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locked Re: Radio tabs set to Fake it or None

Jacques Pecourt
 

Thank you for the tip Bob.  Does choosing "Rig" take care of which VFO is used or should I do something else?

Jacques  W2/F2YS

On Sun, 27 Dec 2020 at 22:04, Bob McGraw - K4TAX <rmcgraw@...> wrote:
I suggest you use Split set as Rig. Then you won’t have to worry about where you land. The software takes care of it.  It uses VFO A for RX and VFO B for TX.   Just let the software handle the radio. 

Bob, K4TAX



On Dec 27, 2020, at 8:59 PM, Jacques Pecourt <jmp426@...> wrote:


After much help from you all in this Group, I finally got my TS590-SG running very well however I noticed strange behaviors on the subject. Following the Kenwood recommended settings I ticked the "Fake it" option in the Radio tab. No issue there until recently when I chose to park my Red post above 2200 (trying to avoid the crowd below), the CAT changed the VFO by +500 hZ on transmit. Exactly what should happen as very well described in the "FT8 hinson guide" and returned to 10,136 on receive. VFO A in use did not go to B during transmit (as I read some other places it would do) The change in frequency was going from 10.136.0 to 10.136.5.on the radio display, 10.136.000 to 10.136.500 on the computer screen. Then I noticed several changes on the computer screen. 
# 1.  The green post mark remained under the red one despite the fact the fellow who was answering my CQ was way up the band (2400)
# 2.  The Tx and Rx markers (just below the Decode Tab) became grey out, both indicating my frequency (2250). They were like disabled. Kind of annoying as I like to see if the frequency of my correspondent is more or less clear. I was only able to move them back (after the 73 completion TX)  up or down using  new values by Ctrl + click or Shift + click to new spots.  Reading more details in the "FT8  tips" I see what is happening, (shift of the generated audio down or up) well explained and the remark at the bottom of the page  "don't panic....it's all under control".   
So my questions are:  Is this behavior of the posts normal ? Should I keep this "Fake It" permanently even if I choose to transmit below 2200  and above 1200 ?  What about the third option "Rig" ?
I tried both "Fake It" and "None" within that range and don't seem to have any exchange problems. The green post moves to where the station responds.
Last comment: I love that 590 G....what a difference with my old boat anchor !

Jacques  W2/F2YS










locked Re: Radio tabs set to Fake it or None

Bob McGraw - K4TAX <rmcgraw@...>
 

I suggest you use Split set as Rig. Then you won’t have to worry about where you land. The software takes care of it.  It uses VFO A for RX and VFO B for TX.   Just let the software handle the radio. 

Bob, K4TAX



On Dec 27, 2020, at 8:59 PM, Jacques Pecourt <jmp426@...> wrote:


After much help from you all in this Group, I finally got my TS590-SG running very well however I noticed strange behaviors on the subject. Following the Kenwood recommended settings I ticked the "Fake it" option in the Radio tab. No issue there until recently when I chose to park my Red post above 2200 (trying to avoid the crowd below), the CAT changed the VFO by +500 hZ on transmit. Exactly what should happen as very well described in the "FT8 hinson guide" and returned to 10,136 on receive. VFO A in use did not go to B during transmit (as I read some other places it would do) The change in frequency was going from 10.136.0 to 10.136.5.on the radio display, 10.136.000 to 10.136.500 on the computer screen. Then I noticed several changes on the computer screen. 
# 1.  The green post mark remained under the red one despite the fact the fellow who was answering my CQ was way up the band (2400)
# 2.  The Tx and Rx markers (just below the Decode Tab) became grey out, both indicating my frequency (2250). They were like disabled. Kind of annoying as I like to see if the frequency of my correspondent is more or less clear. I was only able to move them back (after the 73 completion TX)  up or down using  new values by Ctrl + click or Shift + click to new spots.  Reading more details in the "FT8  tips" I see what is happening, (shift of the generated audio down or up) well explained and the remark at the bottom of the page  "don't panic....it's all under control".   
So my questions are:  Is this behavior of the posts normal ? Should I keep this "Fake It" permanently even if I choose to transmit below 2200  and above 1200 ?  What about the third option "Rig" ?
I tried both "Fake It" and "None" within that range and don't seem to have any exchange problems. The green post moves to where the station responds.
Last comment: I love that 590 G....what a difference with my old boat anchor !

