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Transmit Four Square Control Console DXE-CC-4SQR DXE-CC-4SQR-INS Revision 1b DX Engineering Southeast Ave. - Tallmadge, OH USA Phone: (800) Tech Support and International: (330)
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Transmit Four Square Control Console DXE-CC-4SQR DXE-CC-4SQR-INS Revision 1b DX Engineering Southeast Ave. - Tallmadge, OH USA Phone: (800) Tech Support and International: (330) Fax: (330) Introduction This is the replacement control console for the DXE-TFS4-series Hybrid Four-Square Controllers. The DX Engineering Four-Square Control Console four directional momentary contact switches, an Omni switch, and four green LED's (light emitting diodes) to show the systems current transmit and receive direction. Features Drop in control replacement for other vertical antenna transmit four square systems providing instant switching to one of four directions. Antenna pattern directional selection switches and indicators One green LED illuminates to indicate which single direction has been selected. All four LEDs are illuminated when OMNI is selected. Momentary contact push button switches below each LED select a single direction, providing instant switching of directions without rotating a switch through unwanted positions. White notepad blocks for writing the direction corresponding to each switch position. When OMNI is pushed, all four antennas are selected to produce an omnidirectional antenna pattern and all four LEDs are illuminated. The omnidirectional option in the DXE-CC- 4SQR Control Console is only functional when using the control console with DX Engineering Transmit Four Square systems. When pushed again, the controller will return to last selected direction. While in the OMNI mode, a new direction may be selected immediately by pushing its corresponding switch. 2 Four Square Control Console Front Panel Toggle Switch to turn power on and off. Figure 1 Antenna pattern directional selection switches and indicators One green LED illuminates to indicate which single direction has been selected. All four LEDs are illuminated when OMNI is selected. Momentary contact push button switches below each LED select a single direction. White notepad blocks for writing the direction corresponding to each switch position. Omnidirectional OMNI momentary contact switch When OMNI is pushed, all four antennas are selected to produce an omnidirectional antenna pattern and all four LEDs are illuminated. When pushed again, the controller will return to last selected direction. While in the OMNI mode, a new direction may be selected immediately by pushing its corresponding switch. The omnidirectional option in the DXE-CC-4SQR Control Console is only functional when using the control console with DX Engineering Transmit Four Square systems. LED brightness The LED brightness may be set by pushing and holding the OMNI button for several seconds. While holding the OMNI button, all the LED s will be illuminated and then start flashing. Release the OMNI button. The LED s will continue to slowly flash and display four brightness settings (1 through 4). Select the desired brightness level by pressing the corresponding red switch button. All four LEDs will then show the selected brightness setting. Press the OMNI button again to store the new brightness setting. Note: The controller stays in the omni mode while adjusting LED brightness. 3 Power ON Relay Exercise The Transmit Four Square Control Console has a factory default program installed to exercise the relays throughout the system when power is turned on. When the unit is properly connected and power is turned on, the first and last LED will blink for approximately 6 seconds. While the LEDs are blinking, all of the relays in the system are being turned on and off to ensure the relays are kept in peak operating performance. During this routine, if any position push button switch is pressed, the routine will stop and the system will return to the last position that was selected prior to the system being turned off. The operator can manually turn this routine on or off by pressing a sequence of front panel buttons. To turn the factory default OFF: 1. Turn power ON. Wait until the first and last LEDs stop blinking. 2. Press any two of the pushbutton switches simultaneously and hold them in (LEDs will start to blink) until the blinking stops. The factory default is now turned off. If you turn power OFF, wait about 8 seconds (allows internal capacitors to discharge), then turn power ON, the system will not run the relay exercise routine. To turn the factory default ON: 1. Turn power ON. 2. Press any two of the pushbutton switches simultaneously and hold them in (LEDs will start to blink) until the blinking stops. The factory default is now turned on. If you turn power OFF, wait about 8 seconds (allows internal capacitors to discharge), then turn power ON, the system will run the relay exercise routine as described above. When the RADIO signal is grounded you are in Transmit mode. If you press any of the pushbutton switches, they will flash and the unit will not switch positions until you go from Transmit to Receive mode. This avoids 'hot switching'. 4 Four Square Control Console Direction Label A custom label with various compass directions is included for the Four Square Control Console. You may either write the directions on the white blocks that are on the face of the Four Square Control Console, or you can use the custom label that is included. The number one (default) position on the Transmit Four Square Controller is the first red push button on the left. Depending on your antenna set up, you can cut the desired compass directions from the label, peel the back off, and place the label on the Four Square Control Console. This is the typical set up for North America # 1 is NE - #2 is SE - #3 is SW - #4 is NW 5 Four Square Control Console Rear Panel Figure 2 12 VDC A standard 2.1 mm plug connection for 12 Vdc. The current draw ranges from 30 ma to 700mA depending on the direction selected. If station power is used, it must be well filtered and regulated to A (minimum) power source. A 2.1 mm plug, center positive power plug is included. The use of switching power supplies is discouraged due to the presence of noise in their output. Outer connection is GROUND Center Pin is input for +12 Vdc. A 2.1 mm power cord is supplied with unit. The wire with the white stripes is the +12 Vdc. AMP RCA type connector. If you are using a linear amplifier, the keying line should be routed through the Four Square