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Re: Signalink USB

Stephen Melachrinos
 

Lauri -

Understood. The simplification comes from the fact that right now I have three cables from the computer to the interface: Tx audio, Rx audio, and PTT (which is a USB-to-RS232 adapter connected to the RS232 input on the adapter). Consolidating that mess into a single USB is one of the goals.

Steve 


-----Original Message-----
From: Lauri Lundgren <n1ukxradio@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Dec 27, 2020 11:06 am
Subject: Re: [070Club] Signalink USB

You're going to need at least 2 cables.  The USB cable is between the SignaLink and the computer, and then you'll need a cable from the SignaLink to the radio.


Re: Secondary Callsign detailed usage information

GA - Bob - K4VBM
 

Mike,

As a support volunteer for eQSL, what you need to do is create an attached account for the KE0CEN/7 call.

This is how:

Log into your existing account and go to the 'My Accounts' page, https://www.eqsl.cc/qslcard/MyAccounts.cfm
and at the bottom of the page you will see a section called: 'Register a New Attached Account'.
Change the callsign to be KE0CEN/7, put in the start date of when you made the first contact with that call,
enter an corresponding End Date, enter all the correct QTH information, give it a good nickname based on where you were operating from,
and press the 'Create New' button.

The new account will be attached to your old account, so they will share the same membership level,
and also the credits from both accounts will be combined for the eAwards program.

As for QRZ.com, just login and go to the account manager page:  https://www.qrz.com/manager
A ways down is a section called Secondary Callsigns.  Click on the "Add a new secondary callsign" link, and go from there.

As for LoTW, you will need to request a new certificate for the KE0CEN/7 call sign.  You can do that through the TQSO program.  Make sure you enter the correct QTH information.  When you receive the new certificate via email, you will need to import it into the TQSL program.  From then on, just make sure you select the correct QTH when uploading to LoTW.

Those are the ones I can help you with.

Bob
K4VBM (Very Bad Memory)

On 12/27/2020 12:47 PM, Michael KE0CEN wrote:
Hello all!
 
First post here on the email reflector, I'm newish to PSK-31 and a new member of PODXS070!!
Before my question I'd like to thank all those that volunteer their time and effort to PODXS070, the contests and awards are fun and I look forward to introducing our Boy Scout ARC (WN0BSA) to them later this year!
 
I'm looking for a good resource to learn more about the proper usage of secondary callsigns. In particular how to log them for personal information, how to use them for QRZ, LoTW, eQSL , etc.
 
I was outside my home QTH last week using the callsign KE0CEN/7 as I was in Arizona (home is Iowa) and I was sure to use my actual LOC and QTH when communicating with people so awards and contest results would be accurate.
 
I have gotten a few QSL requests using just the callsign KE0CEN, and I'm not sure what to do about that.
 
Anyway, I'm mostly looking for something that is already written that I can read or a video I can watch. I did some digging myself on the internet, but I didn't really see anything detailed about logging, contests, and secondary call signs etc.
 
Thanks for any information on the subject and thanks to all the club members I contacted the last few weeks!
 
73,
  Michael KE0CEN


Secondary Callsign detailed usage information

Michael KE0CEN
 

Hello all!
 
First post here on the email reflector, I'm newish to PSK-31 and a new member of PODXS070!!
Before my question I'd like to thank all those that volunteer their time and effort to PODXS070, the contests and awards are fun and I look forward to introducing our Boy Scout ARC (WN0BSA) to them later this year!
 
I'm looking for a good resource to learn more about the proper usage of secondary callsigns. In particular how to log them for personal information, how to use them for QRZ, LoTW, eQSL , etc.
 
I was outside my home QTH last week using the callsign KE0CEN/7 as I was in Arizona (home is Iowa) and I was sure to use my actual LOC and QTH when communicating with people so awards and contest results would be accurate.
 
I have gotten a few QSL requests using just the callsign KE0CEN, and I'm not sure what to do about that.
 
