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Re: [TenTec] Computer Control of OMNI VI Opt.3-Help,Suggestions Please!!

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] Computer Control of OMNI VI Opt.3-Help,Suggestions Please!!
From: "Mike Brown" <k9mi@sbcglobal.net>
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Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2006 15:49:25 -0000
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Hi Art

Just your average, run of the mill cable will work. That is usually the 
standard, male 25 for the rig, female db 9 on the other end of the cable for 
the pc. If this is all new to you, a trip to Best Buy, etc. should get you 
what you want. Just tell them you need a RS 232 cable, with male on the DB 
25 end and female on the DB 9 end. Your radio will probably already be setup 
and radio to go. With the rig and computer off, install the cable. This 
probably isn't a "have to", but I like to have things shut off when 
installing devices. N1MM has a Setup area, there you should be able to find 
your Omni, and tell the software it's on com 1. There are some settings that 
may need to be changed, but lets not get into that, since this is all new to 
you. More then likely, those settings will be correct anyway. I didn't 
notice before because I downloaded N1MM for contesting, but it does have a 
DXpedition mode. It may or may not keep track of your Dxcc, Was, etc. If 
what you need is a daily loggere, you may want to go to another program. 
But, it's hard to beat the price of N1MM! If the comport and radio are setup 
right, you should see the radio frequency in one of the N1MM logger's 

There are a lot of things you can do with interfacing radios to computers, 
but since you are new to this, lets go one step at a time. Since you only 
have the one comport on the pc, when the software asks what comport number, 
select com 1.

73, Mike K9MI

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Arthur Bernstein" <n2ka@optonline.net>
To: <tentec@contesting.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 07:10
Subject: [TenTec] Computer Control of OMNI VI Opt.3-Help, Suggestions 

> Hello All,
> Been away from the list for quite some and old Rip Van Winkle here has 
> just awakened. I'm looking to use my venerable OMNI VI Opt.3 with my 
> computer to do logging and rig control. The freeware program by N1MM has 
> been highly recommended to me. Any suggestions or warnings here?
> In addition, I believe a serial cable is needed to interface the OMNI VI 
> to the computer. The OMNI has a female DB-25 and my computer has but just 
> one male DB-9 (luckily not being used.) From the wiring diagram at the 
> rear of the OMNI VI manual there appears 2 serial cable diagrams. One 
> using a DB-25 and DB-9, the other using 2 DB-25s. The wiring seems 
> different. Not being knowledgeable about these cables, I put together some 
> cables to give myself a DB-9 female at one end and a DB-25 Male at the 
> other end. The pinout continuities do not match what's in the manual. Does 
> such a cable exist or do I have to fabricate one? Any suggestions are 
> welcomed.
> I can use all the help I can get and I feel this will be a steep learning 
> curve for me. Maybe I don't know what I'm getting myself into!
> Again many thanks in advance.
> 73,
> Art, N2KA
> n2ka@optonline.net
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