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Product Manual
232-MCT
Mono Caption Tuner
Ver.5.1 March 7, 2013
4355 Excel Pkwy, Suite 600, Addison, TX, 75001
Phone: 972-931-2728 • Toll-Free: 888-972-2728 • Fax: 972-931-2765
E-Mail: Sales@crwww.com • Website: www.crwww.com
Table of Contents
Overview ............................................................................................................................................. 3
Specifications ...................................................................................................................................... 4
Physical ................................................................................................................................................... 4
Front Panel .............................................................................................................................................. 4
Rear Panel ............................................................................................................................................... 4
Internal Character Generator/Captioning .................................................................................................... 4
RF Tuner.................................................................................................................................................. 5
Includes ................................................................................................................................................... 5
Options .................................................................................................................................................... 5
Troubleshooting .................................................................................................................................. 5
Tuner Setup......................................................................................................................................... 6
Tuner Helper ............................................................................................................................................ 6
Terminal .................................................................................................................................................. 7
RS-232 Control Protocol ..................................................................................................................... 8
Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 8
General protocol specifications .................................................................................................................. 8
Command String Structure ........................................................................................................................ 8
Command and Status Response ................................................................................................................ 8
RS-232 Commands ................................................................................................................................... 9
Character Generator Commands ...............................................................................................................11
Keypad Channel Command ......................................................................................................................12
IC-RC Remote Emulation..........................................................................................................................12
Tune Ring Commands and Replies ............................................................................................................13
Terminal Communication Commands ........................................................................................................13
RS-232 Command Hints and Tips ..............................................................................................................13
Response Strings .............................................................................................................................. 14
Channel/Source Status Response String (T): .............................................................................................14
Audio Status Response String (V): ............................................................................................................14
Front Panel Mode Status Response String (S): ...........................................................................................14
RS-232 Cable Connections ................................................................................................................ 15
Single Tuner............................................................................................................................................15
Multiple Tuners........................................................................................................................................15
Rack Mounting .................................................................................................................................. 16
RK1 Single Unit Rack Mount .....................................................................................................................16
RK2 Side-by-Side Rack Kit ........................................................................................................................16
Safety Instructions ........................................................................................................................... 17
Limited Warranty and Disclaimer ..................................................................................................... 18
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Overview
The Contemporary Research 232-MCT is an economical RS-232/IR controlled video tuner featuring mono audio, 125channel access in CATV, HRC, or IRC modes, closed captioning and intelligent control. Fully programmable, the unit
can restore all settings on power-up from non-volatile memory. A list of accessible channels, called channel rings, can
be stored in memory, used for convenient channel up/down control and to control direct access to unlisted channels.
Switchable inputs for NTSC video and mono audio are included for display of PC graphics, a character generator
information channel, camera or other A/V sources.
An onboard character generator displays on-screen text for closed captioning, channel names, and text from a custom
control system. Full setup, control, and feedback is provided by RS-232. Up to nine 232-series tuners can be
controlled from a single RS-232 port. In addition, remote tuning ring channel up and down operation can be accessed
through contact closure inputs. Enjoy a full range of wireless control with the optional IC-RC IR Wireless Remote.
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Interacts with PCs and control systems via RS-232, using simple ASCII-format commands and feedback, up to
9 tuners can be linked to a single RS-232 control port; AMX, Crestron, or RTI modules available.
Tunes 125 channels CATV, HRC, or IRC modes, using true synchronous video detection and intercarrier SAW
filter – channel 126 selects the composite input.
