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CTR-BlueLync: The Bluetooth Link

CTR-BlueLync is our next generation Bluetooth enabled link. The new design provides much more flexibility than CTR-BlueAir by providing a common Bluetooth based platform that supports multiple radio interfaces and accessories.

CTR-BlueLync is based on the BlueSMiRF Bluetooth module from www.sparkfun.com. This module, shown at the left in this photo, contains the basic elements to provide a Bluetooth based wireless serial port.

The CTR-BlueLync unit, as the name suggests, provides the "link electronics" required to connect the BlueSMiRF module to your radio's serial port. Its unique construction and simple assembly requires only basic electronic assembly skills.

We have discontinued building these units so you must "roll your own" interface by purchasing the BlueSMiRF RF module then using the schematics, board layouts, and assembly manuals provided on this web site. 

Far Circuits carries the circuit board kits (under "Keyers") and the BlueSMiRF modules can be found at www.SparkFun.com. Contact these vendors directly for prices and availability.

The completed interface fits neatly in a Hammond 1551H plastic enclosure. The heads from clear plastic thumb tacks make excellent lenses for the BlueSMiRF LEDs.

Click on one of the links below for more information on a specific CTR-BlueLync unit.

Elecraft
Icom CI-V
Kenwood
Icom PCR1000
Serial

Yaesu

Assembly Manual


A note about BlueSMiRF modules

Spark Fun recently introduced two new BlueSMiRF modules to replace their older BlueRadios based version. To complicate matters, they didn't differentiate between the various BlueSMiRF versions available!

To clarify this situation, here's a breakdown of what's out there:

  • BlueSMiRFs purchased before October 2007 use the BlueRadios chip. All CTR-BlueLync modules supplied by use used these modules. Spark Fun has discontinued this module.

  • There are now two BlueSMiRFs on Spark Fun's web site:

    • SKU# WRL-00582 uses a Roving Networks chip. This unit has a 100 meter range and performs basically the same as the original BlueSMiRF module. The main difference is that it uses a different command set that requires you to set the unit's baud rate in the Bluetooth Options menu and save it to flash RAM. This is the recommended module for use with CTR-BlueLync.

    • SKU# WRL-08332 uses a Phillips chip. This unit has a 30 meter range and is 15 USD cheaper than the Roving Networks unit. It's main disadvantage is that it is not programmable over the air (via the Bluetooth link). This means that you have to set its properties using an RS-232 interface and terminal program before you can use it with BlueLync. For this reason, this module is not recommended for CTR-BlueLync.

 

Click here to download the latest user and assembly manuals for CTR products.

 

Click here to view version update information on our CTR-Remote Yahoo group.

 
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