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Station Master Deluxe Network Station Controller

Availability:

Special order, 7-10 days delivery time


Station Master Deluxe from microHAM is a “Network” controller for controlling larger stations using multiple Antenna Switches, Stacks, Rotators, motor driven antennas, Automatic Amplifiers, and other devices.

885 $

  • EUR: 729 €
  • SEK: 7,774 kr

Special order, 7-10 days delivery time

unlimited available through backorder

Station Master DeLuxe™ is the big brother of Station Master™. It has all its capabilities of Station Master but provides a more ergonomic user interface with large LCD, a lot of buttons and stacked antenna support.  Station Master DeLuxe is designed for large single radio stations with multiple rotators and stacks, advanced SO2R stations requiring full control and ergonomic setup for each radio position, and all multi radio setups.

The thing that makes Station Master DeLuxe (SMD) really different, is proprietary network operation. Multiple SMD units can be linked over a reliable, low latency “uLink” bus (RS-485) independent of the computer LAN network. The uLINK bus supports up to 31 SMDs (15 SO2R operating positions or 31 single radio operating positions).  Each linked SMD can simultaneously control up to 128 uLink modules, boxes expanding control capabilities. The total length of the uLINK bus can be up to 1.2km (4000ft) using CAT5 cable – enough to comfortably link a complete multi-radio station including the antenna farm. The uLINK modules are small, remote, dedicated function boxes – relay outputs module, RS232 port module, rotator control module, and stepper motor module, to control devices like antenna switches, stack switches, receive antennas switch boxes, rotator controllers, motors, matching networks, and more.

Station Master Deluxe includes a safe, user configurable system of priorities and lockouts which allows sharing final devices by multiple stations without collisions and damage.

Check how some of our customers are using SMD in their nicely presented setups:

Highlights:

Fully stand alone operation, independent of the computer and LAN.

Compatible with all microHAM “keyers”.  Advanced integration with MKII and MK2R+.

Maintains three antenna paths for each radio, separately for main and sub receivers as well as for TX.

Support for stacked antennas including complex stacking topologies (e.g., stacked stacks).

Intelligent rotator control including parallel control of multiple rotators, automatic sequenced control of rotators on the same tower, rotator over rotator, or rotator on rotary tower installations.

Special support for receive antennas (sharing one antenna among multiple stations) and a lot more, please refer to SMD manual.

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Features

Station Master DeLuxe Block Diagram

General:

  • Programmable Antenna, BPF, Rotator and PA controller
  • Twenty (20) programmable relay outputs for local use
  • Integrated level converter for transceiver CAT control port
  • Decodes all frequencies of connected transceiver, including 75m, 6m, VHF and UHF
  • Unlimited number of custom defined frequency segments “bands”
  • Single USB connection to computer
  • Stand alone operation
  • Internal Rotator control
  • Virtual Rotators function
  • Separate RX/RX2/TX antenna selection support
  • Automatic Antenna Scan function
  • Unlimited number of custom defined sequencer outputs
  • Automatic power amplifier support
  • Fully compatible and simple integration with microHAM “keyers” (microKEYER, DigiKeyer, CW Keyer, microKEYER II, and MK2R). Advanced integration with  microKEYER II and MK2R(+).
  • Proprietary SteppIR and UltraBeam support for selective automatic tuning and protection
  • Hot Switch protection with user defined timing
  • TX Inhibit support for Yaesu, Ten-Tec and Elecraft K3 transceivers
  • Receive only antenna support
  • Optical isolation from computer
  • PS/2 keyboard or keypad with dual control of Station Master Deluxe and microHAM “keyer”
  • Integrated chokes and filters for maximum RFI resistance
  • Metal/Aluminum case, powder coated and silk screened
  • Free, no time limit firmware/software upgrades via Internet

Radio control:

  • Integrated level converter for CI-V, FIF-232, IF-232, or RS-232
  • Up to 57600 Baud with fake handshake support
  • Supports most Elecraft, Icom, Kenwood, Ten-Tec, Yaesu and other radios
  • iLINK connectivity to microKEYER II and MK2R(+)

