CT-17B-6BT BlueTooth ICOM CI-V HUB

CT-17B-6BT BlueTooth ICOM CI-V HUB
Part Number: CT17B-6BT
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  • Overview
  1. The CT-17B-6BT is basically an ICOM protocol (Called CI-V) distribution unit that lets you link together multiple ICOMand non ICOM Radios and/or devices supporting the ICOM CI-V protocol via Bluetooth.Technical information:The CI-V protocol is a very simple ASCII protocol that can run at different speeds, obviously all devices beingused together MUST run at the same speed, the speed on your computer can vary as ou wish to make yourapplication react faster, but the CI-V bus and the ICOM or Non-ICOM device must always be set to 9600 baudsthe speed translation and buffering is handled by the CT-17B-6BTOn the Hardware side the CI-V is based on a very simple TTL (0-+5VDC) hardware. It is a duplex hardwareprotocol, meaning that the RX and TX are merged together on the same communication line.The ICOM CT-17 was the original ICOM manufactured unit in the 80s. It was made with 4 CI-V ports and aDB25 interface for the computer, it also needed an external 12VDC power source. It made for major evolutionswith PCs of Ham Radio station automations.
  2. CT-17B-6BT Manual Vers1_01_00 1.pdf
    Page4Description:TheCT-17B seriesis an evolution of the original ICOM CT-17, it comes in multiple variations with 5, 6, 10,11 and 12 ports. There are two major variants;•CT17B Five ports familyThe 5 ports units made up of theCT-17B-5, is a 5 port CI-V unit, CT-17B-6USB a 5 CI-V ports CI-V and 1 portUSB, and the CT-17B-6BT which is basically the same except it communicates via Bluetooth.
  3. CT-17B-6BT Manual Vers1_01_00 1.pdf
    Page5•CT17B Ten ports familyThe 10 ports basedCT-17Bfamily made up of theCT-17B-10a 10 ports CI-V only hub, theCT-17B-11USBmade of the 10 ports CI-V hub with an added USB port and finally theCT-17B-12DualUSBaCT-17B-10withtwo USB ports.Interesting fact about all the 10 CI-V port units (CT-17B-10, CT-17B-11USB, CT-17B-12DualUSB) they have aJumper under the unit (JP1). This JP1 Jumper is used to split (if the user wants to!) the unit into two separate–5 units.Thus, ifJP1is IN on aCT-17B-11USBit as ALL 11 ports talking to each other. WithJP1 OUTthen the unit isturned into aCT-17B-5and aCT-17B-6USBinto a single case and all CI-V communications made on one sideof theCT-17Bare distinct from the other.This new feature makes theCT-17Beven more flexible.
  4. CT-17B-6BT Manual Vers1_01_00 1.pdf
    Page6•CT17B RFIprotectionOne very important factor with our design was RFI, Ham radio stations have to deal with RFI often, and wewanted to help with our design, to do so we isolated every port with proper RFI filtering. This will NOT blockEVRYTHING, but it should prevent most common issues•CT17B 3D SLA Printed enclosuresOne of the nice thing about our design is the 3D SLA printe enclosures, this helped us turn around on the flyadjust our design like the added JP1 on the 10 ports units. another change we made lastminute was addingmagnetsto the back of the enclosure that will help the end user with the flexibility of attaching theCT-17Bonthe radio itself.•CT17B FTDI USB PortsFinally, andthis is one our most important feature!The USB ports chip set used in the CT-17B family ofproducts are based ofFTDI chip setswhich are well known as the best types of interfacing, Another optionwould have been Prolific based chip sets. But they have been widely counterfeit and are well known to causeinstallation issues.
