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iPad as input to ham radio

Discussion in 'iPad DIY' started by kc2ped, Jan 12, 2011.

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    Has anyone hooked an iPad up to a ham radio via Bluetooth to input APRS or Packet messages
    Seems like it ought to be doable with something like the Yeasu VX-8DR
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    I haven't seen any radio control apps, bluetooth or other wise. That would be awesomely cool though. The iPad would make a great portable packet station.
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    About the only thing I have found and use is the Echolink app. I have not seen anything in the VX-8 forum for linking with an iPad yet!

    de K5SBH
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    I an told that Bluetooth on the VX-8DR is only good for audio in/out and when I last researched it the TNC plugged into the remote speaker and earphone connections so it seems like it ought to be possible but I am not geek enough to figure it out.
    It would sure be nice to type on my ZAGGmate keyboard and see everything on the iPad screen.
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    The only ham radio app I have used (so far) is EchoLink (although I swore I would NEVER use it!) and I have to say I am enjoying the heck out of it.

    In the April 2010 edition of QST, Steve Ford has an article describing some iPod/iPad apps. One of them is iPSK31 that lets you send and receive PSK31 signals. There is also a followup article in the August 2010 edition that discusses how to make interface cables.

    It looks like it is going to be a long cold winter, so I may try out some of these apps!

    73,
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    I use PSK quite often and have not seen that article. I will be doing some research now. Thanks Scott.
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    Well I checked it out but I already use HRD and it's connected to my rig already so no need for this. It would be cool to use if it were remotely controlled so I could use it around the house. HRD connects to QRZ and GoogleEarth as well. But as you said, it's cold outside so tinkering with it could still be an option.
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    You will probably be able to install teamviewer and control the pc that's connected to HRD. I don't have my ipad yet but I do this with my laptop a lot.
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    There are iPad apps available from the App Store that decode and display Packet, PSK31 and CW, but they don't seem to be able to send anything.. I'd kind of like to have an iPad app that allows me to use PSK31 from my HF mobile setup..


    73 de Jim VE4CY
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    OK.. I found the i-psk31 app.. It's listed under the iPhone apps, but seems it will work with the iPad..

    Question.... Does the external speaker jack of the iPad support a four pole plug? They show it in the schematic supplied by the I-PSK author.

    iPod Touch Adaptor

    Before I buy the parts and build one to fit my ICOM IC-7000, I'd like to make sure the iPad has a compatible 4 pole socket.. If so, this is GREAT.. I have a few other non ham things I can do with it.
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    Well I am controlling my rig via my remote desktop software so I guess I can do this from anywhere now. Don't know why I didn't think of this before. 40 meters is doing pretty well right now. :D
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    Glad that work good for you! I can't wait for the ipad 2 to get my ipad, till then I keep playing with the ipod touch lol.
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    I have used the iTouch for Echolink for almost a year now. I have a node and repeater here locally but it comes in handy when traveling.
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    Nice to see Ham Operators on the forum here. I am Italian but I live in Brazil now. I used Echolink software from Pc to connect a local node near my Italian city to contact my OM friends in Italy.

    At the moment I am not really active but I'll see how to become a PY callisign to operate again. Meanwhile I will test the Echolink software for iPad.

    Hope to meet you.

    73 de IZ8HHZ
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    You can use the PIGTAIL from Pignology to connect and control a radio via wifi. this is of course only for the digital control signals. so if the radio does DSTAR you are good to go for using it (some have done DSTAR). You can also do the various other modalities like PSK31 mostly.

    No audio is transfered. Just digital signals. So your radio has to havethe capability of converting to a pure digital communication.

    Personally I am looking for a digital solution that just works with the audio microphone and with the speaker output from the ipad. The camera adapter supposedly splits up the audio microphone and the speaker, so you can have separate audio connections. Would be nice to see some APRS solution that can transmitt and recieve both in an application. but am still looking.

    Here is an audio connector for line level signals to the microphone input of your IPAD/IPHONE so you can use the various amatuer apps out there for decoding and transmitting audio. This has no PTT circuit so you still need that to control the radio.
    http://www.kvconnection.com/product-p/km-iphone-2trs-a22.htm
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