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Yaesu CT-169 PC Connection Cable, Dsub 9-pin, for FT-2DR/FT-1DR
Yaesu CT-169 PC Connection Cable, Dsub 9-pin, for FT-2DR/FT-1DR
DV Dongle
DV Dongle

The DV Dongle connects to your PC or Apple Mac via a USB port and provides encoding and decoding of compressed audio using the DVSI AMBE2000 full duplex vocoder DSP chip. AMBE technology is used in all D-Star radios to provide efficient voice transmissions. It is also used in some HF digital protocols by vendors like AOR. The DVTool application used with the DV Dongle may be installed and run on Microsoft Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X Leopard, or many flavors of Linux.

What is it?
When a DV Dongle is connected to a PC or Mac and used with DVTool software, an amateur radio operator can connect to the international D-Star gateway network and receive/transmit just like a D-Star radio user.

How does it work?
Each D-Star radio includes an AMBE2020 voice compression chip provided by Digital Voice Systems, Inc (DVSI).  The DV Dongle includes an AMBE chip and logic to connect it to a USB port on a PC or Mac.  This allows the computer to ďspeakĒ the same voice protocol as D-Star.  The DVTool software connects to participating gateways and encodes/decodes the voice using the DV Dongle.

What kind of computer is needed (what ports)?
A minimum suggested configuration includes a PC or Mac with 2.0GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and a USB 2.0 full speed port.

Package contents:

  • DV Dongle
  • USB A to mini-B cable
  • Getting started info

System requirements:

  • PC or Mac with 2+GHz CPU
    1. Windows XP/Vista,
    2. Mac OS X Leopard,
    3. or Linux
  • 512MB RAM
    1. USB 2 full speed port
    2. Microphone and speaker(s)
    3. (headset preferred)
  • High speed internet
      (DSL, Cable, 3G)
The DV Dongle uses three chips, oscillator, ledís, and discrete logic to implement itís functionality. The chipsare the FTDI FT232RL serial to USB converter, the Atmel AT91SAM7S256 ARM7 based CPU, and the DVSI AMBE2000 vocoder.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 04 May, 2009.
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