Manual

ON/OFF – This toggle button does let you connect to the Yaesu 817. A SIMPLE press of the button is needed if you want to connect using a USB CAT Cable with a USB OTG adapter. A LONG press of the button is needed if you want to connect using a Bluetooth CAT Dongle.

CALL – This is the field used to store the callsign of the OM we are talking with. It is used for logging the QSO. A SINGLE press of the button will let you enter the callsign. A LONG press of the button will do a QRZ.com query so that if available, all the other information (name, QTH and locator) are filled in. To have QRZ.com working you have to be registered and enter your username/password in the preferences (read the dedicated paragraph below)

NAME – This is the field used to store the name of the OM we are talking with. It is used for logging the QSO. A SINGLE press of the button will let you enter the name. A LONG press of the button will open the QRZ.com web page corresponding to the callsign entered.

QTH – This is the field used to store the QTH of the OM we are talking with. It is used for logging the QSO. A SINGLE press of the button will let you enter the QTH. A LONG press of the button will show the Google map showing the exact QTH on map.

Locator – This is the field used to store the WWC Locator (6 digits) of the OM we are talking with. It is used for logging the QSO. A SINGLE press of the button will let you enter the locator (6 digits). A LONG press of the button will calculate the distance (in miles or km depending on your preferences) and the bearing from your locator (this has to be entered in the settings).

RRST – This is the field used to store the received RST from the OM we are talking with. It is used for logging the QSO. A SINGLE press of the button will let you enter the RRST.

SRST – This is the field used to store the sent RST to the OM we are talking with. It is used for logging the QSO. A SINGLE press of the button will let you enter the SRST.

RSerial – This is the field used to store the received serial from the OM we are talking with. It is used for logging the QSO during contests. A SINGLE press of the button will let you enter the Received Serial.

SSerial – This is the field used to store the sent serial to the OM we are talking with. It is used for logging the QSO during contests. This value automatically increments after logging a QSO. A SINGLE press of the button will let you edit the Sent Serial.

LOG – This is the button used for logging a QSO. When all the needed field have been entered, simply press the LOG button and the QSO is logged. A LONG press of the LOG button will show you a list of the logged QSO, with exporting (in ADIF and CSV formats) and eventually deleting options.

VFO A/B – This button will let you switch between VFO A and VFO B. If the button shows you “VFO A” it means that you are in VFO A and by pressing it you’ll switch to VFO B. And vice versa.

MODE LIST – This is where you see and eventually set the mode of your radio (LSB, USB, CW, FM, etc)

< and > – Those buttons let you increase and decrease the frequency by 1kHz. A LONG press of them will keep on increasing/decreasing automatically unless you press the button again.

FREQUENCY – This is where the frequency is shown and set. If the label is in green, then the radio is in RX mode. If red, then the radio is in TX mode. To set the frequency simply press the frequency and a dialog will let you enter the desired frequency.

BAND – This is where the actual band is shown or set.

Communication text area – This is an area where all the information needed will be shown. This area will also show the 4 meters (PWR, ALC, SWR and MOD) while in transmission mode.

IPO/ATT/NB – Those switches enable and diable IPO/ATT/NB per band.

AGC – This list shows you the actual setting for AGC but also does let you set the AGC to what you want.

POWER – This list shows you the actual setting for POWER but also does let you set the POWER to what you want.

DX CLUSTER PANEL

Here you’ll see an updated list of spots that are available. Data come from DXCluster.co.uk
The default polling time is 15 seconds but you can change in the preferences. You can also disable it from there.

A simple press of any of the spots, will automatically QSY to the spot frequency, the callsign will also be entered in the logging fields and if enables a QRZ.com query is automatically done and eventually all the other fields data are filled.

BAND – From this list you’ll be able to set the band you want to be used for showing the spots.

FILTER SWITCH – Enables/Disables the use of filters

FILTER(s) – Here you can set the filter(s) that you want to use for showing spots. For example if you only want “portable” stations to be listed, then you have to enter /P and toggle on the FILTER button. If you only want Italian stations to be shown, put ITALY in the field.
You can also use multiple filters: so if you want portable OR italian stations to be listed, you have to put /P,ITALY in the files. Multiple values must be separated by a “,” (comma)

ALERT SWITCH – Enables/Disables the use of alerts. When an alert is issued you’ll hear a sound and dialog will popup asking if you want to QSY to the spot frequency.

ALERT(s) – same as for FILTER(s)

SPECTRUM/WATERFALL PANEL

The spectrum/waterfall panel shows you can be used to analyze and see where the signals are located. This is particularly useful is used in conjunction with the 817 Panadapter kit that is an additional piece of hardware that is installed in the filter slot of the Yaesu 817 and requires no soldering.

