Call Search
     

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Community
Articles
Forums
News
Reviews
Friends Remembered
Strays
Survey Question

Operating
Contesting
DX Cluster Spots
Propagation

Resources
Calendar
Classifieds
Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement
About eHam.net

   Home   Help Search  
Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: USB ports  (Read 839 times)
KB7OZT
Member

Posts: 4




Ignore
« on: May 11, 2001, 02:15:50 PM »

Hello All,

My old lap top finally died and for a warranty replacement I was given one that only has USB ports to make serial/parrallel connections with.  There are serial port adapters made (around $45 a piece) but I've been told that they don't always work for all applications.  Does any one have any experience with these adapters or some other means of using a USB port for Ham radio applications?  I usually use my computer to control my TS-440 and also for the cluster with a Kantronics KPC 3+.  I'm currently using Log windows for software.  Thanks for any or all help!

IV3/KB7OZT
Sean
Logged
NB6Z
Member

Posts: 550


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2001, 04:26:33 PM »

Sean,
I am using a USB to Serial convertor to operate the CAT between my FT-920 and a program called MixW V2.0. I was forced into trying the USB because I had IRQ conflicts between the comport for my TNC and CAT when both were operated from the MixW program. (I have run out of serial port IRQ options.) I orderred a low cost model from www.iogear.com that sells for 39 bux and it works fine on my Win98SE system. It only has a DB9 connector, but they are easy to adapt to DB25 if needed. If I add more seial devices in the future, I will go this direction again...  
 
Logged
KL7IPV
Member

Posts: 984




Ignore
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2001, 04:42:38 PM »

I have an IBM laptop that has no serial port but has the USB port. I am using an adapter for my serial keyboard to USB port I got from Radio Shack and it works great. I am told that Fry Electronics sells 4 port USB hubs for around $12 and I saw an ad for Circuit City Sunday for a USB 4 port hub for $19.  That should work for you. I need to retain my serial stuff because I also have a HP 5500CTS laptop that has the serial port, so I can't just throw out the serial stuff since I use it for controlling my IC-706 as well as PSK31.
73,
Frank
KL7IPV
Logged
AB4CY
Member

Posts: 1




Ignore
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2001, 09:52:57 AM »

Sean,
I have tried several of the USB to RS-232 adapters available. The one I found worked the best is the Belkin F5U003. I can even assign an IRQ with supplied software.
Also, there are PCMCIA serial cards available that work very well also.
I obtained both items from ebay auctions.

Ed  AB4CY
Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!