The FS-5000 High-Speed-Digital-Data radio set is meanwhile not only popular
amoung collectors, it is practically used 'ON AIR' by several radio amateur
enthusiasts. Thanks to the first investigations by Brooke Clarke and
Ray Robinson (who got the first units without DSU already 14 years ago on the
US surplus market...)
and Jim Meyer (who supplied information and constantly 'pushed' Ray for more
than two years to develop a PIC version of the DSU) we are now able to operate
the FS-5000 at least in CW Morse Code mode, even it was never intended for.
The only requirement is to have a 'Ray replica' DSU.
More information to build your own DSU (based on a PIC) can be found under
FS-5000 DCU Replica
or go directly to Ray's website.
Thirty years after development and production another goal is to gain more
knowledge about this technically very well designed radio set.
If you have information please put together as much as possible
and make them available to other interested persons and share with them.
Compensate the frequency offset between transmit and receive path
A 'bug' (for amateur radio use only) of the FS-5000 is a system-related
frequency offset of 500Hz between the transmitter and the receiver path.
First trials to compensate this frequency offset are already realized successful.
A clock generator and a small PCB developed by Chris Kunz and Andy Obermeier
do the trick. However, this requires additional hardware modification in the
modulator part of the transmitter. This modification was designed in a way to
easily restore the FS5000 back to its original condition.
In this figure the additional circuit is shown in the upper left corner.
To activate this circuit only the existing plug has to be removed and the
signal from the PCB has to be plugged in. The original cable can be stored
isolated. Power for the small circuit is fed from test point 3 (+5V) near
the center of the modulator board. With this modification, the system is now
ransmitting with 0 Hz off-set and the narrow CW 300Hz filter of the receiver
can be used because the necessary off-set to get a 1000 Hz audio tone is done
within the software in the PIC of the 'Ray replica' DSU !
Modifications for transmission of USB voice
The FS-5000 transceiver was designed for upper sideband (Restseitenband
Modulation, VSB) digital data transmission by nature. This fact
triggered the idea to find a solution to transmit voice additionally.
The description of the modulator function and the clear board layout
allowed development of such a circuit. This transforms the incoming
Voice Audio signal to the required sine and cosine signals.
With these two signals the original modulator is used to generate
a voice modulated USB signal. But this circuit is too extensive and
can not yet be implemented into the modulator module.
For the prototype a case was built that fits exactly the two original
battery packs. The idea is to make it smaller just in the size of one
battery pack. The necessary connections are made via free pins of the
battery connector or wired externally.
Shown here is the FS-5000 with the additional SSB Voice extension box.
In a field experiment, CW and USB voice was demonstrated. An additional
connector allows connection of a Laptop with sound card or as shown here
a NUE-PSK terminal for digital mode operation.
Firmware (V 10.01)
This firmware is in all the SR 5000M Speicher (DSU's) of the complete
FS 5000M sets sold by BW Schmitti in April 2012.
To get more information how the exact control sequences work the only
choice is to take a closer look into the available firmware (V10.01).
A portion of the routines to control the radio could be found by
Andy Obermeier. Minor adjustments into the firmware allow now to use
at least the receiver with the original DSU SR 5000M.
The time limitation could be removed. The precise control of the
transmitter needs still some interventions.
At the moment it is not clear in all points how the transmitter
and the antenna-tuner are actually controlled by the original DSU.
Several older versions of firmware must have been available for
different users. The known version V10.01 was written on specific
customer (Bundeswehr) request.
Several facts confirm this speculation:
The toggle switches on the receiver were hardwired to prevent accidently wrong settings in the field. To remove this modification, see details Modifying E-5000M for stand-alone use.
Not all signals coming from the transceiver are used inside the DSU.
Presence of components which were not used by the current firmware e.g. Real Time Clock.
Different programming techniques.
Existence of program functions that are not mentioned in any description.
Parts of unused code still in the chip.
The FS 5000 was designed for a very specific purpose. The way to operate
it is not as comfortable as for generally known commercial Radio Amateur
equipment as it was never intended for. With a few modifications it
should be possible (even in a limited way) to be used for common radio amateur modes.
Anyway, better than just sitting under glass on a display shelf in the living room.
But there is still a lot of work to do:
Find a better solution to cancel the frequency offset or alternatively
find a way to control the frequency in smaller steps e.g. 100 Hz.
Develop an Audio-inverter to add LSB mode.
Find and expand the missing features in the original DSU.