Remote Base: Doug Hall RBI-1
There has never been documentation to this.... EVER
I will be building it out soon -kb8jnm - still not complete if you are reading this.
For those that have a Doug Hall Electronics Model RBI-1 frequency agile multi port remote base and wish to use it on app_rpt / AllStar system.
This was originally created for direct use in a PC that has a parallel port for signaling the device. There is no other method built into the software.
It uses the first 3 pins of the parallel port and can not be changed. So if you have been using the pins for anything else, you will need to migrate them to higher pins than the first 3.
PP1 = data
PP2 = clock
PP3 = reset
No buffering is required attaching this to the RBI-1's DB9 interface on the correct PP pins. But, for some reason if you find you must, use a transistor capable of transitioning in less than 50ms on the data/clock lines.
See data on Parallel Port GPIO: https://wiki.allstarlink.org/wiki/SimpleUSB_Channel_Driver#Parallel_Port
Set-up inside app_rpt:
In Rpt.conf you will need to set lines in the nodes stanza:
iobase=0x378 ;(for lpt1) remote=rbi ; Doug Hall RBI-1 functions=funtions-remote29285 ; Function list from link - use your node number memory=memory29285 ; system stored radio presets, not required - use your node number
Commands: <you will need the following in the node stanza that is in control of the RBI-1>
[funtions-remote29285] ;for rbi-1 use your node number 0=remote,1 ; Retrieve Radio Stored Memory Channel 1=remote,2 ; Set freq. VFO MMMMM*KKK*O (Mhz digits, Khz digits, Offset) 2=remote,3 ; Set tx PL tone PL Tone HHH*D* 3=remote,4 ; Set rx PL tone HHH*D*
40=remote,100 ; Rx PL off 41=remote,101 ; Rx PL on 42=remote,102 ; Tx PL off 43=remote,103 ; Tx PL on 44=remote,104 ; Low Power 45=remote,105 ; Medium Power 46=remote,106 ; High Power
51=remote,5 ; Long status query 52=remote,140 ; Short status query 67=remote,210 ; Send a * 69=remote,211 ; Send a #
Not Required but noted:
[memory29285] ;stored presets for radio, format: Freq mhz.khz,pltone, (R)ecieve pl (T)x pl -MODE (F,A,U,B for lsb) & pwr LMH & offset + - init=224.660,100.0,-l 00=224.660,100.0,-l 01=224.460,114.8,-l 02=224.580,131.8,-l 03=223.980,100.0,-l
There are other options to explore. There is a security log-in function for remote control -TBA-
It is more than convenient and desirable to put all of the control functions on a published node and secure the node/audio on a private node you can disconnect. This makes it dis-connectable for periodic use and prevents you from the need to connect to the node in 'command mode' ie *4xxxxx to control it's agile interface.