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... It does not have a serial port so I am going to have to have some sort of gaget to  hookup between Yaesu 857-D and computer. Anyone got the answer ?

I have a great "gadget" called a SignaLink USB, from Tigertronics.  Works great, has a built in sound card and VOX circuitry.  It works with any sound card software, so PSK, RTTY, SSTV, etc. I use an Icom IC-718, and connect through the DIN connector on the back.  Many radios have these digital connectors built in that make the process much easier.  I believe there is a digital DIN connector on your 857.

I like having a separate sound card so you just set your digital software to use that sound card, and leave everything else going to the default sound card.  That way you don't transmit system sounds, music, etc.

As I was getting started I used the old "acoustic coupling" method to listen around the bands.  Just put your computer microphone near the radio speaker, and you will be surprised how well it can receive digital modes.  A little annoying because you also have to hear the digital audio, but not bad while you are checking things out.

For software, check out Digipan for PSK, MMTTY for RTTY, and MMSSTV for Slow-Scan Television.  Manyothers around, but I like these.

My two cents worth, refunds available on request.

Dave, W6DPS

Digital Modes / Re: Digital Ham Radio
« on: July 05, 2013, 11:44:17 AM »
Almost all my HF activity is PSK-31, and i still use AX.25 Packet on VHF fairly often.

Used to run RTTY, but really like PSK-31 using Digipan.

Dave, W6DPS

General discussion (QSO) / Re: Raspberry Pi and Amateur Radio
« on: July 05, 2013, 11:28:28 AM »
Check out this series of posts:

I am working on replicating this set up to use for mobile computing.  I will be using it to track APRS for a high-altitude balloon that a ham club is putting together, as well as high powered/high altitude rockets.

Dave, W6DPS

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