This webpage replaces an old webpage where I showed my FT-847 computer interface. This will show three
evolutions from a simple interface which I started using psk-31 on 14.070 MHz to what I am using for digital
eme using WSJT10 and MAP65 software.
The simplest interface is no more than something that will interconnect audio with your computer soundcard
and using RS-232 for PTT control. That can be as simple as two audio cables with appropriate connectors
and using a NPN transistor for keying the radio PTT with postive voltage from the RS-232 (using either the
DTR or RTS lines). Most ham radio sw utilize one of those for sending PTT commands to the radio.
The first diagram shows this using two 600-ohm audio isolation transformers and 2N2222 transistors. Both
DTR and RTS are shown since some sw utilize both to control the radio (many only require one).
The next version includes connection with a sequencer and utilizes opto-isolator transistors to separate
computer ground from the radio ground (avoids conditions that can produce hum and noise):
The last version shows control of radios having Tx inhibit control which holds off RF output until
activated by the sequencer. Refer to my webpage showing the Inhibit details.
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