Anyway, I'm mostly looking for something that is already written that I can read or a video I can watch. I did some digging myself on the internet, but I didn't really see anything detailed about logging, contests, and secondary call signs etc.
 
Thanks for any information on the subject and thanks to all the club members I contacted the last few weeks!
 
73,
  Michael KE0CEN


Re: Signalink USB

Jerry N9AVY
 

I'll second Dick's comment on "if I could hear it, I could work it".  Sensitivity has never been a problem. However, one does need a decent receiver and antenna system.

Jerry  n9avy

On Sunday, December 27, 2020, 10:10:02 AM CST, Richard Rohrer <kc3ef@...> wrote:


Hi Steve,

I also used a Signallink USB for many years with my IC7000 and FT817.  Most of the concerns I have seen is that it is not a sensitive as some believe it should be, like maybe on 1.0 db instead of 1.2 db.  Always could copy anything I could hear.  Used it for all digital modes.  The only reason I got rid of it, was when mobile it was one more box to find a place for.  When I got my IC7100 no longer need it. After I sold it I did have some second thoughts that I should have kept for a backup.  I had a problem with setting up on my FT817 and called tech support and they were great in helping me out.  The kind of support that it would be nice if every vendor had.  

My 2 cents

Dick - KC3EF


Re: Signalink USB

Richard Rohrer
 

Hi Steve,

I also used a Signallink USB for many years with my IC7000 and FT817.  Most of the concerns I have seen is that it is not a sensitive as some believe it should be, like maybe on 1.0 db instead of 1.2 db.  Always could copy anything I could hear.  Used it for all digital modes.  The only reason I got rid of it, was when mobile it was one more box to find a place for.  When I got my IC7100 no longer need it. After I sold it I did have some second thoughts that I should have kept for a backup.  I had a problem with setting up on my FT817 and called tech support and they were great in helping me out.  The kind of support that it would be nice if every vendor had.  

My 2 cents

Dick - KC3EF


Re: Signalink USB

Lauri Lundgren, N1UKX
 

You're going to need at least 2 cables.  The USB cable is between the SignaLink and the computer, and then you'll need a cable from the SignaLink to the radio.


Re: Christmas Run 2020 - "Operating Event"

Barry VA7GEM
 

Ended up with six valid contacts which is much better than I usually do.
Seeing as Steve is hand scoring I won't add to his workload by submitting my list.
Happy New Year to all
Barry


Re: Signalink USB

Doc
 

S-L !!! No menues to mess up !!De W8KQ

On 12/26/2020 7:25 PM, Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io wrote:
Thank you to all who shared. That was very helpful.

Some things that weren't clear in my question factored into the decision:

- I am not looking (at least not now) for rig control. 
- I am looking for something with a built-in sound card, so all connections (PTT and the in/out audio) are via the single USB cable.

I had read some reviews that were so-so, but I have more confidence in the opinions of the club, and they are overwhelmingly positive. So a Signalink USB will be my new interface for future portable operations. 

Thanks again.

73,
Steve
W3HF



Re: Signalink USB

Stephen Melachrinos
 

Thank you to all who shared. That was very helpful.

Some things that weren't clear in my question factored into the decision:

- I am not looking (at least not now) for rig control. 
- I am looking for something with a built-in sound card, so all connections (PTT and the in/out audio) are via the single USB cable.

I had read some reviews that were so-so, but I have more confidence in the opinions of the club, and they are overwhelmingly positive. So a Signalink USB will be my new interface for future portable operations. 

Thanks again.

73,
Steve
W3HF



Re: Signalink USB

Jerry N9AVY
 

Steve:

The Majority has spoken - you get a Signalink !   Emoji

On Saturday, December 26, 2020, 03:23:07 PM CST, DAVE KB3RAN 1692/381 via groups.io <davehardy0101@...> wrote:


I've  been using a SignaLink USB for many years and find it very adequate with my Yeasu 817 and 857 at home and portable.  Have 2 of them so keep one in the camper as a duplicate station like my home station.

