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Yaesu FTDX1200 firmware/updates
Topic Started: Friday, 9. March 2018, 11:10 (447 Views)
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Just a quick question, looking around the net it says an Rs232 to usb can be used to connect to a pc just for performing firmware/updates. Many are detailing various kinds making it rather confusing rather than having to purchase the SCU-17 USB Interface just for this task alone. Anyone know any information regarding this?
Thanks in anticipation,
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i have a bog standard rs to usb i use for cat control, never done the update on this rig yet.
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You've got the 3000 I think, I take it same scenario with that one regarding updates. It has taken me ages to decide upon which new radio to purchase mainly between the FTDX3000, FTDX1200 and the FT450D. So many plusses and minuses between them all regarding cost etc. Anyway back to the subject, have you tried out the cable between the radio and pc to see if there is communication between them?
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The FTdx 1200 does not have a USB output but does have a com port which can be used for firmware updates

Below is an extract taken from the Yaesu website with regards to 1200 updates

"Connect the transceiver CAT terminal and personal computer COM port with an RS-232C straight cable.
(No driver installation is required when connecting via an RS-232C cable.)
Alternatively, connect the transceiver unit CAT terminal and personal computer USB port via the SCU-17 and supplied connection cables.
(The SCU-17 virtual COM port driver must be installed in advance.)"

So it looks like updates can be made either way




The FTdx 3000 does indeed have a dedicated USB output which I have used without issue in the past


Craig

Ps if buying new from retailer then you could always ask them to update the firmware before shipping out
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Cheers Craig and yes I have already done what you said about the latest updates. Just have to find a suitable cable that is proven to work now! So many types of the same item have been mentioned by a few. One said it must have a FTDI Chipset in usb socket end which I have found online. Worth a go I suppose but still £17 down the drain if not compatible. We shall see. Hopefully I shouldn't need to use one but I just like to be prepared.
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i have the 1200, the rs goes in the radio and usb in pc

for the price of the 1200 to the 450 id get the 1200
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just buy a cheapo first, mine looks like this but black plastic with a blue inner on the 9 pin

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-to-Serial-COM-Port-RS232-DB9-9pin-Female-Adapter-Converter-Cable-Chipset-1m/112754549810?epid=13013087410&hash=item1a40b1e432:g:7FMAAOSwaC9aWl8W
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Thanks for the info and link. Even now I am getting critical of myself for not purchasing the 3000 instead! Anyway delivery on Monday and hopefully I'm not still regretting my decisions.
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im sure there are a lot of differences between the 1200 and the 3000, but £500 that you would actually notice?
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That was one of the main reasons ! Both of these got good reports and 1/2 grand you notice!
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I had exactly the same issue Steve , as you say £500 is a lot of wonga and it is difficult to justify but for those who are unsure just what the differences are then below is a list along with the costs of the modules if you were to buy them as extras for the 1200

Scope / CW decoder module (£120)
USB module (£120)
Remote key pad (£40 )

Doesn’t add up to £500 but certainly adds some very handy and usable features

Plus the ftdx 3000 has a completely different RX architecture which is almost identical to the ftdx 5000


Certainly a tough call weighing up all the pros and cons but at the end of the day they are both fantastic rigs and you will not be disappointed

When it lands enjoy :thumb:


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They keep on changing the estimated delivery time! I did check on some of the differences between the two radio's and some I wasn't that bothered about really and others I was to a certain degree. Still hopefully it is a lot better than my old hf radio especially on receive in some aspects.
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shouldnt be disapointed
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