Jacques  W2/F2YS







locked Radio tabs set to Fake it or None

Jacques Pecourt
 

After much help from you all in this Group, I finally got my TS590-SG running very well however I noticed strange behaviors on the subject. Following the Kenwood recommended settings I ticked the "Fake it" option in the Radio tab. No issue there until recently when I chose to park my Red post above 2200 (trying to avoid the crowd below), the CAT changed the VFO by +500 hZ on transmit. Exactly what should happen as very well described in the "FT8 hinson guide" and returned to 10,136 on receive. VFO A in use did not go to B during transmit (as I read some other places it would do) The change in frequency was going from 10.136.0 to 10.136.5.on the radio display, 10.136.000 to 10.136.500 on the computer screen. Then I noticed several changes on the computer screen. 
# 1.  The green post mark remained under the red one despite the fact the fellow who was answering my CQ was way up the band (2400)
# 2.  The Tx and Rx markers (just below the Decode Tab) became grey out, both indicating my frequency (2250). They were like disabled. Kind of annoying as I like to see if the frequency of my correspondent is more or less clear. I was only able to move them back (after the 73 completion TX)  up or down using  new values by Ctrl + click or Shift + click to new spots.  Reading more details in the "FT8  tips" I see what is happening, (shift of the generated audio down or up) well explained and the remark at the bottom of the page  "don't panic....it's all under control".   
So my questions are:  Is this behavior of the posts normal ? Should I keep this "Fake It" permanently even if I choose to transmit below 2200  and above 1200 ?  What about the third option "Rig" ?
I tried both "Fake It" and "None" within that range and don't seem to have any exchange problems. The green post moves to where the station responds.
Last comment: I love that 590 G....what a difference with my old boat anchor !

Jacques  W2/F2YS




locked Re: Log checking

Robert Bencsko
 

JTAlert is a great add on to WSJT-x.  I use it in conjunction with Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) Yes it cost but not bad for all the features that I use in it.  JTAlert uploads to my QRZ log, eQSL and then I manually send to LoTW.  The best features of JTAlert is being able to send a text message if your trying to contact someone and they are equipped.  It will also alert you for many different things if you are working towards a award or working a special event.
JTAlert will also automatically log to some of your other free logging programs with one click.
A MUST TRY!
On 12/27/2020 5:18 PM Bill Parris <aa4r@...> wrote:


I use JTAlert in conjunction with WSJTx.  After working a station, WSJTx transfers that station's data into ACLog.  All working fine, however on occassion JTAlert will indicate that I have worked a station b4 but WSJTx indicates that I have not.  I know that JTAlert uses the ACLog file as its source and I assume that WSJTx uses its own file (ADIF as I understand).  How can I get the files the same?  Can I download the ACLog ADIF file into WSJTx's ADIF file?  Or what would be the safest thing to do?  This is not a critical problem, just happens infrequently.  Thanks so much.  This group is an outstanding information source.  At 82 I could not operate without it.  73, Bill, AA4R

Bob Bencsko - W7AMC

Las Vegas, NV  DM26


locked Re: USB Audio CODEC

Bob McGraw - K4TAX <rmcgraw@...>
 

Later models have that resolved.  

Bob, K4TAX



On Dec 27, 2020, at 7:58 PM, Ria, N2RJ <rjairam@...> wrote:



I had one and the noise floor was very high. There are mods but I’ve never tried it.

73
Ria
N2RJ 
On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 7:53 PM Don Roden <donroden@...> wrote:
Maybe for the 756Pro, but for LOTS of radios, the SignaLink represents 
a simple solution for FT8.    Some rigs use CAT to turn on the front 
microphone which defeats the rear digital mode audio.   Some do ..... 
Some dont.
DOn W4DNR


Quoting "D. Scott MacKenzie" <kb0fhp@...>:

> The CAT for the 756 Pro does PTT.  At worse, you do VOX.  No reason to by a
> Signalink.
>
>
>
> From: main@WSJTX.groups.io <main@WSJTX.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kai-KE4PT
> Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2020 4:27 PM
> To: main@WSJTX.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [WSJTX] USB Audio CODEC
>
>
>
> Just be sure that you have a way of doing PTT. The Signalink is designed to
> do PTT, an inexpensive USB sound card might not support PTT. Download manual
> for Signalink USB to see what I mean. The Signalink require just one
> connection to the computer (a USB connection) and one cable to the 756 Pro.
> Simplicity!
> Kindest regards,
> Kai, KE4PT
>
> On 12/27/2020 12:40, neil_zampella wrote:
>
> You don't need to 'invest' in a Signalink, you'd probably do better with an
> inexpensive USB soundcard.  However you haven't said how you're interfacing
> the rig with the computer, that would help with advice.   That said, have
> you looked at the interface cables from xggcomms.com, they're based in the
> UK.
>
> Neil, KN3ILZ
>
>
>
> On 12/27/2020 10:31 AM, kelvin348@...
> <mailto:kelvin348@...>  via groups.io wrote:
>
> Hi Roger,
> Thanks for the quick reply.
> I'm using Windows 10.
> I don't have any drivers to install. I am not sure if there is are drivers
> for the 756 Pro, it might be a bit old.
> I have an IC-R2500 receiver which when I turn it on shows a USB Audio Codec
> in the Device manager, however as soon as I turn it off it disappears.
> Do you think I might need to invest in a Signalink?
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: main@WSJTX.groups.io <mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io>
> [mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io] On Behalf Of
> groups@... <mailto:groups@...>
> Sent: 27 December 2020 15:57
> To: main@WSJTX.groups.io <mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io>
> Subject: Re: [WSJTX] USB Audio CODEC
>
> On 27/12/2020 15:05, kelvin348@...
> <mailto:kelvin348@...>  via groups.io wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> I thought it is about time I tried out Digital Modes.
>
> I'm trying to set up WSJTX for the first time.
>
> I'm using an Icom IC-756 Pro and HRD. I have tested the CAT connection
> and transmit and all ok.
>
> My problem appears to be setting up the sound card.
>
> In device manager I don't have USB Audio codec in the drop down list
> for the sound card.
>
> My question is, can VB Cable be used instead of USB Audio cable?
>
> Any other suggestions would be most welcome.
>
>
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Kelvin 2E0HJE
>
> Kelvin
>
> You don't say what operating system you are using but I assume it is
> windows?  Have you followed the manufacturer's instructions to download and
> install the USB audio driver?
>
> 73
> Roger
> G#4HZA









