Push Button Controller for RatPak wth built-in Band Decoder. Can be used remotely through Shacklan.
- Jumper free configuration
- Intuitive configuration software
- RS-232, TTL and CI-V interfaces
- Automatically generates Icom CI-V data stream from non-Icom radios
- Configurable band limits
- Built-in USB interface
- Set default antenna per band
- Field upgradeable firmware
- Anodized aluminum case
- Laser engraved panels
Before you begin
Installing and configuring the Integrated Controller is a simple process which involve connecting the unit to your
computer and the ShackLAN4 network, entering your radio configuration and then connecting the decoder to your radio and any logging software. Optionally, you can route the amplifier PTT line through the controller for amplifier protection if
no antenna is connected. Please DO NOT CONNECT YOUR RADIO to the unit until after the radio configuration has been done.
You must configure the decoder before connecting the radio. Due to the different voltages used by the various radio
manufacturers your radio may be very unhappy with you if the proper interface is not selected before connecting the radio.
Network / Power connections
The first step in the installation of the decoder is to connect the unit to the ShackLAN network and power, if
necessary. NET 1 is used to connect to the antenna switch and older ShackLAN devices. NET 2 is used to interconnect with other ShackLAN compatible devices.
The USB connector is used to tranfer data to and from the radio to your computer using a standard USB cable. It is also
used to update the firmware. The USB driver should automatically install itself. If it does not, drivers can be downloaded
. At this time you should power up the controller and the LED test will light each LED in sequence. You are now ready to configure your decoder. Configuration instructions can be found at http://www.hamation.com/. Proceed after completing the configuration process.
This connector is used to interface to Icom radios. It uses the standard 1/8" phone plug used on all Icom radios for
This connector is used to interface to all radios except Icom. You can use the same cable you would normally connect
between the radio and a computer except when using the band data outputs from Yaesu and K3 radios. It is preferred that you use the RS-232 data from the radio and not the band data outputs otherwise there will be reduced functionality. If you still wish to use the band data outputs, you will need to make your own interface cable or purchase a custom cable. Band data signals are labelled A, B, C, D in most radio manuals but may be designated as 1, 2, 3, 4 or 1, 2, 4, 8. Pinouts for the radio connector are shown in the diagram below. Consult your radio manual for pinouts on the radio connector.
View looking at the DB-9 connector on rear panel
The Integrated Controller has a built-in amplifier protection system that opens the PTT path between the radio and
amplifier when no antennas are connected. This system is automatic and no configuration is required. All you need do to is connect a cable from the IN connector to the amplifier keying output on the radio and another cable from the OUT connector to the PTT input on the amplifier. The protection system uses a relay contact so there is no worry about keying voltage, current, etc.