Dave
KB3RAN
1692/381
APE Event Manager


-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri@...>
To: main@070club.groups.io <main@070club.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Dec 26, 2020 1:31 pm
Subject: [070Club] Signalink USB

I made a comment in my "goals" for 2021 that I was looking to upgrade my computer-radio interface for portable operations. Intent is to simplify the setup by reducing the cabling, and retire a 20-year-old Rascal and its associated USB-serial converter. Radios to be addressed are both Yaesus (817 and 857)--not looking for a new radio. At the moment, I'm only interested in basic digital modes, e.g. I don't need a quadrature output on the stereo pins. I'm also interested in portability, so desktop-type solutions (e.g., large boxes) would not be preferred.

One of the options I was considering was the Signalink USB. Does anyone have any comments on this? I've seen some reviews that are critical, but I'm not sure their concerns are relevant. 

How about anything else? What have I missed?

Thanks.

73,
Steve
W3HF





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Dave H KB3RAN 1692/381


Re: Signalink USB

DAVE KB3RAN 1692/381
 

I've  been using a SignaLink USB for many years and find it very adequate with my Yeasu 817 and 857 at home and portable.  Have 2 of them so keep one in the camper as a duplicate station like my home station.

Dave
KB3RAN
1692/381
APE Event Manager


-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri@...>
To: main@070club.groups.io <main@070club.groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Dec 26, 2020 1:31 pm
Subject: [070Club] Signalink USB

I made a comment in my "goals" for 2021 that I was looking to upgrade my computer-radio interface for portable operations. Intent is to simplify the setup by reducing the cabling, and retire a 20-year-old Rascal and its associated USB-serial converter. Radios to be addressed are both Yaesus (817 and 857)--not looking for a new radio. At the moment, I'm only interested in basic digital modes, e.g. I don't need a quadrature output on the stereo pins. I'm also interested in portability, so desktop-type solutions (e.g., large boxes) would not be preferred.

One of the options I was considering was the Signalink USB. Does anyone have any comments on this? I've seen some reviews that are critical, but I'm not sure their concerns are relevant. 

How about anything else? What have I missed?

Thanks.

73,
Steve
W3HF





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Dave H KB3RAN 1692/381


Re: Signalink USB

Rick - N7WE
 

Steve-
Never tried Signalink.  I have always used microHAM since I got into digital - first the USB II and now the USB III.  They are a little more expensive than the Signalink, but the big plus for me is that they do full CAT with no additonal hardware or cables, which I don't think the Signalink can do.  The only control I touch on either my K3 or FT897 is power on/off...everything else is done with HRD/DM780 via the computer.  The good news is that the FT897, FT857, and the FT817 all use the same interface-to-rig cable and jumper configuration.  So no rejiggering to switch radios.  Just the three rig side breakout connectors on the DB-15 cable - miniDIN6, miniDIN8, and 3.5mm stereo plug to unplug/plug. 
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Signalink USB

Adam Mercier, KM7N #1310
 

I’ve never heard any complaints about the Signalink, but I’m a Rigblaster guy.  I have 3 Rigblaster Plug and Play devices-2 in the shack paired with an Icom 707 and a Yaesu FT-857, and one in my portable ops bag for my FT-817.  Never had a single problem using multiple computers.  Just as the name says, they’re Plug and Play.  You plug them in and the just work.

Adam, KM7N 


On Dec 26, 2020, at 11:31, Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri@...> wrote:


I made a comment in my "goals" for 2021 that I was looking to upgrade my computer-radio interface for portable operations. Intent is to simplify the setup by reducing the cabling, and retire a 20-year-old Rascal and its associated USB-serial converter. Radios to be addressed are both Yaesus (817 and 857)--not looking for a new radio. At the moment, I'm only interested in basic digital modes, e.g. I don't need a quadrature output on the stereo pins. I'm also interested in portability, so desktop-type solutions (e.g., large boxes) would not be preferred.

