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  • USB-to-Serial Adaptors

    IMPORTANT: The Y-105 adaptor is not compatible with Windows 8.

    If you have recently purchased a new computer, you will have noticed there aren't any classic serial (COM) ports. Instead, your new system will have USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports. Most radios and other devices you may want to control have classic serial ports. An adaptor is required.

    Last summer I added a Vista computer to my arsenal. I ordered 2 Y-105 adaptors from Byterunner. The price was right, only $8.95 each, plus shipping. Their web site said they would ship the same day and I wasn't disappointed.

    A few days later I plugged the first newly received Y-105 adaptor into my Vista computer. The computer responded that it had found new hardware, and in a few minutes the new port was ready to go. I didn't even need to use the driver CD that came in the package.

    I started CommCat, saw the new COM port in the Radio/Ant port list, selected it, and set the Baud rate. CommCat was purring with my '1000mp in less than 3 minutes.

    I use the second adaptor, with equal success, to run my WinKey CW keyer.

    I highly recommend the Y-105 and the excellent service from Byterunner.
    Howard W6HN
    http://w6hn.com
    Blog: http://myqsx.net

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    Because the Y-105 USB-to-Serial adapter is not compatible with Windows 8, I looked for a replacement. I ordered a StarTech 4 Port USB to RS-232 Adapter from Amazon. After it arrived, I plugged it in to my Win8 laptop, installation was automatic, and a few minutes later I had 4 serial ports ready for action. If you need more than one serial port, you should consider the StarTech adapter.
    Howard W6HN
    http://w6hn.com
    Blog: http://myqsx.net

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    • #3
      That's good news thanks Howard, that seems like a good deal. If like me you live in a country where certain products are not shipped by Amazon (for a variety of reasons) just do a Google search for "amazon forwarding service." This may solve the problem and might result in some considerable savings on your freight charges too (I note the same item on eBay for US$140 shipped to NZ!). It pays to shop around.

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