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Icom to ATAS-100 automatic controller project #all


VE2DX
 

hello,

For those interrested I am starting on a project to automaticaly control the YEASU ATAS-100/120 HF antenna using an ICOM radio like the IC7000.

It will be most likely Arduino based, using CI-V to snif freq, S-Meter and SWR info and the D4 antenna controller to control the radio.

I am looking at multiple variation from very small package with just a couple LED indiccators to 2X16 and 4X40 LCD to TFT Color LCD with touch screen.

for older ICOM radios missing some of the needed CI-V commands (pre IC-706mkIIG), I will had an SWR bridge to adress this.

still a long way to go but look here for updates.

73

Richard VE2DX


VE2DX
 

one of my other projects is the external 8 memory keypad for the ICOM 7300.

see more info at :

https://groups.io/g/ic-7300/topic/icom_7300_8_key_external/68837614?p=,,,20,0,0,0::recentpostdate%2Fsticky,,,20,2,0,68837614

73

Richard VE2DX


va3qb
 

I look forward to seeing the results. I have a Atas100 collecting dust as well.

73
Bill
VA3QB 


bobsayers2000 <bobsayers2000@...>
 

Me too. It seems to have always been common to dismiss these antennas as ineffectual, but I always had good results with mine. As ever, proper grounding is the key! 


Bob, G8IYK. 


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On Sat, 21 Dec 2019 at 0:15, va3qb
<va3qb.ve3vwd@...> wrote:
I look forward to seeing the results. I have a Atas100 collecting dust as well.

73
Bill
VA3QB 


VE2DX
 

Ok here is an update

at this point;

- established Ci-v hardware interface
- ci-v code done
- testing dual speed to help fine tune tuning.
- lcd 2x16 and 4x20 working hid done
- color tft display version , I am working on hid here come along fast
- ant interface establish
- for older radios established swr bridge 
- still working to define some functions
- working on freq sniffing to establish direction.
- need to work on antenna parking functions
- need to transfert to ardruno nano pateform
- need to source case or get help to 3d print diff cases
- need to dig into atu icom connector operations to trigger ant from radio and radio from interface
- need to make very small no display version.
- clean and document code
- need to make pcbs of diff versions
- need to document project (qst?)

so lots to do many already finished, anyone with pcb design or 3d printer that want to help let me know


Tom Reilly
 

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D C *Mac* Macdonald
 

I am not familiar with the ATAS-100 antenna.  Is it a version of a "screwdriver" antenna?  If so, the TurboTuner-2 should work just fine with the IC-7000.  I just bought one to use with my IC-706 Mk II.
 
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From: ic7000@groups.io <ic7000@groups.io> on behalf of VE2DX <ve2dx@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 21, 2019 17:15
To: ic7000@groups.io <ic7000@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ic7000] Icom to ATAS-100 automatic controller project
 
Ok here is an update

at this point;

- established Ci-v hardware interface
- ci-v code done
- testing dual speed to help fine tune tuning.
- lcd 2x16 and 4x20 working hid done
- color tft display version , I am working on hid here come along fast
- ant interface establish
- for older radios established swr bridge 
- still working to define some functions
- working on freq sniffing to establish direction.
- need to work on antenna parking functions
- need to transfert to ardruno nano pateform
- need to source case or get help to 3d print diff cases
- need to dig into atu icom connector operations to trigger ant from radio and radio from interface
- need to make very small no display version.
- clean and document code
- need to make pcbs of diff versions
- need to document project (qst?)

so lots to do many already finished, anyone with pcb design or 3d printer that want to help let me know


VE2DX
 

Unlike most screwdriver or tarheal antenna, the ATAS100 or 120 as two major difference.

1- controlled voltage is 8vdc for down and 12vdc for up, and is sent to motor via the coax.
2- atas type antenna has no reference feedback.

And it is not supported by turbotuner-2

thus we need to feed dc over the coax ... Done
and monitor swr either via ci-v (prefered but not supported on older unit before ic706mkIIG) or swr bridge.
in will also monitor time movement and before vs requested frequency to define direction.

so lot of work ahead, but it is coming along...

byw i am hoping this will be a lot cheaper too...

73

VE2DX 


VE2DX
 

here is the demo for the unit

Click on the link bellow;

 VE2DX ICOM ATAS-100/120 Controller Demo 1

73

Richard VE2DX


VE2DX
 

here is a picture of the lcd prototype


Kevin Grantham
 

You are aware that Icom changed the frequency format when their radios addressed frequencies over 1GHz. There's an extra byte (two hex digits) in the newer radios.

I've looked at source code for a PIC based antenna switch that is incompatible with the newer radios for that reason.

I apologize if you already knew this.

Kevin N5KRG

 


VE2DX
 

Kevin Thanks for the info I will look into it, no I was not aware of this change...

73

Happy new year

Richard VE2DX


Eric
 

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On Tue, Dec 31, 2019, 10:06 AM VE2DX <ve2dx@...> wrote:
Kevin Thanks for the info I will look into it, no I was not aware of this change...

73

Happy new year

Richard VE2DX


Eric
 

Vv


On Tue, Dec 31, 2019, 2:24 PM Eric <oceancocker@...> wrote:
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On Tue, Dec 31, 2019, 10:06 AM VE2DX <ve2dx@...> wrote:
Kevin Thanks for the info I will look into it, no I was not aware of this change...

73

Happy new year

Richard VE2DX


VE2DX
 
Edited


Here are some ideals for the displayless version... what do you think... A button would let you tune, another pick meter function (swr, S,  power...)

73 Richard VE2DX 


VE2DX
 

Hello Gang moving this over to a FACEBOOK page https://www.facebook.com/VE2DX

also gave my babies some names;

the IMK1 (Icom Memory Keypad 1) and IAC1 (ICOM ATAT100É120 CONTROLER 1)

you can follow us on https://www.facebook.com/VE2DX

73 see you soon.

Richard VE2DX


bobsayers2000 <bobsayers2000@...>
 

Oh dear. You wouldn't like to reconsider something like groups.io, would you Richard? 

I'm afraid that if it goes to FB, an awful lot of people will never get to see any more of this exciting project. 

Bob





On Sun, 5 Jan 2020 at 19:24, VE2DX
<ve2dx@...> wrote:
Hello Gang moving this over to a FACEBOOK page https://www.facebook.com/VE2DX

also gave my babies some names;

the IMK1 (Icom Memory Keypad 1) and IAC1 (ICOM ATAT100É120 CONTROLER 1)

you can follow us on https://www.facebook.com/VE2DX

73 see you soon.

Richard VE2DX


jsternmd
 

I agree, FB will be a killer for most hams I know.

Jerry NY2KW


VE2DX
 

OK! OK! OK! I got the message will keep you boys in the loop here...

73

Richard VE2DX


VE2DX
 

Ok, realigned the project to address size smaller and the fact that the control head MUST be remote from the radio, working at making the link wireless.

This is my dev plate-forme.

73  
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73
 
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