Notes on SignaLink with FT-450D

I finally got tired of the odd behavior I’ve been seeing with the SignaLink paired with the Yaesu FT-450D, where the silly thing would either not raise PTT or would flick it on and off rapidly if the power level was set too low.  So I hauled out the SignaLink documentation and went reading.

Way down on page 11, in the Troubleshooting section, is this little gem:

Some radios such as the IC-746PRO, IC-7000 and FT-450D have a very sensitive Data Port and require different settings to allow smooth control of the RF power level.

Gee!  Do you think? 🙂

So I ran through the instructions for mitigating that.  I think things are better, but I have the radio set to 50 watts rather than 100 watts now.  On the other hand, I’m trying to keep my digital wattage below 30, and then only when someone is really down in the mud.

I suspect the same settings will be useful with the FT-857D I carry in the field.