Are you having trouble getting your CAT interface to work? Read the guide below which will solve most problems. You can also download the instruction sheets that are supplied with my interfaces.

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CAT Interface Trouble Shooting Guide

If you are having trouble getting your CAT interface to work, follow the simple steps below which will solve 99% of problems. The 9 pin D-Type Socket plugs into the RS-232 port of your PC and the CAT connector (a 3.5mm Jack for Icom or various Din Connectors for Yaesu) plug into the CAT/CI-V jack on your radio. It is important to remember that the interface utilises an RS-232 to TTL level shifter circuit and so requires power from your RS-232 port to function. On my interfaces, this is achieved by raising the "DTR" signal which the majority of Rig Control software allows you to do.




If you are having connection issues, start here.

1.   Firstly, do you have your RS-232 port enabled in your PC's BIOS? Refer to your PCs documentation on how to get into the BIOS configuration screens and enable the serial port.

2.   Are you using the correct RS-232 Com Port on your PC? Some PC's have more than one. Ham Radio Software usually allows you to choose which Com Port you use so ensure it is trying to access the same port that your interface is plugged into.

3.   Do you have any other software running on your PC that is trying to use the Com Port as well as your chosen rig control package? If so, you need to close this application down beforehand.

4. Ensure that the RS-232 "DTR" Signal is raised to provide the interface with power. Most rig control software allows you to do this in the set up options. If you can't manually raise the DTR signal in the sofware, the interface will not work.

5. Icom Tranceivers use a Tranceiver addressing system. Your rig control software will, by default, assume your radio has it's factory default address. However, many radio's allow you to change their address in the rig configuration. Either ensure your radio is set to the default address or ensure your chosen rig control software uses the newly allocated address of the radio. You will not encounter this issue on Yaesu equipment as they do not use an addressing scheme.

6.   Although some Icom and Yaesu radio's have fixed CAT communication baud rates, on many radios you can set the baud rate in the radio configuration. Ensure that your chosen rig control software is set to the same baud rate as your radio. Some software will "auto detect" the baud rate the radio is set to. My interfaces are designed to work at the highest baud rates the Icom and Yaesu radios support. I suggest you choose the highest baud rate possible as this ensures faster responses between your PC and the radio.

7. Hopefully, this will have solved 99% of problems. if you are still having connection problems, contact me via the Web Contact Form and I can get you to carry out some more checks on the physical functionality of the interface. These test can involve measuring the output voltage on the CAT connector to prove interface power or using the Serial Port Checker application (link below) to prove that the interface is working.



 Icom and Yaesu CAT Interface Instruction Sheets

Click on the title links below to download a PDF version of the Instruction sheets supplied with my interfaces. The PDF file will download in a separate window where you will be able to save it to a convenient place on your PC. You will need a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat to read the files.

 

Icom Interface Instruction Sheets

Icom IC-Cable-1 

Standard Icom RS232 to 3.5mm Jack CAT Interface

 

Icom IC-Cable-1-USB 

Icom USB to 3.5mm Jack CAT Interface



Icom IC-Cable-2 

Icom CAT Interface with additional Hardware PTT for radio's with 8 pin accessory connector

 

Icom IC-Cable-3

Icom CAT Interface with additional Hardware PTT for radio's 13 pin din accessory connector

 


Icom IC-Cable-4 

Icom CAT Interface for IC-R20

 

Icom IC-Cable-7 

Icom PSK and CAT Interface for radio's with 8 pin din accessory connector

 

Icom IC-Cable-7-USB

Icom PSK and CAT Interface for radio's with 8 pin din accessory connector

 

Icom IC-Cable-8

Icom PSK and USB CAT Interface for radio's with 13 pin din accessory connector 

 

Icom IC-Cable-8-USB

Icom PSK and USB CAT Interface for radio's with 13 pin din accessory connector

 

Yaesu Interface Instruction Sheets

 

Yaesu FT-Cable-1

FT-100, FT-817, FT-857 and FT-897

 

Yaesu FT-Cable-1-USB

FT-100, FT-817, FT-857 and FT-897

 

Yaesu FT-Cable-1-Kit (CAT and PSK31 and Digimode cable)

FT-100, FT-817, FT-857 and FT-897

 

Yaesu FT-Cable-1-Kit-USB (USB CAT and PSK31 and Digimode cable)

FT-100, FT-817, FT-K57 and FT-897



Yaesu FT-Cable-2   

FT-757GX2, FT-840, FT-890, FT-900

 

Yaesu FT-Cable-2-USB   

FT-757GX2, FT-840, FT-890, FT-900

 

Yaesu FT-Cable-3   

FT-736, FT-747, FT-767, FT-980, FT-990, FT-1000D, FRG-100, FRG-8800 and FRG-9600

 

Yaesu FT-Cable-3-USB  

FT-736, FT-747, FT-767, FT-980, FT-990, FT-1000D, FRG-100, FRG-8800 and FRG-9600

 

Yaesu FT-Cable-4

FT-1802, FT-2800, FT-7800, FT-8100, FT-8800, FT-8900

 

Yaesu FT-Cable-5

FT-450, FT-950, FT-1000MP, FT-1000 Mk5 Field, FT-2000, FT-DX1200, FT-DX3000, FT-DX5000, FT-DX9000 

 

Yaesu FT-Cable-5-USB

FT-450, FT-950, FT-1000MP, FT-1000 Mk5 Field, FT-2000, FT-DX1200, FT-DX3000, FT-DX5000, FT-DX9000

 

Yaesu FT-Cable-5-Kit-USB

FT-450, FT-950, FT-1000MP, FT-1000 Mk5 Field, FT-2000, FT-DX1200, FT-DX3000, FT-DX5000, FT-DX9000  

 

Yaesu FT-Cable-7

FT-100, FT-817, FT-857, FT-897, FT-450, FT-950

 

Trio Kenwood Instruction Sheets

TS-Cable-1-USB

TS-450s, TS-690s, TS-790s, TS-850s, TS-950s, TS-140s, TS-680s, TS-711A, TS811A, TS940s, TS-440s and R-5000.

 

TS-Cable-1-KIT-USB

TS-450s, TS-790s, TS-850s, TS-950s,TS-140s,TS-440s, TS-680 and TS-940

 

TS-Cable-5-USB

For TS-480, TS-570, TS-590, TS-870, TS-990 and TS-2000

 

 

USB Digimode Interface Instruction Sheets

USB-Digimode-1

USB-Digimode-2

 


 

 


Serial and CAT interface test software

A really useful little Serial Port Checker application with the ability to raise the DTR and RTS lines by menu option together with Tx Data and Rx Data windows. This serial port checker utility is not compatible with Windows Vista.

Serial Port Checker

Another invaluable tool for checking com port availablity and to check if your interface is functioning is to install G4HFQ's excellent CommTest application.  Follow the link below to the G4HFQ Software Download Page where CommTest is available with his other superb suites of cloning software:

CommTest and other G4HFQ products