RI-210 Vertex Repeater Controller, Telephone Interface and Tone Panel
(OBSOLETE, See RI-200)
The RI-210 Repeater Controller, telephone interface and tone panel was designed from the ground up to install directly inside the Vertex Repeater. All installation cables are included. No special tools are required to install the RI-210 Repeater Controller.
The microprocessor-controlled RI-210 is not just another repeater controller. Unlike many other repeater controllers, the RI-210 comes fully equipped with a full CTCSS and DCS (Digital Coded Squelch) tone panel, on board squelch SmartSquelch, full duplex telephone interconnect, remote level control and auxiliary expansion port. With the auxiliary expansion port, you can connect multiple repeaters, links and remotes together. All critical functions are included on board - CW ID, Squelch, telephone hybrid, CTCSS, DCS and DTMF encoders and decoders.
Note: This repeater is no longer available from Vertex Standard so we are no longer still supplying this controller. Instead, you can interface the RI-200 controller to the VXR-5000 repeater.
The RI-210 is a full featured repeater controller that can be customized for your application. Hang time, time out timer, courtesy tones and CW ID intervals can be programmed. All if these functions and many others are user programmable. All of these features and the RI-210 fits directly inside the Vertex VXR-5000 repeater.
INSTALLATION AND SETUP
The RI-210 installs directly inside the Vertex VXR-5000 repeater. No soldering or special tools are required. All mating connectors and cables are included with the RI-210. A step by step installation procedure is also included.
CTCSS and DCS OPERATION
USER PROGRAMMABLE INPUTS AND OUTPUTS
The RI-210 has 3 digital inputs and 3 digital outputs. These inputs and outputs are user programmable. The inputs can trigger macros and change the controller operation. These inputs can be used for alarms and many other applications. The output can be directly controlled or controlled with macros. The outputs can be used to turn on or off external items or by using programmable timers and internal events the outputs can be use to automatically turn on and off an external fan when the transmitter is on the air.
USER PROGRAMMABLE SCHEDULER
You can schedule up to 8 events to occur at programmed times of the day. You can use the scheduler to turn off and on the repeater, change the CTCSS, disable telephone usage or any user programmable feature at predetermined times during the day. A courtesy message is available to let you know that the time clock is not set and the scheduler is disabled.
REMOTELY ADJUSTABLE AUDIO
The RI-210 includes digital potentiometers that can be remotely controlled. The transmitter audio level, telephone audio level and squelch can be remotely adjusted. With this feature, you will no longer have to made a trip to the repeater site to adjust the audio or squelch controls.
One of the most powerful features of the RI-210 is its built-in squelch (COS). The RI-210 squelch circuit is directly controlled and monitored by the microprocessor. The microprocessor performs complex math functions resulting in a high performance squelch system. The squelch starts with a fast 10 ms decay delay and extends this delay depending on the quality of the signal on the repeater input. SmartSquelch knows the difference between a hand-held moving in and out of nulls and a fast mobile flutter and will not chop up the audio. SmartSquelch will also change the courtesy message when the signal becomes noisier. This is the weak signal courtesy feature.
The RI-210 can be completely customized for your application. The programming mode has security password features to avoid unauthorized programming access. You can access and program the RI-210 over the telephone, while the repeater is on the air and without the repeater users knowledge.
SELF BALANCING DUPLEX TELEPHONE INTERCONNECT
The RI-210 incorporates a highly intelligent telephone interconnect. This interconnect uses a full duplex hybrid that is balanced by the microprocessor each time an outgoing call is made. The hybrid is a circuit that separates the transmit and receive audio from the telephone line before it is sent to the repeater. Most hybrids are adjusted for maximum performance at time of manufacturing. Over time, variations will occur on a telephone line and the performance of other hybrids will be compromised.
The RI-210 includes a full featured toll restriction. This feature is user programmable and will allow you to reject single telephone numbers, area codes, prefixes, or any possible combination you may require. You can reject all dial "1" calls but allow "1-800" and "1-888" calls. You can also make special "secret" telephone access commands that override the toll restriction for that call only.
Multiple RI-210's or other telephone equipment can be connected to the same telephone line. When the repeater user makes a call, the RI-210 checks the telephone line for usage. If the line is in use, the repeater user would hear a busy signal and can try the telephone call later.
The RI-210 has several incoming call modes. In one of the modes, the RI-210 will answer the incoming call before connecting the call over the air. The caller can enter an access code and the call would ring over the air with the selected CTCSS tone or DCS code. You can also include a 1 to 8 digit DTMF sequence with the CTCSS tone or DCS code for signaling a specific mobile in a group.
The RI-210 can be completely controlled and programmed over the telephone line. This feature includes its own security passwords for unauthorized access. You can even make a telephone call to the RI-210 and connect the telephone audio over the air to make a call to a user without anyone sending commands over the repeater.
Web Author: Eric Andrew