Rig to Soundcard Interface.

This was my practical project for the intermediate exam. It contains two isolation transformers, one for AF from the tranciever to the line in on a soundcard, and one from the audio out of the soundcard back to the mic / data input of the radio. Both of which are variable inside the interface via two preset resistors. It also contains two optocouplers, one to switch the radio to TX and one for RTTY FSK keying. The audio transformers I used are 20k primary, and a 2k centre tapped secondary. There is a few ways it can be used. It can be set so one serial port runs one optocoupler and another serial port can run the second, or, as its wired at the moment, one serial port can run both optocouplers. One RTS and one DTR. I previously used two for RTTY using the RTTY mode and FSK input on the IC-706MK2G, but now I just use the one with MixW and SSB. Works great with RTTY, PSK31, SSTV, Packet and I suppose any other data mode! Here is the original schematic, although it has changed a lot since then!

Update 2012!

This interface has gone through many revisions since I first built it in 2007. I had a MAX232 IC in it for a few years as a CAT (CI-V) link to the serial port. Pic of board below.


The MAX232 was drawing 50mA and played up occasionally. I have now replaced this with a transistorised CI-V link, which can be seen in the photo below.

Updated 2012

Interface Front and Back

The original circuit board has been cut and the optocouplers are now gone, as I havent done FSK or used them for PTT for a long while. The new CI-V board on the right is powered from DTR (pin 4) and has an option for putting the radio into transmit through RTS (pin 7), although I almost always use CI-V for TX. The circuit used is shown below.

CI-V Icom Cat Interface

I was happy with this circuit, so I built another in its own box for portable use when logging with a laptop.

Icom Serial to CAT CI-V Interface