CAT-250 Repeater Controller
This controller was specially developed to provide sophisticated remote base and or link operation at an extremely affordable priced at $349.00.
|No surface mount components||Internet Firmware Upgrades|
|All IC's in Hi-Rel sockets||Dual DTMF Decoders|
|TI Voice Synthesizer||Forty (40) User Macros|
|Twenty Programmable Messages||Fifty (50) Event Macros|
|Real Time Clock||CW Identifier|
|Twenty (20) Position Scheduler||Four (4) Logic Inputs|
|Forty Two (42) Control Functions||Six (6) Output Switches|
|DTMF Audio Muting||Fan Control Output|
|DTMF Pad Test||Optional Configuration Editor|
|Remote Base Port||Clock +/- 1 Min per Year|
A  word vocabulary carefully selected for amateur repeater operation is available to construct  different voice messages. Each message can be  words in length. Configure your repeater ID and announcements to suit your particular needs and also have available general purpose messages .
DTMF Key-Pad Test
The key-pad test, available from both ports, will read back the numbers decoded in a synthesized voice. This includes the words "STAR" and "POUND".
The CAT-250 provides individual courtesy tones for both the repeater and remote base inputs. Different courtesy tones can be selected to indicate port activity.
The CAT-250 will switch to a CW ID when a user talks over the voice ID.
Twelve timers control repeater operation. Each timer is user programmable to afford maximum flexibility to suit your requirements. They are: System ID Timer, System Pending ID Timer, Port #1 and Port #2 Timeout Timers, Programming Length Timer, DTMF Access Sleep Timer, Port #2 Disconnect/ Connect Timer, COR drop to courtesy beep timer and Courtesy beep to transmitter drop timer, Pre-Voice Delay Timer, Turn on Delay Timer, and DTMF Muting Timer.
Link Transceiver Control
The CAT-250 offers full control of the link port. You can turn the link transceiver on and off, through the repeater or remote base port. Separate codes are available for each on/off function.
The CAT-250, includes a RS-232 port. With the ED250W editor, this port is used to upload new firmware updates available on the C.A.T. website at catauto.com. You never need to change ROMs again. This RS-232 port is also used to upload a new program prepared by the CAT-250 Editor.
CAT-250 Windows® Editor Program
The optional editor program provided on CDROM is used to manage the data file. The editor will work with any computer using a windows® 98, Me, 2000 (or greater) operating system. Use the program to display and make changes to the CAT-250 memory. Once changed, the memory can be up loaded into the controller.
Two DTMF decoders, one for each port, insures reliable decoding of control and programming commands.
Configure Port #2 as a simplex transceiver or Duplex transceiver port.
Four logic inputs activated by a voltage change from other equipment at the repeater site, causes the CAT-250 to activate event macros. One event macro will activate on the positive trigger edge while another macro will trigger on the trailing edge.
Six switches are available to control equipment at your repeater site. Controlled manually by DTMF commands or from a macro command, they can be made to turn ON, OFF or Momentarily change state, any time you choose
Repeater Control Channels
The CAT-250 has 42 remote control channels. Divided into groups, according to their function, they can be manually controlled through the repeater input. They are:
|Port #1 Transmitter Enable||Port #2 Transmitter Enable|
|Port #1 COR and CTCSS Enable||Port #2 COR and CTCSS Enable|
|Port #1 COR or CTCSS Enable||Port #2 COR or CTCSS Enable|
|Port #1 Turn on Delay Enable||Port #2 Turn on Delay Enable|
|Port #1 DTMF Pad Test Enable||Port #2 DTMF Pad Test Enable|
|Port #1 Courtesy Tone Enable||Port #2 Courtesy Tone Enable|
|Port #1 DTMF Muting Enable||Port #2 DTMF Muting Enable|
|Port #1 Timeout Enable||Port #2 Timeout Enable|
|Scheduler Enable||Port #2 Control Operator Enable|
|Time-of-Day Request||Port #2 Macro Control Enable|
|Grandfather Clock Enable||Port #2 Activity Check Enable|
|Grandfather Clock Sleep Enable||Fan Control Enable|
|Repeater ID (Rest) Enable||Repeater ID (Active) Enable|
|Squelch Tail Message Enable||Transmitter Drop Message Enable|
|Timed Message #1 Enable||Timed Message #2 Enable|
|DTMF Access Enable||Switch Output #1 Enable|
|Forced DTMF Entry Enable||Switch Output #2 Enable|
|Logic Input #1 Enable||Switch Output #3 Enable|
|Logic Input #2 Enable||Switch Output #4 Enable|
|Logic Input #3 Enable||Switch Output #5 Enable|
|Logic Input #4 Enable||Switch Output #6 Enable|
CAT-250 System Diagram
Multi Port Operations
In this configuration the CAT-250 supports a repeater and three (3) transceivers. With the RLS-1000B Remote Link Switch board connected to port #2 of the CAT-250, three transceivers can be added to your repeater system. Three (3) of the CAT-250's user function output switches are assigned to control the RLS-1000B's transceiver interfacing.
CAT-250 mounted within optional RME-200L cabinet
|Voice Synthesizer||Texas Instruments MSP53C391N|
|DTMF Receivers||Mitel MT8870 (One each per Port)|
|Logic Inputs||Active High 3-15VDC 4K Input Impedance|
|Logic Output Switches||Six switches at 40 volts/50ma per switch|
|Operating Temperature||-15 to +55C|
|Input Power||+9 to +15VDC at 50 mA|
|Size PCB||7.0" X 4.85"|
|Clock Accuracy||+-1 minute per year.|
|FCC Part 15 Registered|
|CAT-250||Repeater Controller Board, Wired & Tested $349.00|
|ED-250W||Windows Editor $49.00|
|RME-200L||Rack Mount Enclosure $79.00|