Re: FT891, FT817, Audio Levels, I/O Fail , and Documentation #draws #ft817 #hfmodes

Jack Spitznagel

Brian, Basil, All,


SO this is interesting information. I was using the scripts provided by Basil et al. and trying to get the bigger picture in my head first. I never consciously “set” these values. I will try to figure out how to set these without screwing up.


<soapbox cry for clarity>

This is something that I classify as an important but “scattered factoid” – and a setting that needs to be “revealed”( in the religious sense). (Bring up the Holy Hand Grenade – then shalt thou count to three”…


Still trying to understand what all the hardware lines do and where they are used… obviously this is going to be handled differently than “run this script” when the final setup is documented… an GUI status/set tool would be ideal. “One from column A two from column B…” It must be down to a matrix of statements from which we can deduce:


“ IF I have an FT-8X7 on port 0 at 1200b and an IC-7000 on port 1 at 9600b,

THEN set IN1 R and to [0] and IN2 L to 10Kohm – leave the others at [0]” or some such…


I feel like I am playing the original text screen version of “D & D”…


So Dungeonmaster: to recap the questions I am still confused by:

Do I understand correctly that toggling IN1 enables 9600 b/discriminator independently on a per port basis?

IN1/IN2 R is the same as setting the audio/discriminator state for Port 0?

IN1/IN2 L  is the same as setting the audio/discriminator state for Port 0?


Understanding this up front would probably have allowed me to self-solve several of the issues…



Jack Spitznagel






From: <> On Behalf Of Brian Badger
Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2018 23:18
Subject: Re: [udrc] FT891, FT817, Audio Levels, I/O Fail , and Documentation #draws


This looks to me like you are disabling the audio out line.  


IN1 is the discriminator out

IN2 is the audio out


I would try with the FT817 with IN1 off and IN2 at 10mOhm.

On Dec 22, 2018, at 7:03 PM, Jack Spitznagel <kd4iz@...> wrote:

PCM                      L:[-21.50dB],   R:[-21.50dB]
ADC Level            L:[-2.50dB],    R:[0.00dB]
LO Driver Gain   L:[2.00dB],     R:[11.00dB]
IN1 L:                     [10kOhm], R:[10kOhm]

IN2 L:                     [Off], R:[Off]


With the IC-7000, I have been able to carry on several PSK31 QSO without anyone complaining about the signal being distorted or noisy. Still, running with any level of ALC reading is not good practice with digital modes. With “minor tweakage” this set should work for the FT-817, but does not exactly…


Interestingly, the ADC setting above does not work with the FT-817. Even if I raise the ADC level in increments all the way to the MAX with alsamixer, I still can’t get any received signals to show on the waterfall. The audio output of the two rigs is not all that different! It just does not make sense.

J Spitznagel
Science River LLC

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