Need an "Audible Frequency Announcement Feature"

fgentges at fgentges at
Sun Dec 16 22:15:38 CST 2012


I have looked at the marketing sheet for the Kenwood TS-140.  There is 
an optional PC interface unit that can create an RS-232 interface.  
Then, we could write or modify software to control the radio and report 
what is needed by voice synthesis.  No indication is made of a voice 
synthesizer option.

What we need to find is what Kenwood calls the IF-232C/IF-10C Interface 
Unit.   I checked eBay and did not find one listed.  We might find 
enough signals coming out of the radio to generate our own interface 
unit.  I think we could use a used desktop computer and Ubuntu to do the 
rest of the job.  There are a bunch of ham radio control programs with 
source code out there that could be used and modified as needed.  In 
addition there are speech synthesizers that run under Linux and Ubuntu.

Danny is only asking for an audible frequency announcement feature so we 
should be able to do that and more with this type setup.

Anyway, these are some thoughts on how we could help Danny.

I have a whole bunch of work going on so I want to find someone in the 
group to get this together.  I have several small desktop Dell computers 
that should work for this task and I would be glad to donate one.

Frank K0BRA

On 12/15/12 9:56 PM, 3t3 wrote:
> TO: Anyone at AMRAD interested in helping Danny Dyer (WB4IDU):
> Danny is looking for a way to get an "audible frequency announcement 
> feature" added to a Kenwood TS-140 transceiver for a blind ham.
> His original request for help follows:
> xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Is there A place Anywhere in either the RX or Oscillator chain, to tap 
> and read-out, Somewhere on the TS140, with a either a FreqMite, or 
> Stinger Singer, so as to be able to read the tuned frequency, or a 
> useable multiple there of, so that a blind OP, can determine received 
> freq?
> I realize that, if necessary, a lower power xmit read out is doable, 
> but somewhere in the RX chain would obviously be better !  Any 
> suggestions are welcome !
> Your forwarding this to any lists you're part of which might be 
> helpful is fine as well !
> To All On These Lists, For All You Are And All You Do,
> Many Thanks From,
> _*And Please Reply Direct To,*_
> Danny Dyer, Wb4idu
> ddyer1 at
> xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> -- 
>       Terry McCarty
>      3t3 at
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