Date   

Re: CME Blues

Steve W3HF
 

Not sure. I saw something similar to Mike, I think on both 20 and 40. Multiple signals that all seemed strong enough but no consistent decodes. I was thinking some sort of phase distortion--could have been multipath, and I think aurora does that. But it seemed to last for a few hours.


I'm just glad that I wasn't the only one seeing it--that probably means that my station isn't broken.


Steve


Re: CME Blues

mwbesemer@...
 


Re: CME Blues

Jim K5SP
 

Last night I had 0 (zero) signals on 30, 40, or 80. Nothing but noise at this QTH. Called CQ many times, not a single response.

I had 2-3 signals on 20, and like Mike for some reason no decode, or not enough to make a QSO.  I did struggle with one station and got him in the log. 

Today, even though I saw a station calling CQ, he apparently did not hear me.  And now, waterfall is empty.

Jim, K5SP #483



From: "Jerry n9avy@... [070]" <070@...>
To: "070@..." <070@...>
Sent: Friday, September 8, 2017 9:21 AM
Subject: Re: [070] CME Blues

 
Aurora, maybe  ?
 
On SSB it always sounds like signals are underwater.
 
 
Jerry N9AVY



From: "mwbesemer@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070@...
Sent: Friday, September 8, 2017 9:16 AM
Subject: RE: [070] CME Blues

 
I was on last night trying out some software changes I'd made and I could see strong signal on my waterfall, but the copy was very, very bad.  And I mean they were STRONG signals. 

Odd times.

73,

Mike
WM4B


On Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 10:04 AM, Jerry n9avy@... [070] wrote:

  
Turned on rig this morning and heard zilch...  no not rare Z1LCH... just zero signal across the bands.   It's been years since I've so much nothingness.  Usually hear one lone signal, but there's no one.  Put out a CQ on 20m and nada.
 
All those sunspots & CME's have taken their toll on the bands.  Maybe the weekend will produce some signals. Or maybe we can blame this on those hurricanes! ?  Hopefully bands will improve by October....
 
Jerry  N9AVY





Re: CME Blues

Jerry N9AVY
 

Aurora, maybe  ?
 
On SSB it always sounds like signals are underwater.
 
 
Jerry N9AVY



From: "mwbesemer@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070@...
Sent: Friday, September 8, 2017 9:16 AM
Subject: RE: [070] CME Blues

 
I was on last night trying out some software changes I'd made and I could see strong signal on my waterfall, but the copy was very, very bad.  And I mean they were STRONG signals. 

Odd times.

73,

Mike
WM4B


On Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 10:04 AM, Jerry n9avy@... [070] wrote:

  
Turned on rig this morning and heard zilch...  no not rare Z1LCH... just zero signal across the bands.   It's been years since I've so much nothingness.  Usually hear one lone signal, but there's no one.  Put out a CQ on 20m and nada.
 
All those sunspots & CME's have taken their toll on the bands.  Maybe the weekend will produce some signals. Or maybe we can blame this on those hurricanes ?  Hopefully bands will improve by October....
 
Jerry  N9AVY



Re: CME Blues

mwbesemer@...
 


CME Blues

Jerry N9AVY
 


Turned on rig this morning and heard zilch...  no not rare Z1LCH... just zero signal across the bands.   It's been years since I've so much nothingness.  Usually hear one lone signal, but there's no one.  Put out a CQ on 20m and nada.
 
All those sunspots & CME's have taken their toll on the bands.  Maybe the weekend will produce some signals. Or maybe we can blame this on those hurricanes ?  Hopefully bands will improve by October....
 
Jerry  N9AVY


Re: WB4MNK

Jerry N9AVY
 

Hope all our PODXS members in the path of Irma stay safe !
 
Jerry N9AVY



From: "Paul Milward nu4c@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070@...
Sent: Thursday, September 7, 2017 6:23 PM
Subject: [070] WB4MNK

 
Hi gang,
Well done, Art was surprised and happified to receive all you QSL and get well cards.
He still has not had the bypass surgery and they postponed it again. This time because of Hurricane Irma. He was told maybe Tuesday or Wednesday. Poor guy he has been there about 10 days already.
My xyl and I will evacuate to a hotel on the mainland tomorrow. Evacuation is not mandatory ( yet ) but smart money says get out now. I hope my station survives.
I will post a report here after she passes next week or whenever I get an opportunity.
73
Paul NU4C



WB4MNK

Paul Milward <nu4c@...>
 

Hi gang,
Well done, Art was surprised and happified to receive all you QSL and get well cards.
He still has not had the bypass surgery and they postponed it again. This time because of Hurricane Irma. He was told maybe Tuesday or Wednesday. Poor guy he has been there about 10 days already.
My xyl and I will evacuate to a hotel on the mainland tomorrow. Evacuation is not mandatory ( yet ) but smart money says get out now. I hope my station survives.
I will post a report here after she passes next week or whenever I get an opportunity.
73
Paul NU4C


Welcome

Jim K5SP
 

Please join me in welcoming our new PODXS070 member(s). 

