Re: CAT Control Options

Mike B

I have the 857D.   There is no official USB cable for it...but there are some available on ebay/amazon (I don't remember where I bought mine.) in any case...the cable did talk the radio but I could not transmit with it.  

So I had to buy the correct serial CAT cable for the Yaesu (meaning the not cheap one)...AND a generic USB to serial cable...and that combo is plug and play on both Windows and the Pi. 

I got a USB to serial cable like this one...and like I said, it worked for Windows and the Pi.



On 4/20/2020 2:43 PM, Ed Bloom, KD9FRQ via wrote:

I know the FT-450 does and I have a plain serial to serial cable on it now to my big PC.

So you are saying that as along as I order a CAT-62 equivalent, I should be able to plug
it into a USB port on the Pi and be good to go (once all the settings are in place?

I just don't want to spend the money on a cable someone else has already tried and found
to be lacking in functionality.

In the example of Jason, KM4ACK, his rig had a direct USB port so he does not need anything
special just a USB-A to USB-B.

I think the FT-897 will be the same serial port as the FT-450. I will need to check as it has
been boxed in the Go Case for a while.  the ICOM 718 is is new enough to me that I have not
fully reached the point yet.

I stilled asked the question, so I could go ahead and order the "I have successfully used "cables
even if they do sit a month or two on the bench.

Ed Bloom, KD9FRQ
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-----Original Message-----
From: Mike B <kf5dey@...>
To: RaspberryPi-4-HamRadio <>
Sent: Mon, Apr 20, 2020 1:42 pm
Subject: Re: [RaspberryPi-4-HamRadio] CAT Control Options

I am pretty sure all of those radios have available serial cables to CAT.

From there you use a USB to serial adapter...I use a generic one I got on Amazon... it is plug and play on the Pi basically.


On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:12 AM Ed Bloom, KD9FRQ via <> wrote:
In working on using the Build A Pi script from Jason, KM4ACK, I have come across the need for assistance.

I need some guidance on identifying available cables to allow FLRIG to control the RIG via CAT as built in the
script / setup.

I own an older FT-450 (currently my main Base HF Rig using a SignaLink), an FT-897 (my target HF Rig for
mobile / portable ops) and an ICOM 718 (currently planned to be my back shack rig with a SignaLink and also
connected to my 80m dipole).

The reason I am looking for cable for all three rigs is that I will eventually want to move away from the big PC
I am using in my shack and move the PI and totally 12v operation.

Thank you in advance for your help in locating cable options for CAT control on the PI for these rigs.

Ed Bloom, KD9FRQ
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John D. Hays
Kingston, WA


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