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07-06-2011, 10:49 PM
I have a Yaesu FT-8800 that I use as my "base" radio in the shack. I also use Ham Radio Deluxe to do PSK and perform radio control on my HF rig (a Kenwood).
Is it possible to use something like HRD to control the FT-8800? I've got the packet data cable for the radio, but am reasonably sure that this can't be used for radio control.
Since the 8800 has a removable face plate which can be remotely mounted, I wonder if it would be possible to get (or write?) an emulator for a computer to make it behave like the faceplate, thereby controlling the radio.
Any thoughts? Anyone have any experience?
You need to understand the DIFFERENCE between:
COMPUTER CONTROL (remote control of a radio internal uProcessor) referred to by Yaesu as Computer Assisted Tuning (CAT) and
Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) uses the Yaesu CAT; Icom CI-V and Kenwood remote computer/RS-232 connections -- for it operation (magic).
This does NOT exist on analog radios (no uProcessor inside) before 1980s.
DIGITAL MODES that use external hardware modems (TNCs, MultiMode Controllers with Digital Signal Processing [DSP] ICs) or
the DSP IC in the sound card inside most modern PCs since 1990s -- to operate digital modes (RTTY, PSK, SSTV, etc.)
That is what your Packet option Connector on rear panel of the radio is for.
ANY radio with a MIC and SPEAKER connection can be connected for Digital Modes.
Some pre-1980s models (e.g. Swan) will not be stable enough (frequency) for some digital modes!
G4HFQ provides FTB8800, which permits you to program the memories via computer (instead of radio's front panel).
Yaesu FT-8800 programming software to manage memories in the dual band FM mobile transceiver.
FT-8800R User Group on Yahoo: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FT-8800R
What you describe may be possible -- and Amateur Radio is a Technical hobby where you can experiment with this idea --
BUT it is up to YOU and YOUR ABILITIES to develop the solution. I am not aware of an "off shelf" commercial product.
As far as Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD), you need to have a readily available CAT connection from the radio mfg. -- and then get HRD to support it.