Stores programmable tuning ring in memory to control channel access
Receives IR commands from front-panel sensor and wired IR input on the back, also responds to Sharp IR TV
commands
Accesses tuning ring channel up/down from contact closure inputs
Displays closed-captioning text, on-screen channel names, and on-screen text from custom control systems
Inserts blue screen video image when unit senses loss of video level
Restores all operation status after loss of power from data stored in non-volatile memory
Mutes both audio and video, variable volume control
Switches between tuner and external A/V input (video and audio inputs, can convert stereo to mono)
Mounts in 19" rack with optional RK1 or RK2 kit for dual side-by-side installation
Setup available via RS-232 using free Tuner Helper software, a Terminal application, or by custom system
programming
Integrates with 232-AMP for educational applications, pole mount bracket available
Firmware updateable via local PC over RS-232
Firmware Versions:
V5.1 Adds RS-232 command for setting Unit#, enables use of fully-wired RS-232 cables (ignores voltage on pins 4
and 9).
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Specifications
Physical
Size:
Weight:
Enclosure:
Mounting:
8.5" [216mm] wide x 1.75" [38mm] height (1RU) x 6.0" [153mm] deep
1.5 lbs [0.68kg]
All aluminum with durable black powder coat paint
Rack mounting for one or two units side-by-side optional (RK1, RK2)
Front Panel
IR Sensor:
Power LED:
Receives 57 KHz IR commands, CR mode 9 or Sharp TV
Green LED behind IR window lights when power is on (AV unmuted)
Rear Panel
Power In:
RS-232 Control:
Closures:
IR In:
Antenna/Cable:
AV Input:
Video Output:
Audio Outputs:
Response:
Level:
2.1mm coaxial jack (inside center conductor positive), 350 mA maximum
10.5 to 14.5 VDC, 12 VDC typical (may be unregulated)
DB-9 male connector
User selectable 300 to 19,200 (9600 default) baud, 8 data bits, no parity, 1 stop bit
Employs standard ASCII strings from any terminal program, PC, or control system
Can accept non-standard RS-232, including 0 to +5 VDC operation
Integrates with 232-AMP, daisy-chain RS-232, set tuner to Unit 2
2 momentary closure inputs - Channel Up (Pin 4), Down (Pin 9), GND (Pin 5)
3.5mm stereo jack for optional IR-RXC IR Receiver
Sleeve= DC power+ from power jack input, limited to less than 100mA
Ring=DC power– (GND)
Tip= IR data signal
‘F’, female, 75 ohm impedance
1 RCA female NTSC composite, 2 RCA mono audio (mixes stereo input to mono)
RCA female, NTSC composite, 75 ohm impedance, 1V peak-to-peak typical
2 RCA female, mono, unbalanced, 330 ohms impedance
(they are marked Left/Right, but both provide the same mono output)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.5%, 0.1% typical 20Hz to 20KHz
+8dBu, (2V RMS), 0 to -70 dB and mute, 64 steps
Internal Character Generator/Captioning
Characters:
ASCII
Format:
White text over video or white text with black background over video,
Up to 32 characters, 13 lines
Function:
Closed captioning, channel labels, interactive menus, messages, and system feedback
Captioning:
Modes CC1-CC4, TT1-TT4, On/On with Mute/Off modes, CG text times out to show
captioning
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Specifications
RF Tuner
Frequency Range:
Maximum Input:
Video Gain:
Video Phase:
NTSC television 55.25 to 801.25 MHz, 62.5KHZ fine tune resolution
Maximum Input: +20dBmV max, +10dBmV nominal*
±5% maximum, 2% typical
±3 degrees maximum, 2 degrees typical
Includes
12 VDC power supply, 500 mA min (North American shipments only)
Options
CC-232 RS-232 Control Cable (specify make and model)
RK1 Kit for mounting single unit in 19” rack, RK2 Kit for mounting two units side-by-side in 19” rack
IC-RC IR Wireless Remote
PMT-1 Pole Mount Bracket can mount tuner (and 232-AMP) to a video projector pole.
Troubleshooting
Symptom: Problems with Cable Channels
There are three types of cable channel systems, Cable, IRC, and HRC. While the Cable setting works for over 90% of
installations, there are a few cable systems set for IRC and HRC channel frequencies. Here’s how to tell which is which:
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IRC– Channels 5 and 6 are missing. Change to IRC and they will appear.
