The PTT line output from the SC2/SC3 does not go completely to ground as it is an output from a relay driver IC. The PTT line will go down to somewhere between 0.6volts and 1.6volts (approximately) depending on the radios internal PTT circuitry.
With most radios this does not constitute a problem while with some others strange problems can arise. If you find that the PTT is intermittent or that the transmit power output is low then we recommend that a small relay is fitted to switch the PTT. The relay may be driven directly from the PTT output line on the SC2/SC3 - don't forget a protection diode across the relay coil !
There are also some radios (notably the Codan 7727 series) which use a POSITVE PTT (that is 12volts). In this case the use of a relay is required as above.
The SC51 has two PTT outputs. One for voice and another one for selcall.
The voice PTT normally operates whenever the microphone PTT button is
pressed, while the selcall PTT operates when the SC51 board is tranmitting
selcalls, GPS locations, etc. Some radios can mute the microphone when
sending selcalls by using the selcall PTT (eg. Kenwood TRC/TK80).
Out of the two the SCAN line is probably the line which may cause problems when used in SCAN PULSE mode. Some radios have UP and DOWN lines on the microphone socket. It is possible to pulse the UP (or DOWN) line to make the radio pseudo-scan. Try not to scan more than say eight channels as this may lead to calls being missed.
There are three major problems using the UP/DOWN lines to produce scanning:
1) Some radios use the UP/DOWN lines for other functions as well. These radios usually measure the VOLTAGE on these lines to determine what function is required.
2) Most modern radios have a large number of memory channels whcih are sometimes arranged in "banks" of say ten channels in a bank. Some radios will allow you to step through a "bank" of channels with the UP/DOWN lines while others make you step through all the channels.
3) Some radios will bypass empty memory channels when using the UP/DOWN
lines while other radios make you step through all the empty ones.
Better still is to use the Audio Alarm Output line to feed back into
the audio power amplifier of the radio. The audio alarm is fed
down it's own line or alternatively can be fed back down the receive
audio input line by making link LK1.