locked Re: USB Audio CODEC

Ria, N2RJ
 


I had one and the noise floor was very high. There are mods but I’ve never tried it.

73
Ria
N2RJ 

On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 7:53 PM Don Roden <donroden@...> wrote:
Maybe for the 756Pro, but for LOTS of radios, the SignaLink represents 
a simple solution for FT8.    Some rigs use CAT to turn on the front 
microphone which defeats the rear digital mode audio.   Some do ..... 
Some dont.
DOn W4DNR


Quoting "D. Scott MacKenzie" <kb0fhp@...>:

> The CAT for the 756 Pro does PTT.  At worse, you do VOX.  No reason to by a
> Signalink.
>
>
>
> From: main@WSJTX.groups.io <main@WSJTX.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kai-KE4PT
> Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2020 4:27 PM
> To: main@WSJTX.groups.io
> Subject: Re: [WSJTX] USB Audio CODEC
>
>
>
> Just be sure that you have a way of doing PTT. The Signalink is designed to
> do PTT, an inexpensive USB sound card might not support PTT. Download manual
> for Signalink USB to see what I mean. The Signalink require just one
> connection to the computer (a USB connection) and one cable to the 756 Pro.
> Simplicity!
> Kindest regards,
> Kai, KE4PT
>
> On 12/27/2020 12:40, neil_zampella wrote:
>
> You don't need to 'invest' in a Signalink, you'd probably do better with an
> inexpensive USB soundcard.  However you haven't said how you're interfacing
> the rig with the computer, that would help with advice.   That said, have
> you looked at the interface cables from xggcomms.com, they're based in the
> UK.
>
> Neil, KN3ILZ
>
>
>
> On 12/27/2020 10:31 AM, kelvin348@...
> <mailto:kelvin348@...>  via groups.io wrote:
>
> Hi Roger,
> Thanks for the quick reply.
> I'm using Windows 10.
> I don't have any drivers to install. I am not sure if there is are drivers
> for the 756 Pro, it might be a bit old.
> I have an IC-R2500 receiver which when I turn it on shows a USB Audio Codec
> in the Device manager, however as soon as I turn it off it disappears.
> Do you think I might need to invest in a Signalink?
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: main@WSJTX.groups.io <mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io>
> [mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io] On Behalf Of
> groups@... <mailto:groups@...>
> Sent: 27 December 2020 15:57
> To: main@WSJTX.groups.io <mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io>
> Subject: Re: [WSJTX] USB Audio CODEC
>
> On 27/12/2020 15:05, kelvin348@...
> <mailto:kelvin348@...>  via groups.io wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> I thought it is about time I tried out Digital Modes.
>
> I'm trying to set up WSJTX for the first time.
>
> I'm using an Icom IC-756 Pro and HRD. I have tested the CAT connection
> and transmit and all ok.
>
> My problem appears to be setting up the sound card.
>
> In device manager I don't have USB Audio codec in the drop down list
> for the sound card.
>
> My question is, can VB Cable be used instead of USB Audio cable?
>
> Any other suggestions would be most welcome.
>
>
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Kelvin 2E0HJE
>
> Kelvin
>
> You don't say what operating system you are using but I assume it is
> windows?  Have you followed the manufacturer's instructions to download and
> install the USB audio driver?
>
> 73
> Roger
> G#4HZA






locked Re: Log checking

Tom Melvin
 

Bill

Use the ACLog export as ADIF function (I am assuming it has one as all ham radio loggers should) - take the logfile and copy it to wsjtx_log.adi (Use File - Open Log Directory to get the correct location for wsjt-x logs).

Tom
GM8MJV

On 28 Dec 2020, at 01:18, Bill Parris <aa4r@...> wrote:

I use JTAlert in conjunction with WSJTx. After working a station, WSJTx transfers that station's data into ACLog. All working fine, however on occassion JTAlert will indicate that I have worked a station b4 but WSJTx indicates that I have not. I know that JTAlert uses the ACLog file as its source and I assume that WSJTx uses its own file (ADIF as I understand). How can I get the files the same? Can I download the ACLog ADIF file into WSJTx's ADIF file? Or what would be the safest thing to do? This is not a critical problem, just happens infrequently. Thanks so much. This group is an outstanding information source. At 82 I could not operate without it. 73, Bill, AA4R


locked Re: Systen Freezws-up for minutes while logging

Tom Melvin
 

Dick

One simple check - don’t start JTAlert (no need to remove it just don’t start it) does the problem still happen?