HRC – None of the channels tune in, or they are noisy or lack audio. Change to HRC.
Symptom: Need to change Unit # of Tuner
See Page 9 for S2 RS-232 command.
Symptom: How do I select the composite input?
Select Channel 126.
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Tuner Setup
There are several ways you can set up the 232-MCT tuner via RS-232.
Tuner Helper
Download this easy-to-use free software tool (Version 3.2.0) from the bottom of the www.crwww.com home
page, or the Downloads page. The three tabs you’ll use are:
 Control – Acts a test control panel, sets up TV Standard and Volume.
 Setup – Channel ID text and define list of channels (tune ring)
 Text – sets closed captioning operation
 COM – defines RS-232 port or IP port for communication
All changes are live, so your changes are real-time. You can save your setup to a file, then use to clone
identical tuners.
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Terminal
It’s also easy to use an RS-232 Terminal app for setup. The 232-MCT is shipped set to Standard Cable, and
the internal channel list is set to 2-126. To limit the channels, use the TR command and enter a list of
channels. If your PC is XP and you still have Hyper Terminal, you can enter the setup commands in a
Notepad text file, then select the page from HyperTerminal to clone the tuner. Download the HyperTune
file from Download for a manual and a sample text file. If you have Windows Vista or newer, search for Tera
Term and download the application. It’s a great Terminal application, and it also has a Send File option that
can send the text file.
To quickly "clone" MCT Tuners:
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Create a text file with Notepad as shown below
Add an Enter at the last line (commands need it to be sent)
Save by job name
Open Windows Terminal (or Tera Term for Win 7 users) set up for RS-232 control (COM port, 9600,
8 data bits, 1 stop, no handshake) and connect.
Select the HyperTerm Transfer menu, select Send Text File, and choose the file you've just saved, or
File/Send File in Tera Term
Sample file:
>S0=0 (Tune Mode Cable)
>TR=2,4,5,7-10,19,32,50 (Tune Ring Channels)
>Q4=3 (Onscreen Channel Display - Channel and Name)
>Q0=0 (Captioning off)
>TN=2,NBC (Channel name - up to 8 characters)
>TN=4,FOX
>TN=7,ABC
>TN=5,PBS
>TN=19,CW
>TN=32,KAZQ
>TN=50,WC
>P1 (Power On)
>TC=19 (Tune to Channel 19)
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RS-232 Control Protocol
Overview
The 232-MCT full duplex RS232 scheme enables a system programmer to control all TV Tuner functions as well
as monitor 3 groups of TV Tuner status. All commands are sent as ASCII strings. No delays between characters
or commands are required, as data is interrupt driven and buffered.
The 3 status groups are: Channel/Source Select, Audio Levels/Mode and Front Panel. Each of the groups has
one ASCII status response string containing all of the status data for that group. The current status string of a
group is sent from the 232-MCT whenever a valid command for that group is received by the 232-MCT RS-232
port or front panel. A group's status may be requested at any time via the RS-232 port. Status of all 3 groups is
sent at power up. The format of each group's status response string remains the same always.
Up to 9 232-MCTs may be cabled together and addressed for individual control from a single RS-232 port. Each
232-MCT is assigned a unique unit code (Front Panel Mode 2).
Communications parameters (Front Panel Mode 1) are 300 to 9600 baud, 8 data bits, No parity, and 1 stop bit.
Factory default is 9600 baud, Unit#1.
All settings are saved to NVRAM in the 232-MCT.
General protocol specifications
Characters in command strings to the 232-MCT are common ASCII keyboard characters.
Command strings sent to the 232-MCT begin with the ASCII > (greater than symbol) as an 'Attention' character
and end with carriage return - ASCII CR, Hex $0D, or keyboard Enter - as an 'End-of-command' character.
