3 X 4 SWITCH PLUS with One 1 X 4 Switch

$649.99

Are your ready for coax switching to switch any one of 3 radios to any one of 3 amplifiers and or up to 4 antennas? Then you’re ready for the: 

3 X 4 SWITCH PLUS by W2IHY

THE ULTIMATE MULTI-SWITCHING SYSTEM!

This system includes one 3 x 1 controller, one 1 X 4 Switch, power cable and the control cable that connects the controller to the 1 X 4 switch

 

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Description

Switch Any One of 3 Radios to Any One of 3 amplifiers and/or up to 4 Antennas – The Ultimate in Coax Switching Convenience!

The 3 X 4 Switch Plus system consists of two control devices:

  • 3 X 1 Controller/Switch Unit
  • 1 X 4 Antenna Switch.

The possible switching combinations and versatility of the 3 X 4 Switch Plus is impressive!

The 3 X 4 Coax Switch Plus is built with a rugged steel chassis, very easy to use front panel controls, and very clearly marked rear-panel connections. We feel so confident that you will be delighted with the 3 X 4 Switch Plus, that we offer a 30-day money back with our “no questions asked” guarantee. This switching system represents a new reference point for easy to use amateur radio equipment.

  • Front panel switching connects any one of 3 radios to any one of 3 amplifiers and/or up to 4 antennas.
  • Capable of easily handling 10,000 watts PEP of RF.
  • Greater than -70dB isolation typical.
  • Turning a single knob automatically switches and routes radio/amplifier, coax/ ALC and Amplifier keying.
  • Automatic switching of radio/amplifier when connected to the iPlus.
  • Turning a single knob automatically switches the microphone audio as well as the radio, amplifier COAX/ALC and Amplifier keying when connected to the iPlus.
  • Buffered keying of linear amplifier(s).
  • Single front panel switch to disconnect keying to linear amplifier(s).
  • RCA connectors provided to attach external device for keying control of linear amplifier(s).
  • Supports mono and stereo audio switching to a single speaker system.
  • Fault-tolerant design prevents damage to radios attached to the switch.
  • 19 inch rack mountable!
  • Fully assembled and ready to go.

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Introduction

3x4 SwitchIf you have ever had more than one transceiver, amplifier, or antenna, and you needed the capability of using one of three radios with any one of 3 amplifiers with up to four antennas, you had to unplug coaxes, unplug ALC lines, unplug speaker cables, etc., and then reconnect them all to accommodate the new radio and antenna that you need to use. Sometimes, this also involved using multiple coax switches and then praying that you hooked it all up correctly… What a pain! NEVER AGAIN…

NOW THERE IS A FASTER, SAFER, AND EASIER WAY!

If you’re tired of all of the cable swapping, then the 3 X 4 SWITCH PLUS was designed just for you! No more plugging and unplugging cables to connect your antennas, amplifiers, radios, and speakers.

Once you connect your coax cables from the 3 X 4 SWITCH PLUS to your existing radios (up to 3), to your amplifiers (up to 3), and to your antennas (up to 4) you’re done.

Imagine simply turning a single knob to select your transceiver and antenna, while at the same time, having the ALC and speaker connections all ready to go. Connect it all up once and then forget it. Now that’s too easy!!

If you want to use different radios (up to 3) to any one of up to three amplifiers connecting to one antenna, or want to use one radio to different amplifiers to different antennas (up to 4), or just about any combination of radios , amplifiers and antennas, the 3 X 4 SWITCH Plus will do the job!

 

3x4The 3 X 4 SWITCH Plus easily supports 10,000 watts PEP and has greater than -70dB of switching isolation.

The 3 X 4 SWITCH Plus is built with a rugged steel chassis and very easy to use front-panel controls with clearly marked rear-panel connections.

The 3 X 4 SWITCH Plus may be connected to the iPlus to select the radio to be used.

The 3 X 4 SWITCH Plus has all of the necessary connectors to control the routing of radio, amplifier, antenna, speaker, and ALC lines. The 3 X 4 Switch Plus makes your operating easier and quicker!

But there’s even more… Connect it with your existing iPlus, and/or use two 3 X 1 units and/or two 1 X 4 units for even more complex switching possibilities!

The bottom line is this; You are in total control!!

 

3 X 1 Front Panel Controls

3x1 Yellow Power


POWER SWITCH AND POWER ON INDICATOR


3x4 Unkey Amp


TUNE SWITCH

This switch disables all three rear output Amp Keying RCA connectors. The Red LED will illuminate whenever the output amplifier Keying RCA connectors are disabled.


3x1 Local Remote

LOCAL / REMOTE INPUT SELECT SWITCH AND LED’S

This 4 position rotary switch is used to connect one of up to three radios from the Input A, B, C connectors to the coax, ALC, amp keying and speaker output connectors. When this switch is turned to select “A” the radio that is connected into RF input A will be connected to the 3 X 1 output. When this switch is turned to Remote, Input A, B, or C is selected by the remote device connected into the rear 5 PIN DIN INPUT Select connector or Input Select RCA connectors. The appropriate A, B, or C input is sent to the 3 X 1 Output and the corresponding green LED will illuminate.


