CI-V to USB Cable for the IC-7300 fldigi solution

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CI-V to USB Cable for the IC-7300 fldigi solution

Post by kd7mw » 16 Sep 2020, 07:27

I'm looking for a CI-V to USB cable (sold in the USA) for the "Icom IC7300 CAT control for multiple data programs" solution. Any recommendations?

I found a $26 cable on Amazon made by Valley Enterprises, which claims to have a genuine FTDI chip. Is this suitable? I recall that counterfeit FTDI chips have been a problem. I have the same company's cable for a Yaesu 2 meter radio.It was genuine FTDI and works fine.

I've maintained two configurations for fldigi/flrig and WSJT/JTAlert in Log4OM v.1, only to find that the fldigi setup no longer worked in v.2 It will be *so* nice to have one setup again. A big thank-you to Terry and the folks who figured out the solution.

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Re: CI-V to USB Cable for the IC-7300 fldigi solution

Post by G4POP » 16 Sep 2020, 07:32

Providing its an FTDI chip you should not have a problem, you could try the ZLP Electronics one which we know to work and Neil ships to the US

Setup for the 7300 for two data connections is covered in our user guide
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Re: CI-V to USB Cable for the IC-7300 fldigi solution

Post by kd7mw » 17 Sep 2020, 01:29

Thanks, Terry. I’ve ordered the Valley Enterprises cable from Amazon, ETA next week. If it doesn’t work, I can easily return it, and order from the UK vendor you mentioned.

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Re: CI-V to USB Cable for the IC-7300 fldigi solution

Post by AD8FD » 17 Sep 2020, 20:15

I have been using this one: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B074JRWYRP

It uses the FTDI chip & supported by KJ6ZWL and has been working good for me.

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Re: CI-V to USB Cable for the IC-7300 fldigi solution

Post by kd7mw » 23 Sep 2020, 05:54

Thanks! I received the Valley Enterprises cable a couple of days ago, and it is working fine. I've merged my Log4OM fldigi configuration with the my standard config, all's well. The cable has red and green LEDs that show activity, which is either useful or annoying, depending on your point of view. If the latter, a piece of black tape takes care of the annoyance.

The cable I got was 3 ft (~1m) long. That's OK because my monitor, which is next to my rig, has a USB hub built in. The cable that AD8FD mentions is 6 ft long, so that would be a better buy if your computer CPU is on a shelf under the table, etc.

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Re: CI-V to USB Cable for the IC-7300 fldigi solution

Post by G4POP » 23 Sep 2020, 06:39

Never a good idea to use a hub USB (Your monitor is that) for CAT control
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