The upper side show you the real time spectrum while the lower one shows you the waterfall that is a 2D evolution of the spectrum over time.

There are two buttons on the top left:

X – closes the spectrum/waterfall panel and opens the FREQUENCY NAVIGATOR one.

– enlarges the spectrum/waterfall panel to take also the DXCluster panel one. To reduce it use the “<” button.

On the right you have a series of lists and buttons:

BANDWIDTH – From this list you’ll be able to set the bandwidth of the audio spectrum/waterfall window

COLORMAP – Lets you choose the color map for the spectrum/waterfall

SENSIBILITY – It does let you set how sensible the spectrum/waterfall is to the signal strength.

QSY – By enabling QSY toggle, you’ll be able to use the spectrum/waterfall to precisely move the frequency of the 817 to the signal. Once you enable the Touch QSY you touch the waterfall/spectrum and move your finger to where the signal you want to listen is and then move up your finger. The 817 will QSY to the frequency where you finger left the display. To make things easier, when in Touch QSY mode, the white line indicating the signal frequency will move with steps of 0.5kHz

TUNE/TUNING – This button will let you tune your antenna by setting the PKG mode and starting transmitting. To stop TX simply press the button again.

FREQUENCY NAVIGATOR PANEL

This panel is reached by pressing the “X” button in the Spectrum/Waterfall one.
From this panel, you’ll be able to easily set the frequency in different modes and read the S-Meter while in RX mode.
The frequency can be changed by pressing one of the numbers or by increasing (+) or decreasing (-) the value of one of them by using the +/- buttons above and below them.
A LONG press of any of the numbers will set it to 0.

There are also 4 buttons:

SPECTRUM – Brings you back to the Spectrum/Waterfall view

FRONT/REAR ANTENNA – Does show you which antenna is actually used. By pressing the button you can easily switch between them

SETTINGS – This is where you set all you preferences (read the dedicated paragraph below)

TUNE/TUNING – This button will let you tune your antenna by setting the PKG mode and starting transmitting. To stop TX simply press the button again.
FREQUENCY MEMORY BUTTONS
For each band, up to 10 buttons to store most used frequencies are available. So a total of up to 140 memories.
Those are independent from the radio memories.

To set a button memory you have to:

1) set the radio frequency to the one you want to store
2) LONG press the button you want to be used for storing that memory
3) Set the LABEL of the button
4) Set the COLOR of the label

To recall the memory, simply press the button.

SETTINGS/PREFERENCES

You can access and set settings/preferences by using the SETTINGS button in the FREQUENCY NAVIGATOR panel (press X button in the Spectrum/waterfall).

RADIO SETTINGS

Baudrate (default 9600)
USB/Bluetooth Serial Baudrate. Make sure that is the same as on the Yaesu 817 (menu 14)

Polling Time (default 200)
Determines how fast informations are updated. The value is in milliseconds (ms). Please don’t go below 200ms as the communication may become unstable.

SYSTEM SETTINGS

QSO Date Format (MM/dd/yyyy)
Date format used inside the QSO Log file. This is only valid for CSV files and not for ADIF.

Keep Alive (default TRUE)
Check this option is you want to prevent your device from  going to sleep. You need to restart the app for changes to take effect.

Calculate Distance in Miles
Check this option if you want to calculate the distances between locator grid coordinates in MILES. If unchecked the distance is calculated in KILOMETERS.

EXTERNAL SERVICES

Your WWLocator
Set your WWLocator in 6 digits. This is needed to automatically calculate distance and bearing.

eQSL Logging
Check this option if you want to enable automatic sending of electronic QSL using eQSL.cc You must be registered to eQSL.cc and have a valid username and password for it to work.

eQSL Username/eQSL Password
Username and password to login to eQSL.cc service

QRZ.com Lookup
Check this option if you want to enable automatic Callsign lookup using the QRZ.com XML service. You must be registered and enabled for XML lookup for the service to work.

QRZ.com XML Username/QRZ.com XML Password
Username and password to loging to QRZ.com XML service.

DX Cluster Service (default TRUE)
Check this option if you want to enable automatic DX Cluster service

DX Cluster Polling Time (sec)
Sets the polling time to DX Cluster service in seconds. The service is provided by http://dxcluster.co.uk

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27 thoughts on “Manual

  1. I’m having problems getting the app to work. I made sure the baud rate is the same, I get the app to launch when the USB cable is connected, but any operation I attempt results in a java error. Turning it on gives the 817 splash screen which I get out of by touching the back button. The display does not show any of the settings from the radio. I have used my cable with the computer to verify operations and it works. I also use the USB phone adapter with an SDR to verify that it works.