You don’t even need to work someone - pop a callsign in WSJT-X and then hit the log button - still an issue?

Tom
GM8MJV

On 28 Dec 2020, at 01:09, Dick Bingham <dick.bingham@...> wrote:

Greetings All ! I hope your holiday season is going well.

I am experiencing problems with my system since addinf JTAlert to my operations.

I am using the following setup:
-DELL E6510 Laptop running Win-7
- OpenHPsdr mRX v3.4.7
- WSJT-X v2.2.2
- DXKeeper v15.7.2
- JTAlert v2.16.17

Once I complete an FT8 QSO the SW "pops-up" a windiw showing WSJT-X logging window
and asks for an "OK" to log contact.

I clikk on "OK" and a second "pop-up" window from JTAlert appears saying the QSO was logged
and then "pops-down" - seems fine BUT

The WSJT-X "pop-up" window is still there and the main WSJT-X screen is frozen (TIME display
is frozen). Finally - up to 90-to-120 seconds pass the WSPT-X "pop-up" screen goes away
and the WSJT-X main screen is again active and the clock 'on time'.

A new twist is happening right now as the "pop-up" WSJT-X logging screen is stuck on and re-logs
the last QSO as many times as I choose to cloick on the "OK" button..

I do NOT remember this happening before JTAlert was installed. Anyone else experiencing
this problem ? I will shut down everything and restart after I delete a bunch of repeated log
entries!

73 Dick/w7wkr at CN97uj


locked Re: Three Remaining Questions (I hope)

MARTIN LAMPNER
 

Yes I can believe that, looking at some of the ones the system decoded.

On Dec 27, 2020, at 7:31 PM, Don Roden <donroden@...> wrote:


I run 20 MILIWATTS ...... .02 Watts on WSPR using a WSPRLITE powered by a USB Charger. I get reports from all over the world.. I need less power or an attenuator to even "see" how my beam's pattern looks like .
Don W4DNR


On the WSPR report page I have set my out put at 5 watts using the drop down.


locked Log checking

Bill Parris
 

I use JTAlert in conjunction with WSJTx.  After working a station, WSJTx transfers that station's data into ACLog.  All working fine, however on occassion JTAlert will indicate that I have worked a station b4 but WSJTx indicates that I have not.  I know that JTAlert uses the ACLog file as its source and I assume that WSJTx uses its own file (ADIF as I understand).  How can I get the files the same?  Can I download the ACLog ADIF file into WSJTx's ADIF file?  Or what would be the safest thing to do?  This is not a critical problem, just happens infrequently.  Thanks so much.  This group is an outstanding information source.  At 82 I could not operate without it.  73, Bill, AA4R


locked Systen Freezws-up for minutes while logging

Dick Bingham
 

Greetings All ! I hope your holiday season is going well.

I am experiencing problems with my system since addinf JTAlert to my operations.

I am using the following setup:
-DELL E6510 Laptop running Win-7
- OpenHPsdr mRX v3.4.7
- WSJT-X v2.2.2
- DXKeeper v15.7.2
- JTAlert v2.16.17

Once I complete an FT8 QSO the SW "pops-up" a windiw showing WSJT-X logging window
and asks for an "OK" to log contact.

I clikk on "OK" and a second "pop-up" window from JTAlert appears saying the QSO was logged
and then "pops-down" - seems fine BUT

The WSJT-X "pop-up" window is still there and the main WSJT-X screen is frozen (TIME display
is frozen). Finally - up to 90-to-120 seconds pass the WSPT-X "pop-up" screen goes away
and the WSJT-X main screen is again active and the clock 'on time'.

A new twist is happening right now as the "pop-up" WSJT-X logging screen is stuck on and re-logs
the last QSO as many times as I choose to cloick on the "OK" button..

I do NOT remember this happening before JTAlert was installed. Anyone else experiencing
this problem ?  I will shut down everything and restart after I delete a bunch of repeated log
entries!

73  Dick/w7wkr at CN97uj


locked Re: USB Audio CODEC

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

1) there are much better interfaces than Signalink at not much more
money.

2) If one wants to use an inexpensive sound card, it is very easy
to build a one resistor, one transistor PTT circuit driven by the
computer serial port used for the CAT connection *IF* the transceiver
is one that requires a separate hardware PTT signal to select the
"Line" input on transmit.

73,

... Joe, W4TV

On 2020-12-27 7:53 PM, Don Roden wrote:
Maybe for the 756Pro, but for LOTS of radios, the SignaLink represents a simple solution for FT8.    Some rigs use CAT to turn on the front microphone which defeats the rear digital mode audio.   Some do ..... Some dont.
DOn W4DNR
Quoting "D. Scott MacKenzie" <kb0fhp@...>:

The CAT for the 756 Pro does PTT.  At worse, you do VOX.  No reason to by a
Signalink.



