SM-8 Shack Master Installation

Before you begin

    Installing and configuring the SM-8 Integrated Controller is a simple process. All configuration is done from the front panel. Installation and configuration steps are listed below.

Optional Wireless interface installation

The optional Wireless Interface should be installed before proceeding. The wireless option kit consists of the radio module and an antenna. First remove the four screws attaching the rear panel and then slide the main circuit board out a few inches. Insert the radio module into the two socket strips located between the CI/V and Radio connectors. Be sure the module is fully inserted and that the antenna jack (gold color) is pointed to the rear of the unit. Carefully slide the board back into the case and reinstall the rear panel. Now attach the antenna to the radio module. This completes the wireless installation. 


Power / ShackLAN connections

   The first step in the installation of the SM-8 is to connect 12vdc power to the SM-8. This can be done using either the power jack or via either ShackLAN jack. The two ShackLAN jacks are in parallel with each other and are also in parallel with the Switch jack. The ShackLAN cable to the antenna switch is connected to the Switch jack. Wiring should match that on the antenna switch. A mating connector is supplied with the unit.  More information for the network and power connections are here. 

USB Connector

   The USB connector is used to transfer data to and from the radio to your computer using a standard USB cable. It is also used to update the firmware. The USB may also be connected directly to Flex SDR radios. The USB driver should automatically install itself. If it does not, drivers can be downloaded here.

CI/V Connector

   This connector is used to interface to Icom radios. It uses the standard 1/8" phone plug used on all Icom radios for computer control. It should be connected to the REMOTE jack on Icom radios. It is not used for other makes of radios.

Radio Connector

  This connector is used to interface to all radios except Icom. You can use the same cable you would normally connect between the radio and a computer except when using the band data outputs from Yaesu and K3 radios. It is preferred that you use the RS-232 data from the radio and not the band data outputs otherwise there will be reduced functionality. If you still wish to use the band data outputs, you will need to make your own interface cable or purchase a custom cable. Band data signals are labeled A, B, C, D in most radio manuals but may be designated as 1, 2, 3, 4 or 1, 2, 4, 8. Pinouts for the radio connector are shown in the diagram to the right. Consult your radio manual for pinouts on the radio connector.

View looking at connector on rear panel

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