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Here is my Sound Card Interface Home Brew of Course Normally it has a Cover on it but for Pictures I opened it up. Here I am using a USB Sound card and not my computer sound for the audio source. This makes for a nice neat package and allows me to still use the sound card in my computer for windows sounds.

Total Cost of this project with Box and 13 Pin Din for my Kenwood TS-2000 $15.00 and it has a True CW Key Port

It is Sound Powered Keying is done Via Right Channel Tone with Fldigi and I have found that the digital mode audio from most modes is more than enough to power the keying circuit. That is where the pots come into play to back down the audio out and audio into the rig.

Note: it works great with JT65 HF and Digi Pan Also works with CwType for True CW Keying and no it does not read CW

Most of the parts are from scrap dial up modems and the USB Sound card was $1.00 on Ebay

Hello let me give you a parts list and description of operation for this interface.

1 - USB Sound Card EBay $1.00

3 - Isolation Transformer 1:1 from Old Dial Up Modems

2 - 1N4148 Diode $1.99 for 100 of these guys EBay

2 - .22mf Capacitors I used .1 in parallel to get .2mf $.10 each

3 - 820K Resistor $.03 each

1 - 2N7000 MOSFET Transistor $.10 each

2 - 20K Potentiometer $.20 each

1 - 13 Pin Din $5.40

1 - Switch SPDT $.50

1 - Phone Jack 3.5mm $.10

1 - Case Radio Shack 270-238 $3.49

2 - Circuit Boards 276-159 $2.50 for both

Scrap Cable etc.

The keying circuit takes audio from right channel and passes through the full wave rectifier and powers the MOSFET for PTT, FSK and CW keying. The Pots adjust the output and input levels. Volume level must be set High on the computer volume control  for the keying circuit to work. I added some 820K resistors in series with the Pots to allow for a wider adjustment range. The Switch is after the FET to put the Pseudo FSK Tone from Fldigi to Pin 2 on my Kenwood TS-2000 Acc2 Jack for FSK.                                                  

NOTE: This interface has since been modified for a YAESU FT-817ND and works well but I needed to remove the 820K resistors and change the pots to 20K might work even better with 50K pots for the Yaesu. An old busted computer keyboard supplied the needed cable for the data port on the Yaesu. Also as you can see I added an old speaker that I had sitting around and it give me the added feature of TX Monitor. One additional Cap was added on the primary of the Isolation Transformer on the Keying circuit, this was added after I was contacted that a fellow ham built the keying circuit for CW use and at high power portable operation he got an RF feedback and it kept the rig keyed. The .001uf cap solved the problem. Here is a big plus for this interface in Linux you do not have to fight the serial port configuration being that is is a VOX type keying as long as the USB sound card is found in Linux it will work for you. I have tested this on non Linux apps in Wine and it still works no issues.

Please Note I am not the orginal designer of the circuit but I have modified the orginal for my needs



Here is a Picture of my Massive HF Station Yaesu FT-817nd. The power supply is a battery from a security system with sound card interface and Bencher Keyer this is the only HF radio that I own it puts out a staggering 5 watts on High Power but I have been running 2.5 watts lately and found that is enough for the JT-65 and JT-9 modes that I am using currently.

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