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  Interfacing the Mitrek Tabletop Base Station
also known as a "Super Consolette"
plus a few other notes...
By Mike Morris WA6ILQ
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The photos above are of the back of a Mitrek Consolette base - the so-called JJB series.   TB1 is on the top, TB2 is on the bottom.

Also in the above picture the cabinet lock is missing (the hole to the left of the SO-239 antenna connection), and there is a prepunched hole for a second antenna connector hiding behind the black "Caution" label - considering that the high band and UHF Mitrek mobiles will duplex in their case does that give you any ideas for a full duplex base station, or for a tabletop repeater?


The information on this web page is from the Mitrek "Super Consolette" tabletop base station manual, part number 6881040E80-A.   Note that you need the appropriate mobile manual (low band, high band, UHF, 800MHz) to go along with it as the tabletop base is essentially a box that contains one of five different power supply chassis, a mobile radio chassis, volume and squelch controls, a frequency switch (if the unit was multifrequency), a speaker, and supporting components.

TB 1 (upper terminal strip)
ScrewFunction / Description
1Frequency 1 select. See note 1 below
2Frequency 2 select. See note 1 below
3Frequency select common (normally jumpered to TB2-4 ground) (see note below)
4Wireline control connection ("Line +") if a wireline option is installed
5Wireline control connection ("Line -") if a wireline option is installed
6Paging option PTT (this screw is unused unless the HLN1054 Paging Conversion Kit (option L63AB) is installed)
7Speaker audio hot (Moto calls this pin "Speaker mute")   See note 2 and note 3 below.
8Speaker hot (this is the hot side of the 3.2 ohm front panel speaker itself)
9(spare)
10(spare)
No, I didn't slip up. There are only two frequency select connections. The designer apparently felt that nobody would ever need to select frequency three or four (or could hook them to screw number 9 and 10).

Notes on the table above

  1. TB1-1, TB1-2 and TB1-3 are normally used only with wireline control units that have the frequency change option.   To activate flip the front panel "Local" / "Remote" switch (not all stations had this) to the "Remote" position and connect pin 1 or pin 2 to pin 3.
    Caution:   This switching operates in parallel with the front panel frequency switch and if two or more frequencies are enabled simultaneously will cause serious spurs and trash.   Study the book carefully before trying to implement remote frequency switching on any transmitter.   Unless you have a specific need to do so I recommend that you leave pins 1 and 2 completely unconnected.
  2. The Mitrek radio itself uses a push-pull speaker connection that runs both sides hot with relation to ground.   These tabletop base stations are commonly used with wireline control systems that require a one-side-grounded speaker.   Hence there is a 1:1 audio transformer inside the cabinet.   Keep this in mind if you do any rewiring inside the cabinet.
  3. This screw, TB1-7, is the output of the receiver audio amplifier transformer and is normally jumpered to TB1-8 by a wire jumper (designated as "JU507" in the book) to enable the internal speaker.   The full duplex tabletop stations and some wireline controlled base stations have a microphone with extra PTT contacts that are wired in place of JU507 so that the local speaker is muted when the local mic is keyed (this can also be implemented using extra contacts on the PTT relay).   If these muting contacts are used, one common mod is to add a L-Pad in parallel with them to provide a local speaker audio path while PTT is active.   The L-pad provides a lower volume level while PTT is down, and when you unkey the contacts of the relay bypass it and provide normal volume (i.e. adjust the original volume control for a comfortable level as usual, and adjust the L-Pad for a feedback-preventing lower level locally while the PTT is down).   If wired properly any extension speakers will get full volume at all times and only the local speaker will be affected.


