On 6/18/2012 12:29 PM, Marlon K. Schafer (509-982-2181) wrote:
> Hi Alan,
Make sure what ever card you get will work with your operating system
and hardware. There are a lot of inexpensive ones out there that will
only work with XP 32 bit.
It helps to list the type of computer and hardware when looking for parts.
Com (serial) ports can be shared, *IF* the programs are written to be
capable of doing so, but the devices also need to know which one you are
talking to. The multi port PCI card is by far the easiest route to go.
Depending on the computer, age, and whether it's economy or top end it
may or may not have expansion slots.
> The easiest way is to do a USB to serial converter.
> Or one like that.
> If that won't work for you you could always try one of these:
> Naturally, you can always unplug one device and plug in another. Sucks but
> it'll work.
> Oh yeah, there's always:
> Not sure what expansion slots your PC has so I couldn't pick a specific
> version for you... Basically look for a serial port card.
> Hope that helps,
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Alan NV8A" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "FlexRadio Reflector" <FlexRadio@flex-radio.biz>; "TowerTalk"
> Sent: Friday, June 15, 2012 8:12 PM
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Sharing a COM Port?
>> I used to have SatPC32 in Yaesu mode controlling my Flex5K+VU5K and my
>> AlfaSpid rotator (in Yaesu mode) via DDUtil until some time ago when
>> Yaesu mode was dropped from the acceptable inputs of DDUtil: it now
>> accepts only Hy-Gain mode, and SatPC32 does not have a Hy-Gain option
>> because there are no Hy-Gain rotators with an Elevation capability.
>> Is there some way of having the rotator (on COM2) controlled by two
>> different programs: by DDUtil when I am not doing satellite stuff, and
>> by SatPC32 when I am working satellites? Maybe with one or more virtual
>> COM ports somewhere in the mix -- e.g., both programs driving virtual
>> ports that are then linked to the real COM2? The Eterlogic program looks
>> as though it might be able to create a suitable setup, but there is no
>> free trial available for the 64-bit version.
>> Alan NV8A
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