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The KF5INZ "Easy Digi" digital mode interface for sound card modes

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  1. K9ASE

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    will this work with a TS-440?
  2. N5CEY

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    Hi Tom,
    Absolutely - have done several 440's
    Thanks for the inquiry.
  3. K9ASE

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    what is the cost? do you need to install the IC-10 in your TS-440 first?
  4. N5CEY

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    Hi Tom,
    Cost is $34.95 plus $5.15 shipping if you DO NOT need a USB to RS-232 adapter for your computer. Add $7.16 if you need the USB to RS-232 adapter. (if your computer does not have a serial com port then you need the USB adapter).
    You do not need to do anything to your radio other than hook up the interface. You will additionally need 3 either stereo or mono audio cables. We have just started carrying them. a set of 3 cables is $8.00 compared to $6.95 each at the Shack.
    After you get it hooked up, you need to download and install whatever sound card program you want to use. I recommend DIGIPAN as a starter program for those with no digital experience as it is very easy to setup and get running. After that, MSSTV, MTTY, FLDIGI (GREAT PROGRAM), HRD/DM780 (quite complex and powerful, best if your rig can be controlled by the computer), and several others. They are all free downloads, just google them.
    I take paypal or check or money order. My address is good per my qrz page.
    Thanks for your interest.
  5. N5CEY

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    Just wanted to let everyone know that we ran out of pc boards - new shipmnt will be here Friday, 17 February.
    Till then, I have 6 finished complete units available.
    Will have boards built up by Saturday afternoon.
    We are also going to start offering audio cables with the finished units.
  6. N2ADV

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    Can you do just audio out to an 8 pin mic cable with an audio connection to the PC? I don't need PTT or anything like that (already controlling that via the 13-pin ACC-2 jack on the back of my TS-440) but I've found that the only way I can get audio to the rig is via the mic-jack for digital modes.

    Mic input would need to go to pin 1 and ground would need to go to pin 7. I have something sort of working now but it's not particularly clean...
  7. N5CEY

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    Hi Jim,
    Sure, that would not be a problem - We would just leave off the PTT circuitry and the RS-232 Cable. I presume you still want the receive audio section to remain intact.
    Please contact me at cliffordwareham1 @ juno dot com
  8. N5CEY

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    Hi again - we got lucky and the boards came in two days early (today, 15 Feb 2012) so we're back up and running!
  9. K6ABZ

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    Heck yeah, that's a useful idea.

    Using a VOX PTT eliminates the serial port connection, and it's not like a VOX circuit is that hard to build. Using that instead of the opto-coupler keying circuit makes a lot of sense for a self-contained computer interface.

    If you look at the Signalink USB, something that sells for 3x what you're charging, that's exactly what they do: they use a VOX circuit keyed off the audio connection.

    Anyone who thinks using VOX is "old school" doesn't realize what you're proposing: it's one less connection, simplifies the whole deal, and it makes it even easier to use - especially with a laptop in a portable scenario. If you use an optocoupler, rather than a relay, you could probably run the circuit for a long time on a 9v battery, keeping the whole thing self-contained.

    In fact, this is exactly what I built as a PSK/Echolink interface for my rig... except my box is big and ugly. I'd love something the size of your board that simply plugs in to the 8-pin DIN jack on the back of my ICOM and "just works."
  10. K9ASE

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    when equiped with a USB plug it will work with any open USB port? if so Let's set me up plus the cables
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