One of the options I was considering was the Signalink USB. Does anyone have any comments on this? I've seen some reviews that are critical, but I'm not sure their concerns are relevant. 

How about anything else? What have I missed?

Thanks.

73,
Steve
W3HF





Re: Signalink USB

Jerry N9AVY
 

Steve:

Seems like many ops are Signalink USB these days. Judging from comments received (brag lists) over the air. Signalink has sold thousands (millions?) of units. I switch from West Mountain interface a few years ago and opted for the Signalink.  

Since it has built-in sound card, you are freeing up computer from extra work and as we all should know, "not all sound cards are alike".

Jerry  n9avy





On Saturday, December 26, 2020, 12:31:33 PM CST, Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri@...> wrote:


I made a comment in my "goals" for 2021 that I was looking to upgrade my computer-radio interface for portable operations. Intent is to simplify the setup by reducing the cabling, and retire a 20-year-old Rascal and its associated USB-serial converter. Radios to be addressed are both Yaesus (817 and 857)--not looking for a new radio. At the moment, I'm only interested in basic digital modes, e.g. I don't need a quadrature output on the stereo pins. I'm also interested in portability, so desktop-type solutions (e.g., large boxes) would not be preferred.

One of the options I was considering was the Signalink USB. Does anyone have any comments on this? I've seen some reviews that are critical, but I'm not sure their concerns are relevant. 

How about anything else? What have I missed?

Thanks.

73,
Steve
W3HF





Re: Signalink USB

KC9SEB / 070: #1579 / 10:10: #76773 / EPC: 19755
 

Would highly recommend it; I used it along with an FT450D for the longest time. I switched to an IC-7300 about a year ago and no longer needed it and sold it on (still second guessing on that decision). I also did a modification to add a 100K resistor in place of the mic "jumper" as described here - https://wd8rif.com/radio_manuals/pdf/TigerTronics-Cables-Rev22.pdf to alleviate the issue @K5SP mentions around the "quirky" TX Pot.....

73 de Paul @KC9SEB


Re: Christmas run

Ken N6PCD
 

I did attach the file!!!
--
All the best,
Ken N6PCD/0
070 #801
LONP #187


Re: Signalink USB

JEFF WALSH
 

Steve 
Been using a Signalink for years with no problems. 
Jeff 
W3WMU 


On Dec 26, 2020, at 1:10 PM, KB1NAL via groups.io <kb1nal@...> wrote:


  I've been using a SignaLink USB for the past 10 plus yrs, without any issues.
Use it for all my digital modes on VHF and HF..  I'ts interfaced with an IC-746PRO
and an old HP Pavilion running WIN 10 OS.  Greatly designed and   built
device.  You will NOT be disappointed..


73 de Lee KB1NAL


Re: Signalink USB

David, K9DWR
 

* Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri=verizon.net@groups.io> [2020-12-26 18:31]:
One of the options I was considering was the Signalink USB. Does anyone have
any comments on this? I've seen some reviews that are critical, but I'm not
sure their concerns are relevant.  How about anything else? What have I
missed?
I've had my SignaLink for about 7 years now and have never had an issue with
it. They aren't cheap, but they are solid. The main thing I've seen in my
setup was needing to choke the USB cable to avoid RFI. I've only used it with
Kenwood radios, and needed to jumper the gain up for one of the radios (the
TS-440), but that's all documented and easy to do.

I have no problem recommending one.

--
David, K9DWR
#1604 LONP #255
david@graniteweb.com


Re: Signalink USB

KB1NAL
 

  I've been using a SignaLink USB for the past 10 plus yrs, without any issues.
Use it for all my digital modes on VHF and HF..  I'ts interfaced with an IC-746PRO
and an old HP Pavilion running WIN 10 OS.  Greatly designed and   built
device.  You will NOT be disappointed..


73 de Lee KB1NAL


Re: Welcome 2813

Loren McCullough - WA3WZR
 

excellent!  Welcome Tony.  He was one of my contacts during the Christmas run and I gave him info about the club.

Loren WA3WZR

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