[CQ-Contest] Yaesu FT-1000 CAT to USB

Michael Clarson wv2zow at gmail.com
Fri Jun 3 16:20:40 EDT 2016

This topic keeps resurfacing. My experiences may help someone. My previous
USB-Serial converters used  GENUINE Prolific chips. The Prolific website
has (or had) a test program to identify counterfeit chips, and mine were
real. These cables worked just fine until I went to Windows 10 (I'm not
calling it an upgrade). All my cables stopped working. Turns out Prolific
obsoleted the real version of the  most often counterfeited chips, and,
Windows Update  installs the new driver which no longer supports even a
real Prolific chips. The "fix" from the company that sold me the cables was
to uninstall the new driver, reinstall the old driver and TURN OFF WINDOWS
UPDATE! Not going to do that. Being resourceful, I checked Amazon, and the
price for FTDI cables and adapters ranged from $6 to $25. Reading reviews,
it turns out some of the cables advertised as FTDI were actually the
obsoleted Prolific chips!  So, I ordered FTDI cables from Valley
Enterprises and they are working just fine for me.
https://www.valley-ent.com/store/ I have no personal interest in Valley
Enterprises. --73, Mike, WV2ZOW

On Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 1:07 PM, Jim Brown <k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com>

> On Fri,6/3/2016 8:23 AM, FritzOAQ wrote:
>> So, what's the best/cheapest solution of getting the RS-232 plug from my
>> Yaesu FIF-232C box into a USB on the new computer?
> Best is not often the cheapest. :)
> It is well known that USB to serial adapters that use the FTDI chipset
> are, by far, the most reliable and troublefree. Be careful though -- it's
> easy to buy counterfeit products on the internet. Elecraft sells a known
> good adapter cable that uses the FTDI chipset. Not the cheapest. Don't buy
> an older one of their units used -- they used a different chipset, and it
> had problems. They changed a number of years ago.
> Edgeport is a known good mfr of USB to serial adapters.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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