[aprssig] Re: OT RE: ICOM 706 MKii G Packet experience.
Stephen H. Smith
wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Tue Nov 27 16:04:36 EST 2007
Dave Baxter wrote:
> Cheers Mike.
> MS say that W2k never has, and never will natively support WPA in any form...
But so many vendors's chipset-specific drivers do, that the lack of
support in the generic one-size-fits-all Windows native WiFi support is
> What I would like however, is a source of economical USB sound cards (£15 or less) with just line (or at a pinch, mic) in/out, no 5.1 surround sound or other bells' whistles etc. Everything over here (UK) seems to be aimed at the golded ears brigade, along with home theatre fan's, at elevated price levels. The idea I had, was to enable a laptop to "connect" to "The Shack" with one USB lead, and an external hub. Anyone done that yet?
I basically do that in my mobile laptop installation, where a USB hub
hosts two USB-to-serial "dongles" (one talks to the D700 and the other
to the Yaesu FT-100), and a Griffen Electronics "iMic" external sound
> Yes, I know of the RigBlaster, but not at that price thanks (£59 upwards for what is an average sound system + serial port from what I've seen)
Check out the Griffen Electronics "iMic". Despite the name, this is not
a microphone. It's a tiny external sound system on the end of a
18-inch-long USB cable, originally intended to add high-quality mic and
line-level I/O to early Apple iMacs that lacked good internal sound
systems. It also works perfectly with Win 2K/XP where it
"automagically" shows up as a generic "USB Sound System" when plugged in.
The unit has two 3.5mm stereo mini-jacks on it; one for input and one
for output. The input jack can be set for either mic (10-100mV) or
line-level (100mV to 1 volt) input by an actual mechanical slide switch
on the side of the unit. Very uncommon for computer stuff, the mic
input is actually STEREO so one can take advantage of the dual-port TNC
mode in the AGW Packet Engine
[With a stereo input to AGWpe, the left channel emulates one TNC and the
right channel a second one at the same time. You can emulate a KAM
with one side at 300 baud the other at 1200, a pair of KPC3's with both
sides at 1200, or a KPC9612 with one side at 1200 and the other at 9600.]
A picture of it is on my website at:
I have used the unit successfully with AGWpe, MixW and mmSSTV. In
the U.S. at least, the iMic sells for around USD $25.00 . The unit
weighs less than two ounces. I have it Velcroed to the underside of my
mobile laptop table.
Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf (at) aol.com
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