Responses from the 232-MCT begin with the ASCII < (less than symbol) as an 'Attention' character and end
with a carriage return followed by line feed an ASCII LF or Hex $0A as 'End-of-command' characters. A carriage
return is required at the end of each command and is assumed in all examples.
Command String Structure
[Attention] (Unit#) [Command] (Parameters) [Return]
Attention
Unit#
Command
Parameters
Return
Single character (>) starts the string
The Unit# is expressed as an ASCII 0-9 when used in multiple tuner applications.
To address all units, use a Unit # of 0 (Zero – versions 4.0 and above)
Sending no unit number will default to Unit#1
A two-character command
Added attributes to some commands
A carriage return ends the command string, you may use ASCII CR, Hex $0D, or keyboard
‘Enter’ in programming. For simplicity, the programming examples in the manual will not show
the ‘CR’ – so remember, you’ll need to add it in your control code.
Command and Status Response
Commands can be sent back to back at any time without any delay. To allow for rapid, multiple commands,
status responses are intentionally delayed by about 125mS, sending the most current status in response to
control commands or user actions.
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RS-232 Commands
S0=
Typical Setup Commands
Set tune mode
S2=
TR=
Set Unit #
Set Tune Ring (TR)
Example: ‘>2TR=2,4,7-10’
Q4=
Label Mode with Status (0-3)
0=CATV
1=Broadcast
2=HRC
3=IRC
1-9
Limits access to specified channels, 120 chars max
You can use dash for sequential channels, include 126 if you are
using external AV inputs
Stores unit #2 Tune Ring as 2,4,7,8,9,10
Sets on-screen channel label mode. Same as TM, current mode
reflected in status, setting TM will also change Q4. (Ver 3.1)
0=None
1=Alpha only
2=Numeric only (default)
3=Both alpha and numeric labels
Channel labels are displayed overlaying the video in the top-left corner
of the screen for about 10 seconds after each channel change.
Q0=
Caption Mode Off (0-2)
Tuner displays the channel number only.
Sets captioning mode
0=Captioning off (default)
1=Captioning on
2=Captioning active when volume is muted
Example: ‘>Q0=0’ or ‘>Q00’
TR=
Tuning
Set Tune Ring (TR)
Example: ‘>2TR=2,4,7-10’
TT=
Select tuned channel (0-126)
Example: ‘>TT=28’
TC=
Force tuned channel (0-126)
Example: ‘>TC=39’
TP
TU
TD
P0
P1
PT
XT
XX
XM
Set to previous channel
Tune channel up
Example: ‘>3TU’
Tune channel down
Power and Mute AV
Power Off
Power On
Power Toggle
Toggle Mute A/V
Mute A/V off
Mute A/V on
Example: ‘>XM’
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Captioning off
Limits access to specified channels, 120 chars max
You can use dash for sequential channels, include 126 if you are
using external AV inputs
Stores unit#2 Tune Ring as 2,4,7,8,9,10
0=video mute, 255=video unmute*
126=External AV Inputs
Selects channel 28 only if 28 is present in current TR
0=video mute, 255=video unmute*
126=External AV Inputs
Selects channel 39 regardless of current TR
Selects previous channel only if present in current TR
Selects next higher channel in stored Tune Ring
Bumps Unit#3 tuned channel up one from available Tune Ring
Selects next lower channel in stored Tune Ring
Both activate the same function
Same as XM
Same as XX
Same as XT
Alternates Mute A/V on and off
Turn A/V outputs on at previous level
Mutes A/V outputs
Mutes audio and video outputs
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RS-232 Commands
VU
VD
VL
VX
VV
VT
VM
Volume and Audio
Ramp volume up
Ramp volume down
Ramps volume to level (0 – 63)
Volume Mute off
Stop volume ramp
Toggle Volume Mute
Volume Mute on
Example: ‘>VM’
S5=
Power-up volume
S7=
Set audio mode
Status
SQ
Request Q Mode status
Unit sends “Q” Mode status string
SS
ST
Request Mode status
Request Channel status
Example: ‘>ST’
Request Audio status
Q-series Commands
Unit sends “S” Mode status string
