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Home brew Programming Interfaces
#1
Just wondering if anyone else builds their own
PC to Radio programming interface.

I cringe when I hear folks talking about dropping more $$
on yet another factory (or third-party) interface when they
likely already have one that would work (with the proper pin out
and connector) or could easily build one for next to nothing.

My home brew universal programs all of my Yaesu ham radios,
my Vertex Standard VHF marine handie with 40 programmable 136-174 MHz channels,
my 110w Low and Hi-Band GE RANGR [built by JRC] comml two ways
(via their S-820 megaheads),
my GE MVS Hi-Band and UHF mobiles,
my GE MLSII 60w Lo-Band mobile,
my GE PCS VHF & UHF handies,
my EF Johnson VHF,UHF and 800 mobiles,
my Hitachi made Midland VHF trunk mount mobile,
my Trunking scanner

from what I see on the web, the same circuitry
should work with most Icoms, Kenwoods, Yaesus, Vertex, etc.
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#2
I bet Cyrel KC7NHT would have info!!
Those who plan and prepare, endure the weather!!
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#3
Ya know I never have, really never needed to. I did look into building a CAT cable for the 857 but it was quite a bit of work and im not set up to deal with SMC. How ever If K7ZZY can share his experince Im sure that there are a lot of Operators that could benifit from it Including me.
73
KC7NHT
Cyrel


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#4
I built one for Motorola (RIB) and one for Icom (OPC-478.) If I recall correctly I have used the OPC-478 on a Yaesu also.
The only thing that I bought aside from some of the components was a cheap knockoff cable for the Motorola HT1000 and it was worth it.
I had fun building the interfaces and saved good money.
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#5
K7ZZY Wrote:Just wondering if anyone else builds their own
PC to Radio programming interface.

I cringe when I hear folks talking about dropping more $$
on yet another factory (or third-party) interface when they
likely already have one that would work (with the proper pin out
and connector) or could easily build one for next to nothing.

My home brew universal programs all of my Yaesu ham radios,
my Vertex Standard VHF marine handie with 40 programmable 136-174 MHz channels,
my 110w Low and Hi-Band GE RANGR [built by JRC] comml two ways
(via their S-820 megaheads),
my GE MVS Hi-Band and UHF mobiles,
my GE MLSII 60w Lo-Band mobile,
my GE PCS VHF & UHF handies,
my EF Johnson VHF,UHF and 800 mobiles,
my Hitachi made Midland VHF trunk mount mobile,
my Trunking scanner

from what I see on the web, the same circuitry
should work with most Icoms, Kenwoods, Yaesus, Vertex, etc.

Sooooooo...............

You just gonna leave us hangin???? PLANS, PLANS, PLANS!!!???!!! I'm all about this! I have a few Vertex commercial rigs(1 FTL-2011 VHF and 3 VX-3000Us UHF), two Yaesus, radio shack programmable scanner, and a few others. I'd love a universal cable with multiple ends, mini-din, rj-45, etc. In fact I'm about to throw down a good chunk of change on a couple cables because the one I have for my Yaesus is Daniels, and I don't have one at all for my Vertex radios. I just bought 3 brand new(to me) old VX-3000U's at Rickreall I'm gonna use for GMRS. Need mics for them, too, but also need cable. I know they work, even fired em up. Just need the mics and a prog cable.
-Jeff  Cool
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K7LND
EX: W7WIL
EX: KF7NXS
GMRS: WQMK940
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#6
W7WIL Wrote:Sooooooo...............

You just gonna leave us hangin???? PLANS, PLANS, PLANS!!!???!!!...

Yessir - I'm going to expand on this thread as soon as I have a little more time.

Jeff,
If you have an FTL-2011 prog cable,
it appears that it is the same for VX-3000

This link seems to confirm that:
http://www.radioarena.co.uk/index.php?_a...ductId=750
note: model listing

here is the pinout for the VX3000 mic jack:
8 pin modular
1 - Hook
2 - NC
3 - PTT
4 - Mic
5 - Gnd
6 - +9V
7 - CL_SW
8 - CL_Data

from page 4F-1 in the VX3000 service manual.

FTL-1011 Prog Info:
http://yo4hfu.dmon.com/index/yaesu_ftl20..._soft/0-50

Info on a universal programmer and the 400 radios on which it's been tested:
http://kom-inform.euro.ru/pr_eng_s.html

[SIZE="4"]It doesn't get any simpler than this:[/SIZE]
[Image: yaesuinterface.gif]

BTW What prog cables do you have now - (for what radio makes and models)?
You might be able to modify what you already have...
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#7
Motorola interface plans at batlabs.com I etched a board, but can be built on perfboard also.
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#8
kf7dvn Wrote:Motorola interface plans at batlabs.com I etched a board, but can be built on perfboard also.

Cool.

This is a nice MotorOil RIB with downloadable
etching artwork:
http://www.hkra.org/homebrew/rib/Rib.html
(scroll down on the page)
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#9
No, but i have an mts 2000 2m ht with a motorola rib ......for sale
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