In 2001 I developed and release the first Pocket PC radio
control program for the FT-817. It was called CTR817, for
Control-the-Radio-FT817. It was written in eMbedded Visual Basic
and supported Windows CE and Pocket PC 2000 and 2002.
In 2004, Klaus, DL7AIR contacted me with an idea of providing
wireless control for CTR817 and the FT-817. An Infrared
interface was soon developed but unfortunately proved to be too
limited in range and prone to lockup the radio when operating on
Klaus suggested the possibility of utilizing Bluetooth
technology as a method of wireless control. I soon discovered that Microsoft's
eMbedded Visual Basic didn't support advanced communication devices like
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so I decided to completely
rewrite CTR817 in Visual Studio .NET using Compact Framework. The project was
started with design goals of supporting advanced connections and of being able
to support as many radios as possible. The result was
Klaus designed a Bluetooth dongle using a module
from Germany and CTR-BlueAir was born.
CTR-BlueAir proved to be popular but it was too
labor intensive to build and module costs were going up instead of down.
Klaus' "real job" became more time consuming so he left the project. I
continued on and developed
CTR-BlueLync, based on the
BlueSMiRF Bluetooth module from Spark Fun
Electronics. This interface provides a universal Bluetooth
platform that can easily be adapted to multiple radio interfaces and other
accessories such as
CTR-BlueLync Keyer, the worlds first (I think)
Bluetooth enabled Morse keyer.
I'm always open to new ideas and try my best to implement them, so feel free
to contact me about
features you'd like to see.
Thanks for all your support,
Lynn Hansen, KU7Q