Universal CAT and programming USB to RS232 TTL interface for ham radio

Skraćena veza: http://pedja.supurovic.net/veza/7437

As soon as I got first two ham radio rigs, I needed to connect them both to PC, to program memories or use CAT control from logging software. I realized that it is impractical to have as many USB to RS323 adapters as rigs.

As serial connection for radio requires just RX, TX and GND lines, and it is the same for most of modern radio stations. It is actually only radio connector that is different – signaling is the same.

It showed up quite easy to build simple multirig adapter. All you need to do is to use existing USB to serial interface adapter, cut it’s cable in two and insert male and female three pin 3.5 mm jack (commonly used as stereo audio connectors). […]
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How to use Baofeng UV-B5 flash light switch for LCD background light

Skraćena veza: http://pedja.supurovic.net/veza/7318

Soon after I got him this nice walkie-talkie, my brother Nenad (YU1TTL) quickly found out how to overcome missing feature of UV-B5: LCD background light is turned on only when some keys are pressed and stays on far a very short time. He managed to use flash switch which is used in UV-B6 version but in UV-B5 has no function.

He decided to put up instructions on my blog so others can benefit of this modification. So here it is:

How to use Baofeng UV-B5 flash light switch for LCD background light

by Nenad Supurović YU1TTL

These are instructions for disassembling Baofeng UV-B5 walkie-talkie and also how to modify it to enable the third (Flash light) button to switch the LCD and keyboard back-light on/off


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