From: main@WSJTX.groups.io <main@WSJTX.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kai-KE4PT
Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2020 4:27 PM
To: main@WSJTX.groups.io
Subject: Re: [WSJTX] USB Audio CODEC



Just be sure that you have a way of doing PTT. The Signalink is designed to
do PTT, an inexpensive USB sound card might not support PTT. Download manual
for Signalink USB to see what I mean. The Signalink require just one
connection to the computer (a USB connection) and one cable to the 756 Pro.
Simplicity!
Kindest regards,
Kai, KE4PT

On 12/27/2020 12:40, neil_zampella wrote:

You don't need to 'invest' in a Signalink, you'd probably do better with an
inexpensive USB soundcard.  However you haven't said how you're interfacing
the rig with the computer, that would help with advice.   That said, have
you looked at the interface cables from xggcomms.com, they're based in the
UK.

Neil, KN3ILZ



On 12/27/2020 10:31 AM, kelvin348@...
<mailto:kelvin348@...>  via groups.io wrote:

Hi Roger,
Thanks for the quick reply.
I'm using Windows 10.
I don't have any drivers to install. I am not sure if there is are drivers
for the 756 Pro, it might be a bit old.
I have an IC-R2500 receiver which when I turn it on shows a USB Audio Codec
in the Device manager, however as soon as I turn it off it disappears.
Do you think I might need to invest in a Signalink?

-----Original Message-----
From: main@WSJTX.groups.io <mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io>
[mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io] On Behalf Of
groups@... <mailto:groups@...>
Sent: 27 December 2020 15:57
To: main@WSJTX.groups.io <mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [WSJTX] USB Audio CODEC

On 27/12/2020 15:05, kelvin348@...
<mailto:kelvin348@...>  via groups.io wrote:

Hi,

I thought it is about time I tried out Digital Modes.

I'm trying to set up WSJTX for the first time.

I'm using an Icom IC-756 Pro and HRD. I have tested the CAT connection
and transmit and all ok.

My problem appears to be setting up the sound card.

In device manager I don't have USB Audio codec in the drop down list
for the sound card.

My question is, can VB Cable be used instead of USB Audio cable?

Any other suggestions would be most welcome.



Thanks in advance.

Kelvin 2E0HJE

Kelvin

You don't say what operating system you are using but I assume it is
windows?  Have you followed the manufacturer's instructions to download and
install the USB audio driver?

73
Roger
G#4HZA


locked Re: USB Audio CODEC

Don Roden
 

Maybe for the 756Pro, but for LOTS of radios, the SignaLink represents a simple solution for FT8. Some rigs use CAT to turn on the front microphone which defeats the rear digital mode audio. Some do ..... Some dont.
DOn W4DNR


Quoting "D. Scott MacKenzie" <kb0fhp@...>:

The CAT for the 756 Pro does PTT. At worse, you do VOX. No reason to by a
Signalink.



From: main@WSJTX.groups.io <main@WSJTX.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kai-KE4PT
Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2020 4:27 PM
To: main@WSJTX.groups.io
Subject: Re: [WSJTX] USB Audio CODEC



Just be sure that you have a way of doing PTT. The Signalink is designed to
do PTT, an inexpensive USB sound card might not support PTT. Download manual
for Signalink USB to see what I mean. The Signalink require just one
connection to the computer (a USB connection) and one cable to the 756 Pro.
Simplicity!
Kindest regards,
Kai, KE4PT

On 12/27/2020 12:40, neil_zampella wrote:

You don't need to 'invest' in a Signalink, you'd probably do better with an
inexpensive USB soundcard. However you haven't said how you're interfacing
the rig with the computer, that would help with advice. That said, have
you looked at the interface cables from xggcomms.com, they're based in the
UK.

Neil, KN3ILZ



On 12/27/2020 10:31 AM, kelvin348@...
<mailto:kelvin348@...> via groups.io wrote:

Hi Roger,
Thanks for the quick reply.
I'm using Windows 10.
I don't have any drivers to install. I am not sure if there is are drivers
for the 756 Pro, it might be a bit old.
I have an IC-R2500 receiver which when I turn it on shows a USB Audio Codec
in the Device manager, however as soon as I turn it off it disappears.
Do you think I might need to invest in a Signalink?

-----Original Message-----
From: main@WSJTX.groups.io <mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io>
[mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io] On Behalf Of
groups@... <mailto:groups@...>
Sent: 27 December 2020 15:57
To: main@WSJTX.groups.io <mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [WSJTX] USB Audio CODEC

On 27/12/2020 15:05, kelvin348@...
<mailto:kelvin348@...> via groups.io wrote:

Hi,

I thought it is about time I tried out Digital Modes.

I'm trying to set up WSJTX for the first time.

I'm using an Icom IC-756 Pro and HRD. I have tested the CAT connection
and transmit and all ok.

