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Published on Mar 23, 2016
In the last 30 years, amateur transceivers have continued to advance adding new features and capabilities. The transceiver is, however, only part of the whole station with antennas, filters, amplifiers, switches, loggers, rotators and the like comprising the remainder. Automation of the whole station including the station is important for many kinds of operation including contesting, DXing and remote operation is key for many amateurs. At the center of the automation are the protocols used to control the transceiver. While radios have advanced, the protocols have remained stagnant focused largely on serial communication ports and the CAT protocol. In this paper we explore some of the history of transceiver control and introduce new APIs that provide many benefits over serial protocols such as CAT.