Connect Up to 3 Accessories to Your Radio!
No More Messing with Wires at the Rear of the Radio!
The bhi CAT-MATE is an electronic Y splitter that enables more than one accessory to be used via the CAT port on the Yaesu radio series. Primarily designed to be used with the bhi Radio Mate compact keypad, it can also be used as a standalone product.
The CAT-MATE is able to receive commands from either of its two CAT input ports and connect to a single radio, be it an FT-817, FT-857 and FT-897. The appropriate reply from the radio will then be directed to the port from which the command was issued. For greater flexibility the CAT-MATE has a built-in RS-232 (PC) to CAT interface that allows operation with PC control software programmes such as the FT-817 Commander, SuperControl, and Ham Radio Deluxe etc. The RS-232 interface has an integrated Null Modem so that a special Null Modem cable is NOT required (just a standard 9 way D-type serial cable is needed), and a USB to serial adapter can be also used via a 9 way D-type cable like the bhi 9WAYCAT lead below (not all USB to serial adapters are compatible). The unit operates from power provided by the radio set and distributes this to the other two CAT ports. Other signals, such as the ALC, TX Inhibit and Band information are fed through the unit to both CAT ports. LEDs are provided at the three CAT ports to provide an indication as to which ports are active or being utilised. As data appears at a port, the LED associated with that port and the Radio port will light while active. If the RS232 port is being used, the CAT 2 port will light.
Note: The CAT-MATE is not currently compatible when using the Tuner function of the radio via the CAT port, for the FT-857 & FT-897. (FC-30/FC40 etc)
Use with the Radio Mate!
The bhi CAT-MATE is an electronic Y splitter that enables the bhi Radio Mate compact keypad to operate with many other accessories for the Yaesu radio series, and also be used as a standalone product. The key benefit of the CAT-MATE is that it allows more than one accessory to be used with the radios CAT port at the same time.
CAT1: This is a standard CAT controller/ancillary item port.
CAT2: Either a standard CAT
controller/ancillary item can be connected to this port OR a computer
serial port may be
Data Rate: This unit is designed to operate at the standard Radio Mate speed of 9600 Baud.
Controls: On/Off Switch. This isolates the power from the radio to all CAT ports and the CAT-MATE units itself.
Power supply: 10 to 16 Volts d.c. supplied via the CAT-MATE connector.
Current Draw: Less than 5 mA nominal for the CAT MATE under idle conditions.
Note: Total current consumption should be limited to less than 60mA.
Through Signals: The non-data signals are passed through to all CAT ports. These are ALC, TX Inhibit and Band information.
The bhi Ltd. "Radio Mate" compact keypad for the Yaesu FT-817(ND), FT-857 and FT-897 enables the user to get the best out of their radio. It has been designed to make many of the common functions quick and easy to use. The keypad does this with a number of fast, effective shortcuts. The keypad is mounted on a sturdy aluminium plate giving it a quality robust feel, enabling it to be used in the field. Requiring no external power, it connects to the 8-pin CAT interface of the radio. An LED indicates the current mode, red for the memory mode, green for the direct frequency entry mode and yellow for the modulation mode.