[amsat-bb] help with pic programming on LVB tracker

Ed K9EK e.krome at comcast.net
Wed Apr 6 20:54:12 UTC 2016

Hi, all: 
Several years ago I bought the G6LVB tracker board and finally got around to building it. All went well until trying to program the pic. I followed Gould Smith's instructions (would have been impossible without them; thanks Gould). Things seem to go OK until it tries to run the picprog software script. It starts, then simply stops at the second line "reading hex file...". It drops to the next line and there it sits (blank with flashing cursor). 

Hardware: using an XP laptop with a new StarTech FTDI USB-to-serial converter. Could not get the converter to be recognized by either of two WIN 10 laptops, but the old XP machine is fine with it. I have tried all combinations of power on, off, when to plug in, boot up, etc. Same result every time. 
I did see some cryptic on-line messages of difficulties getting the script to run on anything except an ancient machine with a real live RS232 interface. Surely there is another way.... Humm. 

Does anyone have any idea on how to make this thing run? 


Ed K9EK 

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