Unit sends “T” Channel/Source status string
Returns Channel/Source status response string
Unit sends “V” Audio status string
Captioning, Text and Video
Caption Mode Off (0-2)
Sets captioning mode
SV
Q
Q0=
Starts volume ramping up
Starts volume ramping down
Sets volume to specific level
Restores audio volume to previous level
Stops volume ramping
Alternates audio mute on and off
Turns off audio outputs
Mutes audio outputs
0=restore to previous level (default)
1= Restore to full
0=Mono/Mono (fixed)
0=Captioning off (default)
1=Captioning on
2=Captioning active when volume is muted
Example: ‘>Q0=0’ or ‘>Q00’
Captioning off
Q1=
Captioning Type (1-8)
Turns on captioning type, no functionality in 232-STA
1=Caption 1 (default)
2=Caption 2
3=Caption 3
4=Caption 4
5-8= Text 1-4 (rarely used)
Q2=
Video Loss Detection (0-3)
Selects response when a loss of video signal is detected
Q4=
Label Mode with Status (0-3)
0=Both audio and video muted (default-blue screen for video)
1=Audio mute only
2=Video muted, audio active
3=No AV mute
Audio is always unmuted when external AV inputs are selected
Sets on-screen channel label mode. Same as TM, current mode
reflected in status, setting TM will also change Q4. (Ver 3.1)
0=None
1=Alpha only
2=Numeric only (default)
3=Both alpha and numeric labels
Channel labels are displayed overlaying the video in the top-left corner
of the screen for about 10 seconds after each channel change.
Tuner displays the channel number only.
A carriage return is required at the end of each command and is assumed in all examples. The ‘=’ sign for
parameters may be omitted if desired, though it is helpful for clarity in checking programming.
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Character Generator Commands
Before the introduction of the 232-STS, 232-MCT models offered an optional character generator, supporting an
on-screen display that is 28 columns (characters) across by 11 rows (lines) down. An imaginary cursor
represents the current screen write position. Writing text automatically increments the cursor to the next
character space. The character text is always white.
TM=<label mode>
Sets on-screen channel label mode.
0=None
1=Alpha only
2=Numeric only
3=Both alpha and numeric labels
Channel labels are displayed overlaying the video in the top-left corner
of the screen for about 10 seconds after each channel change.
Example: '>TM=2' Sets channel mode to display channel number only.
TN=<channel>,<alpha label>
Sets the alpha label for the specified channel. Alpha labels may be up
to 8 characters and are displayed on screen when a channel changes, if
alpha labels are enabled by the 'TM' command.
Example: '>TN=8,ABC' Sets the alpha label for channel 8 to be 'ABC'.
TN=0,0
TC
DG=<row>,<column>
E7=<column>
E8=<row>
EA
EB
DC
DB
E9=<num spaces>
DM
DN<text>
DW<text>
DQ=<time>
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Clears (blanks) all stored alpha labels
Displays the current channel label on screen for about 10 seconds
Moves the cursor to the specified row and column position. If row is 0,
then row will not be changed, and if column is 0, then column will not
be changed.
Moves cursor to specified column.
Moves cursor to specified row.
Clear on screen display. Also, moves cursor to column 1 and row 1.
Moves cursor down to the first column of the next row (like a carriage
return plus line feed).
Clear on screen display from the cursor to the end of the screen.
Cursor position does not change.
Clear on screen display from the cursor to the end of the current line.
Cursor position does not change.
Clears the specified number of spaces. Cursor position does not change
Clears on-screen display. Also, moves cursor to column 1 and row 1,
unblanks screen if it was blanked, and cancels an active ‘KC’ or ‘KT’
keypad command
Clears on screen display, then writes the specified text to the display
starting at column 1 and row 1.
