A serial connection from your uBITx

Sascha DL5SMB has soldered some wires to D0 and D1 (RX + TX) and ground on the Raduino nano and then installed a MINI-DIN 8 socket to the uBITX like in an FT817.

“Why?” you may ask!   He is  building a  TF3LJs Magnetic Loop Controller at the moment, which communicates with the transceiver via CAT for tuning the antenna. This interface uses just these three lines. So he needed to make them talk 🙂

After a few hiccups, and a helpful suggestion from John VK2ETA, this solution has now been made to work.   The idea of using D0 and D1 connections on the Nano is to provide a separate serial feed to the Magnetic Loop Controller that is independent of the CAT signals coming out of the USB socket.   This may be a good solution for other potential use cases as well (e.g. driving automatic tuners).

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