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Most modern Ham Radio Rigs provide a CAT (Computer Assisted Tuning) interface which offer the ability to control the radio from a computer.

A good number of CAT interfaces are based on protocols layered on the standard serial interface.

  • ICOM CI-V CAT - 3.5mm mono jack, half duplex, open collector serial interface - transmit and receive connected to a single line.
  • Yaesu CT62 CAT (ACC connector) - 8 pin mini DIN, full duplex, 5V serial interface with 13.8V output

Cables including a USB to serial converter are readily available on ebay for about £9 including shipping:

  • ICOM CI-V USB cable
  • Yeasu CT62 USB cable

Both cables are based on the Prolific PL2303 chipset - drivers for both Windows and Unix available on the Prolific website Prolific

communication/rig_cat.txt · Last modified: 2009/12/23 18:31 by rocketboy