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FT-817, FT-847, FT-857, FT-857D, FT-897 and FT-897D Memory Cloning


The complete status of the FT-817, FT-847, FT-857, FT-857D, FT-897 or FT-897D memories can be read into the computer and  saved to disk. Any saved file can be subsequently reloaded into the computer and sent back to the rig. This facility uses these rig's ability to clone configurations from one rig to another using the serial port.

When a configuration has been read into the computer or reloaded from a previously saved disk file you may modify the contents of the rig's  memories.

Warnings:
 
Do not attempt to edit a saved '.817', '.847', '.857'. '.857D', '.897'  or '.897D' file with ANY sort of editor and then try to reload it into the rig.  

Do not rename a file from one rig type with the file suffix for another rig.

Do not attempt to load your rig with a '.817', '.847', '.857', '.857D', '.897' or '.897D' file from another person's rig. You can safely load the image into the program, but then use the Export CSV function to extract the memory information.

If you make modification to your rig to 'wide-band' it, then do not reload any images you saved before the mod. You can safely load the image into the program, but then use the Export CSV function to extract the memory information.

By setting up various configurations of memory settings you can build up a library  of different configurations that you can load into the rig as required.

To use this feature with the FT-847 you must first enable the Menu Expansion feature on the rig by turning ON Menu item 42.  The FT-847 CAT speed is Menu item 37, and the Clone speed is Menu item 94. You have the choice of 9600 or 57600. Make sure you use the program's Settings screen to set the program CAT and Clone speeds to the same values as in the rig. For best performance use 57600 for both CAT and Clone operation.

For the FT-817, FT-857, FT-857D, FT-897 and FT-897D the clone speed is fixed at 9600, and the program uses this speed regardless of what may be specified in the Settings screen.

To show the Dump/Change/Restore window click the Tools menu and choose the Clone command.



At the top part of the screen a number of buttons are shown. FT-817, FT-857, FT-857D, FT-897 or FT-897D can be substituted where FT-847 is shown below:

Read FT847 read the FT-847's memories/settings
Write FT847 write the currently shown memories/settings to the FT-847
Show FT847 Display the FT-847 memory in the grid

Read Disk File read previously saved memories/settings
Write Disk File save the currently shown memories/settings to disk
Show File Display the file memory in the grid

Edit Edit the highlighted memory
Print Print the memories shown in the grid
Reorganise Move memories around

If you have loaded a file from disk then its name is shown on the left.  The message on the right tells you if you have made any changes to the memories shown in the grid.

FTBasic has two internal data areas that hold the contents of the last read from the rig, and the last read from a disk file.  You can switch the grid display to show either the rig's memory or the re-loaded file's memory by using the buttons 'Show ...'

The Print button will print out the contents of the displayed grid.

Note that the screen shows columns for Group and Description. These two items are only applicable when you Import or Export CSV files. See Import/Export of memories for further details.

Reading and Writing Memories

FT-817, FT-857, FT-857D, FT-897 or FT-897D can be substituted where FT-847 is shown below:

Read From FT-847

To read from the FT-847 click the 'Read FT847' button and follow the on-screen instructions.  If the read is successful the grid is filled. If unsuccessful you will be told.

FT-847: Menu item 95 and the MCK/W button are used to tell the rig to send datato the PC.

FT-817: power on holding the <> keys and using button A is used to tell the rig to send data to the PC.

FT-857: power on holding the <> keys and using button C is used to tell the rig to send data to the PC.

FT-857D: power on holding the <> keys and using button C is used to tell the rig to send data to the PC.

FT-897: power on holding the <> keys and using button C is used to tell the rig to send data to the PC.

FT-897D: power on holding the <> keys and using button C is used to tell the rig to send data to the PC.

Write To Disk File

To save the currently displayed memory contents to a disk file click the 'Write Disk File' button.  A standard Windows file save dialog box is shown.

Read From Disk File

To read a previously saved file to enable it to be changed and/or reloaded to the FT-847 click the 'Read Disk File' button.  A standard Windows file open dialog box is shown.

The file is checked as having a valid checksum, and messages tell you whether or not the file is OK.

Write To FT-847

To write the currently displayed memory contents to the FT-847   click the 'Write FT847 button' and follow the on-screen instructions.  

FT-847: Menu item 96 and the MCK/W button are used to tell the rig to read data from the PC.

FT-817: power on holding the <> keys and using button C is used to tell the rig to read data from the PC.

FT-857: power on holding the <> keys and using button A is used to tell the rig to read data from the PC.

FT-857D: power on holding the <> keys and using button A is used to tell the rig to read data from the PC.

FT-897: power on holding the <> keys and using button A is used to tell the rig to read data from the PC.

FT-897D: power on holding the <> keys and using button A is used to tell the rig to read data from the PC.

FT-847: If the write is successful you should hear a single beep from the rig. Check the LCD on the rig to make sure you have no error messages.  If you get a double beep with a message Cln Err1 on the FT-847 then power the FT-847 off/on and retry the operation.

Other rigs: If you get an error message with the FT-817, FT-857, FT-857D, FT-897 or FT-897D then power off/on and retry the operation.

Changing Memory Contents

FT-817, FT-857, FT-857D, FT-897 or FT-897D can be substituted where FT-847 is shown below:

Changing the 78 (FT-847) or 200 (FT-817) or 200 (FT-857) or 200 (FT-857D) or 200 (FT-897) or 200 (FT-897D) memories

Read the FT-847's current memory using the 'Read FT847' button, or load a previously saved file using the 'Read Disk File' button.

Either:
 single-click anywhere on the row of the memory you wish to edit (the selected grid cell is highlighted in yellow), and then click the Edit button, or

double-click anywhere on the row of the memory you wish to edit.



The top part of the screen is now replaced with a row of boxes containing the current settings for that memory. Make changes as required and then click OK.  Click Cancel if you wish to abandon the changes.

The RX text box is for receive frequency. RX Mode is for receive mode.

The Shift drop-down box can be one of 4 values - Simplex, Plus, Minus or Split.  

Split means that the next box TX/Offset should contain the TX frequency, NOT an offset from the RX Frequency. This frequency may be any valid transmit frequency and need not be in the same band as the receive frequency.

The TX Mode is the transmit mode, which may be different to the receive mode.

When you have made your changes you can save them to disk or load them to the rig.

Copying and Moving Memories About

To copy a memory, first select the memory you wish to copy, then click the Copy button on the Clone screen. Reply with the memory location where you would like the copy to be placed. If the target location is not empty you are warned and asked if you wish to replace the existing information.

To move memories about click on the Reorganise button. The top part of the screen will show five buttons:


Insert Above inserts an empty memory above the one currently highlighted
Move moves a memory to another location
Swap swaps the contents of two memories
Compact moves all empty memories to the end
Finished closes the Reorganise window

Each button gives you on-screen instructions on what to do when it is clicked.