[NA-User] NA With No Com Port

David A. Pruett k8cc@comcast.net
Thu, 27 Jun 2002 21:25:52 -0400

At 03:58 PM 6/27/02 -0400, Bob Patten wrote:
>I just purchased a notebook computer that has two USB ports but no com 
>port.  No problem keying the rig, will use the printer port.  But can 
>anyone tell me if it's possible to use NA with a USB port for rig control, 
>perhaps with some sort of hardware adapter??


My friend Tim, K9TM was able to make NA talk to the radio using a 
USB-to-COM adapter.  He struggled with it for a while, but then got it 
working so the manufacturer then wanted to know how he did it!

The only issue that I know of was that although the hub had four COM ports, 
he could only make one work at a time.  Frankly, I'm amazed that it worked 
at all, considering what the "emulating" that was going on (NA running in a 
Windows window "emulating" DOS talking to a USB port "emulating" a COM port 

I copied Tim on this note - you can drop him a line and find out what brand 
of adapter he had.