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Ready made cables
TechnoFix in the UK
||A range of cables that use FTDI and
Silicon Labs CP2102 USB chips
Radioarena in the UK
||A large range of USB and serial cables
in the US
A large range of USB and serial cables
bluemax49ers in the US
||Lots of FTDI based programming cables
|Drivers for USB cables
based on the Prolific PL2303 where you get the message 'cannot start
code 10' shown in Device Manager
Prolific do not support their early PL2303 USB chips on operating
systems after Windows 7. You get a message 'cannot start code 10' in
Device Manager when using these chips on Windows 8 and above. If you
have an older chip in your programming cable and get this message see
this link for how to get an older driver installed.
Adapter cables and
|The VX-8 and
VX-8D connection is a
proprietary 7-pin design. The Yaesu CT-134 clone cable and the CT-M11
external headset connection cable for the FTM-10R both have the correct
plug attached. In conjunction with a
FTDI TTL-232R-3V3 cable it is easy to make up a suitable lead. See
the 'Connection to the radio' section of the
FTBVX8 Help file
for more details and pictures. The picture on the right is a cable made
|The VX-8G data cable is a simple
wire connection at RS232 levels - no level converter. Then use a
USB/serial adapter if you do not have a serial port on your PC.
||The VX-8G operating manual has details of
the cable in the Appendix, CT-143 Cable Connections. In summary they
are: stereo tip to DB9 pin 2 (radio => PC), stereo ring to DB9 pin 3 (PC
=> radio), stereo sleeve to DB9 pin 5 (GND).
A DIY adapter cable to enable
my 6-pin mini-din FT-7800 cable to be used on my FT-60, VX-3, VX-110 and VX-150. Uses half a
CT-27 clone cable and the mouse port off a dead motherboard.
|The pin-out of the
packet socket found on the FT-7800, FT-8800 and FT-8900.
For 2-wire programming purposes
use pin 3 PTT for data and pin 2 GND for ground.
|The pin-out of the RJ connector found
on the FT-1802/1900 and FT-2800/2900 and a
front view diagram of the mic socket.
|A DIY 6 transistor level converter
article by G4TIC. This will work with radios that use a 2-wire
interface e.g. VX-150, VX-170, VX-177, VX-6, FT-1802, FT-1807, FT-2800,
FT-7800, FT-8800, FT-8900.
I have built this circuit myself and it works
fine. A picture of my board is on the right. Because they were already
available I used 1N4002 diodes instead of 1N914 and PN2222A
transistors instead of 2N2222.
Roger Maeder has sent me some files to help with creating a PCB for the
G4TIC interface. See opposite for a) a zip file of the files; b) a
picture of the completed board
Click the picture to see a larger image.
Click the link below to see G4TIC's article.
b) photo of completed board
|A DIY RS232 to TTL level
converter by DL8WA which has an adjustable programming voltage
DL8WA 2-wire level converter.doc
|A DIY level converter by
IW2DPO using the FTDI FT232R chip. It has an option to invert the
iw2dpo usb programmer.pdf
|A DIY level converter for the VX-8 using
a MAX3232 by Tim W5FN
A DIY level converter by Aleks
S56AL which uses the FTDI chip FT-232BM. It has been successfully used with VX-7R,
FT-8900, FT-817 and IC-706MkIIG.
||Taming the QFH Antenna, by Bill Sykes
(G2HCG) and Bob Cobey (G0HPO)
Cheap Yagi Antennas for VHF/UHF
|| Cheap Yagi Antennas - an excellent article by Kent Britain,
WA5VJB on constructing simple yagis.
If you make
the 432 MHz 8 element Kent tells me there is a typing error, D4 should be changed from
11.0 to 12.0 inches. I have had hours of fun with these designs - happy constructing...
Daniel Sampson's SWL site
||A good site for SWLs, and the source of
the broadcast station frequency in FTBasic's sample SWL data files.
||Take a look at a well built 8 band
cubical quad. Good details and lots of photographs - be patient for them to download; its
worth it. Uses choke baluns and single feeder which is remotely switched using relays.
||The Fox Delta site has
many amateur radio projects and kits. The
PM3 power meter
can be interfaced to PolarPlot using the OZ2Meter program (both
available on the Download
||Walter, HB9ZS has written
some useful software to help manage Yaesu HF radios.
||Ken's site - If you have a
VR-5000 then take a look. Ken is developing a program he calls VR-5000
Signal Capture and Analysis
||Steve's site - of particular interest
for those interested in 6M
||OZ2CPU's website includes
constructional details of a digital wattmeter which can be interfaced to PolarPlot V3.1
||Real-time logging and rig
control by Laurent Labourie F6DEX
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