Computer Aided Transceiver

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A computer aided transceiver (CAT) is a device used by radio amateurs for controlling a transceiver radio receiver using a computer.

Conventional transmitters are manually controlled and used to transmit voice using buttons, dials, etc. However, advances in electronics have come to market devices that can be controlled by a computer and allowing digital modes such as packet radio and also the use of satellite tracking, because it can continuously change the device's frequency according to the Doppler effect.

See also[edit]

  • Hamlib : A library that allows to exploit the CAT interfaces of many radio transceivers.
  • Socialhams : A blog explaining the use of CAT and it's interfaces using RS232.