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CAT and 847

 I have experienced the same problem in setting the 9600 rate and keeping
it set. I have found the solution outlined below to work fine, though it
does require that you manually select a sat memory first that you have
established 9600 baud as the data rate. This has been working fine for me
for some time now. The only problem I have yet to solve is that the TAPR
9600 baud modem that I've added to my PK232 cannot be adjusted to the
proper deviation. I peak the pot to about 2.5 or so and any further
rotation of the pot causes the deviation to fall back. I have not
encountered this problem using a SPirit -2 Paccom TNC/Modem.

From: Mark Johns <mjohns@cfu.net>
 > To: Dave Lamont <lamontd@clear.net.nz>
 > Cc: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
 > Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 1999 4:39 AM
 > Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] FT-847 and CAT control
 > > "Dave Lamont" wrote:
 > >
 > > >           FT-847 and the UNI-TRAC system.
 > > >
 > > > The FT-847 does not in its present state allow fully automatic
 > > > operation when tracking the 9600 baud AFSK satellites.
 > > >
 > >
 > > True, but instead of tearing up the radio, why not simply
 > > store the 9600 parameter in one of your satellite memories
 > > and have your CAT system call that memory after it
 > > initializes???

Actually, Dave, I *think* you are only about 90% correct.  There is
no (documented, at least) way to send a command over the CAT
interface to select a particular memory channel.  However, I have
been experimenting with writing my own software for the FT-847 CAT
interface, and have had only a short time to play with my creation.
But it appears to me that when you send the CAT command to enable
satellite mode, it recalls the satellite memory channel that was
last used.  So if you manually select the proper memory channel
first, that may solve the problem.  (I have not tested this
exhaustively, and specifically have not tested anything to do
with the 9600 baud parameter, so take this post with a grain of
salt, or better yet, TRY it with your commercial software!)

John Toscano, KB0ZEV, EN34js
Satellite Rookie, Experienced Programmer (and a few other things!)
Richard J. Lawn, Professor
Co-Director, Jazz Studies
(512) 471-2369
School of Music
The University of Texas at Austin
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