USB Transceiver Interfaces


Imagine a bulk of different black boxes with lamps and switches, a dozen of cables hanging down the table. This gloomy picture is well-known for a ham who prefers computer-assisted contesting or simply wants to check out digital modes. He spends a lot of money buying all this stuff, and then a lot of aspirin is needed to soften his headache while hooking it up to transceiver and computer and trying to start up the whole system...
In 2003 MixW / RigExpert team has done its best to create RigExpert, a breakthrough into a new era. Initially it was designed to be used with MixW, world-beater software, but now it may be used with ANY logging software under Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista, MAC and Linux OS.
For a novice, it is a first ever chance to make sure operating digital modes is really easy. It lets experienced DX-men and contestmen enjoy the power of modern technology. Portable operators will appreciate its  simplicity and reliability. At last, new horizons are open for experimenters.
In general, RigExpert is designed to operate phone, CW, and digital modes using computer and to control your radio's frequency, modes and functions. Previously, a TNC or sound card were needed for this purpose, along with lots of cables and occupying computer serial ports. All of this is not needed anymore. Following up-to-date technology, USB interface is chosen to connect RigExpert to a computer. For convenience and simplicity, no additional interface circuit needed for transceiver connection.

Being easily hooked up to computer and transceiver with only two cables, RigExpert provides

Transceiver audio interface for operating digital modes, voice recording and playback.
CAT (Computer Aided Transceiver) system which controls transceiver frequency, mode and other functions by computer, supporting various models of transceivers.
FSK operation to get crystal clear RTTY signal.
Built-in electronic Winkey CW keyer with paddle connected directly to RigExpert ("Plus" model)

RigExpert features:

Operates phone, CW, PSK31, RTTY, Packet, AMTOR(FEC), MFSK, THROB, MT63, Hellschreiber, SSTV, Olivia, receives PACTOR and fax images - all in one!
No TNC required.
Makes free computer soundcard and COM port previously used for operating digital modes.
USB connection to computer.
If using USB hub or repeater, long (up to 20 meters) cable may be used.
Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/ Vista, Linux and Mac compatible.
CAT interface tested with Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu, JRC, Elecraft and Ten-Tec transceivers.
The device is able to work with any future type of transceiver.
Single 25-pin connector for transceiver cable.
Insulated audio input and output to minimize parasitic interference.
Precise and stable input and output audio sample rate.
Ergonomic light case.
Extended temperature range: 0..+50°C.
Comprehensive documentation and support.

See also : RigExpert documentations