Search This Blog

Radio Guy Tees

Radio Guy Tees
Radio Guy T-Shirts

Friday, 10 January 2014

The CAT is back in the bag!


You may recall the problems I had whilst making a CAT interface for my FT-1000D - basically I blew up the MAX232 chip:

Well, I got a replacement chip, de-soldered the old one and then replaced it. Still it didn't work - I was able to command the radio i.e. P.C to radio comms was fine, I just couldn't read anything back. So after some head scratching, some thinking, more head scratching, a curry and yet more pondering, I remembered something in the back of my mind about needing a resistor inside the plug on the back of the radio when I interfaced the MicroKeyer to the radio (remembering things like that is the main reason I keep a blog - but didn't record that anywhere!).

Anyhow, I modified my interface and added a 470 ohm resistor between the TX line from the radio and ground, thus:

and lo and indeed behold, it now works perfectly.

Here's the actual thing itself:

You can probably see the 470R resistor added as an afterthought at the top of the board.

Cat's found a new spot to curl up:

and Freddie Cat made it into the shack for the first time today:

Good, egh?

No comments:

Post a Comment