2572   Keith  N8LIS

Jim, K5SP #483
Membership Director


2017 APE Event wrap up time!

Matthew King - AK4MK
 

 AUGUST PSK31 EXPEDITIONS!

 

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR TALL TALES TO LARRY, WB5CXC at

ape@...

APE event HOSTS, submit your APE logs

HERE!!!


73

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


Re: KC3EF/m

Richard Rohrer
 

Hi Paul,

Worked a couple of FL stations this morning, but did not see you on the waterfall.  We are leaving Utah tomorrow morning and will be heading across Northren AZ and on to Canyon de Chelly and then on to Durango, CO.

We really need to get home, but it looks like the hurricane will happen without us.  Hope all will be well in FL.

73
Dick
KC3EF


North Dakota on 20 meters

Paula K7PAX #1739
 

If anyone needs ND, K0CRF is working from Fargo on 20 meters @  00:44 UTC

 

Paula, K7PAX #1739

 


Re: KC3EF/m

Jerry N9AVY
 

Paul:
 
Don't feel bad... over the past couple years I've missed a lot of grids . Some just went QRT before I could work them, some got QRMed to death by people with wide signal, some dufuss obliterated another rare grid by running RTTY in middle of 14070, and of course band has been know to shut down when I find a rare grid.
 
AS the Cubs have always said "wait until next year"  (and it finally happened !)
 
 
Jerry n9avy
 
P.S.  Didn't think I was going to get a chance to work Dick this morning. Customer called and sai he wouldn't be at store until 11 which actually turned out to be 12 PM.



From: "Paul Milward nu4c@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070@...
Sent: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:41 PM
Subject: Re: [070] KC3EF/m

 
Drat!
Between medical, rehab & hurricane prep I missed him. Oh well, there's always next year.
Paul nu4c

On Sep 5, 2017 17:25, "Jerry Heien n9avy@... [070]" <070@...> wrote:
 
Worked Dick about 1130 CDT this morning around 14072 ... He was in dm48

Jerry. N9AVY

Sent from my iPhone

On 5 Sep 2017, at 15:53, "Paul Milward nu4c@... [070]" <070@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 
Has anyone worked Dick today?
73
Paul nu4c

On Sep 4, 2017 22:20, "kc3ef1@... [070]" <070@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 
I currently am staying at DM48 and will be spending most of the morning in that grid.  Should be on the air by 11:00 AM EDT.  Will be traveling thru DM48, DM47, and DM37.  Setup seems to be working fine.  Most of the stations I worked today were in KY and TN. Spent a lot of time viewing the sites in Grand Mesa and Cayonlands, UT.  USA has some of the best scenery in the world.  Hope to work all who need these grids.  If you need a specific grid let me know and I will try to make it happen.  We are 2 hours behind EDT. 

73
Dick
KC3EF





Re: KC3EF/m

Paul Milward <nu4c@...>
 

Drat!
Between medical, rehab & hurricane prep I missed him. Oh well, there's always next year.
Paul nu4c

On Sep 5, 2017 17:25, "Jerry Heien n9avy@... [070]" <070@...> wrote:
 

Worked Dick about 1130 CDT this morning around 14072 ... He was in dm48

Jerry. N9AVY

Sent from my iPhone

On 5 Sep 2017, at 15:53, "Paul Milward nu4c@... [070]" <070@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

Has anyone worked Dick today?
73
Paul nu4c

On Sep 4, 2017 22:20, "kc3ef1@... [070]" <070@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

I currently am staying at DM48 and will be spending most of the morning in that grid.  Should be on the air by 11:00 AM EDT.  Will be traveling thru DM48, DM47, and DM37.  Setup seems to be working fine.  Most of the stations I worked today were in KY and TN. Spent a lot of time viewing the sites in Grand Mesa and Cayonlands, UT.  USA has some of the best scenery in the world.  Hope to work all who need these grids.  If you need a specific grid let me know and I will try to make it happen.  We are 2 hours behind EDT. 


