UnicomDual Datamode / CAT Control / Programming Interface
This is a combined unit which provides data mode communication, radio CAT control and programming (firmware update) - all built in one unit. The CAT control part of the interface is based on the FT2232C, the 3rd generation of FTDI’s popular USB UART/FIFO I.C. family. This device features two Multi-Purpose UART / FIFO controllers which can be configured individually in several different modes. Depending on jumpers setting CAT supports Icom (CI-V), Kenwood (IF-232C) and Yaesu (FIF-232C) transceivers. It may also be used to program and clone various hand-held, mobile, and base radios.
The UnicomDual communicates directly with a PC through the now popular and standard USB interface. It emulates 2 (two) Serial Ports communicating with a radio at TTL voltage levels. A Serial Port connection is not needed since the UnicomDual emulates one for you. The UnicomDual is compatible with all versions of Windows® that support USB operation. Also compatible with Linux, Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, Mac OS 8, Windows CE.NET (Version 4.2 and greater), Android, Windows RT, etc.
For most of these operating systems, two types of driver are available: Virtual COM Port (VCP) drivers and direct (D2XX) drivers. The VCP driver emulates a standard PC serial port such that the USB device may be communicated with as a standard RS232 device. The D2XX driver allows direct access to a USB device via a DLL interface.
To locate the drivers you want to install for a device, select which of the driver types you wish to use (VCP or D2XX) and then locate the appropriate operating systems. With the exception of Windows 98 and Windows ME, all devices are supported in each driver package.
Virtual COM Port Drivers
D2XX Direct Drivers
If a VCP driver is required for Android please refer to the following application note: TN 132 Adding FTDI Devices VCP Driver Support to Android
The UnicomDual itself does not produce interferences. An external power supply is not required. The power supply is done over the USB interface, following the USB 2.0 specs. Having 2 virtual COM-ports you can use it for CAT, PTT, CW, true FSK and SQL with a single unit. Note: For FSK (if your radio supports true FSK mode) you can use MMTTY with the EXTFSK application: http://hamsoft.ca/pages/mmtty/ext-fsk.php
This compact interface is a simple way of getting into data modes with the minimum of outlay. In effect, it enables you to connect your radio directly to your PC and operate a selection of data modes. No external power supply is required. Components are of the highest quality and the unit underwent the stringent quality control and inspection standards. Simply download and install the drivers and software for the modes that you want to try, plug in this cable, and you are set.
• Compatible with every sound card equipped computer.
• Works with every present or future HAM radio soundcard program.
• Properly matched audio to your radio.
• Advanced circuit design and cable shielding for RFI product suppression.
• Bidirectional transformer isolation of input and output audio signals.
• Full optical isolation of your radio and PC.
• High quality and professionally designed fiberglass printed circuit board.
• High quality and stylish inline screwed flat box for PCB.
• No external power supply needed, great for portable or QRP installations.
• Robust and light set, excellent for both - portable and shack use.
Presently available ham radio sound card software, this interface, a radio, and a computer is the easy and modern way to operate: B(Q)PSK31/63/125/250/500, PSK10, PSKFEC31, PSKAM10/31/50, PSK63F, PSK220F, MFSK8, MFSK16, MT63, THROB, Feld Hellschriber, PSK Hellschriber, FM Hellschriber, Duplo Hellschriber, Concurrent MT Hellschriber, Sequential MT Hellschriber, SSTV, HDSSTV, FAX, WEFAX, SYNOP, RTTY, AMTOR/SITOR, ASCII, PACTOR, G-TOR, HF and VHF PACKET, APRS, CCW, SSB Contest Voice Keying, FSK, WSJT FSK441, WSJT JT44, WSJT JT65, WSJT JT6M, WSJT EME Echo, CW High Speed Meteor Scatter, NAVTEX, Q15X25, DTMF, Olivia, Domino F/DF/EX, Chip 64/128, Contestia, Echo-Link and many others.
We do not write digital mode programs. We also cannot properly support software, only the author of that software can.
There is a lot of digital mode programs listed on the following websites:
• RV3APM Data Mode Software Collection - http://www.qsl.net/rv3apm/
• DL9QJ Data Mode Software Collection - http://www.muenster.de/~welp/sb.htm
• AC6V Data Mode Software Collection - http://www.ac6v.com/opmodes.htm
More can be found on the Internet.
Most of these are «freeware» or «shareware» and in many cases provide a level of performance beyond your wildest dreams.
Radio cables are supplied separately. Please visit appropriate section of our website to order a required cable together with the interface. All cables are top quality fully screened, pre-wired and tested. Each cable connects directly between your radio and the UnicomDual. Each cable features a standard DB15M connector on one side and the appropriate plugs for the specific radio model on the other side.
IT’S STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO READ THE MANUAL ENTIRELY, AS IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT SAFETY AND HANDLING INFORMATION. DAMAGE RESULTING FROM MISUSE OR MODIFICATION OF THIS INTERFACE WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY. IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS UNIT FIRST CHECK THE APPROPRIATE SECTION OF THE MANUAL. IF YOUR PROBLEM IS NOT SOLVED BY READING THE MANUAL, YOU MAY CONTACT US BY AN EMAIL FORM ON THIS WEBSITE. SEND A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF YOUR PROBLEM, AN EXPLANATION OF EXACTLY HOW YOU ARE USING THE CABLE.
Other useful documents:
Schematic Diagram http://www.radioarena.co.uk/docs/UnicomDual5sheme.pdf
FT2232C Data Sheet http://www.radioarena.co.uk/docs/DS_FT2232C.pdf