Control Console. This jack connects to your amplifier's keying or relay line input. The keying signal has essentially no delay on pass through. If you switch antenna positions while transmitting, the controller waits until you stop transmitting before switching antennas. Once the controller starts to switch antenna relays, amplifier keying signals are inhibited until switching is fully completed. The controller always waits 30 ms before restoring amplifier control signals after any antenna relay transfer. The AMP circuit is capable of switching up to 75 volts open circuit (receiving) and can safely sink 500 ma maximum current when pulled to ground (transmit). This will handle most modern amplifiers. It will not handle high voltage relays, AC relays, or negative voltage keying systems. If you have such systems you probably already have a relay line buffer. Simply install that buffer between the amplifier and this jack. 6 RADIO RCA type connector. Connect this jack to your transceiver's amplifier keying, TX, or relay (RLY) output even if you are not using an amplifier. This is a normally open connection that must be pulled to ground. It accepts any open voltage up to 20 volts positive and sources 15 ma when pulled to ground. It nominally supplies 12 Vdc positive open circuit. Anything below +2 Vdc is a valid logic low, anything above +3 volts is a valid logic high. While the RADIO input is grounded (transmit mode), if you press any of the pushbutton switches the corresponding LED(s) will flash and the unit will not switch positions until you stop transmitting. This avoids 'hot switching'. Connector Five wire connector block labeled G A B C G. Use DXE-CW9 CAT 5 UV resistant cable (or equivalent) is recommended and it also has a PE (polyethylene) jacket for long lasting direct burial to make the connection from the Transmit Four Square Control Console to the DX Engineering Transmit Four Square System Phasing Unit. Wire A to A, B to B, C to C, and either G to either G (both Gs are Ground). For other systems that usually require a 3 conductor cable, we suggest the use of COM-CW4 Four Conductor Control Cable four conductor control cable (recommended to allow for future upgrade to DXE-TFS4 system) Output current is 700 ma maximum on any or all ports. The output is relay protected for maximum lightning and RF protection. This device is internally protected against short circuits. The DXE-CW9 CAT5 cable has #24 AWG wire. Based on current and voltage drops, CAT 5 cable is capable of running 400 feet from the Four Square Control Console to the Four Square Phasing Unit. For control cable runs from 400 feet up to 750 feet, doubling up the wire pairs of the DXE- CW9 CAT5 cable (two wires per connection) will effectively make the wire gage go from 24 AWG to 20 AWG, thus allowing longer runs between the Four Square Control Console and the Four Square Phasing Unit. This controller is compatible with other volt dc four square systems. The output voltage always equals the supply input voltage. It counts BCD from zero through 4, giving 5 total positions. Output A Output B Output C Position Position to 15 Vdc 0 0 Position to 15 Vdc 0 Position to 15 Vdc +12 to 15 Vdc 0 Omni to 15 Vdc Table 1 - Control Logic 7 Manual Updates Every effort is made to supply the latest manual revision with each product. Occasionally a manual will be updated between the time your DX Engineering product is shipped and when you receive it. Please check the DX Engineering web site ( for the latest revision manual. Optional Items COM-CW4 Four Conductor Control Cable Four conductor control cable (recommended to allow for future upgrade to DXE-TFS4 system) Technical Support If you have questions about this product, or if you experience difficulties during the installation, contact DX Engineering at (330) You can also us at: For best service, please take a few minutes to review this manual before you call. Warranty All products manufactured by DX Engineering are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from date of shipment. DX Engineering s sole obligation under these warranties shall be to issue credit, repair or replace any item or part thereof which is proved to be other than as warranted; no allowance shall be made for any labor charges of Buyer for replacement of parts, adjustment or repairs, or any other work, unless such charges are authorized in advance by DX Engineering. If DX Engineering s products are claimed to be defective in material or workmanship, DX Engineering shall, upon prompt notice thereof, issue shipping instructions for return to DX Engineering (transportationcharges prepaid by Buyer). Every such claim for breach of these warranties shall be deemed to be waived by Buyer unless made in writing. The above warranties shall not extend to any products or parts thereof which have been subjected to any misuse or neglect, damaged by accident, rendered defective by reason of improper installation, damaged from severe weather including floods, or abnormal environmental conditions such as prolonged exposure to corrosives or power surges, or by the performance of repairs or alterations outside of our plant, and shall not apply to any goods or parts thereof furnished by Buyer or acquired from others at Buyer s specifications. In addition, DX Engineering s warranties do not extend to other equipment and parts manufactured by others except to the extent of the original manufacturer s warranty to DX Engineering. The obligations under the foregoing warranties are limited to the precise terms thereof. These warranties provide exclusive remedies, expressly in lieu of all other remedies including claims for special or consequential damages. SELLER NEITHER MAKES NOR ASSUMES ANY OTHER WARRANTY WHATSOEVER, WHETHER EXPRESS, STATUTORY, OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS, AND NO PERSON IS AUTHORIZED TO ASSUME FOR DX ENGINEERING ANY OBLIGATION OR LIABILITY NOT STRICTLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOREGOING. DX Engineering 2017 DX Engineering, DXE, DX Engineering, Inc., Hot Rodz, Maxi-Core, DX Engineering THUNDERBOLT, DX Engineering Yagi Mechanical, EZ-BUILD, TELREX, Gorilla Grip Stainless Steel Boom Clamps, Butternut, SkyHawk, SkyLark, SecureMount, OMNI-TILT, RF- PRO-1B, AFHD-4 are trademarks of PDS Electronics, Inc. No license to use or reproduce any of these trademarks or other trademarks is given or implied. All other brands and product names are the trademarks of their respective owners. Specifications subject to change without notice. 8
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