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[CQ-Contest] Contest Station Design - cable management

Subject: [CQ-Contest] Contest Station Design - cable management
From: jayt@arraysolutions.com (JayTerleski)
Date: Sun Jan 28 13:45:36 2001

A standard, and included DB15 cable is used to connect the I/0 Box to
the small controller box that sits next to the keyboard.

Keeps the clutter way down. You plug your headphones into this smaller

The remainder of the I/0 uses an included DB25 cable that goes to the
LPT port, and the rest of the cables are abvailable from Radio Shack
like 1/4 inch phono to 1/4 inch phono plugs to the phone outputs of your
radios. etc.


k8cc wrote:
 > At 04:09 PM 1/26/01 -0800, Bob Wolbert wrote:
 >  >I've cut down the number of wires by utilizing the mic cable to carry
 >  >mic audio/GND (separate so the Kenwood is happy) and PTT (plus ground).
 >  >This one 3 or 4 conductor cable replaces three on your list, making the
 >  >switching setup cabling more managable. It functions because on all of my
 >  >rigs, the mic PTT works fine as a CW PTT. I do use TR-Log's PTT output
 >  >during CW contests to reduce relay cycling in the rigs.
 > I have a fetish about reducing the number of cables.  When I built my
 > latest SO2R box in 1996, I used six conductor cable (3 individually
 > shielded pairs) to provide MIC/MICgnd, PTT/PTTgnd and
 > HEADPHONEleft/HEADPHONEright.  This single cable came from the box to the
 > mic jack on the front of the FT-1000Ds, with the headphone broken out with
 > heat shrink.  This worked out really well and was very easy to deal
 > with.  However, I gave the whole setup (box and cables) to W8MJ a year ago
 > because he was doing more SO2R than me.  Now I wish I had it back.
 > Some people would rather have separate jacks for each function because then
 > there is a possibility of using pre-made cables.  Like my friend K9TM says
 > - there are better things to do than make cables.  This has been the
 > sticking point for producing a second-generation NA SO2R switching board -
 > its hard to reach a concensus on the connectors, particularly when PC-board
 > mounted connectors are desired.  It will be interesting to see what Array
 > Solutions uses on their SO2R box.
 > 73,
 > Dave/K8CC
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Jay Terleski
WX0B - Array Solutions
Phased Arrays - Horizontal and Vertical
RF Switches, Antennas, Towers

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