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Software suggestions for controlling a Yaesu FT-920 N1EDM on 10/12/13
The FT-920 has a standard RS-232 serial port built in and all that is needed is a normal serial serial cable with a DE-9 at the radio end (male on the cable, if I recall correctly--check your manual).

Full remote control is likely not possible, power on and off, as an example, and there are certain oddities with the main and sub VFO handling as I recall. The manual doesn't document a command code for PTT but in my experimentation I found that the same command code used for PTT on the FT-890 also worked on the FT-920 so I enabled PTT control for the FT-920 in Hamlib and never received a complaint/bug report about it. The one I had was made in '97 so the firmware was likely consistent throughout the run. I don't recall if the built in antenna tuner was controllable or not, and so on.

Many programs, such as loggers, only control VFO frequency and mode. A small program that gives a generic control GUI is grig available on nearly all Linux distributions.

Good luck!

73, de Nate
Vanity Call; should I change? K1TA on 5/12/13
For many of us a vanity call only makes sense to us. Asking someone else who has no vested interest in your choice of call, unless they covet your current call, probably won't be all that helpful in your decision making process. :-)

That said, all sorts of things will need to be changed from QSL cards, any apparel sporting you call, club memberships, etc., etc. In some cases these things will be done anyway to reflect your new address. Changing your call concurrent with your move is probably as good of time as any. Not to worry, though, your current call will likely be snapped up shortly after it is available.

I will say this, I changed my call once. That was enough! :-D

73, de Nate >>
Rig control under Linux AB5XZ on 2/12/13
Hi Tom.

There are Python bindings built for Hamlib that are in the Raspbian package archive. Sadly, it was discovered several months ago that some of the function calls are broken and won't work. They've been corrected since but only in the development branch of Hamlib.

The idea is reasonably straight forward, import Hamlib and then call the functions. Note that Hamlib itself is not thread safe so when using threads, all the Hamlib code should reside in its own thread.

It is not that difficult to build the Hamlib sources and then create your own Python bindings. The procedure is outlined in the INSTALL, README.betatester and README.developer files included with the source tarball. A daily source snapshot is available from:

73, de Nate >>
Allowed Callsigns KB1XI on 2/12/13
As far as I know, so long as you are or have been the holder of the callsign, the QSL will be accepted so long as the distance criteria is met. I have a WAS with both my former call, KA0RNY, and my current call.

73, de Nate >>
What happened to my ham radio? Howard60 on 22/11/13
First off, welcome back, Howard.

Now, I don't wish to be harsh, but for those of us who have remained active in the hobby over the years these things have happened gradually and incrementally and obviously don't appear as jarring as they would to someone inactive for 15 years or so. That said, what others are doing regarding things like remote control really don't bother me so long as the station is identified correctly, the transmitted signal meets the accepted technical standards, and the op isn't a LID. I operate as I enjoy it and leave others to operate as they enjoy within the parameters of good operating practice.

If your desire is to be a "boy and his radio", you'll find many kindred spirits to chat with. Also, don't let it matter if the other station is taking a more technology reliant approach, enjoy the QSO.

73, de Nate >>

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