My problem appears to be setting up the sound card.

In device manager I don't have USB Audio codec in the drop down list
for the sound card.

My question is, can VB Cable be used instead of USB Audio cable?

Any other suggestions would be most welcome.



Thanks in advance.

Kelvin 2E0HJE

Kelvin

You don't say what operating system you are using but I assume it is
windows? Have you followed the manufacturer's instructions to download and
install the USB audio driver?

73
Roger
G#4HZA


locked Re: Three Remaining Questions (I hope)

Don Roden
 

I run 20 MILIWATTS ...... .02 Watts on WSPR using a WSPRLITE powered by a USB Charger. I get reports from all over the world.. I need less power or an attenuator to even "see" how my beam's pattern looks like .
Don W4DNR

On the WSPR report page I have set my out put at 5 watts using the drop down.


locked Re: Not releasing FT-991A from split mode

Bob McGraw - K4TAX <rmcgraw@...>
 

Are you by chance running any other software or running WSJT-X via another application?    I've seen cases where closing an application does not release certain  parameters with other radios.

73

Bob, K4TAX


On 12/27/2020 9:05 AM, Bart N5BLP via groups.io wrote:
Running version 2.2.2 with a Yeasu FT-991A.  I have WSJT-X running split through rig control.

When WSJT-X closes out, it does not release the radio from split mode - I have to do that manually.  It didn't do that with my Kenwood TS-480.

Do any other 991A users have this also?

Bart N5BLP


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locked Re: Three Remaining Questions (I hope)

MARTIN LAMPNER
 

Bill thanks, poor choice of words contact better choice would have been reception report of a beacon I do realize WSPR is one way communication to test propagation which was actually what drew me to it. I recently built a 20 meter antenna and was looking at how to gauge how effective it was.

Appreciate the information on the slider, I did finally find a reference to it but your explanation was quite helpful. I had set the output on the radio but was concerned if I had missed something but gut get it or at least I think I do. I must have missed it when I first read through the guide but did find it just after I sent my e-mail given that and your comment I gather its the fine tuning of power if you will.

Again do have the station information filled in and did make the request to join wsprnet.org. Got the automated acknowledgement of my request but haven’t heard back with an approval but assume that is just delayed because of the holiday. Keeping an eye out for that. Do have all the station information input but realized I think I may have the region wrong plan to check that tomorrow when back on the system I think I may have made it 1 instead of 2 as it should have been for the Americas.

Right now I have the default 20% set. Saw no reason to adjust that at this point. I had tried single clicking but then read something on line or heard in someone’s video while trying to trouble shoot it that setting the toggle in setup up to double click was a good idea so I did. Hence the double click, I actually prefer a single click and I think I started that way and was having the same problem but I will again test that in the AM.

May be back again if that doesn’t help.

Thanks all.

On Dec 27, 2020, at 5:44 PM, Bill Somerville <g4wjs@...> wrote:

On 27/12/2020 21:10, MARTIN LAMPNER wrote:
Finally got most of the issues resolved with WSJT, appreciated the input folks, it helped me sort it out. Still have a couple of questions about using WSPR.

First Question is easy, on the WSPR report page I have set my out put at 5 watts using the drop down. At the extreme right of the screen there is a slider and scale marked Power, I may have missed it in reading through but it appears to asl be dealing with output power — what is it for and how do I use it.

I have another question yesterday I got five reports in about 35 minutes. Today I had it on while I did a few other things in the shack but was watching, I did not get any contacts but did notice that decode lit several times near the end of each two minute period. I assume when that happens it means it got a contact but either due to signal strength, noise or other factor it could not decode it. Is that correct?

For this last one, I am using HRD as the “radio” the actual radio is a Yeasu FT-991A, I running the current release (not the beta) of WSJT-X

I still have one operational problem and I nothing I’ve tried helps I can not seem to transmit. When on the settings page I can test rig control, it passes the test and I have been able to receive so the rig control and audio are set properly at least I think so , I then test PTT, and it works the radio goes to transmit mode while on the setup page. I then go to the WSPR mode page and I can set the band etc and have received and decoded per above without issue in five cases covering a good chunk of North America. However when I click enable TX, when I double click on it flashes red for a second but then reverts to off. I know I can put the radio in transmit from within that screen if I hit tune the radio clearly reflects it is getting the tone and shows the red transmit signal, but it will not allow me to enable it for actual transmits.

Hope this is clear but excuse me if not still new to digital.
Hi Martin,

the "Pwr" slider is an attenuator, slid to the very top is is 0 dB (full power), which is where you should set it when adjusting settings. Once set up you may use the "Pwr" slider to make temporary adjustments to your transmit power if you wish. Normally the POWER control of you rig is the first adjustment you should consider if you want to reduce output.

There are no "contacts" in WSPR mode, all stations are doing is either transmitting beacon signals or listening for beacon signals and optionally spotting them to the WSPRnet.org web service. This allows users to discover where their beacon transmissions are being received and to assess propagation conditions.

