[WriteLog] Writelog version11 - CAT Control & Sending CW Question

Dean St. Hill dmsthill at gmail.com
Fri Jun 16 12:09:15 EDT 2017

Hi Gene

You can build an interface quite easily easily using a resistor and
resistor. However you would also need to have a serial por on the computer.
I did this with my ft1000mp for years. You could then plug the paddles into
the front of the rig and you have two CW options. You will need to
configure rear CW port for straight key and paddles for the front connector.

Now most of us find that serial port to be increasingly rare. You may
therefore wish to consider a winkeyer setup. Many different brands and kits
to choose from. Personally I like microHAM but that may be Overkill for
what you are doing.

These devices will hook up to the USB port, the paddles plug into the keyer
and the keyer into either of the CW inputs. That input also has to be
configured for a straight key.

One such device is below:


Many many others including kits.

I hope that helos. Hope to work you in FD.

Dean 8P6SH

Sent from my BLU Vivo XL

On Jun 15, 2017 11:33 AM, "Gene Bunner" <AC8RH at outlook.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm new to using Writelog. I've been tasked with setting up one of the
> stations for Field Day this year, and I'm having some issues that I'm
> hoping the experts here can help with.
> I tried in vein to get an Icom IC-706mkiig to work with Writelog. I've
> searched the bowls of the web, and thus far have not been successful in
> getting it to work.
> Moving on, I've decided to try to use my Yaesu FT-1000mp with Writelog,
> and have successfully got the computer/Writelog/radio communicating using
> the RT Systems USB cable. Writelog will read, and I can change frequency
> and mode just fine. So, I seem to be good in the CAT control area.
> My question revolves around how to configure sending CW via the computer
> keyboard. The folks using the station would like to send CW using the
> computer keyboard in Writelog and also have the ability to send CW using a
> paddle to fill in. I'm thinking I will need some type of external
> box/device in addition to the usb cable that currently connects the radio
> to the pc to make all of this happen?
> Any help/input that you can provide will be appreciated since I'm new to
> this type of setup.
> Thanks!
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