Tait TM8105 Notes

Required Stuff

Required Software (Windows)



Power is supplied by a 4 pin molex connector on the back of the radio. Suitable power levels are 10.8 - 16VDC, with 13.8VDC being nominal.

Digi-key part number WM18435-ND  works for this connector, along with these contact inserts WM3112CT-ND

A pigtail power connector has also been seen onEbay  shipping from the UK.  


This blog post  covers the programming really well. Some key notes repeated here for posterity.

USB Serial interface

Programming is done using a Windows computer and a USB to serial cable. Ready-made programming cable are available on eBay, but they are pricey (considering what they are). A DIY solution is very approachable.

Since the Rx/Tx logic levels are inverted on the Tait serial connector, the FTDI chip must be flashed using the FT_PROG  utility. This requires a genuine FTDI chip (i.e., not one you find on ebay for $3). Amazon sells a genuine FTDI board that was able to be reprogrammed.

Using FT_PROG, scan for devices to load your FTDI board and open up "Invert RS232 Signals". Select "Invert TXD" and "Invert RXD" then hit the lightning bolt to program the device. Once programmed, reload the device with FT_PROG to verify the setting were persisted. This only works with genuine FTDI boards. A counterfeit eBay board will be able to be read by FT_PROG, but cannot be flashed.

3.3V must be used on the FTDI board. Also, be sure to use the digital ground.

Programming is done via the front DB9 connector.

A wiring diagram

Programming Software

The programming software is the Tait TM8100 Programming Application. The version used was 3.09. It can be found on hamfiles.co.uk  and possible elsewhere.

NOTE: I have a copy here but I'm not sure about redistributing it on the TARPN website. We'd need to check on the license.

Once the radio is connected to Windows via USB, click "Read the radio" to confirm it can be programmed.

Here is a programming template that includes the following:

These I/O settings allow us to use a GPIO pin for PTT (pin 12 on the accessory connector) and tap into the audio chain closer to the FM modulator (we bypass pre/de-emphasis, filtering, and such).


The radio is connected to the TNC-Pi (or any TNC, or a soundcard) through a rear DB15 female connector called the "accessory connector".

It contains many GPIO pins which are readily programmable by the software.

We are interested in pins 7, 13, 12, and 15 for the TNC-Pi. Recall that we programmed pin 12 as an external PTT. It's likely that this connector can also be used for programming (pins 11, 3, and 15), but this hasn't been tested.

TAIT pin 7 (AUD_TAP_IN) should be connected to TNC-PI pin 1 (TX DATA)
TAIT pin 13 (AUD_TAP_OUT) should be connected to TNC-PI pin 5 (RX DATA)