FT-991 Echolink

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  1. KM4YWY

    KM4YWY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have Echolink up, have registered as a -L. I have the PC connected to the FT-991 via the usb cable using. Both the enhanced and standard com ports are available. Have the correct com port configured in the software (enhanced - com 3 in my case). Cant seem to make any connection to the radio.
    I can connect to the Echolink program via internet from my android echolink app.
    I have set all the 991 MENU itmes per http://www.n1rwy.org/?p=157.
    Any ideas - references I should check?
  2. K1RFD

    K1RFD Ham Member QRZ Page

    That Web site seems to be saying that the FT-991 will look like an external sound "card", as far as your PC is concerned. If that is true, the connection would be similar to a SignaLink device. A SignaLink does not actually use any serial ports, it is simply a VOX-driven sound card. So the correct settings for EchoLink would be to set VOX for both RxCtrl and TxCtrl, rather than any serial port, and be sure that the correct sound device is selected under Audio. In this case the sound device would be the FT-991. You can either set it as your PC's default sound device, or choose it explicitly in the EchoLink Audio settings. Beware, however, of a bug that can sometimes cause the devices in that drop-down list to be mis-labeled.
  3. VK2FANG

    VK2FANG Ham Member QRZ Page


    I've got an FT-991A running Echolink just using USB without problem with RTS PTT. What I cannot seem to enable is serial controlled RX but thankfully the trusty VOX control works OK. I have also tried a couple of different serial to USB adaptors via the GPS/CAT port but have had no joy.

    But it's easy to get a Link up and running with just a USB cable. The only settings that need to be changed from default in the FT-991A menus is 076 (RTS) and 077 (USB). That's all that really needs to be done. It is a good idea to set the transmit Timeout Timer (menu 036). Three minutes in my case.

    In the Echolink Setup... menu, only the Input and Output devices need to be selected and they are not hard to identify as the respective Microphone and Speakers USB Audio Codec devices.

    In Sysop Settings... you just need to select VOX for RX Ctrl.

    Then, select RTS for TX Ctrl and the serial port. It appears that I must use the "Standard" COM Port for this; the port number can be identified by using the Windows Device Manager which still exists even in Windows 10. Just tap the Windows key once and start typing "device manager" and you will see a list of what Windows finds on your computer. Or hit the Windows and x key together on Win10 then click Device Manager.

    Everything else is basically to your flavour. Just keep an eye on Echolink keying your radio on transmit randomly. The TOT set within menu 36 of the radio really is essential.

    BTW, all the Link Setup Wizard really does is allow you to choose ASCII or Digital mode for TX Control which can be changed anytime in Sysop Setup. If you do run the wizard or install Echolink fresh, pick the Digital or Rigblaster option, not ASCII.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2018

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