[App_rpt-users] Controlling radio with a knob

Steve Passmore k6kya at hokeynet.net
Tue Feb 2 23:06:49 EST 2016


I did a quick google search and it appears that radio uses a rotary
encoder.  Does not have microphone buttons and I'm sure doesn't support cat
protocols.

You should be able to emulate the rotary encoder.  Do a Google search of
it. There are examples of doing it with an arduino which should be about
the same.  The hard part might be determining what channel you are on
unless you're lucky and the channels don't roll over to the first when you
reach the end of the list

Steve
On Feb 2, 2016 7:22 PM, "Steve" <kb9mwr at yahoo.com> wrote:

> That depends on a number of things.  Unless you are planning on just
> emulating pulses for the microphone up down buttons.
>
> If the radio supports some sort of remote tuning (CAT / CIV etc) then it
> can be addressed digitally though that port.
>
> There is an excellent open source (Ham Radio Control Libraries) called
> hamlib that supports a number of radios that have native remote tuning
> support.
>
> As for the remote knob, you'd likely want a digital(coded) rotary switch.
>
> Know that you know what the knob is called you can research how it
> translates its position to a digitally coded word that could easily be read
> in to GPIO/etc.  On the other end you'd need to take that word and convert
> it back to a properly formatted CIV/CAT command, or series of microphone up
> down puleses. etc.
>
> Another possibility that is not as well documented for radio that don't
> support native CIV/CAT tuning is to look into how the Swedish Remote Rig
> intercepts and emulates TTL signaling on radios that have remote mounting.
> I have always admired the somewhat pricey thing and have been meaning to
> try and serial sniff my own radio to possibly create my own.
>
> The ARRL has an okay book sort of on this topic called "Remote Operating
> for Amateur Radio"  While its not real technical, you'd lkely pick up a few
> things from it.  I
>
> Hopefully this  gives you a good starting place for things to further read
> up on.  Good luck.  I do believe this is an area of the hobby that needs
> more attention (with restrictive antenna ordinances for many), so please
> consider sharing anything you discover.
>
> 73
> Steve, KB9MWR
>
> > Is there any way to use GPIO to tell a radio with a turning knob which
> > channel to switch to?
> >
> > Want to use a Kenwood TK-805D for a remote base (this is a 16 channel
> > radio), but the problem is that I don't have a way to simulate a knob
> spin.
> > Does anybody know how these knobs work, and without a mechanical servo
> how
> > to tell the radio to switch channels?
> >
> > 73
> > Skyler KD0WHB
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