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
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. Click here
(ED250W) for more information.
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
||Port #2 Control Operator Enable
||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