WSPR transmissions are synchronized to a two minute schedule. In order to transmit in some of the possible two minute slots there are a few things you need to set up. Firstly you must have set you callsign and at least your 4-character Maidenhead gridsquare in "Settings->General". Secondly you must choose what percentage of transmit slots you wish to transmit in, transmission slots are randomized so don't expect a 20% transmission schedule to transmit exactly once every ten minutes. You can expect the schedule to be reasonably accurately honoured over each hour of the day. The "Enable Tx" button is a button and only requires a single-click, like all other buttons, to activate it. It turns red when transmissions are enabled, but remember that transmit will not initiate immediately, nor even at the next slot. You can override the random scheduling by clicking the "Tx Next" button which forces a transmission in the very next Tx slot before reverting to the regular randomized schedule thereafter.

73
Bill
G4WJS.




locked Re: USB Audio CODEC

Robert Lorenzini
 

There are good reasons not to use a Signalink. Google.

Bob - wd6dod

On 12/27/2020 1:43 PM, D. Scott MacKenzie wrote:

The CAT for the 756 Pro does PTT.  At worse, you do VOX.  No reason to by a Signalink…

 

From: main@WSJTX.groups.io <main@WSJTX.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kai-KE4PT
Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2020 4:27 PM
To: main@WSJTX.groups.io
Subject: Re: [WSJTX] USB Audio CODEC

 

Just be sure that you have a way of doing PTT. The Signalink is designed to do PTT, an inexpensive USB sound card might not support PTT. Download manual for Signalink USB to see what I mean. The Signalink require just one connection to the computer (a USB connection) and one cable to the 756 Pro. Simplicity!
Kindest regards,
Kai, KE4PT

On 12/27/2020 12:40, neil_zampella wrote:

You don't need to 'invest' in a Signalink, you'd probably do better with an inexpensive USB soundcard.  However you haven't said how you're interfacing the rig with the computer, that would help with advice.   That said, have you looked at the interface cables from xggcomms.com, they're based in the UK.

Neil, KN3ILZ

 

On 12/27/2020 10:31 AM, kelvin348@... via groups.io wrote:

Hi Roger,
Thanks for the quick reply.
I'm using Windows 10.
I don't have any drivers to install. I am not sure if there is are drivers
for the 756 Pro, it might be a bit old.
I have an IC-R2500 receiver which when I turn it on shows a USB Audio Codec
in the Device manager, however as soon as I turn it off it disappears.
Do you think I might need to invest in a Signalink?
 
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From: main@WSJTX.groups.io [mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io] On Behalf Of
groups@...
Sent: 27 December 2020 15:57
To: main@WSJTX.groups.io
Subject: Re: [WSJTX] USB Audio CODEC
 
On 27/12/2020 15:05, kelvin348@... via groups.io wrote:
Hi,
 
I thought it is about time I tried out Digital Modes.
 
I'm trying to set up WSJTX for the first time.
 
I'm using an Icom IC-756 Pro and HRD. I have tested the CAT connection
and transmit and all ok.
 
My problem appears to be setting up the sound card.
 
In device manager I don't have USB Audio codec in the drop down list
for the sound card.
 
My question is, can VB Cable be used instead of USB Audio cable?
 
Any other suggestions would be most welcome.
 
 
 
Thanks in advance.
 
Kelvin 2E0HJE
Kelvin
 
You don't say what operating system you are using but I assume it is
windows?  Have you followed the manufacturer's instructions to download and
install the USB audio driver?
 
73
Roger
G#4HZA
 





 
 
 

 






locked Re: Three Remaining Questions (I hope)

Bill Somerville
 

On 27/12/2020 21:10, MARTIN LAMPNER wrote:
Finally got most of the issues resolved with WSJT, appreciated the input folks, it helped me sort it out. Still have a couple of questions about using WSPR.

First Question is easy, on the WSPR report page I have set my out put at 5 watts using the drop down. At the extreme right of the screen there is a slider and scale marked Power, I may have missed it in reading through but it appears to asl be dealing with output power — what is it for and how do I use it.

I have another question yesterday I got five reports in about 35 minutes. Today I had it on while I did a few other things in the shack but was watching, I did not get any contacts but did notice that decode lit several times near the end of each two minute period. I assume when that happens it means it got a contact but either due to signal strength, noise or other factor it could not decode it. Is that correct?

For this last one, I am using HRD as the “radio” the actual radio is a Yeasu FT-991A, I running the current release (not the beta) of WSJT-X

I still have one operational problem and I nothing I’ve tried helps I can not seem to transmit. When on the settings page I can test rig control, it passes the test and I have been able to receive so the rig control and audio are set properly at least I think so , I then test PTT, and it works the radio goes to transmit mode while on the setup page. I then go to the WSPR mode page and I can set the band etc and have received and decoded per above without issue in five cases covering a good chunk of North America. However when I click enable TX, when I double click on it flashes red for a second but then reverts to off. I know I can put the radio in transmit from within that screen if I hit tune the radio clearly reflects it is getting the tone and shows the red transmit signal, but it will not allow me to enable it for actual transmits.

