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Here is the Operators Manual for your TONO Theta-777http://www.shortwaveradio.ch/radio-manuals/tono-theta-777-manual.pdf
Properly wired to a RS-232 serial port, on a personal computer, the Theta-777
can be operated with ANY common serial terminal program, such as:
HyperTerminal Private Edition 7.0 (MS Windows, Apple OSX version in Beta)http://www.hilgraeve.com/hyperterminal/
NOTE: Microsoft removed HyperTerminal from later versions of Windows,
BUT the Private Edition is still available from the author (John Hile originally wrote
applications for the Heathkit computers of 1970s/1980s !!) for a small license fee.
HyperACCESS is Hilgraeve's full-featured commercial product.https://store.hilgraeve.com/order/index_html
Bob Lewis, AA4PB wrote the popular DOS program TCOM-777 (written in Turbo Pascal)
for the Tono Theta-777 controller.
This program was not ported to MS Windows, as Bob explained in 2004 (excerpt below).
> TCOM-777 is a DOS program that was written in Borland's Turbo Pascal.
> A number of years ago Borland discontinued support of Turbo Pascal and so
> I was unable to continue support of the TCOM-777 program and several other
> programs that I had written in Turbo Pascal.
> There is a processor speed issue with the Borland timing procedures that are
> compiled into the TCOM-777 and other programs. Once the processor speed gets
> above 200 MHz, the timing routines may run very fast or they may fail
> completely with a divide by zero error. The only available solution is to
> run TCOM-777 on an older, slower computer. The problem lies in the Borland
> supplied code. They have refused to release a fix for it and they have
> refused to release the source code to the public domain so that others can
> legally fix the problem.
> You are certainly welcome to post what you have on a web site and make it
> available for anyone to use for free. There is no longer any registration
> fee required.
> The Tono Theta-777 was one of the best AMTOR units that I have ever used. I
> especially found that the monitor mode was far superior to any of the other
> units around at the time. The only thing I found lacking was menu driven
> software to run it which I tried to fix. I contacted both Tono and their
> U.S. distributor at one time to see if an agreement could be reached to
> include the software with each unit but neither of them seemed to have any
> interest in software.
> Anyway, I'm glad to hear that there is still some interest in these units.
> 73, Bob