking.

Granted, I had to install/uninstall theUSB/serial driver about 8 times 
before it worked.  The PCI card with two serial ports worked the first time. 
Once I got the drivers installed correctly I have had no trouble and used 
the serial ports with multiple devices without a problem for the last month.

Gould, WA4SXM

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gary" <w4gns@isp.com>
To: "Gould Smith" <gouldsmi@bellsouth.net>
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2006 7:27 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Digital sats with less

> Question on the computer to TNC hook up .Do the USB to serial adapters 
> work ? If not ,how are you guys interfacing, using modern computers 
> ,without a serial port?
> 73 W4GNS
> At 12:49 PM 8/31/2006, you wrote:
>>Hello All,
>>While re-configuring my digital station the last couple of weeks I have 
>>had the opportunity to try some things I normally wouldn't.  I was 
>>surprised the last couple of days to find that I could work GO-32 with 
>>less that I expected.

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