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Author Topic: Digital interface suggestions  (Read 3031 times)
KB1VEJ
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« on: April 24, 2013, 11:00:27 AM »

Hi all,
I currently have a Yaesu VX-8 HT and am wondering about interfaces for digital operation outside of APRS (PSK31, RTTY, etc.).  My only limiting consideration is I would like an interface that can be used for more than 1 radio when I add other radios to my gear in the future. Any thoughts or advice would be great!

-Nate
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AC4BB
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2013, 01:11:34 PM »

Not sure If, there's a"One size fits all"  when It  comes to interfaces? I'm sure you'd have to make some changes to the interface? But, not knowing what the future radio(s) are it would be practically impossible to say.
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2013, 05:31:51 PM »

People who get Tigetronic's "SignaLink USB" interfaces seem to have less trouble, on average, than buyers of others.  It's $100 (with cable), but it solves some problems very neatly.

In your place, I'd phone Tigertronics, and find out if they have experience with handi-talkie interfaces.  They have lots of available adapters -- maybe one for your HT.   That saves a lot of trouble.

There's probably a "plain wire" cable as well -- the SignaLink on one end, and four wires (or more) on the other. 

To use that with my Yaesu VX-170, you'd need an adapter (from Yaesu, or others) that brings the HT's 4-contact phone jack out into three, 2-contact phone jacks:

.     speaker / headphone ;

.     mic (which might have bias on it, which would need to have a blocking capacitor);

.     PTT

Connecting those three jacks to a SignaLink would give you what you want.

.             Charles
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KB1VEJ
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2013, 05:13:58 PM »

I was leaning towards the Signal Link USB but I figured I would throw the question out there to see what people use/like.  Thanks for the advice!
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