Getting back into RTTY/Packet, Need Assistance

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Software' started by AC4EE, Nov 29, 2013.

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  1. AC4EE

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    Ok, decided to trash any idea of getting my old setup going (C-64, etc). Will use (maybe i said this already?) my Dell, XP Pro, PK-232 (and i just found my CP-1 and CP-100 in my closet).

    Ordered an RS-232 to usb adapter to cover any configurations i may need to use and for flexibility, and for the record, i have been getting a lot of off line assistance from "Dave AA6YQ". It will be a few days before adapter comes in and i start interconnecting a few things.
  2. N0IU

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    In order to use the CP-1 with a "real" computer, you will need to install the RS-232 mod.
  3. AC4EE

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    I did not need to know that as i was only making a reference to other equipment i am finding that i forgot i had.

    I too am also aware about "real computer(s)" but, again, way far back when, i, along with many others, were using c-64's or similar and they worked very well.
  4. AA6YQ

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    Having gotten started when a "real" computer had 4kb of RAM and required storing the bootstrap loader's instructions into memory with front panel console switches, it's amazing how what constitutes a "real" computer has changed over time. In those days, an RS-232 interface was entirely implemented in software, scanning the RXD pin at 5X the baud rate to find the center of each start bit....


    Dave, AA6YQ
  5. KB3VWG

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    Well, I'm not sure the cable answer was covered; I came across an AEA PK-232 a few months ago for $15.00 "for parts or repair..." and it appears that the only repair needed was to re-seat the DSP board (and replace a fuse I blew with a failed power supply). So now I have a fully updated PK-232MBX w/DSP.

    And since I also own an Alinco DR-1200T (and was in the process of repairing the LEDs, battery and replacing the speaker and missing cover screws), I was considering purchasing a TNC-to-radio cable for it.


    That would be our cable!


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