AK-1C and AK-1B Applications
The Auto-Kall™ AK-1C and AK-1B can be used for economical DTMF remote relay control
or for DTMF selective calling
selective calling, group
, and all-call
DTMF remote relay control
The AK-1C DPDT relay's dry-contacts (normally open, common, and normally closed) are brought
out to 3.5mm screw terminals. DTMF command sequences provide for latching, unlatching,
and for momentary
The other set of DPDT relay contacts are used to control
. This Audio Switching
may be used to remotely turn a speaker on and off for Selective Calling
or other applications.
4 Separate DTMF Access Codes
Each access code uses from 1 to 10 DTMF digits to provide 4 unique DTMF combinations for controlling the relay.
A front-panel slide switch provides a Selective Calling Override or UnMute
function when moved to the left position. In this position, audio in is always connected
to audio out for monitoring the radio receiver, tape recorder, or other audio source. Nevertheless, when a valid DTMF relay command is received, the relay dry contacts are switched normally, performing their designated function. When the UnMute Switch is slid to the right, Selective Calling is enabled, and audio in is only connected
to audio out when the relay is activated.
The green front-panel LED serves two functions
in the AK-1C. It's default usage is as a power-on indicator
. It will blink off as each valid DTMF character is received. When programming the AK-1C configuration parameters, the LED is turned off, and blinks on to indicate receiving DTMF
The yellow front-panel LED is on when the relay is on, and off when the relay is off.
Red LED Call Alert
When the relay is activated, either latched on or momentarily pulsed on, then off, the red LED is flashed continuously
to provide a call alert. Toggling the UnMute slide switch cancels the call alert, returning the LED to normal operation.
Long Tone Zero
The AK-1C also supports LiTZ compatible signaling. This protocol is often used in Amateur Radio for emergency calls. The minimum duration required for a DTMF zero to be considered a valid Long Tone Zero may be set to from 1 to 9 seconds.
Time When an Access Command is decoded, the pre-configured relay action is taken: Latch, Unlatch, or Momentary. The duration of a momentary pulse is determined by the pulse parameter value set up during configuration of the AK-1C. Pulse durations of: 1, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds, or 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes are selected according to the configuration value used as shown in this table:
|value 1||value 2||value 3||value 4||value 5||value 6||value 7||value 8||value 9|
|1 sec||5 secs||10 secs||30 secs||60 secs||5 min||10 mins||30 mins||60 mins|
Programming The AK-1C
EEPROM parameters are configured by connecting a DTMF source to the 3.5mm audio-in jack and
then pressing the on-board program pushbutton
. Then up to 4 separate Access Commands may be entered thus:
- Press program button to enter programming
(LED goes out, blinks for each DTMF character entered).
- Enter the command number: 1-4
- Enter the relay action character:
- * = relay latch; # = relay unlatch;
- 1-9 = relay momentary time (see above);
- 0 = Disables selected access code
- Enter the 1-10 DTMF character Access Command
sequence which will trigger the relay action.
- Press program button to exit
(status LED comes back on solid.)
In addition to general use relay commands 1-4, the AK-1C supports Long Tone Zero relay actions using command 5. It is
programmed using these steps:
- Press program button to enter programming.
- Enter command number: 5.
- Enter the relay action character (same as above).
- Enter the minimum number of seconds 1-9 for a valid Long Tone Zero.
- Press program button to exit.
Group & All-Call Alerting
When multiple AK-1C units are set up to respond to the same sequence of DTMF digits or Access
, they form a calling group: That is, all AK-1C units receiving that same DTMF character sequence will perform their
own configured relay action. Each AK-1C may be set to respond to one-or-more individual
Access Commands, to one-or-more
Access Commands, and/or one-or-more All-Call
The AK-1B is an assembled and tested printed circuit board drawing less than 15ma with the relay coil unlatched.
Current draw is less than 30ma with the relay energized. Power is supplied by a 12 Volt DC power supply through the center-positive DC Jack. Audio input and audio output are through 3.5mm phone jacks. The AK-1C is as above, but
ships complete with Enclosure, Power Supply, and Cables.