TB 2 (lower terminal strip)
ScrewFunction / Description
1A+   (i.e. +12vDC)
2Desk Set PTT (to ground)
33.2 ohm audio high
4Gnd (normally jumpered to TB1-3 by JU508) (microphone cord black wire connects here)
5Local PTT (microphone cord green wire)
6Local Mic low (i.e. microphone shield) or intercom audio shield
7Local Mic high (brown wire) or intercom audio high
8Local PL decode disable (i.e. the "Monitor" button on the microphone or desk set - ground this pin to disable PL decode) (white wire)
9(spare)
10(spare)

Normally to get a Mitrek tabletop base operational all you need to do is to jumper TB1-3 to TB2-4, and TB1-7 to TB1-8.   Test the receiver by powering up, opening the squelch, and raising the volume up from zero to hear squelch noise.   Tighten the squelch until it silences plus a little bit more.   Test the PTT by attaching a dummy load and touching a clip lead from TB2-4 to TB2-5.   If your station has PL or DPL the microphone will have a "Monitor" button that forces the audio mute off, and you can test that by touching a clip lead from TB2-4 to TB2-8.   Connect a local microphone to TB2-4, TB2-5, TB2-6 and TB2-7.   If your microphone has a monitor button connect the ungrounded side to TB2-8.   Some microphones run both sides of the monitor button on two separate conductors and those will connect one side to to ground (TB2-4) and the other side to TB2-8.

In the upper picture the power supply chassis is on the right side, and the extra fuse holder hole required for the 220v version is to the left of the power cord (both sides of the AC mains have to be fused in a USA 220vAC environment).   On some power supply chassis the extra fuse holder hole is not punched, in others it is punched and has a snap-in metal plug inserted.

There are four power supply subchassis used in the "Super Consolette":


Microphones:
Any of the following will work as a consolette base station microphone, be it Motrac, Motran, Mocom-70, Syntor or Mitrek: The microphones listed below as "PL" have two half-wide buttons, one for PTT and the other for PL / DPL defeat.   The ones listed as "CS" are intended for use on a carrier squelch base station and have either a full width PTT button or a dummy monitor button and the half-wide PTT.   A two-button PL mic is shown in the left photo (it happens to be a TMN1632, but all the 2-button PL mics look pretty much the same), and a CS mic (a TMN-1004 with a dummy left button is in the right photo.

The 04, 05, 12, 13, 14 and 15 micorphones are covered in the Mitrek Super-Consolette manual listed above.
  • TMN1004 CS
  • TMN1005 PL
  • TMN1012 CS
  • TMN1013 PL
  • TMN1014 CS
  • TMN1015 PL
  • TMN1023 CS
  • TMN1632 PL
   


Using the consolette power supply to drive external devices:
If I am going to add any external devices that are powered by the unit, for example, a TNC, I always drill a hole to install a DC fuse holder.   Most fuse holders require a 1/2" hole... You can either mount it in the top of the chassis, or you can use the small round hole above the cabinet lock as a pilot hole for the drill bit, and an on/off slide switch can be added into the adjacent prepunched holes if you want (unless you have a lowband unit with the extender option - if so there will already be a switch there to switch the extender on and off, so if you want switched power you will have to do something else... but on the other hand I've never seen a low band Mitrek that would duplex inside the case).

Once the fuse holder is mounted, I jumper TB2-4 (ground) to TB2-9 and wire the fuse holder between TB2-1 and TB2-10, then I connect the external device to TB2-9 (external device ground) and TB2-10 (external device fused +12v power).

Yes, there is an extra pre-punched fuse holder hole in some of the power supply chassis. It was intended for use in the 220 or 240 volt versions of the supply but I don't like to use it. If you ever have to swap the power supply chassis for another one it's one more hassle that you have to take care of...

Another use for the fused external power is if you have a UHF tabletop repeater at your house and want to use a 2m mobile as a remote base. You could add a NHRC or ICS controller inside and a Kenwood TM-241 or similar radio outside.

If you use any of the spare terminal board screws - for powering a TNC or any other nonstandard uses, please do the next guy a favor and document your modifications - and leave a clear copy of your notes inside the chassis cover.   I personally put the pages inside one clear page protector for every two single-sided sheets.


Good luck and after you get your Mitrek tabletop base going please drop an email to me and let me know how things went.   Sometimes I wonder if anybody reads these missives to the masses...

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