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Glen Burnie, MD

FINALLY! HAm Radio Deluxe and Kenwood TS-440s

Finally, got everything working. Here is a little history.

Have had a TS-440SAT for quite a while but haven't had time to get it going (new house, wife, child, work....the usual.) So I finally got back to it. Ordered an IC-10 chipset, serial cable and USB adapter off of eBay. Installed the chips in the radio (to get a serial connection) and tried to use it.

Here is where the first problem came in. The USB to serial adapter. Word of advice....never use any with the Prolific chipset. I kept getting Code 10 in device manager (Windows 8 and & machines.) Found it, a version of this chipset (HX & HXA) is not compatible with Windows 7 or 8.

Finally found one with an FTDI chipset and it worked right out of the box. The cool thing with mine (Parallax) is that it has a green LED (for status) and a red LED (for data) that lets me know if everything is communicating. In fact, it did better than an older XP tower with a native serial port.

Loaded up Ham Radio Deluxe version 5 and it immediately connected to the radio. No signal meter (this has an analog meter) but everything else seems to work. No antenna yet and I did not try the transmit but it controlled the radio perfectly.

Now, to get the antenna on the roof.

application specific
Wakulla, FL
Amusing. All my other gear "prefers" the Prolific Chipset in the Serial2USB adapters I've used. At the same time, I still run XP across the board..
Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say.


Glen Burnie, MD
XP is not an option for me.

Ukiah, CA

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reply to moonpuppy
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I'm not sure what version of the Prolific chip my adapter is, but I went through driver hell to get it working in Windows 7. A couple of times I got the same code 10 error that you did.

I ended up using a specific Vista driver (wasn't the first or last version they did, somewhere in the middle), now it works like a champ. I think it was cranky with XP as well, but none of my machines currently run that so I haven't spent time sorting that out.

I've attached that driver to this post in case you want to try it. I use my adapter to program my Yaesu VX-7, and it works perfectly with VX-7 Commander once I set the write delay to 18.

I used an adapter with the FTDI chip once, definitely less hassle to get it working .