  5. CT-17B-6BT Manual Vers1_01_00 1.pdf
    Page7•CT-17B Interconnection diagram•ICOMs CT-17 Interconnection diagram
  6. CT-17B-6BT Manual Vers1_01_00 1.pdf
    Page8Setting up the CT17B•CT-17B CI-V Port❗Warning❗Before plugin in ANY devices CI-V or USB port, you MUST make certain that all equipmentand power sources are turn OFF.(Radios, Power supplies, accessories, PC, etc...)1-Turn off all your ICOM radios, non-ICOM CI-V compatible devices and Powersupply's.2-Plug a mono 1/8 audio cable from the ICOM REMOTE connector on the back of the radio to theCT-17BHub.3-Making certain all devices and radios are turned off, do the same from the back of all your devices to theCT-17B.4A-For CT-17B USB devices ; Proceed to STEP 5 Below.4b-For CT-17B-5 or–10 ; Power ON your radios and equipment and configure as per manufacturerrecommendation,YOU ARE DONE!4C-For CT-17B-6BT Bluetooth devices proceed to STEP 9.Note:Some devices like the WX0B Band master or the Steppir SDA-100 use special DB-9 to 1/8audio cables and may require special cabling and/or option cards in the unit. See your manufacturermanual and/or web site.•CT-17B CI-V PortIf your CT-17B has the USB feature������IMPORTANTcontinue past this point.������Note:You MUST be an ADMINISTRATOR user to do proceed further!Note:This procedure is based on Windows 10Note:The Windows 10 installation is plug and play, simply proceed as follows;5-Before plugging in your CT-17B USB port in the PC;5a-Open “Control Panel” and select “device manager”5b-In “Device Manager” expand the “Ports (Com & LPT)” section
  7. CT-17B-6BT Manual Vers1_01_00 1.pdf
    Page95c-Note all the existing Com ports and their “COM” names.6-Turn Off your PC.7-Plug theCT-17BUSB cable in the PC.8-Power up the PC and sign in as an Administrator.8a-Open “Control Panel” and select “Device Manager”8b-In “Device Manager” expand the “Ports (Com & LPT)” section8c-Note all the existing Com ports and their “COM” names.8d-There will be a new COM port take note of the COM id this is youCT-17BUSB port.Note:More advance users can use the advance port configuration to change the COM port ID, butyou MUST make certain the selected port is not already in use.❗Warning❗Virtual ports used with SDR or other applications like Com0Com can causeport conflict and confusion.
  8. CT-17B-6BT Manual Vers1_01_00 1.pdf
    Page109-Before plugging in your CT-17B-6BT Bluetooth, you need to understand that for COMPLETE radioisolation you should NOT be using your PC USB ports topower the CT-17B-6BT Bluetooth. Instead youshould be using a 12VDC to 5VDC low noise converter and use the station 12VDC power source or usea simple AC to USB transformer, do not that these can be RF Noisy!9b-Power on your CT-17B-6BT.9c-look onthe CI-V port side of the CT17B-6BT you will see a flashing red LED.If Not check your powersource.10-On your Windows10 command line type “BLUETOOTH”, windows 10 should offer you the Bluetooth sectionof the Parameters panel.10A-Make certain the the Bluetooth is ACTIVATED.10B-Click on the + sign next to “Add Bluetooth or Other Devices”10c-on the next Black screen click on “Bleutooth”.10d-This step can take a few minutes, you will see an unknow device come up and after awhile this device willchange3 name to “CT17B6BT”, select this device and PAIR with it, Windows10 will then ask for a password it is“1234”11a-Open “Control Panel” and select “device manager”11b-In “Device Manager” expand the”Bluetooth” section. Confirm that you see the CT17B6BT.If not go backto Section 10.12a-Open “Control Panel” and select “device manager”12b-In “Device Manager” expand “Ports (Com & LPT)” section
  9. CT-17B-6BT Manual Vers1_01_00 1.pdf
    Page1112c-Note all the existing Com ports and their “COM” names. you will see TWO new com ports12d-They are identified as “Standard Serial over Bluetooth link”❗Warning❗WIERD Windows10 VERY CONFUSING info follows!FOR SOME BIZARRE REASON, Windows ten when pairing with a Bluetoothserial port will create TWO SERIAL PORTS! An INCOMING serial port (normalythe first one!) and an OUTGOING serial port (Normaly the second one!)!!!You can only use the OUTGOING serial port!!!Note:More advance users can use the advance port configuration to change the COM port ID, butyou MUST makecertain the selected port is not already in use.❗Warning❗Virtual ports used with SDR or other applications like Com0Com can cause portconflict and confusion.That’s it! You're now ready to play, using your radio control or loggingapplication you cannow control your equipment.
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