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Re: [TowerTalk] Additonal Comm Port

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Additonal Comm Port
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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 09:37:47 -0600
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On Mon, 13 Dec 2004 07:44:35 -0500, Jerry Muller wrote:

>Another option you can use is to add a USB-COM adapter. They cost less than 
>10 bucks and work just fine.

Not always, and not always reliably. Also, there are timing issues associated 
with USB to 
serial that can cause certain software not to work with them at all. A Belkin 
unit borrowed 
from KK9H to try crashed my W2K machine, even WITH the latest drivers. 

The PCMCIA cards are much more expensive, but they seem to be far more 
reliable. I use 
one made by Quatech (in Ohio, they've been around for quite a while, buy from 
website) to control and key my radios. No known issues. 

Jim Brown  K9YC


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