My defaults for FT8 on my Yaesu FT-891

I have found various pages and videos on the settings for FT8 on the FT-891, but none that really scratch the surface of what needs to be turned on or off. So here's what I have figured out on my own. WSJT-X and the cat programs that are utilized by WSJT-X DO NOT send these commands for you. It's up to you the operator to set these parameters in the radio ahead of time. You can send these commands from the CMDline. With a little adjustment you can also create a batch file to do your bidding. Make sure you're not accessing the COM port before issuing these commands or you'll get an access denied error.

The EX CAT commands are menu functions.  There might be menu functions for the rest, but not easily identified in the CAT manual. The 4 numbers after the EX is the menu location.

Description CAT Command Notes
Auto Notch (OFF) BC00;  
Clarifier (OFF) CF000;  
AGC Function (OFF) GT01;  
IF-Shift (OFF) IS00;  
Keypad Lock (OFF) LK0;  
Operating Mode (DATA-USB) MD0C;  
Monitor Level (OFF) ML000;  
Meter Display (SWR) MS3; This is just preference, I like to see the SWR in case my Ariel gets tangled up in something and I don't see it right away. I will see it on the display.
Narrow (OFF) NA00;  
Noise Blanker (OFF) NB00;  
Noise Reduction (OFF) NR00;  
Preamp (IPO) PA00; Intercept Point Optimization just works better for me. PA01; (Pre-Amp) could work better for you
Power Control (5 Watts) PC005; Set low for QRP, but can be anything up to 100.
RF Attenuator (OFF) RA00;  
RF Gain (Max 30) RG0030;  
Band Width (3000) SH0117;  
Squelch Level (0) SQ0000;  
Data Mode (OTHERS) EX08011;  
Data Lower Cutoff Frequency (OFF) EX080500;  
Data High Cutoff Frequency (OFF) EX080700;  
Data PTT Select (DAKY) EX08100;  
RTTY Lower Cutoff Frequency (OFF) EX100100;  
RTTY High Cutoff Frequency (OFF) EX100300;  
Data Gain (50) EX1614050; This is the default level
RTTY Output Level (50) EX1008050; This is the default level
DATA Output Level (50) EX0811050; This is the default level. On the Signalink your receive dial will be at 9 O'clock provided your input(MIC SIDE) is set to 100%
DATA In Select (BACK) EX08091; This might might not be necessary as Operating Mode DATA-USB(MD0C;) does the same thing.

GoBox update

Well I took the Alinco out of my go box and installed a FT-891. Also picked up a Signalink audio interface. Only con I have run into is how the ATU interface works. But I'll have that sussed out Saturday from HRO at HamCom. I might try and find a 2U box to put this in too. The 945 isn't really needed as there's an SWR meter on the radio. And the drawer weights a ton.

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Baofeng/Pofung Squelch Settings

If you have a UV5R radio you know out of the box the squelch settings are wrong. There are fixes here and there and do work in a perfect world. However the world is not perfect and for me even less so. I have a cell tower within a block and a half from me and street lights that the city say are not monitored remotely, but are monitored remotely. And then I have all manor of electronic devices around me. So this little radio will waste it's juice airing different radio bursts that I don't really want to hear. So this was my numeric fix for this crappy little radio. So far I'm riding on setting 6 at work.

You'll notice I didn't go to 100%. Yeah after 65% if you're not standing on top of the person you're not hearing them.

Addendum: I call the radio crappy but don't get me wrong. I like this little radio and all it's little brothers and sisters I have in my junk drawer. Best 20$ I ever spent. It got me into amateur radio. And if I loose it, get's damaged or it goes scuba diving in the toilet I truly don't care. 20$ and it's replaced. Just like my budget Craig Action Cam(GoPro look alike), do you want to loose 400$ or 15$ on the milsim battlefield?

Read more: Baofeng/Pofung Squelch Settings

Ham Go-Box plans/ideas (Part 3) Ghetto Style

What you didn't see because of the flash was the fact that you couldn't see the controls of the sound module or the radio interface. I have solved this with one of the lights I picked up for the gun cabinet. It has a few disco modes, but will do just plain white too. Then again who doesn't like to shake their ass from time to time. Take me to funky town.

Read more: Ham Go-Box plans/ideas (Part 3) Ghetto Style

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