pigctl is a free (opensource) scriptable UNIX control program for the Yaesu FT-817 transceiver. It provides a means to issue commands to the radio via the CAT interface from the command line, script files or from other applications. Many users find this useful to avoid the need to use the small controls on the unit, others use it for remote control.
pigctl does not require other libraries, nor does it require X. Since it is written in C, there is no need for Java (which is a requirement for its sister program: PorkControl). It works (if recompiled) on the Raspberry Pi, providing a means for remote control using SSH if you hook a Pi up to your radio.
pigctl is currently 'alpha' quality. Whilst it works OK to issue commands to the radio, it does not currently support reading the radio state.
Download Version 1 (16th February 2013)
A Few Warnings
Amateur radio is a hobby that requires care, otherwise you can ruin your radio, get jailed or end up in hospital. The author accepts NO RESPONSIBILITY at all. The download includes a README file, read it before use. The following are important points:
- pigctl is amateur-grade software. It works OK, but if you re-use the source code for anything else then it may not work.
- You will probably need a license to transmit.
- Messing around can put yourself and others in danger.
- Back up the settings on your radio before using computer control.
- Do not try to transmit remotely unless you are sure the radio is properly powered.
- The compiled version expects the serial port to be at /dev/ttyUSB0, which is where most USB serial dongles appear. To change it, look at comm.c.
- There is a compiled binary in the tgz file. If this doesn't work on your machine, just compile the source code following the instructions.
- By default, pigctl talks to the radio at 38400 bps. You might need to configure this on the radio (Option 14 "CAT RATE").
- Clone CT62 cables are available at: http://www.g4zlp.co.uk/unified/YaesuCAT.shtml.
- If you are looking for PSK31 software, fldigi and MultiPSK are highly recommended.
- The DXZone Amateur Radio Resource Guide