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Author Topic: Icom interface cables on Ebay  (Read 9605 times)
KF6VB
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« on: April 26, 2012, 08:22:22 AM »

Hello,

   I have an IC706MKII that I'm interested in remoting.   Basically, I'd like to be able to ham from any room
in the house.    But it needs a computer interface.  Prferably USB.   I see there are people in Hong Kong selling these things for $9 including shipping.   I imagine they contain an FTDI chip plus the necessary wires and connectors, and not much more.  Has anybody tried them?

                                      - Jerry Kaidor, KF6VB

             
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AA4PB
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2012, 11:49:18 AM »

You are probably seeing USB-Serial converters. The IC706 requires TTL level serial (called CI-V) to control the frequency, filter settings, etc from a control program. To remote the radio you would also nead a means to transfer the Rx and Tx audio (or CW key) plus PTT.
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LA9XNA
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2012, 08:26:30 AM »

You can use something like this for controlling the rig.
With CI-V support for PTT. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wireless-Serial-Bluetooth-RF-Transceiver-Module-rs232-/330716355094?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d003b1a16#ht_3266wt_1396
Without PTT suport. http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9358
And a modefied headset like this for the audio.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bluetooth-Headset-Earpiece-Handsfree-Mobile-Universal-for-ps3-htc-iphone-3-4-4s-/221012193131?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item33755a6f6b#ht_4066wt_1163
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