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Reviews Categories | Interfaces, Radio to computer, amp, rotor, coax switch, internet | FA USB transceiver interface with soundcard Help

Reviews Summary for FA USB transceiver interface with soundcard
FA USB transceiver interface with soundcard Reviews: 2 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $139 Euro excl. P&P
Description: Published in Funkamateur april and may 2007. Kit with SMD parts pre-assembled. Predrilled and printed enclosure included. Building manual in German.
Product is in production.
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HB9ECV Rating: 4/5 May 19, 2013 12:58 Send this review to a friend
Good choice for HRD users  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have built this interface for a club station, because we wanted an interface with dedicated external sound card for the digi modes. The assembly was quite simple. In the end you have a beautiful and very compact interface. The only limitation is the fact, that you can either use the CAT port, OR the CW port, OR the PTT port, since it sports only one usb to serial converter! Keep this in mind, especially, if you want to use a software that doesn't support PTT via CAT. I later heavily modified this interface with two additional USB to RS232 converters for dedicated CW and PTT/FSK ports. A USB hub is built in and only two USB ports are used (Sound card and CAT), so I could use the USB data lines from the front USB socket and the other from the internal extension connector. Another housing of the same type and size was then mounted on top of the Interface ONE to accommodate the two additional USB-RS232 converters, then some circuits on the PCB had to be modified as well. The "Funkamateur" should release a follow up with the additional dedicated USB-RS232 converters, then it would be a 5/5. If dedicated CW and PTT ports are required, better go for a DigiMaster Pro3.
PF1JM Rating: 4/5 Sep 23, 2011 07:50 Send this review to a friend
It just works!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Warning: if you consider buying this kit, make sure you or someone you know understands the German instructions. Unfortunately no other languages...
Kit arrived a few days after placing the order. All parts well wrapped. Ordered a few necessary cables with it. Connections to TRX via 15 pin D connector. Connections to the TRX need to be soldered to this connector. Single USB connection to the PC. Drivers and some software are supplied on a CD.
All non-SMD parts need to be soldered on the print, some parts are very close to pre-installed SMD components. Magnifing glass and adequate lighting are definitely necessary! Some holes in the PCB are a little small for the parts to be inserted, some parts need to be pushed in with a considerable amount of force.
Once assembled you have a neat package. Windows Vista recognizes an extra COM port and an USB audio codec. Unfortunately only one COM port, which means no TRX control and FSK-RTTY at the same time on my Kenwood TS-2000. VSPE comes to the rescue (!
Now both Hamradio Deluxe and MMTTY communicate with virtual COM6, which are both connected to physical COM5.
Would I buy this again? Yes. Is it just as fancy looking as the competition? Maybe not, but it does what it has to do.

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