Re: At a crossroads

Justin Mattes--KC2GIK

First of all I didn't wa nt to waste the list's time with answering each
and every single response. I am going to go with the SignaLink because it
is the easiest to configer and I can reconfigure it if I get another rig
down the road. I have RigBlaster but don't know how to get around the
single audio port problem so I'm going with the SignaLinK USB and just
cross my fingers. Still don't know when I'll finally get on the air

Thanks again for everyone's help
Justin KC2GIK

Looks like DX Engineering has the Tigertronics SignaLink USB combo (with
the correct cable for your rig) for $129.95. Add to that a standard USB
cable and you're in business.

It could probably be found for less, but it's hard to be DXE's simplicity
and tech support, should you need it. Not that Tigertronics wouldn't help
you as well, but the folks at DXE are just so helpful.

Either one, the RigBlaster that Chris recommends or the SignaLink USB that
a few of us have mentioned, would get you going in fine order.

Let us know which route you take!


*Matt King*
*AK4MK - 070 #1708*
*PODXS 070 Club Executive Director*

On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 5:46 PM, N9JCA Chris Matthews
[070] <> wrote:

Hi Group

If I may here is my answer to the mix ( Don't know how much Justin wants
to spend )

Since Day 1, back in the late 70's when I got interested in the Digital
side of Ham Radio

I have used a RigBlaster ( 2 or 3 different Models ) until I settled on
the RigBlaster Advantage I have one for my ICOM 746Pro and my ICOM 718
have never had a problem with either of them and if you follow the
that comes with it you can't go wrong in the setup and you will be on
air within 30 minutes once you start

1 RigBlaster Box with a built in sound card

1Rig CTRL Cable

1 Plug that fits into the back of the Rig in the ACC Plugin with 2

1 CAT Cable

You can call West Mountain Radio at 1 262 522 6503 <(262)%20522-6503>
for a Tech, tell him the kind of Rig you are running and they will set
up with all the right Cables that you need

Cost is approx $250.00 for everything and IMHO well worth the $$$$

Chris N9JCA PODXS 797 LONP 165


*" I am always doing that which I CANNOT do;
in order that I may LEARN how to do it "*

On 9/4/17 4:14 PM, Stephen Melachrinos [070] wrote:

Justin -

There are two parts of the setup of an "external soundcard" interface
the SignaLink: the computer side and the radio side. (Sorry if that was

As others have pointed out, the radio side is pretty easy--you use a
specific to your radio, and then adjust the signal level to the radio
the Tx knob on the SignaLink.

The computer side has a few more steps, but it's still pretty easy. It's
single USB cable, so the mechanical part is easy. Once you plug it in
both the computer and SignaLink are powered on), the computer should
recognize the external sound card and then set it up. You then have to
sure that the external sound card is selected for your PSK program and
nothing else. You can continue to use the computer's sound card for
audio functions, like sound on web sites, Windows sounds, etc. But don't
let Windows use the SignaLink's sound card for any of those functions or
you risk transmitting things like Windows chimes and music over the air.
Somewhere in your PSK program should be a menu to select the SignaLink.
(Note that it might not actually be called "SignaLink" to Windows--it
have a name based on the chipset inside. Before you plug it in, take a
of what your internal sound card is called, and then look for the new
after the SignaLink is plugged in.) Finally, set the gain of the audio
going to the PC using the Rx knob on the SignaLink.

The last thing to do is configure the virtual COM port used for PTT.
Rather than try to figure it out logically, I just tried the various
choices in the PSK program until I found the one that keyed the radio.

I used a SignaLink USB at the "rental" station in Guam, so it's been a
while since I've used one, but one thing I do remember is try not to use
different USB ports on the computer if you have to disconnect and then
reconnect the SignaLink. IIRC, if I used the same port then the computer
and software remembered the settings. If I used a different USB port,
I had to change the settings in the software (like the number of the
virtual COM port).


-----Original Message-----
From: 'Justin Mattes-KC2GIK' [070]
<> <>
To: 070 <> <>
Sent: Mon, Sep 4, 2017 12:17 am
Subject: Re: [070] At a crossroads

I've do a little bit mor digging and found an "external soundcard" might
work bu-t I don't know how easy it is to configure. Let me also explain
don;t have the hand control to do ANY assembly on my own so and
suggestions of "kits" or home made interfaces is our. I also did the
research Steve,W3HF di before I came on here looking for suggestions


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