If you want to operate remotely with your PC connected to the RRC control side, you need to add a CAT interface throught the RRC radio and the IC7100 radio.
The most simple way, but also the most expansive $$$ one, is to buy the ICOM CT-17 C-IV interface.
The other possibility is to buy a simple CT17 (not original) cat connector. It usually is composed by an USB plug (with some converter IC inside) and a 3.5mm jack for the radio connetion. Take care to this, infact 1) there are no USB port at the remoterig side and 2) the levels are not properly converted from/to the remoterig logic level.
So the solution is simply use a TTL-RS232 converter externally supplied. So I just buy a very pretty pcb here at Artekit Shop that it is supplied also within the enclosure (on request).
And I connected to the male 3.5mm jack directly using the RXD and the TXD pad:
- the TXD and RXD must be connected both to the central tip of the plug
- and GND to the shaft of the plug
As power supply for the VCC and the GND of the board I used the 5V taken from a USB cable.
Of course the remoterig must be programmed accordly. These are the settings of RRC control.
|COM2 data bits|
|COM2 stop bits|
|COM2 terminator (hex)|
|Use USB Com Port as COM2|
The COM2 is referred to the serial port in the remoterig device.
The last raw in the option indicates that you can connect an usb cord between the frontal RRC control usb port and the PC. On the PC you should select the corrisponding COM port after the serial microbit are installed. Usually the driver installs four serial ports named RRC1258 COM0 COM1 COM2 COMEXTRA. So just look at the “RRC1258 COM2” and check which serial port your pc assigned to that.
In the program you use for controlling you just need to set this com port with 9600 8n1 speed (I tried faster speed but doesn’t seem so relialiable and also it is not necessary), 88h is the defaul terminator code.
From the software side I tested with HRD deluxe, BBLogger, N1MM+, MTTY and some other software for digital mode without problem.
If you have any feedback, please feel free to send me.
My acknowledgement goes to Charlie KB8CR that suggested to me this approach.