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First of all, don't feel to overwhelmed! This can be a bit confusing at the start, but once you understand the pattern and historical development, things will get a bit simpler. So fist of all, you're confusing connectors and cable purposes. Some cable types for certain purposes have common connectors, but in general, be sure to differentiate between the ...


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A generic search term you might use is “Software Defined Radio” or SDR (a topic which covers much more than your specific question). Equipment possibilities for your specific question includes SDR hardware that covers the frequency bands of interest and that can be connected to your PC via USB or Ethernet, SDR software compatible with the specific SDR ...


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I'm not aware of an application that has full control of every feature. However, there are a variety of applications available that work for basic functions. FLRIG will give you many of the most common features. I use the related program, FLDigi, for operating digital modes with my FT-450D. Its rig control is sufficient that I don't generally have to turn ...


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You're confusing the transceiver implementation with mode as is. Every single mode, as long as it's not used to transported to transport graphics, can be operated without a GUI. Whether or not an implementation without a GUI exists is a different question, but honestly, coming from a world that's not Windows, this is basically the standard – be it FreeDV, ...


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Yaesu makes software like what you're looking for: Go the yaesu.com and find the FT-450D page, click on the Files tab, and look for: PCC-450 Software V1.13 and Reference Manual (07/18/14) The PCC-450 software runs on Windows and connects to the radio over a serial port. You can drive nearly every feature of the radio. I find it easier to use this software ...


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You can do this with a little setup. Remember you need a Amateur radio licence if you are going to be transmitting. If you are just wanting to try out receiving then you can get a usb tv tuner (for less than $20 on amazon) and use some software like SDR#Sharp If you are wanting to do transmission: You can get a 1.5w handheld transceiver like https://en....


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I agree with hotpaw2 but there's an even cheaper solution. You can also use the many different webSDR's that are around the world. With those you only need an internet connection. These are some places to start: http://www.websdr.org/ https://sdr.hu/ Google will give you a ton of extra possibilities.


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Other answers here cover SDR well, but software defined radio with dedicated SDR hardware is not the only way to do radio things with a computer. You can also take nearly any radio with a speaker output (ham radio or not) and use an audio cable to connect the radio's speaker out to your computer's sound card line in. Many software packages (example: FLdigi,...


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I finally obtained one of the described adapters, and I can confirm that yes, it does indeed work fine.


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Yes, remote control is not only possible, but it is easy. The FT-450D is not like a naked SDR. It may be one internally, but it does not need a program like SDR# to operate it. That being said, there is a great program available that allows the front panel of the radio to appear on your screen, and you can use the keyboard and mouse to control it via ...


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There aren't, as far as I know, any radios on the market that are pure computer peripherals and high-power enough to be practical communication tools (as opposed to milliwatt-scale experimental devices) while still being at a reasonable cost for this application. What you can buy or build reasonably is an interface to connect the audio from a standard radio ...


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I don't have any specific model recommendations, but I once saw that there existed simple dongles which convert between Bluetooth serial and RS-232 serial. If you connected such a device to the microcontroller, then after you pair your PC with the dongle you will have a standard serial device on the PC you can point your control programs at. However, to do ...


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