Friday, March 25, 2011

2011 Radio-in-a-box for Comm Academy

Once again it is time for the Comm Academy.  I attended this conference for the first time in 2010. Very interesting with many great talks and presentations.  This year will be no exception.

Coincidently, this year's sessions have a "digital" track and I just finished my "digital" radio in a box.  Each year Comm Academy hosts a contest to see what new ideas the Hams come up with.  You will find a presentation below that shows the project I have been working on for the 2011 contest.

This is a brochure in PDF which describes the project.
Enjoy! If you have question, feel free to contact me at at

Update 2011-07-22: Since the Comm Academy, the Vertex radio has moved out of the box and was replaced with an ICOM V8000. The V8000 is now dedicated to the packet/WinLink connection via the Kantronics TNC. Now, this radio in a box can send and receive via AirMail. Soon with the addition of a second USB to Serial adapter the station will be able to operate both AirMail and FLdigi connections at the same time.

Update 3/29/2015:  This box has gone through major changes.  Removed Red Cross radio and added an IC-2200H to do the digital work and the ID-880H is dedicated to voice & D-STAR.  Surface arrangement has been modified almost entirely.  Replaced Kantronics KPC3+  with Costal Chipworks TNC-X.  Added power meter and USB ports, each has ON/OFF switch to conserve power.  Replaced Alinco power supply with much smaller Jetstream Power supply.
Photo below shows the changes.