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Re: [SD-User] Using SD

To: Allen Wootton <>
Subject: Re: [SD-User] Using SD
From: Krister Eriksson <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 23:48:04 +0100
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A Winkeyer2 from works fine.

73/SM5KRI Chris

2011/1/4 Allen Wootton <>:
> Hello,
> In general I use CW for ragchewing and casual DX operation.  Also, my main 
> radio of early 1980 vintage predates computer - radio connection.  However, 
> for the past few years I have been enjoying operating in a few contests in 
> the QRP category using an FT-817 and, as I have gotten better, the need for a 
> better logging system than paper and pencil with post contest transfer to SD 
> has become very obvious to me.  Consequently, I would like to use SD for 
> logging during a contest with some measure of connectivity between the 
> computer and the FT-817 so that band and mode changes would be recorded and 
> also so that I can send messages at the touch of a button.
> When I look in my reference books and on the internet I find so many 
> different pieces of equipment for sale and circuits that provide rig to PC 
> connections that I feel confused about what I actually need to operate SD 
> with an FT-817.  I would really appreciate any suggestions as to how to make 
> a simple interface between an FT-817 and a PC that would allow me to 
> experiment with SD.  I have an older computer that has both a serial and a 
> parallel port as well as USB connectors and I would prefer to make my own 
> interface rather than just buying one.
> Thank you for any suggestions you may have.
> 73,
> Allen, VE7BQO
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