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MICROHAM | Station Master de Luxe

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MICROHAM | Station Master de Luxe

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"Network" controller for controlling larger stations using multiple Antenna Switches, Stacks, Rotators, SteppIR or UltraBeam antennas, Automatic Amplifiers, and other devices.



Excl. Tax: €590.16 Incl. Tax: €720.00

Station Master DeLuxe™ is big brother of regular Station Master™ and has all its capabilities but provides more ergonomic user interface with large 240x64 LCD, a lot of buttons and stacked antenna support.  Station Master DeLuxe is designed for large single radio stations with multiple rotators and stacks, advanced SO2R stations requiring full control and ergonomic setup for each radio position, and all multi station setups.
 
The thing that makes Station Master DeLuxe (SMD) really different, is network operation. Multiple SMD units can be linked over a reliable, low latency "uLink" bus (RS-485) independent of the computer LAN network. The uLINK bus supports up to 31 SMDs (15 SO2R operating positions or 31 single radio operating positions).  Each linked SMD can simultaneously control up to 128 uLink modules.  The total length of the uLINK bus can be up to 1.2km (4000ft) using CAT5 cable – enough to comfortably link a complete multi-op station including the antenna farm.  The uLINK modules are small, remote, dedicated function boxes - relay outputs module, RS232 port module, rotator control module, and stepper motor module, to control devices like antenna switches, stack switches, receive antennas switch boxes, rotator controllers, motors, matching networks, and more.
 
Station Master Deluxe includes a user configurable system of hierarchical priorities and lockouts which allows sharing final devices by multiple stations without collisions and damage.

 

Highlights:

  • Fully stand alone operation, independent of the computer and LAN.
  • Compatible with all microHAM "keyers".  Advanced integration with MKII and MK2R+.
  • Maintains separately three antenna paths for: RX1, RX2, and TX.
  • Support for stacked antennas including complex stacking topologies (e.g., stacked stacks).
  • Intelligent rotator control including parallel control of multiple rotators, automatic sequenced control of rotators on the same tower, rotator over rotator, or rotator on rotary tower installations.
  • Special support for receive antennas (sharing one antenna among multiple stations)
  • and a lot more, please refer to SMD manual ... 
Features

  

Station Master DeLuxe Block Diagram

 

General:

  • Programmable Antenna, BPF, Rotator and PA controller
  • Twenty (20) programmable relay outputs for local use
  • Integrated level converter for transceiver CAT control port
  • Decodes all frequencies of connected transceiver, including 75m, 6m, VHF and UHF
  • Unlimited number of custom defined frequency segments “bands”
  • Single USB connection to computer
  • Stand alone operation
  • Internal Rotator control
  • Virtual Rotators function
  • Separate RX/RX2/TX antenna selection support
  • Automatic Antenna Scan function
  • Unlimited number of custom defined sequencer outputs
  • Automatic power amplifier support
  • Fully compatible and simple integration with microHAM “keyers” (microKEYER, DigiKeyer, CW Keyer, microKEYER II, and MK2R). Advanced integration with  microKEYER II and MK2R(+).
  • Proprietary SteppIR and UltraBeam support for selective automatic tuning and protection
  • Hot Switch protection with user defined timing
  • TX Inhibit support for Yaesu, Ten-Tec and Elecraft K3 transceivers
  • Receive only antenna support
  • Optical isolation from computer
  • PS/2 keyboard or keypad with dual control of Station Master Deluxe and microHAM “keyer”
  • Integrated chokes and filters for maximum RFI resistance
  • Metal/Aluminum case, powder coated and silk screened
  • Free, no time limit firmware/software upgrades via Internet

Radio control:

  • Integrated level converter for CI-V, FIF-232, IF-232, or RS-232
  • Up to 57600 Baud with fake handshake support
  • Supports most Elecraft, Icom, Kenwood, Ten-Tec, Yaesu and other radios
  • iLINK connectivity to microKEYER II and MK2R(+)

Control Port A:

  • Ten (10) programmable relay outputs
  • Configurable  common ground, 13.8V positive, external power, max. + 24V
  • Programmable break-before-make delay
  • Compatible with all remote antenna switches using common ground or positive control

Control Port B:

  • Six (6) programmable relay outputs
  • Configurable common ground, 13.8V positive, external power max. + 24V
  • Compatible with all automatic BPF on the market
  • Four (4) programmable relay outputs with both poles of relay contact available

Internal Rotator Controller:

  • Three (3) programmable relay outputs
  • Both poles of relay contact available
  • Configurable support for BRAKE or SPEED control
  • Support for multi-turn rotators
  • Support for rotators with analog (pot) or discrete (pulse) azimuth read back
  • Programmable software limit switches
  • Dead zone definition
  • Target finding strategy selection for optimal handling
  • Support for “slipping” rotators
  • Four memories for most wanted azimuths
  • Automatic azimuth control from logger

Virtual Rotator Control:

  • Unlimited number of antennas can be joined to Virtual Rotator
  • Programmable azimuth ranges for each Virtual Rotator antenna
  • Automatic azimuth control from logger
  • Unlimited number of Virtual Rotators per Band

Power Amplifier Control:

  • Automatic tuning for CI-V controlled automatic linear amplifiers (Icom PW1, Expert SPE, OM-Power, Tokyo-HP)
  • Automatic band switching for BCD controlled amplifiers (Yaesu VL-1000, FL-7000)
  • Support for QSK Power Amplifiers
  • Support for “shared” Power Amplifiers


uLINK Features:

  • Allows control of all station devices (antennas, rotators, amplifiers) by multiple operating positions
  • Virtually unlimited number of configurable relay outputs
  • Virtually unlimited number of rotators
  • Virtually unlimited number of serial port control devices
  • Support for stacked antennas including complex topologies (e.g., stacked stacks)
  • Intelligent rotator control including linked/slave rotators like rotator on rotary tower
  • Configurable system of protections and lockouts which allow sharing among multiple stations without collisions and damage
  • Special handling of "shared" devices – e.g., muti-band antennas, shared amplifiers, SteppIR and UltraBeam antennas

 

Specifications

USB:   USB 2.0 Full speed, USB 1.1 compatible

Power consumption:  USB – less than 100mA, Power supply – max.1.8A at +13.8V (max. +16V)

CAT:     RxD, TxD – max. 57600 Baud, RTS fixed level output max.1mA
            Levels: TTL, inverted TTL, open collector bus, RS232

Serial:    RS232 levels, RTS fixed level output max.1mA, up to 9600 baud

PA CI-V:   open collector bus max.40mA, up to 9600 baud

All relay outputs:  30VDC, 48VAC, max.2A

External PORT A power:   max. +24V/1.3A

External PORT B power:   max. +24V/400mA

PS/2 consumption:   max. 200mA at +5V

Rotator analog input:  10K ohm, max. +/-12V

Rotator pulse input:   active when grounded,  max. +24V/5mA

Rotator reference output:  9V, max. 20mA

PA Keying output:   open collector, max.+45V/800mA

PA Keying input:   active when grounded,  max.+24V/5mA

PA ON/OFF control:   +12V, max.100mA

Dimensions:    W 305mm (12") x H 90mm (3.54") x D 132mm (5.20")

Weight:    1.8 kg (4 lbs)

 

 

  1. STATUS LEDs

      POWER

      LED lights when +13.8V is applied (power switch on).

      ALARM

      LED lights when “ALARM” condition happens, transmission may be inhibited.

      BUSY

      LED lights when “BUSY” condition happens, transmission is inhibited.

      LED flashes when “BUSY” condition happens, transmission is allowed.

      READY

      LED lights when transmission is allowed.

      LED flashes when transmit condition has been changed and will be applied on next transmission cycle.

      uLINK

      LED lights when uLINK interface is powered from uLINK HUB.

  2. FUNC/MENU

      Short press and release opens “Function” list.

      Press and hold for more than one second opens “Menu” list.

  3. Antenna selection nr. 1

  4. Antenna selection nr. 2

  5. Antenna selection nr. 3

  6. Antenna selection nr. 4

  7. Antenna selection nr. 5

  8. Antenna selection nr. 6

  9. Antenna selection nr. 7/NEXT

      Antenna selection nr. 7. If there are more than 7 selections this button moves to next page of antenna selections

  10. RX1-RX2-TX/RX SPLIT

      A short press moves between antenna selections for the RX1, RX2 and TX paths
      Press and hold for more than one second toggles RX1/RX2 receive antennas split “RX SPLIT” RX SPLIT is indicated by small 1 or 2 number on left side of focus mark

  11. [1] Antenna sub-selection nr. 1

  12. [2] Antenna sub-selection nr. 2

  13. [3] Antenna sub-selection nr. 3

  14. [4] Antenna sub-selection nr. 4

  15. MB1, MB2, MB3

      Short press and release recalls memory bank 1, 2, or 3 settings.

      Press and hold for more than one second stores current settings to memory bank 1, 2 or 3.
      Each memory bank is band-dependent.

  16. ENCODER

      Rotary encoder with push button. Functions vary based on configuration and antenna selection.

  17. <-/YES

      Button for browsing backward among available antennas and menu navigation.

  18. ->/NO

      Button for browsing forward among available antennas and menu navigation.

  19. PATH/TX SPLIT

      Short press invokes selected PATH properties menu if exist.

      Press and hold for more than one second toggles RX/TX antennas split, “TX SPLIT”.
      TX SPLIT enabled is indicated by yellow led above button.

 

 

  1. DC 13.8V

      Power Supply - 2.1 x 5.5 mm coaxial jack, center is positive (+).

  2. iLINK

      MiniDIN-6 for connection with microHAM MKII, MK2R or function expansion module.

  3. USB 

      USB B connector for computer connection.

      Standard USB A-B cable.

  4. SERIAL

      RS232 level serial port.

      DB9 female jack.

      See “Connecting Hardware” chapters for details.

  5. PA

      DB15 female jack for connection with Power Amplifier.

      Compatible with microHAM “PA” cables.

      See “Connecting Hardware” chapters for details.

  6. PORT A

      DB25 female jack for antenna switch connection.

      See “Connecting Hardware” chapters for details.

  7. PS/2

      MiniDIN6 for PS/2 keyboard or PS/2 keypad.

  8. INHIBIT

      Power inhibit output for transceiver.

      RCA jack  TIP - Signal  SHELL – GND.

  9. CAT

      4 pole 3.5mm phone jack for transceiver control. Compatible with microHAM “CAT” cables.

  10. GND 

      Terminal for connection to station ground.

  11. iLINK

      MiniDIN-6 for connection with microHAM microKEYER II, MK2R, or function expansion module.

  12. POWER

      Power Switch.

  13. ROTOR

      DB15 female for connection with Antenna Rotator.

      See “Connecting Hardware” chapters for details.

  14. PORT B

      DB25 female for antenna switch, BPF and/or sequencer connection.

      See “Connecting Hardware” chapters for details.

  15. PTTIN

      input for PTT output from transceiver or PAPTT from microHAM “keyer”.

      Active when grounded.

      RCA jack: Tip – signal, Shell – ground.

  16. uLINK

      uLINK network connection.
      DB9 female jack.

      See “Connecting Hardware” chapters for details.

 

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