Any thoughts for alternative rig control?

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Any thoughts for alternative rig control?

Unread postby M0JEK » Fri 20. Jun 2014, 17:10

Hi Tom,

Excellent looking app. I was just wondering if there would be a way in the future of using some other method for rig control instead of pigtail thing? Maybe using Rumlog on the Mac? Or maybe support for Bluetooth serial adapters or a USB via the lightning port?

I am a little apprehensive paying $99 dollar and shipping for the piglet thingy. I might get it later but I have blown my radio budget for the next several months!
(or if the protocol is published, I could maybe put something together using a RaspberryPi or Arduino ...)
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Re: Any thoughts for alternative rig control?

Unread postby DL2RUM » Fri 20. Jun 2014, 22:05

Here you can find a program, that simulates a Pigtail on your Mac: https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/pigtail-s/id556303057?mt=12
There is no special protocol, you just need a TCP socket and transfer all data to a serial port.
Apple don't allow to use the iDevice port for any control.
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Re: Any thoughts for alternative rig control?

Unread postby M0JEK » Sun 22. Jun 2014, 15:32

Thank you Tom. I will give that a try.
I am new to the iOS even though I have had Apple computers since Apple was born. So I have lot to learn ;)
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Re: Any thoughts for alternative rig control?

Unread postby M0JEK » Mon 23. Jun 2014, 14:38

Hi Tom,

After the tip and suggestion, as a proof of concept I then took a RaspberryPi, connected it via USB serial adaptor. Compiled and run the following little program, remserial, kindly made available here, http://lpccomp.bc.ca/remserial/

I used the following command on the RasPi;

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pi@raspberrypi ~/remserial-1.4 $ ./remserial  -p 7373 -s "4800 raw" /dev/ttyUSB0


Fired up RumLog2Go on my iPad, and connect TRX, and everything worked! Wonderful. :D

I am using a humble FT-450, but this works fine using the FTDX-1200 selection.
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Re: Any thoughts for alternative rig control?

Unread postby DL2RUM » Mon 23. Jun 2014, 16:27

:-)

A simple Arduino should doing the same job.
Nice to hear, that the FT-45o works. When you are fully satisfied with that, I could add it to the list of supported transceivers.
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