Writes the specified text to the display starting at current cursor
position.
Sets screen timeout to specified time in seconds. If time is 0 or 255,
any text on the screen will persist indefinitely, or until cleared.
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Keypad Channel Command
If you’re using an external control system, this command will emulate the pressing of numeric keypad buttons
for channel selection, which means you won’t need to use extra elements for capturing channel commands in
your programming. The KC command will access any channel, KT will only access a channel stored in the Tune
Ring.
KC=0
KC=1
KC=9
KC
KT=9
KT
KD
Emulates ‘0’ key, accesses any channel.
Emulates ‘1’ key, accesses any channel.
Emulates ‘9’ key, accesses any channel.
Emulate ‘Enter’ key, accesses any channel.
Emulates ‘9’ key, accesses channel if it exists in current Tune Ring.
Emulate ‘Enter’ key, accesses channel if it exists in current Tune Ring.
Clears or cancels any KC or KT channel entry
After 3 seconds, with no other key, the selected channel will be tuned to. Optionally, you can have an Enter key
send the command KC or KT to select the channel immediately. Using the KD command can cancel a channel
entry before the time delay or Enter executes the channel change.
IC-RC Remote Emulation
You can also emulate IR commands sent from the CR IC-RC Wireless Remote. If you are using the numeric keys
to select a channel, the user or program will need to follow the numeric command with an Enter.
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KK=<key>
Emulates IC-RC remote key codes
0=Release Key
9=Power (toggling)
10= 0 (numeric keypad)
11=1
12=2
13=3
14=4
15=5
16=6
17=7
18=8
19=9
21=Enter
22=Channel up or +
23=Channel down or –
24=Volume up or + (use Release Key (0) to stop volume ramp)
25=Volume down or – (use Release Key (0) to stop volume ramp)
26=Volume mute
30=Switch to tuner AV (previous channel) if unit is currently set to External (ch 126)
31=Input (Toggling) switches between tuner and AV input
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Tune Ring Commands and Replies
$R
Request Tune
Ring
$N=xxx
Request Label
Asks for reply with list of channels in Tune Ring
Example: ‘>$R’ asks for list from Unit 1
Reply:’<1$TR2-31,35,52,126’
Asks for reply with channel text assigned to specific channel
Example: ‘>$N31’ asks for label assigned to channel 31
Reply: ‘<1$TN038,ABC’
Terminal Communication Commands
EF
EN
Echo Off
Echo On
ID
Z!
Z]
Product ID
Zap
Soft Zap
Characters received will not be re-transmitted (power up default)
Characters received will be re-transmitted.
Example: ‘>EN’ Characters received will be re-transmitted.
Returns the product model number and software version.
Reconfigures unit for all factory default settings.
Emulates reboot after power restored
RS-232 Command Hints and Tips
Leading zeros may be included or omitted from command parameters.
Example: ‘>TC=009’
Selects channel 9 as A/V output, same as ‘>TC=9’.
Multiple commands may be concatenated as single strings up to 120 ASCII characters long.
Example: ‘>XXTC=9’
Selects Mute A/V off, channel 9.
Example: ‘ >S0=0S4=0’ Selects CATV mode, no front panel lockout.
Mute A/V Off command is not required in any command; however it may be useful to send Mute A/V Off in case
Mute A/V had been set On from the front panel.
Sending all 3 status request commands to the 232-MCT back-to-back for a full status update is allowed.
Example: ‘>STSVSS’
Returns all 3 response strings back-to-back.
The carriage return line feed at the end of each 232-MCT response allows for easy monitoring of responses with
an ASCII terminal program. You may use ASCII CR, Hex $0D, or keyboard ‘Enter’ in programming.
You don’t have to use the ‘=’ character between the command and parameter – the string works either way.
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Response Strings
Typical: [Attention] [Unit#] [data ...data] [cr] [lf]
232-MCT status response strings contain ASCII characters similar to those used for the same functions in
command strings. An ASCII 'carriage return' and ‘line feed' follow each response string. Functions shown as N/A
are not applicable; characters will appear in status strings as lower-case x.
