CAT (Remote) port is dead


Hello group,

I cannot control my 7000 via cat. It's been 10 years since i tried it since I had it mobile all the time. I have a rig blaster plug and play and that works on my 7610 and Yaesu FT817ND, but not my 7000.

I measure an open circuit between the cat connector (ring/shield) and rig ground. I read that it means I have a transistor or smt fuse problem.

I opened the top cover and immediately thought, oh crud, I don't want to have to remove ribbon cables!

Is it time for a shop to fix this? Any recommendations for a shop? I am bummed, was hoping to use it for FT8 this coming weekend. I think I'll just have to manually run split and find an open tx slice. I think that's all I need to do and then send it off when I return home.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks and 73,


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