Control Port A:

  • Ten (10) programmable relay outputs
  • Configurable  common ground, 13.8V positive, external power, max. + 24V
  • Programmable break-before-make delay
  • Compatible with all remote antenna switches using common ground or positive control

Control Port B:

  • Six (6) programmable relay outputs
  • Configurable common ground, 13.8V positive, external power max. + 24V
  • Compatible with all automatic BPF on the market
  • Four (4) programmable relay outputs with both poles of relay contact available

Internal Rotator Controller:

  • Three (3) programmable relay outputs
  • Both poles of relay contact available
  • Configurable support for BRAKE or SPEED control
  • Support for multi-turn rotators
  • Support for rotators with analog (pot) or discrete (pulse) azimuth read back
  • Programmable software limit switches
  • Dead zone definition
  • Target finding strategy selection for optimal handling
  • Support for “slipping” rotators
  • Four memories for most wanted azimuths
  • Automatic azimuth control from logger

Virtual Rotator Control:

  • Unlimited number of antennas can be joined to Virtual Rotator
  • Programmable azimuth ranges for each Virtual Rotator antenna
  • Automatic azimuth control from logger
  • Unlimited number of Virtual Rotators per Band

Power Amplifier Control:

  • Automatic tuning for CI-V controlled automatic linear amplifiers (Icom PW1, Expert SPE, OM-Power, Tokyo-HP)
  • Automatic band switching for BCD controlled amplifiers (Yaesu VL-1000, FL-7000)
  • Support for QSK Power Amplifiers
  • Support for “shared” Power Amplifiers

uLINK Features:

  • Allows control of all station devices (antennas, rotators, amplifiers) by multiple operating positions (each position has one SMD)
  • Virtually unlimited number of configurable relay outputs using uLINK RELAY modules
  • Virtually unlimited number of rotators using uLINK ROTATOR or uLINK DATA modules
  • Virtually unlimited number of serial port control devices using uLINK DATA modules
  • Support for stacked antennas including complex topologies (e.g., stacked stacks)
  • Intelligent rotator control including linked/slave rotators like rotator on rotary tower
  • Configurable system of protections and lockouts which allow sharing among multiple stations without collisions and damage
  • Special handling of “shared” devices – e.g., muti-band antennas, shared amplifiers, SteppIR and UltraBeam antennas

Package contains:
Station Master DeLuxe, miniDIN 6 to miniDIN 6 cable, RCA to RCA cable, coaxial 2.1/5.5mm power plug and CD-ROM containing microHAM USB Device Router and documentation.

SKU: MHAM-SMD Categories: ,
Weight 2.38 kg
Dimensions 32 × 17 × 15 cm

Specifications

USB:   USB 2.0 Full speed, USB 1.1 compatible

Power consumption:  USB – less than 100mA, Power supply – max.1.8A at +13.8V (max. +16V)

CAT:     RxD, TxD – max. 57600 Baud, RTS fixed level output max.1mA
Levels: TTL, inverted TTL, open collector bus, RS232

Serial:    RS232 levels, RTS fixed level output max.1mA, up to 9600 baud

PA CI-V:   open collector bus max.40mA, up to 9600 baud

All relay outputs:  30VDC, 48VAC, max.2A

External PORT A power:   max. +24V/1.3A

External PORT B power:   max. +24V/400mA

PS/2 consumption:   max. 200mA at +5V

Rotator analog input:  10K ohm, max. +/-12V

Rotator pulse input:   active when grounded,  max. +24V/5mA

Rotator reference output:  9V, max. 20mA

PA Keying output:   open collector, max.+45V/800mA

PA Keying input:   active when grounded,  max.+24V/5mA

PA ON/OFF control:   +12V, max.100mA

Dimensions:    W 305mm (12″) x H 90mm (3.54″) x D 132mm (5.20″)

Weight:    1.8 kg (4 lbs)

 

  1. STATUS LEDsPOWERLED lights when +13.8V is applied (power switch on). 

    ALARM

    LED lights when “ALARM” condition happens, transmission may be inhibited.