Channel/Source Status Response String (T):
Start
Unit
1-9
CMD
Power
U=On
M=Off
<
1
T
U
Channel
Current
Channel
3 digits
008
Video Mute
U=Unmuted
M=Mute
N/A
2 digits
U
xx
Audio Status Response String (V):
Start
Unit
1-9
CMD
<
1
V
Power
U=On
M=Off
U
Volume
0-63
2 digits
63
Volume Mute
U = Unmuted
M =Mute
U
Stereo
S=Stereo
M=Mono
M
Front Panel Mode Status Response String (S):
Start
Unit
1-9
CMD
1
S
<
Audio Mode
0=Mono/Mono
0
Tune Mode
0-3
Lockout
0-9
0
0
Bass
Fixed
0 dB
2 digits
08
Treble
Fixed
0 dB
4
Q Mode Response String (Q):
Start
Unit
1-9
CMD
Q0
0-2
Q1
1-8
<
1
Q
2
1
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0=AV Muted
2=Video Muted
0
14
Q3
0-3
Q4
0-3
N/A
5 digits
0
x
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RS-232 Cable Connections
Single Tuner
Control Wiring – Single Unit
RS-232
Control Port
5 GND
2 RXD
3 TXD
GND
TXD
RXD
Channel Up
Channel Down
5
3
2
4
9
9-pin D-sub
female
RS-232 wiring for control or programming should only use pins 2, 3, 5. Standard null modem cables
such as the CC-COM cable that include all wires can be used for programming and control.
Multiple Tuners
Up to nine tuners can be daisy-chained from one RS-232 control port. Remember that you will need
to use the Unit# address in your programming when you control more than one tuner from the same
control port.
Set the first unit in the RS-232 chain to the highest Unit#, then wire in sequence to the last tuner in
the chain. The reason for this is that CR tuners use an intelligent data bus - the highest number tuner
receives all commands, and then passes on commands addressed to tuners with lower unit numbers.
The next tuner in the chain does the same, and so on until the last unit.
RS-232 Wiring – Two Units
RS-232
Control Port
5 GND
2 RXD
GND 5
TXD 3
3 TXD
RXD 2
GND 5
TXD 3
RXD 2
Unit 2
9-pin D-sub
female
Unit 1
9-pin D-sub
female
RS-232 Wiring – Three Units
RS-232
Control Port
5 GND
2 RXD
GND 5
TXD 3
3 TXD
RXD 2
GND 5
TXD 3
RXD 2
GND 5
TXD 3
RXD 2
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Unit 3
9-pin D-sub
female
Unit 2
9-pin D-sub
female
Unit 1
9-pin D-sub
female
232-MCT Mono Caption Tuner
Rack Mounting
Two options are available for rack-mounting tuners.
RK1 Rack Mount
RK2 Rack Mount
RK1 Single Unit Rack Mount
Size Long Bracket:
Size Short Bracket:
Weight:
Enclosure:
Hardware:
9.5" [206mm] wide x 1.75" [38mm] height (1RU) x 1.75” [38mm] deep
1.0" [22mm] wide x 1.75" [38mm] height (1RU) x 1.75” [38mm] deep
3.25 oz [0.148kg]
All aluminum with durable black powder coat paint
Qty 4 CS, Phillip, Flathead, 82deg, Black, 8-32 x .25”
Attach the long and short rack ears to the side and towards the front of the unit with the four (4) supplied
8-32 by ¼” (black) countersunk screws.
RK2 Side-by-Side Rack Kit
1. Remove top cover of the first unit by removing the ten (10) black screws.
2. Attach cover of first unit to the side of the second with three (3) supplied 4-40 by 1/4" (silver colored)
panhead screws and split lock washers. Note that only one side of the second unit has the (3) built in
nuts to accept the screws above.
