[TenTec] OT: USB to Serial interface

Kim Elmore cw_de_n5op at sbcglobal.net
Thu Mar 3 19:01:49 PST 2011

A good idea! Alas, I have nothing that old sitting around that can do 
the other stuff I need. I'm not a gamer, but I do occasionally carry 
home work that requires some significant computational capacity. I'd 
like to keep it all on one (backed up!) box if possible.

I am considering a native PCI-E to RS232 adapter, but I need to 
fiddle a bit before I spend the $.


Kim N5OP

At 07:37 PM 3/3/2011, you wrote:
>Or, you could drift back and find a PC that was in that timeslot where they
>TRUE RS-232 on the mobo, and were still fast enough to run XP with no
>True, it might be a gamer's worst nightmare, but in the hamshack.....solid
>as a rock!!!
>About 80 bucks on ebay.  I got one for my kid, one for the shack, one for
>the in-laws...
>Runs my rig, PSK, logging, WSJT,  all without a hitch!
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Kim Elmore" <cw_de_n5op at sbcglobal.net>
>To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <tentec at contesting.com>
>Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2011 9:22 AM
>Subject: Re: [TenTec] OT: USB to Serial interface
> > Thanks Geoff  and Walt,
> >
> > This *may* have occurred at the last update, or it could have been
> > two updates ago. I had a period of inactivity that had some updates.
> >
> > The system is relatively recent: AMD Athlon 64 dual core running
> > processor 4600+ running at about 2.5 GHz, a Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3
> > mother board and 2 GB of RAM, all running with a 500 GB NetCell RAID
> > 3 disk array.
> >
> > Whenever the port is in use, (usually by EXTFSK), the problem
> > vanishes. But, when I unload EXTFSK and whatever is using the port
> > the problem returns. As I said, I tried the internal COM port on the
> > board and had *exactly* the same results. It's possible that the
> > internal COM port is not a true, native RS232 port but instead a UTS
> > that is built onto the board. I don't have a PCI card that does
> > native RS232 but I'll see if I can borrow one to try from work,
> > simply because this is so odd and I'm curious.
> >
> > In the mean time, the work-around is to simply set the VOX/AUTO
> > switch on my RigBlaster plus to VOX unless I'm using the digital
> > modes. When using digital modes, I'll simply set the switch to AUTO.
> >
> > Kim N5OP
> >
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