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Reviews Categories | Ham Software - Other than logging | FTBCAT Help

Reviews Summary for FTBCAT
FTBCAT Reviews: 3 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $Free
Description: FTBCAT is free. It is FTBasic minus the memory management parts, which are now available in FTBasicMMO. FTBCAT supports the Yaesu FT100/D, FT817/ND, FT847, FT857/D, FT897/D, FT920, FTG100, VR5000
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NO1G Rating: 5/5 Feb 15, 2014 14:31 Send this review to a friend
Got FTBCAT working on Linux!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Using it for my FT-847. It works just fine for what I want it to do, which is to scan a list of repeater frequencies.
Even though it is Windows software, I have gotten it to run on Ubuntu Linux.

For you linux people, here are the details:
Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Wine Interface: Codeweavers "Crossover Linux" version 13.0.0
FTBCAT V2.1.0.

1) In Crossover Linux Install the following in an XP bottle re-named to "FTBCAT":
* Flash 10 ActiveX Control
* Microsoft Visual Basic 6 Service Pack 6 Runtime.

2) From another Windows XP machine, copy the file c:\windows\system32\mfc42.dll into the FTBCAT XP bottle system32 directory: ~/.cxoffice/FTBCAT/drive_c/system32/

3) In Crossover Linux, Install FTBCAT into the FTBCAT XP Bottle using the FTBCATSetup.exe program.
The program should install without errors.

4) If your computer is using (for example) the /dev/ttyS0 serial port to communicate with your radio, then in a linux command terminal type:
ln -s /dev/ttyS0 ~/.cxoffice/FTBCAT/dosdevices/com1.
This will create a link to allow FTBCAT to detect your radio on COM1.

5) Start FTBCAT. In options>settings, select your COM port and rig. At the bottom of the window, check "Autostart" and close the window. Restart the FTBCAT program.

6) It should work now. Enjoy!
KJ4QAN Rating: 5/5 Sep 28, 2012 05:55 Send this review to a friend
Easy to use.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
My radio is a Yaesu FT-450AT. This is a reliable program with a layout that is intuitive. Everything on the screen is explained with a pop-up. I bought a USB/serial cable "Plugable USB to RS-232 DB9 Serial Adapter (Prolific PL2303HX Chipset)" on Amazon for $15. You'll also need a $2 DB9 female/female gender bender to plug into the CAT port. Don't get a cheaper gender changer because they usually have a loose fit in the port. The cable came with a driver installer on CD but I didn't use it. Windows 7 already has the proper driver. Set CATRATE for whatever works (mine works fine at 32.4 K baud), plug in the cable before starting FTBCAT and it will find the port. The lastest version is 2.0.9 and it works flawlessly.
KI4DOG Rating: 5/5 May 11, 2007 10:56 Send this review to a friend
great for remote control  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I'm using this for remote control of my FT-857D via LogMeIn and Skype. Works great. Any questions on how to do this just e-mail me. The integration with Bob's other memory software is a real plus. You can load CSV files right into it. FTBCAT has a very clean interface. Support is top notch! Besides, you can't beat the price:)

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