73
Dick
KC3EF



Re: KC3EF/m

Jerry N9AVY
 

Worked Dick about 1130 CDT this morning around 14072 ... He was in dm48

Jerry. N9AVY

Sent from my iPhone

On 5 Sep 2017, at 15:53, "Paul Milward nu4c@... [070]" <070@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

Has anyone worked Dick today?
73
Paul nu4c

On Sep 4, 2017 22:20, "kc3ef1@... [070]" <070@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

I currently am staying at DM48 and will be spending most of the morning in that grid.  Should be on the air by 11:00 AM EDT.  Will be traveling thru DM48, DM47, and DM37.  Setup seems to be working fine.  Most of the stations I worked today were in KY and TN. Spent a lot of time viewing the sites in Grand Mesa and Cayonlands, UT.  USA has some of the best scenery in the world.  Hope to work all who need these grids.  If you need a specific grid let me know and I will try to make it happen.  We are 2 hours behind EDT. 


73
Dick
KC3EF


Re: KC3EF/m

Paul Milward <nu4c@...>
 

Has anyone worked Dick today?
73
Paul nu4c

On Sep 4, 2017 22:20, "kc3ef1@... [070]" <070@...> wrote:
 

I currently am staying at DM48 and will be spending most of the morning in that grid.  Should be on the air by 11:00 AM EDT.  Will be traveling thru DM48, DM47, and DM37.  Setup seems to be working fine.  Most of the stations I worked today were in KY and TN. Spent a lot of time viewing the sites in Grand Mesa and Cayonlands, UT.  USA has some of the best scenery in the world.  Hope to work all who need these grids.  If you need a specific grid let me know and I will try to make it happen.  We are 2 hours behind EDT. 


73
Dick
KC3EF


Re: At a crossroads

N9JCA Chris Matthews <n9jca.chris@...>
 

Same thing with the RigBlaster Advantage
Open Box ( unscrew 4 screws )Change Chip Close Box ( Put screws back in Place )

Connect PLUG with 2 wires IN ACC on back of Rig ( 1 wire to CW/FSK 1 wire to Speaker out)

Connect Rig CTRL Cable

Good to go

If you want to hear your sound connect an external speaker to Audio out

Need any Help ask on Reflector or send Email Direct to me at

n9jca(at)arrl.net

Chris N9JCA PODXS 797 

" I am always doing that which I CANNOT do;
in order that I may LEARN how to do it "
On 9/5/17 11:42 AM, Jim Innis jinnis@... [070] wrote:

 

Thanks Allen did not know they were doing that now.

73
Jim K5SP

On 9/5/2017 7:15 AM, Allen Yudichak k2afy@... [070] wrote:
 

They sell chips now no more little wires.   


On Sep 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM, <Jim Innis jinnis@... [070]> wrote:

 

Good choice, I have both, and since I got the Signalink USB the Rigblaster is no longer used at this QTH.  One cable to computer and it works fine.  The rigblaster (older model from about 15 years ago) had wires going everywhere.

Only problem you may have, or need some help with, is that with the Signalink you have to open it up and configure a jumper wire for your rig setup.  Other than that, it is virtually plug and play.  I use com3 for mine and have no computer audio going to the unit.

Good luck and hope to see you on the waterfall soon.

73
Jim K5SP

On 9/4/2017 10:30 PM, 'Justin Mattes-KC2GIK' kc2gik@... [070] wrote:
 

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!
>
>
> *73*
>
> *Matt King*
> *AK4MK - 070 #1708*
> *PODXS 070 Club Executive Director*
>
>
> On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 5:46 PM, N9JCA Chris Matthews n9jca.chris@...
> [070] <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
>> and
>> have never had a problem with either of them and if you follow the
>> Manual
>> that comes with it you can't go wrong in the setup and you will be on
>> the
>> 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
>> Cables
>>
>> 1 CAT Cable
>>
>> You can call West Mountain Radio at 1 262 522 6503 <(262)%20522-6503>
>> ask
>> for a Tech, tell him the kind of Rig you are running and they will set
>> you
>> 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
>>
>> 73
>>
>> *" 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 melachri@... [070] wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> Justin -
>>
>> There are two parts of the setup of an "external soundcard" interface
>> like
>> the SignaLink: the computer side and the radio side. (Sorry if that was
>> a
>> "doh!")
>>
>> As others have pointed out, the radio side is pretty easy--you use a
>> cable
>> specific to your radio, and then adjust the signal level to the radio
>> using
>> the Tx knob on the SignaLink.
>>
>> The computer side has a few more steps, but it's still pretty easy. It's
>> a
>> single USB cable, so the mechanical part is easy. Once you plug it in
>> (and
>> 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
>> make
>> 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
>> other
>> 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
>> might
>> have a name based on the chipset inside. Before you plug it in, take a
>> note
>> of what your internal sound card is called, and then look for the new
>> one
>> 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,
>> then
>> I had to change the settings in the software (like the number of the
>> virtual COM port).
>>
>> Steve
>> W3HF
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: 'Justin Mattes-KC2GIK' kc2gik@... [070]
>> <070@...> <070@...>
>> To: 070 <070@...> <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
>> I
>> 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
>> same
>> research Steve,W3HF di before I came on here looking for suggestions
>>
>> Justin,KC2GIK
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>





