[SCCC] YCCC SO2R+ controller Group Purchase

Bruce Elbert bruce at applicationstrategy.com
Tue Jul 6 14:18:29 PDT 2010

Prasad, thank you for the excellent information. This sounds like a great
approach and I'll probably buy one of the kits. If there's no downside, it
might make sense to go with the four radio version (I'm thinking of adding a
Flex 3000 and not selling off one of my normal rigs). 73, Bruce K6ZB


From: Prasad [mailto:vu2ptt at gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 9:05 PM
To: Bruce Elbert
Subject: Re: [SCCC] YCCC SO2R+ controller Group Purchase



Yes, you need only the USB port - no LPT port required.

Other than Auto mode, switches are present to manually select the Tx & Rx
radios - but unlike the Dx Doubler box which uses a pair of  2-way switches
each for the Rx & Tx functions, this has a 3-way switch with the center
position for Auto operation. Looking at the schematic, it would be a very
simple modification to add 2-way switches to replicate DX Doubler
functionality and this could be done while assembling the kit.

A background helper application needs to be run that enables integration
with various contesting software and provides granular control over
headphone routing, blending audio between headphones, rig selection  etc.
This is like the Router software required with all MicroHam boxes. The
Micro2R from MicroHam however provides many more controls on the front

The YCCC box also has a 4-radio version at marginal additional cost where
you can have as many as 4 radios connected to the SO2R box and select any
two for SO2R using the helper app. If someone has a separate pair of radios
for VHF contesting (or 2 for CW & 2 for SSB), they could very well connect
these to the box - I don't know of any other box that provides this

Best if you download and read the YCCC SO2R+ manual at
http://www.k1xm.org/SO2R/Downloads/SO2R_Box_Manual_V1.2.pdf which gives
complete insight into the various capabilities this box has.

NOTE: All of the above are the comments of a wannabe to SO2R contesting - I
am sure there will other experts out there with comments. I have only been
researching the subject while building SO2R capability. As of now I have
band decoders and 2 x 6 antenna switches built from a kit provided by
another YCCC-er KK1L. Once I build the YCCC SO2R+ box I still need to face
the challenge of acquiring/building 2 sets of bandpass filters for the
radios :)

73 de Prasad VU2PTT.

On Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 9:19 PM, Bruce Elbert <bruce at applicationstrategy.com>

Hi Prasad, thanks for your comments. You mention the parallel port, which is
used to shift the audio to the S&P radio as the Run radio sends CQ (I think
this is correct). Don't you still need that parallel port with the YCCC box?
I'd love to get rid of it because my new PC doesn't have a parallel port and
the only solution seems to be that expensive adaptor mentioned by Top 10

Another thing is that I think the YCCC box is totally automatic and doesn't
have those manual switches on the DX Doubler. I like those switches.

Comments? 73, Bruce K6ZB

-----Original Message-----
From: Prasad VU2PTT [mailto:vu2ptt at gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, July 03, 2010 12:23 PM
To: Bruce Elbert
Subject: Re: [SCCC] YCCC SO2R+ controller Group Purchase


My requirement was for something which works off a USB port - my station
uses a laptop without a parallel.  port for the DX Doubler.

The YCCC box seems to do nearly everything the new Micro2R from Micro ham
does and costs about $140 less.

Of course it needs to be assembled, I consider that a bonus :)

73 de Prasad VU2PTT.

------Original Message------
From: Bruce Elbert
To: Prasad
Subject: Re: [SCCC] YCCC SO2R+ controller Group Purchase
Sent: Jul 3, 2010 8:52 PM

Prasad, thanks for bringing this to our attention. It looks great, but I
wonder how it compares to the DX Doubler, which I have now. Also, Micro
Ham has a new SO2R box out.

73, Bruce, K6ZB

> The email ID to contact Dennis for this group purchase is
> so2rbox at verizon.net
> Sorry I missed out adding this in my previous email.
> 73 de Prasad VU2PTT (also W2PTT)
> On Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 3:55 PM, Prasad <vu2ptt at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Folks,
>> A group purchase of the YCCC SO2R+ controller http://www.k1xm.org/SO2R/
>> is
>> currently being coordinated by Dennis W1UE.
>> I am getting one sent out here to India and if anyone is interested in
>> getting this kit, Denis requests you drop a direct email to him. This
>> kitting run closes July 21.
>> 73 de Prasad VU2PTT (also W2PTT)
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