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Date Posted by Category User IP

2015-04-09 (UTC)

N6HE

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ip184-180-220-253.oc.oc.cox.net

RIGblaster Pro

I have a RIGblaster Pro available as a result of a shack "back-shelf cleanout." I bought this unit in 2010 and used it until I graduated to a different does-it-all high-end interface.

It's a computer-to-radio interface for CW, RTTY, PSK31, etc. It's customizable to your radio by internal jumpers and is now set for an 8-pin T-T Omni VII mic interface.

Here's some eHam reviews:

FEB 2014 - I do not know what the fuss is about!! I purchased my Rigblaster Pro used, read the manual and set it up according to the manual (Radio IC-7410) and it worked first time!! I don't understand how can anyone have a problem if they follow the instructions. I would recommend this product.

FEB 2014: Bought mine secondhand with no leads six years ago and like most read the manual first, okay so it's a bit fiddly to setup but has performed faultlessly over this period. I do recommend the normal practice of using cable identifiers should anything come adrift though.
You will find me on most RTTY contests and other digi modes running this with an old XP PC and Icom 765 transceiver, which has a convenient 12v output, thus eliminating the mains transformer. So good that I have acquired a Rigblaster Plus to link to my new 897D so I can't recommend these enough.

JUN 2012: Just spent an hour setting the RB Pro. It's really not as complicated as people say. You have to understand what you are trying to do to have it make sense. Follow the instructions, and you should have no problem. Using the included labels on all of the cords makes the wiring much easier the second time around.

I have a NoMic for my mobile rig which works well, but I wanted more versitility for my base station. This unit allows me to fully utilize my MixW software with various keying modes and Rig Control while allowing me to use my normal mic without unplugging things all of the time.

I enjoy the front end power control and indicator LEDs. A big step up from my previous interfaces.

If you are looking for a field interface, this isn't the unit for you. It's too big, needs power, and there are a lot of wires, even in a basic configuration. This is for your base station.

I bought the accessory Icom rig control cable and it worked right away with MixW.

If you want a simple plug and play interface, this is not the unit for you. If you want an interface that allows you to work a variety of modes and don't mind taking the time to set it up correctly, this is a great unit.

I'd give it 5 stars, but I think it needs a USB interface for newer computers. No reason in 2012 there are new products that are looking for serial ports. I am just glad I have an older tower in my shack with two serial ports.


The unit is not the latest (and more expensive) design available, but it works great and is as advertised. See the picture (note: if you see no picture, send message and I'll email one to you) and the West Mountain Radio website for a description and comparison to other WMR units.

Comes with 8-pin round mic cable, original color-coded cable labels, original RB 300ma +12VDC wall wart P/S, installation CD, jumpers, DB-9(F) rig control cable with gender-changer adapter (I needed it), 2 1/8-inch mini-stereo patch cables, and I'm adding in a USB-to-serial adapter (no promises on this - it was in the storage box, so I'm including it), and original manual and quick-start instructions.

I paid $299.95 for it in 2010, and have seen them for sale (presumably with accessories) for $150 and $120. Yours for $100.00 + shipping/insurance of approximately $15.00.

If interested, send message to rayday///at///cox///point///net.

73,
Ray N6HE

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