Hope this is clear but excuse me if not still new to digital.
Hi Martin,

the "Pwr" slider is an attenuator, slid to the very top is is 0 dB (full power), which is where you should set it when adjusting settings. Once set up you may use the "Pwr" slider to make temporary adjustments to your transmit power if you wish. Normally the POWER control of you rig is the first adjustment you should consider if you want to reduce output.

There are no "contacts" in WSPR mode, all stations are doing is either transmitting beacon signals or listening for beacon signals and optionally spotting them to the WSPRnet.org web service. This allows users to discover where their beacon transmissions are being received and to assess propagation conditions.

WSPR transmissions are synchronized to a two minute schedule. In order to transmit in some of the possible two minute slots there are a few things you need to set up. Firstly you must have set you callsign and at least your 4-character Maidenhead gridsquare in "Settings->General". Secondly you must choose what percentage of transmit slots you wish to transmit in, transmission slots are randomized so don't expect a 20% transmission schedule to transmit exactly once every ten minutes. You can expect the schedule to be reasonably accurately honoured over each hour of the day. The "Enable Tx" button is a button and only requires a single-click, like all other buttons, to activate it. It turns red when transmissions are enabled, but remember that transmit will not initiate immediately, nor even at the next slot. You can override the random scheduling by clicking the "Tx Next" button which forces a transmission in the very next Tx slot before reverting to the regular randomized schedule thereafter.

73
Bill
G4WJS.


locked Re: USB Audio CODEC

Bill Somerville
 

On 27/12/2020 15:05, kelvin348@... via groups.io wrote:

Hi,

I thought it is about time I tried out Digital Modes.

I’m trying to set up WSJTX for the first time.

I’m using an Icom IC-756 Pro and HRD. I have tested the CAT connection and transmit and all ok.

My problem appears to be setting up the sound card.

In device manager I don’t have USB Audio codec in the drop down list for the sound card.

My question is, can VB Cable be used instead of USB Audio cable?

Any other suggestions would be most welcome.

 

Thanks in advance.

Kelvin 2E0HJE

Hi Kelvin,

the IC-756 series of rigs have Rx audio and Tx audio connections on the rear ACC socket. It sounds like you already have a CI-V CAT interface of some sort allowing HRD to control your rig, that's fine. A basic USB external sound card and a bit of basic hook-up wiring is all you need to complete the setup. A sound card for a few pounds is all you need, nothing fancy is required. The sound card will normally have LINE IN and LINE OUT sockets (3.5 mm). Make up a pair of screened audio leads with the right jacks and wired into a 13-pin DIN plug according to the rig User Manual instructions for audio connections.

VB Cable is a digital audio loopback application that allows the output of one application generating audio to be connected to another expecting audio. That is not what you need when you have a physical device like a transceiver.

73
Bil
G4WJS.


locked RTTY Roundup is coming up quick!

jeff stai wk6i <wk6i.jeff@...>
 

Practice sessions and photos! See below. Please feel free to share this with your local club and other appropriate channels.

Last year with FT contesting still being such a new thing we scheduled several sessions. I am inclined to go back to the usual 2 practice periods on Friday like we do for other major tests. If you think more sessions would be helpful I can send something out for Tuesday or Wednesday. Please let me know. So...

In the interest of helping everyone get their FT and RTTY game together, we're scheduling a couple of practice sessions for both FT4/8 and RTTY. (For RTTY-only practice, don't forget we also have the NS RTTY on Thursday http://www.ncccsprint.com/rttyns.html - yes even on NYE!)

2200-2230 UTC, 1 January (Friday afternoon NA time) - RTTY focus
2230-2300 UTC, 1 January (Friday afternoon NA time) - FT4/8 focus

0200-0230 UTC, 2 January (Friday evening NA time) - RTTY focus
0230-0300 UTC, 2 January (Friday evening NA time) - FT4/8 focus

"Focus" just means: let's focus on RTTY or FT for the 30 minutes - but if you want to practice switching back and forth between RTTY and FT by all means do so. I expect you'll find others of a like mind, it sounds like a good exercise.

Operate just like it's the real thing that starts on Saturday the 2nd. Use whatever bands are open and active for you at each time slot. For FT8, let's avoid the default "watering holes" - the following dial frequencies as recommended by Joe K1JT in the January 2019 QST** would be a good starting place: 3590, 7080, 14130, 21130, 28160.

For FT4 - since FT4 is a designated contest mode anyway - start with the default dial frequencies currently baked into WSJT-x: 3575, 7047.5, 14080, 21140, 28180.

Most of all, have fun over the weekend in the RTTY Round-Up! Take some photos of your operation and send them and/or a summary of your experience to me, Jeff WK6I - especially anything around your decisions on how to use (or not use) FT modes. It will help with the write up for the contest in QST. (Or post your remarks to 3830 or in your Soapbox - I will find them.)

73 jeff wk6i


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