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Old 05-13-2017, 6:08 PM
Join Date: May 2017
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Unhappy Alinco DJ-X2000 problems connecting to PC via RS232

Hi, first time poster so be gentle,

I have owned this scanner for a couple of years and never had any luck connecting it to a PC. I assumed it was something to do with it not liking RS232-USB adaptors or the ERW7 USB cable. I recently got a toughbook, which is graced with an RS232 port so i thought here's my chance and have had another go at getting a PC connection working but with no luck. my setup:

panasonic CF-19 toughbook running Win7 pro
ERW4 2.5mm jack to RS232
Alinco DJ-X2000 scanner
Alinco DJ-X2000 clone utility

i have tried:

in device manager i set both COM1 and COM2 to match the settings given in the RS232 spec sheet:
Data bits 8
Parity None
Stop bits 2
Flow control hardware

I have tried both ports with FIFO on and with FIFO off. I have tried all 3 baud speeds the scanner offers

when I try to write from the scanner to the PC (clone>write) it says 'sending' for a few seconds then returns to the menu
when i try to 'read all data' using the software utility, it fails and i get the message 'A Communication Error Occurred: 1.' this also crashes the scanner and i have to cycle the power
doing both at the same time will result in one or other or both of the above behaviours

If i try to use Chirp (great software with other radios, esp Baofeng UV-5x variants) '>Download from radio' option, a box comes up with dropdowns that correctly identify an alinco radio on COM1 but Chirp doesn't appear to know of a DJ-X2000 model. attempting to clone anyway fails immediately, but the scanner display says 'clone interface err' and the scanner is crashed/frozen and only cycling the power fixes this (so there does seem to be the potential for 2-way comms between scanner and PC

I have tried to access the scanner or determine it's com port behaviour/settings with hyperterminal but without success (probably cause i don't know what to do with hyperterminal besides change COM port settings.)

it's such a great scanner, but programming through the hardware interface is laborious. any help would be greatly appreciated.
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