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Technical Information on the RLC Series of Repeater Controllers and Equipment
made by Link Corporation
now called Audio Test Solutions
Compiled by Mike Morris WA6ILQ
Maintained by Robert Meister WA1MIK
Audio Test Solutions, Inc.
4890 Vandaveer Road
Billings, MT 59101
Main Phone: 406-294-5108
Email addresses (with an attempt at disguising to avoid email-address-sniffing spambots):
Orders: orders //at// audiotestsolutions //dot// com
Support: support //at// audiotestsolutions //dot// com
Old Contact Info:
Link Communications, Inc.
1035 Cerise Road
Billings, MT 59101-7378
Main Phone: 406-245-5002
Orders Only: 800-610-4085
Email: (disguised to avoid email-address-sniffing spambots)
info //at// link-comm //dot// com
News flash: And no, it's not an April Fools Day joke.
March 30, 2011: Amateur Radio RLC Product Line Acquired by ATSI -
Audio Test Solutions, Inc.
Link Communications, Inc. has provided high-end repeater controllers to Amateur Radio operators for over twenty-two years. In that time our business has grown from one product line up to six different product lines.
With this growth we have decided that more individual focus is needed in the RLC Product line. To further this focus ATSI - Audio Test Solutions Inc. of Billings, Montana has acquired the rights to the RLC Product Line from Link Communications, Inc. As of April 1, 2011, Link Communications will no longer be selling the RLC Product Line and it will no longer be featured on Link Communicationsí web site.
ATSI values your relationship and will be working directly with Link Communications, Inc. to insure a smooth transition for all of you in the Amateur Radio Community. For the immediate future the manufacturing aspect of the RLC products will continue to be done at the Link Communications manufacturing facility. All new sales, repairs and support will be done directly through ATSIís new web site.
ATSI - Audio Test Solutions Inc. is very excited about the acquisition of the RLC product line and has designed a new web site which is designed and dedicated specifically for the Amateur Radio enthusiasts.
For more info: This public letter elaborating on the business decision.
Info on the products: http://www.rlccontrollers.com/.
If you are at all serious about your Link repeater controller then you need to subscribe to one of these two Yahoo Groups (mailing lists)... Both have a large number of controller owners and if you post a request or comment you will get a response from someone, but Link has people that monitor the lists and sometimes reply to messages on each of them. They also post announcements about new firmware versions and other items of interest to both lists.
RLC@yahoogroups.com covers all the Link products EXCEPT the DSP series controllers. To subscribe send a blank email message to RLCfirstname.lastname@example.org.
RLC-DSP404@yahoogroups.com covers the RLC-DSP series. To subscribe send a blank email message to RLC-DSP404email@example.com.
If you need a manual, well, Link has a FTP web site that is full of documentation. It is at http://www.link-comm.com/ftp/. You will want to read the "readme.txt" file when you get there.
If you have problems, here's local (i.e. at repeater-builder) copies of a few Link-Comm repeater controller manuals
|RLC1 Repeater Controller Manual ver 1.01 83 pages, 613 KB PDF dated 25 June 1993|
|RLC2 V4.28 Repeater Controller Manual ver 4.28 365 pages, 1.58 MB PDF dated 14 March 1997|
|RLC2 V4.30 Repeater Controller Manual ver 4.30 366 pages, 1.53 MB PDF dated 18 Feb 1999|
|RLC3 Repeater Controller Manual ver 1.80 348 pages, 893 KB PDF dated 17 Sept 1998|
|RLC4 Repeater Controller Manual ver 1.79 228 pages, 526 KB PDF dated 18 Sept 1998|
The serial port (computer programming connection) on the RLC-1, RLC-3 and RLC-4 all use pin 2 as the transmit data, pin 3 as the receive data, and either pin 5 or pin 9 as ground. This is a standard 9-pin serial port.
The RLC-2 uses a regular DB-9 connector hooked to a standard serial port but with a non-standard serial port pinout. You will have to make a custom cable for it. Pin 5 is ground, pin 4 is receive data, and pin 9 is transmit data. Do not connect any other pins, they are used as soft-pot connections. Once you have the custom cable made and connected the operation is normal. The communications parameters are 9600 baud, No parity, 8 bits, 1 stop bit, but you need to add an inter-character delay and an inter-line delay to the PC-to-RLC side to let it keep up with the data flow. Command 244 is provided to configure the serial port baud rate, allowing selection of 300,600,1200,2400,4800, and 9600 baud.
Link has a support Wiki page at http://linkcomm.com/wiki/index.php?title=Wiki_Home that is worth looking at.
|Click here to download the manual for the
RLC-MOT "Micor Squelch Module" (local copy here at repeater-builder.com)
There is additional info, including a FAQ page, at Link's web site.
|Click here to download the Tech Specs and notes for the RLC-MOT "Micor Squelch Module" (local copy here at repeater-builder.com)|
|Additional Digital Outputs for the Link RLC-4 Repeater Controller By Brad Andrews KB9BPF|
Neither of the two manuals below are on the Link web site - it's as if the equipment never existed.
|RLC-5 Repeater Link Controller
There were two completely different designs / products and three different manuals named RLC-5. The original was a linking board and is described in the manual above. The other design was similar to an RLC-4 with built-in autopatch and DVR. Link sold it primarily for commercial applications with custom firmware, although an amateur version was available for a short time.
If anyone has a copy of either the commercial RLC-5 or the amateur RLC-5 manuals we'd like to PDF them. 1.1 MB PDF file.
|RLC-6 Four Port Repeater Link Controller
This is a port expansion board that was designed for the RLC-1 prior to the RLC-4 but can be added to any controller to create additional link ports. 1.3 MB PDF file.
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