     

    BUSY

    LED lights when “BUSY” condition happens, transmission is inhibited.

    LED flashes when “BUSY” condition happens, transmission is allowed.

     

    READY

    LED lights when transmission is allowed.

    LED flashes when transmit condition has been changed and will be applied on next transmission cycle.

     

    uLINK

    LED lights when uLINK interface is powered from uLINK HUB.

     

  2. FUNC/MENUShort press and release opens “Function” list.Press and hold for more than one second opens “Menu” list.
  3. Antenna selection nr. 1
  4. Antenna selection nr. 2
  5. Antenna selection nr. 3
  6. Antenna selection nr. 4
  7. Antenna selection nr. 5
  8. Antenna selection nr. 6
  9. Antenna selection nr. 7/NEXTAntenna selection nr. 7. If there are more than 7 selections this button moves to next page of antenna selections
  10. RX1-RX2-TX/RX SPLITA short press moves between antenna selections for the RX1, RX2 and TX paths
    Press and hold for more than one second toggles RX1/RX2 receive antennas split “RX SPLIT” RX SPLIT is indicated by small 1 or 2 number on left side of focus mark
  11. [1] Antenna sub-selection nr. 1
  12. [2] Antenna sub-selection nr. 2
  13. [3] Antenna sub-selection nr. 3
  14. [4] Antenna sub-selection nr. 4
  15. MB1, MB2, MB3Short press and release recalls memory bank 1, 2, or 3 settings.Press and hold for more than one second stores current settings to memory bank 1, 2 or 3.
    Each memory bank is band-dependent.
  16. ENCODERRotary encoder with push button. Functions vary based on configuration and antenna selection.
  17. <-/YESButton for browsing backward among available antennas and menu navigation.
  18. ->/NOButton for browsing forward among available antennas and menu navigation.
  19. PATH/TX SPLITShort press invokes selected PATH properties menu if exist.Press and hold for more than one second toggles RX/TX antennas split, “TX SPLIT”.
    TX SPLIT enabled is indicated by yellow led above button.

  1. DC 13.8V

    Power Supply – 2.1 x 5.5 mm coaxial jack, center is positive (+).

  2. iLINK

    MiniDIN-6 for connection with microHAM MKII, MK2R or function expansion module.

  3. USB 

    USB B connector for computer connection.

    Standard USB A-B cable.

  4. SERIAL

    RS232 level serial port.

    DB9 female jack.

    See “Connecting Hardware” chapters for details.

  5. PA

    DB15 female jack for connection with Power Amplifier.

    Compatible with microHAM “PA” cables.

    See “Connecting Hardware” chapters for details.

  6. PORT A

    DB25 female jack for antenna switch connection.

    See “Connecting Hardware” chapters for details.

  7. PS/2

    MiniDIN6 for PS/2 keyboard or PS/2 keypad.

  8. INHIBIT

    Power inhibit output for transceiver.

    RCA jack  TIP – Signal  SHELL – GND.

  9. CAT

    4 pole 3.5mm phone jack for transceiver control. Compatible with microHAM “CAT” cables.

  10. GND Terminal for connection to station ground.
  11. iLINKMiniDIN-6 for connection with microHAM microKEYER II, MK2R, or function expansion module.
  12. POWERPower Switch.
  13. ROTORDB15 female for connection with Antenna Rotator.

    See “Connecting Hardware” chapters for details.

     

  14. PORT BDB25 female for antenna switch, BPF and/or sequencer connection.

    See “Connecting Hardware” chapters for details.

  15. PTTINinput for PTT output from transceiver or PAPTT from microHAM “keyer”.Active when grounded.RCA jack: Tip – signal, Shell – ground. 
  16. uLINKuLINK network connection.
    DB9 female jack.

    See “Connecting Hardware” chapters for details.