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CAT-MATE

bhi CAT-MATE

Electronic “Y” Splitter for the Yaesu FT-817, FT-857 & FT-897

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Get more out of your radio!

No more messing with wires & cables

Built in RS 232 modem

The bhi CAT-MATE is an electronic “Y” splitter that enables the bhi Radio Mate compact keypad to operate with other CAT accessories for the Yaesu radio series, and can also be used as a standalone product. The key benefit of the CAT-MATE is that it allows more than one accessory to be connected to the radio’s CAT port at the same time, meaning that you don’t need to dis-connect & re-connect your CAT port accessories each time they are used.

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. LED’s 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 suitable when using a tuner (such as the FC-30, FC-40 etc.) on the FT-857/D or FT-897/D that uses the radio's Tune function/button and the CAT port of the radio for control. 
It is recommended that you only switch on one accessory to save on battery life (FT-817), plus the radio’s cat port is only designed to cope with a single set of instructions at a time, and problems might occur if more
than one accessory is switched on at the same time.)

Introduction:
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 connected to the radio’s CAT port at the same time.

Specifications:

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 connected to the PC port.

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.

Order Code: CAT-MATE -
Price: 48.95 Incl’ VAT + p&p

Optional extras:
PC cables to link your computer to your radio via the bhi CAT-MATE - Order code: 9WAYCAT - 9 way D-type Plug to 9 way D-type socket lead 2M long -
Price: 7.99 Incl’ VAT + p&p)
Yaesu CT-62 - RS232 PC to 8 pin mini din computer cable - Order code CT-62
Price: 29.31 Incl’ VAT + p&p

Why not purchase the Radio Mate and CAT-MATE together. You will then be able to use a PC with your radio as well as another accessory.
RADIOMATE COMBO
Price: 129.95 Incl’ VAT + p&p - Radio Mate compact keypad and CAT-MATE bundled offer - Saving 6.95 off the RRP for both products.

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Datasheet

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Radio Mate compact Keypad for Yaesu FT-817, FT-857, FT-897
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