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  2. Still the out of bounds java error. Since you mentioned timing I also changed the baud rate to 38400 and 9600 at both ends. No joy.

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  3. I followed the instructions in setting the proper baud rate which seemed to go without a hitch. I received a Java error message when I toggled front/back antenna.as yet I have not been able to get the app functioning. I will Uninstall the reinstall the app to see what happens. Tks

    Tim

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  4. I must be missing something. How do I connect to the radio. Checked for adapters but could not find one.
    Tnx
    Rick

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    • There are two ways to do that: via USB Serial CAT cable (with an OTG adapter) or via Bluetooth with a CAT Bluetooth Serial adapter.
      You can find them both easily on eBay.
      Let me know if you need more info.
      72/73 Andrea IU4APC

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  5. I just installed and all works FB except for the spectrum display. So for it to work, I must install the panadaptor ? All I see now is top half of spectrum is black, lower half solid blue, no signals in waterfall. Thank you!. BTW I am connected via USB onto an Acer A200 tablet.

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  6. Hi Andrea,
    Any chance of adding a lookup to the SOTAWatch website as an alternative selection to the DX Cluster? If so I think you’ll gain a lot of SOTA customers!

    Rgds Ed DD5LP.

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  7. I am having same out of bounds java error. I have uninstalled and reinstalled it several times with no luck. My baud rate is set to 9600 on both ends. Any suggestions?

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  8. Hi, It ‘connects’ to the BT module from my Nexus 10 tablet but won’t communicate with the 817. It wont connect at all to the BT from my Nexus 5 phone, yet it connects immediately with no problems to a cheap Medion (Aldi) 7″ tablet. Other than the tablet being a bit slow its fine. Why might this be? What can I do other than unistall/reinstall?

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  9. Ok had the same Problem and found this was an indication of an entrapped error when no communication device is found, I have a Bluetooth adaptor for the radio and once I paired the android phone with the adaptor I thought it would just work. Not so, as the software does not know what the adaptor is called. Once the software is configured with the same baud as the radio (as shown in the manual) hold the off button in the software at the top left of the screen and the software will scan for the connection device in my case Bluetooth and a list of detected devices will appear, once you have selected your device the software starts working as expected with no more errors..

    Rick
    M6ONO

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  10. I have a Galaxy Tab A plugged in BT dongle. Tablet recognized dongle as Bat device. Went into app. Did long press. Says no device found. Baud rat synced on 9600. Any suggestions. I only have android tablet and Windows pcs is there any way to test BT. Out side of that a real waste of money if dongle holding me back!!!

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  11. Buongiorno Andrea, l 817 si collega via bluetooth e funzionano i comandi remoti dal mio tablet Samsung. Il cluster
    Non si collega anche se la wifi funziona, il tasto tune funziona manda in tx l apparato ok ma come faccio per mandare
    L audio dal tablet? e ancora come faccio a ricevere l audio sul tablet dall apparato? Grazie Enrico

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  12. Reference to “polling time” is listed in Radio Settings below Baud rate. How is polling time adjusted on the radio?
    Thank you.

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  13. I have a lg v10…I can see the dongle and it pairs…but it will not connect…I’ve checked everything and then took it to my friend and his connects right away!
    I’m not sure why this is happening it has 4.1 bluetooth in my phone…it should be a no brainer!
    Regards W7PAU

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  14. I am having the same problem as all the rest. Baud rate and Sample rate are set as you recommended. I have uninstalled and reinstalled several times no joy.

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  15. My Bluetooth dongle on my 817 connects fine to my LG-V10 phone. But, when I long press “Off” I see scanning for devices, but no list of devices (as mentioned above) appears. What should I do?

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  16. My Bluetooth dongle on my 817 connects fine to my LG-V10 phone. But, when I long press “Off” I see scanning for devices, but no list of devices (as mentioned above) appears. What should I do?

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  17. Hi Andrea,

    what do i have to do to get my HC-05 connected by the compagnion?
    When i push the on buttom long, it searches for devices, but opens no bluetooth adapters to choose…
    Using a USB connection between my Sony Android phone or Samsung tablet, the app works and finds the FT817.
    But the bluetooh connection does not.

    Thanks for your help!
    Christian, DL6RDM

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  18. Hello, same problems described here in previous posts. Samsung Galaxy tab S2. OTG usb cable. Impossible to link. No sync display no matter baud rate and poll time. I bave uninstalled and re installed. Nothing better. Sometimes java error displayed. Money lost or stolen ? Near future should tell me… thanks for help, my dear conceptor, 73, Gh.

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