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FS: VIC-3/VIC-1 to Cell Phone Adapter

Post by Augi » Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:29 pm

***I posted this over in the radios section but got very little response. I've posted it again here because there is more traffic***

For my own use, I've designed and built a transformer isolated impedance matching unit that allows me to connect my cell phone to either radio port on the VIC-3 system. The VIC-3 treats the phone as a radio so anyone on the intercom system can hear audio from the phone or key their PTT to talk out (if their crew box has permissions).

I listen to music, GPS directions and make phone calls on the road in my HMMWV through the intercom headset.

They also work on the VIC-1 but the functionality is a bit more limited (see notes below).

Due to popular demand I did a test run of 20 units and sold them over on SteelSoldiers. I’m planning a second run of 20 if anyone here on G503 is interested.

They are plug-and-play, with a standard 18-pin audio connector for interface with the VIC system and a standard TRRS headphone jack for interface with the phone. You must supply the intercom cable (CX-13473 or CX-13489 for VIC-3, CX-4723 for VIC-1).

The design is a professional job with a mix of surface mount and through hole components on a custom manufactured PCB. It’s mounted in an IP67 rated enclosure. They are hand-made by me in California.

Price is $100 each + $15 shipping CONUS.

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I have tested these with both VIC-3 and VIC-1 systems and have some important notes:

VIC-3: Plug and play. Connect the phone box to one of the radio ports and you are done.

VIC-1: A bit more complicated unfortunately. Because of the way the VIC-1 is designed, if you want to make outgoing calls on the cellphone, the phone box must be connected to J501 (Radio A) and the crew box must be set to "ALL". This also means that DC power must be supplied at J508, and the "Installation" switch (which is set with a flat head screwdriver) must be set to "INT ONLY". The main power switch must also be set to "INT ONLY".

If you don't care about outgoing calls and only want to listen to music, GPS directions, etc. (receive only), then you can connect the phone box to J503 (Radio C). The crew boxes must still be set to "ALL" to hear the audio from the phone. If you switch the crew box to "Radio C" you will be able to transmit out the phone, but you will not be able to hear the audio coming back.

The reason you can only hear audio in the "ALL" position is because at the "ALL" position, the line level audio from all connected radios is mixed and amplified by an internal amplifier within the AM-1780. In any of the individual "A", "B" or "C" positions, the audio supplied from the radio is expected to be amplified already and the phone output isn't powerful enough to be heard.


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Re: FS: VIC-3/VIC-1 to Cell Phone Adapter

Post by dilvoy » Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:35 am

Whatever it is, I'll buy one.
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Post by FKAM » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:30 pm

I'll take one for sure, possibly two.
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Post by Lionel » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:16 am

I'll take one also.
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Post by Sikorsky502 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:49 pm

I'll take 2.
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Post by Sikorsky502 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:52 pm

Meant to add that I'll need the VIC-3 ones as well.
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Re: FS: VIC-3/VIC-1 to Cell Phone Adapter

Post by aceecaus » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:41 am

in for 1

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Re: FS: VIC-3/VIC-1 to Cell Phone Adapter

Post by metalman » Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:11 am

I'll take one.

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Re: FS: VIC-3/VIC-1 to Cell Phone Adapter

Post by Lionel » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:12 am

Change my order from 1 to 2 units. Thanks.
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Re: FS: VIC-3/VIC-1 to Cell Phone Adapter

Post by Augi » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:52 am

Glad to hear you guys are interested. It will be about a month before I have them ready to ship. I have the parts on order now.

I am keeping a list of who wants one and I will pm you in order when they are ready to ask for payment. I will go by timestamp on your post because there are people on other boards on the list too.

The box is the same for VIC-1 or VIC-3.

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Re: FS: VIC-3/VIC-1 to Cell Phone Adapter

Post by dcexige » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:29 pm

Please count me in for 2. Been always trying to figure out a good way to make this happen....nice job!

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Post by kserumgard » Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:57 am

I'll take one.
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Re: FS: VIC-3/VIC-1 to Cell Phone Adapter

Post by OwlofDarkness » Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:54 pm

If there are still some boxes that aren't spoken for, I too would like to be on the list.

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Re: FS: VIC-3/VIC-1 to Cell Phone Adapter

Post by jdmcm » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:05 am

WOW...that is incredible...I need a VIC 1...one!

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Re: FS: VIC-3/VIC-1 to Cell Phone Adapter

Post by Augi » Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:07 pm

Ok everyone, the list for this round of 20 units has filled up and here it is:

1: ixpacman
2: RadioGeek99
3: aceeaus
4: FKAM
5: Timberwolf22
6: kml9705
7: Andrew
8: Andrew
9: Andrew
10: Lionel
11: dilvoy
12: Sikorsky502
13: Sikorsky502
14: metalman
15: Lionel
16: dcexige
17: dcexige
18: kserumgard
19: Preacher2017
20: OwlofDarkness
21: jdmcm

Once I have completed assembly I will contact each of you via PM and ask for payment. If someone backs out or doesn't respond within a few days I will go to the next person on the list.

People are from more than one bulletin board, so the list is ordered by timestamp.

Expect another month or so before the run is ready to ship.

Augi


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