I have problems connecting. Can you help me?
Make sure that the app and the Yaesu 817 are using the same serial Baudrate. By default the app works at 9600bps and I suggest you to set the 817 at the same speed (menu 9600).
It’s mandatory that the app and the 817 are set to work at the same baudrate.
USB CAT + OTG USB Adapter
To connect using a USB Serial cable you need an OTG USB cable adapter.
Attach the OTG Cable adapter to the USB CAT cable and attach the miniUSB port to the one of your Android device.
A popup like this should appear:
It is asking which app you want to use for USB connection. Press OK. If more than one app are listed, select “817 Companion” and press “Just Once”.
If the popup is not showing it means that there’s some other app that’s been set as default for USB communication. In this case you have to reset default apps. To do that go to your Android settings > Apps and select “Reset app preferences” from the top right menu. Click “RESET APPS”.
Now try attaching the OTG+USB cable again to your device and check if the popup shows. If not, try rebooting the Android device.
If the popup doesn’t show even after the reboot, then it means that the OTG cable adapter or the USB CAT cable is faulty.
To test the OTG USB cable adapter take a USB keyboard or mouse and attach to the OTG cable adapter. Attach it to the Android device and see if it works. If it works then it’s not the OTG cable adapter. If the mouse or keyboard don’t work then it’s the OTG cable.
To test the USB CAT cable try using it with a PC/Mac and see if it works properly. If it works then it’s not the USB CAT cable. If it doesn’t work then most likely there is the problem.
Once you see the above mentioned popup and clicked “Just once” the 817 Companion app should open.
To connect via USB you have to single press the On/off button. If everything is ok you should see the frequency on the app match the one on the 817. Success!
The steps to connect with Bluetooth dongles are very simple:
- Connect the dongle to the 817
- Power on the 817
- Make sure that the 817 is set to the baudrate needed by your Bluetooth dongle (menu 14)
- Open the 817 Companion app
- Make sure that the app is set to work at the same baudrate you just set in the 817 (Settings button in the frequency Navigator)
- Long press the On/Off button
At this point the frequency should match the one on the 817.
If it doesn’t, test the Bluetooth dongle with a PC/Mac first to understand if there’s any issue in it.
can you give me more information about the panadapter kit and how to get it?
You can find all the information at the “panadapter” page.
IS THERE A VERSION FOR IPHONE/IPAD? IF NOT WHEN WILL IT BE AVAILABLE?
The 817 Companion app is only available for Android. Unfortunately Apple doesn’t allow serial communication via Bluetooth or USB.
The only solutions actually are to use WiFi or BLE. The only WiFi solution that I know is the Piglet and there’s actually no commercial solution for BLE. I have a working BLE prototype but is not commercially available yet.
BLE is also not compatible with all the iOS devices as it needs Bluetooth 4.0 and only the latest devices supports it.
So despite of the fact that I’d really like to port the app to iOS, Apple is making things difficult and strictly depending on not so common hardware.
DOES THE APP ALSO WORK WITH THE YAESU 857 OR 897?
Actually it doesn’t but I’m already working on a 857 Companion app but can’t tell you when it’ll be available. It shouldn’t take too much. I think before the end of September… maybe before.
For the 897 things are a little more difficult as I don’t have access to an 897 so can’t test what I develop. So definitely out of the plans for now.