Re: At a crossroads

Jim K5SP
 

Thanks Allen did not know they were doing that now.

73
Jim K5SP

On 9/5/2017 7:15 AM, Allen Yudichak k2afy@... [070] wrote:
 

They sell chips now no more little wires.   


On Sep 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM, <Jim Innis jinnis@... [070]> wrote:

 

Good choice, I have both, and since I got the Signalink USB the Rigblaster is no longer used at this QTH.  One cable to computer and it works fine.  The rigblaster (older model from about 15 years ago) had wires going everywhere.

Only problem you may have, or need some help with, is that with the Signalink you have to open it up and configure a jumper wire for your rig setup.  Other than that, it is virtually plug and play.  I use com3 for mine and have no computer audio going to the unit.

Good luck and hope to see you on the waterfall soon.

73
Jim K5SP

On 9/4/2017 10:30 PM, 'Justin Mattes-KC2GIK' kc2gik@... [070] wrote:
 

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!
>
>
> *73*
>
> *Matt King*
> *AK4MK - 070 #1708*
> *PODXS 070 Club Executive Director*
>
>
> On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 5:46 PM, N9JCA Chris Matthews n9jca.chris@...
> [070] <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
>> and
>> have never had a problem with either of them and if you follow the
>> Manual
>> that comes with it you can't go wrong in the setup and you will be on
>> the
>> 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
>> Cables
>>
>> 1 CAT Cable
>>
>> You can call West Mountain Radio at 1 262 522 6503 <(262)%20522-6503>
>> ask
>> for a Tech, tell him the kind of Rig you are running and they will set
>> you
>> 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
>>
>> 73
>>
>> *" 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 melachri@... [070] wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> Justin -
>>
>> There are two parts of the setup of an "external soundcard" interface
>> like
>> the SignaLink: the computer side and the radio side. (Sorry if that was
>> a
>> "doh!")
>>
>> As others have pointed out, the radio side is pretty easy--you use a
>> cable
>> specific to your radio, and then adjust the signal level to the radio
>> using
>> the Tx knob on the SignaLink.
>>
>> The computer side has a few more steps, but it's still pretty easy. It's
>> a
>> single USB cable, so the mechanical part is easy. Once you plug it in
>> (and
>> 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
>> make
>> 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
>> other
>> 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
>> might
>> have a name based on the chipset inside. Before you plug it in, take a
>> note
>> of what your internal sound card is called, and then look for the new
>> one
>> 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,
>> then
>> I had to change the settings in the software (like the number of the
>> virtual COM port).
>>
>> Steve
>> W3HF
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: 'Justin Mattes-KC2GIK' kc2gik@... [070]
>> <070@...> <070@...>
>> To: 070 <070@...> <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
>> I
>> 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
>> same
>> research Steve,W3HF di before I came on here looking for suggestions
>>
>> Justin,KC2GIK
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>




Re: At a crossroads

al7013
 

They sell chips now no more little wires.   


On Sep 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM, <Jim Innis jinnis@... [070]> wrote:

 

Good choice, I have both, and since I got the Signalink USB the Rigblaster is no longer used at this QTH.  One cable to computer and it works fine.  The rigblaster (older model from about 15 years ago) had wires going everywhere.

Only problem you may have, or need some help with, is that with the Signalink you have to open it up and configure a jumper wire for your rig setup.  Other than that, it is virtually plug and play.  I use com3 for mine and have no computer audio going to the unit.

Good luck and hope to see you on the waterfall soon.

