Sunday, September 27, 2009

Hopelessly connected to you...

I finally broke down and ordered a CAT cable for my FT-840. Got it off ebay from Steve Gwilliam, who builds them himself. GREAT cable! Nicely built and a great dealt for about $20.

The only hitch I ran into is that the FT-840 runs on 4800 baud, which is not the norm. A little tweaking and I figured out the problem. Set it right and BOOM! There was full control from Ham Radio Deluxe.

Now I'm hooked!

It's awesome. I really enjoy the power of clicking my mouse and watching the readout change. I know, many of you have done this for years and say I'm just now joining the 21st century. I don't care It's still WAY cool.

Also, signed up for Also, a very cool application. Love the "ON AIR" sign that posts directly the panel on the right. Had a little trouble with the custom colors in the script set up, but I fixed that with a custom style line in the html.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mr. Yaesu, you are now under my control

Wow! I've been waiting patiently for Her Majesty's best postal workers, along with some assistance from our own, to deliver a brand new C.A.T. cable for my FT-840. And finally, today, it arrived.

I hooked it up. Fired up HRD, choose the FT-840 option and poof...errors. I did it again...errors. I curled my lip...errors. I downloaded the instruction sheet, which detailed everything I'd already done, tried again and...errors.

No frequency memory write...nothing.

A little Googling and the there it was. The FT-840 requires a baud rate of 4800. Suddenly, the system roared to life!

All I can say is AWSOME. I can feel the power! And I look good doing it!