3. Reinstall the bottom/chassis of the first unit underneath its cover and attach with just eight (8) of the
screws removed in step 1.
4. Attach short rack ears to the side and towards the front of each unit with the four (4) supplied 8-32 by
1/4" (black) countersunk screws.
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Safety Instructions
Read before operating equipment.
1. Cleaning - Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol
cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
2. Power Sources - Use supplied or equivalent UL/CSA approved low voltage DC plug-in transformer.
3. Outdoor Antenna Grounding - If you connect an outside antenna or cable system to the product, be
sure the antenna or cable system is grounded so as to provide some protection against voltage surges
and built-up static charges. Section 810 of the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA No. 70, provides
information with respect to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the leadin wire to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of antenna discharge unit,
connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the grounding electrode.
4. Lightning - Avoid installation or reconfiguration of wiring during lightning activity.
5. Power Lines - Do not locate an outside antenna system near overhead power lines or other electric light
or power circuits or where it can fall into such power lines or circuits. When installing an outside antenna
system, refrain from touching such power lines or circuits, as contact with them might be fatal.
6. Overloading - Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this can result in a risk of fire or
electric shock.
7. Object and Liquid Entry - Never push objects of any kind into this product through openings as they
may touch dangerous voltage points or short out parts, resulting in a fire or electric shock. Never spill
liquid of any kind on the product.
8. Servicing - Do not attempt to service this product yourself as opening or removing covers may expose
you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
9. Damage Requiring Service - Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified
service personnel under the following conditions:
 When the power supply cord or plug is damaged.
 If liquid spills or objects fall into the product.
 If the product is exposed to rain or water.
 If the product does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust only those
controls that are covered by the operating instructions. An improper adjustment of other controls may
result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product
to its normal operation.
 If the video product is dropped or the cabinet is damaged.
 When the video product exhibits a distinct change in performance, this indicates a need for service.
* Note to CATV system installer: This reminder is provided to call CATV system installer's attention to
Article 820-40 of the National Electrical Code (Section 54 of Canadian Electrical Code, Part I), that provides
guidelines for proper grounding and, in particular, specifies that the cable ground shall be connected to the
grounding system of the building as close to the point of cable entry as possible.
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Limited Warranty and Disclaimer
Contemporary Research Corporation (CR) warrants this product to be free from defects in material
and workmanship under normal use for a period of two years from the date of purchase from CR.
Should such a defect occur CR will repair or replace, at their option, the defective product at no cost
for parts or labor.
This warranty extends to product purchased directly from CR or an Authorized CR Dealer. Consumers
should inquire from selling dealer as to the nature and extent of the dealer's warranty, if any.
All warranty claims must be shipped pre-paid to the factory. Call or fax to obtain a Return Material
Authorization (RMA) number.
CR is not liable for any damages caused by any of its products or for the failure of any products to
perform, including any lost profits, lost savings, incidental damages, or consequential damages. CR is
not responsible for any claim made by a third party or made for you by a third party. This limitation
of liability applies whether damages are sought, or a claim is made, under this warranty or as a tort
claim (including negligence and strict product liability), a contract claim, or any other claim. This
limitation of liability cannot be waived or amended by any person. This limitation of liability will be
effective even if CR or an authorized representative of CR has been advised of the possibility of any
such damages.
Some states do not allow a limitation of how long an implied warranty lasts. Some states do not allow
the limitation or exclusion of incidental or consequential damages for consumer products. In such
states, the limitation or exclusion of the Limited Warranty may not apply to you. This Limited
Warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights that may vary from state to
state. You are advised to consult applicable state laws for a full determination of your rights.
Except as expressly set forth in this Limited Warranty, CR makes no other warranties, expressed or
implied, including any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. CR
expressly disclaims all warranties not stated in this Limited Warranty. Any implied warranties that
may be imposed by law are limited to the terms of this Limited Warranty.
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