Auto Bandswitching Module for ICOM IC-2KL, IC-4kl and PW1 Amplifiers

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I have developed an interface module that allows a Flex 6000 series to have fully automatic band switching with the IC-2KL, the IC-4KL and the PW1 Amplifiers.  It is plug in compatible with the IC-4KL and the PW-1 and provides wires to connect to the 24 pin molex on the IC-2KL. Purely a hardware box with no special software needed.  Looking to see if there is any interest in an amateur model for sale.
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Ed Johnson

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Steve

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I have a IC-2KL and would be interested in more detail and cost??
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Ed Johnson

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Steve, putting the BOM together to establish some pricing. I have the breadboard working on my 4KL.  I am ordering pc boards and will have a few built next week.  You can reach me at ed@w2ph.com.  I will keep you posted. 73 Ed
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Robert AA6UP

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Ed,

I have a PW-1. Would you please let me know as well?

73
Robert K6YF
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Brad

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have a PW-1 too
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Ed Johnson

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Brad, 
Please email me ad@w2ph.com and I will send you a doc that explains the nfeatures.
73
Ed W2PH
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Ed,

I have a PW-1 and would be interested. I will also email you.

Jim

ka7gzr

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Michael Coslo

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WANT!!!!!
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Len Geraldi

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By chance will it work on the ICOM 2000A
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Ed Johnson

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What is an Icom 2000a?  I cant find any info on it.
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Wayne

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Sorry dont needone my elecraft amp has perfect auto band sensing and switching built in works great all bands just keyup and transmit.
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Update..
I have the Autobandswitcher working on the 2kl and 4kl and the code completed for the PW1.  A pre-production model going out today to an evaluator for the PW1.  Once we confirm all is working correctly, we should be in production in a few weeks.  The Autobandswitcher will support all three ICOM amps.  The cables supplied for each are slightly different... software is the same.  It requires the PW1 CI-V address to be left at the default 54h with a preferred baud rate of 9600.  The product includes inhibiting band changes in the PW1 while transmitting ... one of the flaws in the PW1 firmware.  The anticipated price will be $179 and will include all needed cables.  
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Update June 18
We have just about completed testing on both the PW1 and the IC2KL/4KL for autobandswitching with the Flex 6xxx series.  I have ordered production pcb's and am machining the cases.  We should be taking orders in the next week or so.  The price will be $179 and includes all needed cables.  There will be a model for IC-2KL/4KL and another for the PW1.  The only difference is the supplied cables.  The interface box will do all three amplifier models.  Please fell free to email any questions  to ed@w2ph.com   
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Update June 26
The first production units should be available next week.  I will post here when they are ready along with a link to purchase and a link to download photos and a manual.  
ed@w2ph.com
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Sorry for the delays.  Due to lack of response on the IC-2KL/4KL we have decided to go only with the AutoBandSwitcher for the PW1.  In doing so we have reduced the cost to $149.  We will start taking orders on our website in about a week.  We should be in full production by August 15.  I will post the web site with a link to the manual in the next few days.  Thanks again for your patience. Please direct any questions to the email below or post them here in the forum.
73 
Ed@w2ph.com
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We are finally ready.  Due to the quirky nature of the PW1's CIV firmware, it took some doing to get bandswitching to be reliable and to make use of the "pass through" feature.  I will supply a link over this weekend for purchasing the AutoBandSwitcher (ABS).  It comes with all cables complete and ready to connect.  If you want to make use of the "pass through" feature you will need to supply 12VDC at 1/2 amp or more to the ABS.  The ABS emulates an ICOM radio's CIV instructions allowing seamless bandswitching.  

73
Ed W2PH
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Here is a link for the W2PH AutoBandSwitch used to connect a Flex 6xxx to an ICOM PW1 Amplifier for completely automatic band switching while supporting the "pass through" feature of the amp. It has a description and installation instructions.

w2ph.com/ABS Manual.pdf

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Brad

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link not working???
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Ed Johnson

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Copy and paste the link, it is working
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Ed Johnson

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Finally, after much testing, the W2PH AutoBandSwitch is in production.  It is $149 and includes all cables to connect your Flex 6000 to an ICOM PW1.  It fully supports "pass through" mode on the PW1 and installs in less than 5 minutes.  Please see the instructions at: 
w2ph.com/ABS Manual.pdf (note space after ABS). 
Email me at ed@w2ph.com to order.