73
Jim K5SP

On 9/4/2017 10:30 PM, 'Justin Mattes-KC2GIK' kc2gik@... [070] wrote:
 

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!
>
>
> *73*
>
> *Matt King*
> *AK4MK - 070 #1708*
> *PODXS 070 Club Executive Director*
>
>
> On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 5:46 PM, N9JCA Chris Matthews n9jca.chris@...
> [070] <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
>> and
>> have never had a problem with either of them and if you follow the
>> Manual
>> that comes with it you can't go wrong in the setup and you will be on
>> the
>> 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
>> Cables
>>
>> 1 CAT Cable
>>
>> You can call West Mountain Radio at 1 262 522 6503 <(262)%20522-6503>
>> ask
>> for a Tech, tell him the kind of Rig you are running and they will set
>> you
>> 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
>>
>> 73
>>
>> *" 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 melachri@... [070] wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> Justin -
>>
>> There are two parts of the setup of an "external soundcard" interface
>> like
>> the SignaLink: the computer side and the radio side. (Sorry if that was
>> a
>> "doh!")
>>
>> As others have pointed out, the radio side is pretty easy--you use a
>> cable
>> specific to your radio, and then adjust the signal level to the radio
>> using
>> the Tx knob on the SignaLink.
>>
>> The computer side has a few more steps, but it's still pretty easy. It's
>> a
>> single USB cable, so the mechanical part is easy. Once you plug it in
>> (and
>> 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
>> make
>> 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
>> other
>> 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
>> might
>> have a name based on the chipset inside. Before you plug it in, take a
>> note
>> of what your internal sound card is called, and then look for the new
>> one
>> 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,
>> then
>> I had to change the settings in the software (like the number of the
>> virtual COM port).
>>
>> Steve
>> W3HF
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: 'Justin Mattes-KC2GIK' kc2gik@... [070]
>> <070@...> <070@...>
>> To: 070 <070@...> <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
>> I
>> 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
>> same
>> research Steve,W3HF di before I came on here looking for suggestions
>>
>> Justin,KC2GIK
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>



Re: At a crossroads

Jim K5SP
 

Good choice, I have both, and since I got the Signalink USB the Rigblaster is no longer used at this QTH.� One cable to computer and it works fine.� The rigblaster (older model from about 15 years ago) had wires going everywhere.

Only problem you may have, or need some help with, is that with the Signalink you have to open it up and configure a jumper wire for your rig setup.� Other than that, it is virtually plug and play.� I use com3 for mine and have no computer audio going to the unit.

Good luck and hope to see you on the waterfall soon.

73
Jim K5SP

On 9/4/2017 10:30 PM, 'Justin Mattes-KC2GIK' kc2gik@... [070] wrote:
�

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!
>
>
> *73*
>
> *Matt King*
> *AK4MK - 070 #1708*
> *PODXS 070 Club Executive Director*
>
>
> On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 5:46 PM, N9JCA Chris Matthews n9jca.chris@...
> [070] <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
>> and
>> have never had a problem with either of them and if you follow the
>> Manual
>> that comes with it you can't go wrong in the setup and you will be on
>> the
>> 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
>> Cables
>>
>> 1 CAT Cable
>>
>> You can call West Mountain Radio at 1 262 522 6503 <(262)%20522-6503>
>> ask
>> for a Tech, tell him the kind of Rig you are running and they will set
>> you
>> 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
>>
>> 73
>>
>> *" 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 melachri@... [070] wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> Justin -
>>
>> There are two parts of the setup of an "external soundcard" interface
>> like
>> the SignaLink: the computer side and the radio side. (Sorry if that was
>> a
>> "doh!")
>>
>> As others have pointed out, the radio side is pretty easy--you use a
>> cable
>> specific to your radio, and then adjust the signal level to the radio
>> using
>> the Tx knob on the SignaLink.
>>
>> The computer side has a few more steps, but it's still pretty easy. It's
>> a
>> single USB cable, so the mechanical part is easy. Once you plug it in
>> (and
>> 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
>> make
>> 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
>> other
>> 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
>> might
>> have a name based on the chipset inside. Before you plug it in, take a
>> note
>> of what your internal sound card is called, and then look for the new
>> one
>> 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,
>> then
>> I had to change the settings in the software (like the number of the
>> virtual COM port).
>>
>> Steve
>> W3HF
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: 'Justin Mattes-KC2GIK' kc2gik@... [070]
>> <070@...> <070@...>
>> To: 070 <070@...> <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
>> I
>> 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
>> same
>> research Steve,W3HF di before I came on here looking for suggestions
>>
>> Justin,KC2GIK
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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