Finally, GBCAT – Computer Aided Transceiver v1.0, a new Windows software for controlling amateur radio devices through a COM/USB port or through a TCP/IP network, with the ability to transfer a 2-way audio signal over a TCP/IP network, is born!
The GBCAT installation package also contains: Remote Desktop Connection, IPCOM Server/COM2IP Redirector, and Audio Server/Client.
At least a single core processor PC, (recommended CPU clock is 1.7 GHz or higher), 2 MB RAM, a COM or USB port (USB to COM adapter if required), TCP/IP network card (for wired or wireless operation), and any of the supported radios connected to the COM port by a suitable cable/adapter.
Any of the following operating systems: Windows XP(tm), Windows 7(tm), Windows 8(tm). Installed Microsoft(tm) .NET Framework v4.0 Client Profile.
Supported radios: Kenwood TS-2000, Yaesu FT-857/857D, Yaesu FT-817/817ND, Yaesu FT897D, Icom IC-706MKIIG.
GBCAT development has been ongoing for two years, and takes all of the author’s free time; nevertheless, GBCAT is free of charge, only the simple registration (Name and Call) is required.
I want to thank the all members of the GBCAT Beta Test team, who were testing GBCAT in the Beta phases, helping me to achieve GBCAT looks and works the way it does in version v1.0: Mike N7NMS, Kevin KG0MN, Jim K5LAD (also lecturer/proofreader), Sandor KG4FET, Brian KB3ORS, John G4IAL, Ian M1EHI, Drasko 9A4HP, Dzenan E77DD, Mladen 9A6DAC, Oto 9A4OP, Zlatko 9A6SJZ.
Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year 2014!