3x1 RF Out


RF OUTPUT SWITCHES

These switches direct coax inputs A, B, and C to the output of the 3 X 1 Controller / Switch. When a 1 X 4 Antenna Switch is connected to the coax output of the 3 X 1 Controller / Switch, these switches control the 1 X 4 Antenna Switch which is connected to one of 4 outputs based on these switch positions.


3x1 Aux


AUX SWITCH

When the AUX switch is turned on, the coax input of the 1 X 4 Antenna Switch is connected to the AUX coax output of the switch. The AUX green LED on the 3 X 1 Controller will illuminate when the AUX switch is on.

 

3 X 1 Rear Panel Connectors

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RCA INPUT SELECTS

These RCA connectors are used to remotely replace the function of the Local / Remote Select Switch. These RCA connectors are active when the Local / Remote Input Select Switch is in the Remote position. The internal circuitry in the controller only allows a single coax input to be connected to the coax output, even when multiple RCA Input Selects are grounded.

These RCA inputs accept mono or stereo inputs from up to 3 radios or other sources. The 3 X 4 Controller will send one of the three speaker (RCA stereo) inputs to the speaker (RCA Stereo) output. The RCA speaker output may be connected to a single mono or stereo speaker system or recording device.

 

GROUND CONNECTOR

Station ground should be connected here.

3x1 RF InCOAX RF INPUTS

These three coax inputs are used to connect RF devices such as transceivers or RF linear amplifiers to the 3 X 1 Controller / Switch. The front panel mounted Local / Remote Input Switch is used to select which one of the three RF inputs is connected to the 3 X 1 RF Output.


3 X 1 COAX RF OUTPUT

This coax output is connected to one of three coax inputs. Which input is connected to the output is determined by the position of the front panel mounted Local / Remote Input Switch.



POWER IN

This 6 pin DIN Connector is used to provide DC power to the unit. Power requirements are 10 to 15 VDC at 1 AMP for Powering one Controller and one 1 X 4 Antenna Switch. The power required for two Controllers and two 1 X 4 Antenna switches is 10 to 15VDC at 2 AMPs.

POWER OUT

This 6 pin DIN connector is used to provide DC power to another 3 X 1 Controller / switcher and 1 X 4 Switch. To provide power for a second Controller and second 1 X 4 Switch a cable must be connected from the Power Out of the 3 X 1 controller providing power to the Power In of the controller requiring power.

DIN INPUT SELECTS

This 5 Pin DIN is used when the Local / Remote Input Select Switch is in the remote position. It allows the selection of the A, B, C coax inputs to be selected remotely. When the Local / Remote Input Select Switch is in the Remote position this 5 PIN DIN is active.

OUT TO 1 X 4 SELECT

This 5 Pin DIN is connected to the 1 X 4 Switch 5 pin DIN. This connection switches the coax input of the 1 X 4 Switch, to one of the 4 coax outputs.

OUTPUT SELECT

This 5 Pin DIN is used to identify which of the 3 coax outputs (1, 2, or 3) on the 1 X 4 Switch is active. This DIN output can be connected to Input Select of a second switch when adding an additional level of switching is required.

1 X 4 CONNECTIONS

 

1x4 GroundStation ground should be connected to this connector. Grounding this point grounds any of the four coax connectors that are not connected to the Input coax connector.

 

1x4 Coax RF

 

Station ground should be connected to this connector. Grounding this point grounds any of the four coax connectors that are not connected to the Input coax connector.

 

1x4 Coax Connectors

 

This unit is capable of easily handling 10,000 watts PEP of RF. These 4 coax RF connectors are used to connect antennas or other external devices to the Input Coax RF Connector. Switching the input connector to one of 4 Output connectors is done using the control 5 Pin DIN connection.

 

CONTROL CONNECTOR

1x4 DINThis 5 Pin DIN switches the coax input of the 1 X 4 Switch to one of the 4 coax outputs. The 1 X 4 Antenna Switch Control Connector may be connected to the 3 X 1 Controller / Switch 1 X4 Select 5 pin DIN output. Below is a picture that defines the function of the pins on the 5 PIN DIN.

 

 

1x4 Coax Diagram


1x4 LedsOUTPUT COAX LEDS

These LED’s are wired to indicate which coax output is connected to the coax input.

 

3 X 4 SWITCH PLUS CONFIGURATION EXAMPLES

Using one or more W2IHY 3 X 4 Controllers will greatly simplify operating amateur radio stations with multiple radios, one or more linear amplifiers, and multiple antennas.

The W2IHY 3 X 4 Coax Switch may be configured in many ways. The following are a few typical configurations.

 

Configuration 1

This configuration connects up to 3 radios to a single linear amplifier / tuner. The tuner, via the 1 X 4 Antenna Switch can be configured to be connected to up to four different outputs.

Config 1

Configuration 2

This configuration connects up to 3 radios to a single linear amplifier / tuner, The amp / tuner output(s) are connected to antennas, antenna switches or other devices.

Config 2

Configuration 5

This configuration connects up to 3 radios to up to any of up to 3 linear amplifies and a single meter and tuner, The amp / tuner output(s) are connected to antennas, antenna switches or other devices.

Config 5

Many more configurations are possible!
(Please refer to the downloadable 3 X 4 Manual for more configuration examples)


3 x 4 Controller Dimensions –16” W x 3-3/8” High x 5” D
1 X 4 Coax Switch Dimensions 6 ½ W x 1-5/8” H x 2 5/8” D


Additional information

Weight 65 kg

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