Joined: 06 Jun 2008 Posts: 8166 Location: East Dubuque, Illinois, USA
If the data is UTF-8 on the mainframe, and you want it in UTF-8 on the PC, you need to specify binary transfer, not ASCII. TYPE A will convert characters from EBCDIC to ASCII as the transfer proceeds, so you'll wind up with garbage data on the PC.
Depending on exactly how the environment is set up, you may need to read the Communications Server User's Guide on FTP.DATA SBTRANS and SBDATACONN, as well as translate tables. But first try a binary transfer.