Sunday, December 11, 2016

Digital Voice Links

Beginning to delve into the realm of the digital voice modes.

Below are my links of interest...  so that I can find them again when I actually have the time to work on it!

DV Applications and Ham Radio

DV MEGA3000,    DV MEGA home page

Repeater Builder USB-RIM

Repeater Builder USB-RIM Lite

    RIM-RC210/RLC: Schematic
    Special Limited Time Price - $50 
    This version is customized to be plug-and-play with the ARCOM RC-210 repeater controller. It is also compatable with RLC controllers from Audio Test Solutions (Formerly Link Communictaions). Simply plug the module onto an unused controller port, configure the controller and AllStar config files, and you are ready to explore the world of AllStar linking.
    **Specific connection instructions will be available soon.**

    RIM-Maxtrac-RM: Schematic
    Special Limited Time Price - $60 
    This product is VERY similar to the RIM-Maxtrac. The RM stands for Repeater Maker. The RM adds a second 16 pin module to connect to a second receive only radio. This allows for one radio to be the receiver and the other to be the transmitter in a repeater type setup. The RM version does NOT support channel steering.
  • All of the new Lite version products still inclue the missing pulse detector circuitry to avoid stuck PTT lines. By default, the heartbeat and PTT outputs are configured to allow the missing pulse detector to automatically disable the PTT line in the event of a stuck PTT due to USB PC communications failure.

  • All of these new boards offer an optional serial EEPROM that can be used to store radio/repeater settings.*

  • Courteous and friendly customer service. While product documentation is currently being written, the user's manuals for these products will follow in the same lines as the rest of the RB products in being straight forward and thorough.
  • * Software implementation dependant

    Steve, W4HKL

    Thursday, July 07, 2016

    Creating a Dual Boot Windows 7 / MS-DOS 7.1 System

    Programming the older radios that absolutely need DOS AND a true serial port can be a real pain in the ass.  Although DosBox is wonderful and can work with the USB to serial adapters much of the time, sometimes you just can't go that route.  After spending the better part of two days (!) going thru the motions using GRUB, PLOP, various bootable media, I thankfully ran across the following article which is working for me.  Perhaps it will help you, too.

      TweakhomePC : Install Dual-Boot of MS-DOS 7.10 (FAT32) on Windows 7 computer (Win7 installed first)

    Many thanks to TweakhomePC for ending my misery!

    Steve, W4HKL