Ham Spot HS-736USB

The Yaesu FT-736R remains a popular satellite ground station transceiver.  However some modern computer software is not compatible with the CAT interface on the FT-736R.  Ham Radio Deluxe, in particular, does not support the FT-736R.  Ham Radio Deluxe does support the Yaesu FT-847 which has similar features.  We can solve this incompatibility by programming a CAT interface to present a FT-847 to the PC and emulate the new commands not supported on the FT-736R.  

Features not present on the FT-736R are ignored.  Memory channels are not supported and the radio must be set to VFO, also satellite mode must be set to VFO, before enabling CAT control of the radio.  1240 MHz is mapped to 240 MHz because the FT-847 does not have 4 MHz digits.

This is an assembled version of what will be available as a kit capable of operating multiple Yaesu models.  

Version 2

  • 3D Printed Impact Resistant PETG Case
  • Includes fully assembled board with installation of the pre-programmed IC, soldering cables and DIN plug, and assembly into the case left for the customer.
  • Estimated availability is March 2017

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Notes

  • Firmware is upgradable either by replacing the socketed chip or by unplugging and flashing new firmware on the existing chip.  
  • Firmware source code and binaries as well as Windows device drivers are included on a CD with the package.
  • This is a slight modification of the GPL v3 licensed interface designed by Chuck Jones, N6BIL.
  • The concept for this interface was developed by Dave Dowler, KA6BFB in 2010. He developed a proof of concept in software using VB and Windows.
  • Item appearance may vary from the photo.

HS-PWR-3


HS-PWR-3 Panel Layout

Have you thought about converting an old ATX power supply into a bench supply?  Your options are usually limited to drilling holes in the case or buying an expensive conversion kit with binding posts that still doesn't look very nice.  What you really need is just a simple box to hide all the wires with a place to mount connections, right? 

The HS-PWR-3 includes the parts for a triple output connection to your ATX supply with selectable voltage coaxial power jack.  You can wire this any way you like but our suggestion is to wire 3.3V, 5V, and 12V to the banana jacks and tie each of those to the 3-position switch feeding your coaxial power jack.  Also included is a separate ground lug that works with most wrist straps.  Your ATX supply should be grounded to the electrical ground and you can wire this lug directly to the chassis ground.


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The HS-PWR-3 case is designed to fit standard size ATX power supply dimensions of 150mm × 86mm × 140 mm.  The top and bottom plates are interchangeable and can be flipped around either direction to accommodate different cooling arrangements.  There are T slots for screws (usable but not very durable) or you can use super glue (recommended and very strong) in the finger joints.  Perhaps a more flexible option is to use the T slots for the front and rear to allow servicing but glue the top, bottom, and sides for durability.

Included in Kit

  • 6 Laser cut MDF Panels
  • 1 On-Off Toggle Switch - Standby Power
  • 1 Red LED - Power Good Indicator
  • 1 DC Coaxial Power Jack Chassis Mount - DC Out
  • 4 Position Toggle Switch - Off, 3.3v, 5v, 12v selectable to DC Out
  • 3 Black 5 Way Binding Posts - Negative Terminal for each Bus
  • 1 Blue 5 Way Binding Post - 3.3v Terminal
  • 1 Red 5 Way Binding Post - 5v Terminal
  • 1 Yellow 5 Way Binding Post - 12v Terminal
  • 1 Green Chassis Banana Lug - Wrist Strap Connection Point
  • 10 Sets of 4-40 Screw and Nuts for switch mounting and front/rear panels.

Not Included in Kit

  • Superglue - for the top and side panels
  • Extra screws if you want to use screws instead of glue along side panels (not recommended)
  • ATX Power Supply