It occurred to me the other evening that it might be fun to get the FT817 going on JT9. Many of my QSOs using the FT847 have been made using 5 watts or so, really there shouldn’t be much difference.
It was a case of ordering an interface lead from my G4ZLP interface unit to the data socket on the FT817 which was a modest amount.
After the lead arrived today, I connected it up and the rig would switch to transmit, but the tones were not transmitted. I soon found that I had to change menu 26 on the 817 to User-U from the default. Also in menu 38 on the rig, I turned off the filtering.
That was all that was required. I tried a test transmission from the FT817 and monitored it on the 847 – it sounded good. I’ve already some JT9 QSOs in the log and the 5W signal has been heard in North America.
JT9 and the FT817 ought to be a very good combination indeed.