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#1 RCM

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 09:59 AM

I just put together a controller kit yesterday, the ID-O-Matic IV from Ham Gadgets: http://www.hamgadget...m/id-o-matic-iv

From the name it sounds like just an IDer, but it actually can control a repeater. It has a lot of features for the low price, and is in my opinion all I really need or can use for a GMRS repeater. Works pretty well as a ham repeater too, in fact.

 

You can get this controller already assembled for about $60, but I elected to save $20 by assembling it myself. It's been awhile since I put together a kit anyway, and that's part of the radio hobby for me.

 

It shipped quickly and wasn't missing any parts. It doesn't include a hard copy of the manual; you have to download a pdf from the website. I had already done so in preparation. It went together with no issues, and no magic smoke escaped when I powered it up to test.

 

I haven't tested it with the radios yet. First I have to figure out the programming, which is done via usb with a terminal emulator program. I also have to interface to the radios, which shouldn't be too difficult.



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Posted 01 December 2018 - 02:59 PM

That is a very good, time-tested and reliable controller. You won't be disappointed with its performance. :D


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 06:48 PM

That's good to hear! I think the original design was the subject of an article in the ARRL Handbook, in 2008 or so. Unfortunately while I do have a couple of Handbooks, they're older than that.



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Posted 04 December 2018 - 02:41 PM

So I finally got around to programming my controller today, and it went off without a hitch. I set it up for Morse ID and an EOT tone (Morse "K"). Most GMRS repeaters I've heard have nothing except a squelch tail, but that's not how I want to do mine.

The RF chores will be handled by a pair of Kenwood TK-805Ds.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:38 PM

I use one for my repeater along with 2 Moto M1225 radios. Works great. I also bout the voice board to do Voice ID


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