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Posted Saturday, September 1, 2012 12:18 PM
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I have been playing around with my Flex 5000A for some weeks now, and a friend of mine told me I should start testing the digital modes. I havn't looked at digital modes since I was in the army in 1967, when I had a short look at RTTY, and things HAS changed since that time.

What software should I use to get the most out of it? I have installed DDUtil, Com0Com and VAC, so I do have the fundamentals, but don't know where to go now. Have downloaded DM 780, but I will not try to install untill I get some response on my request.

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Posted Wednesday, September 5, 2012 10:43 AM
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Ulf,

For just about any digital program will need VAC (Virtual Audio Cable) for passing the audio directly from PowerSDR to the application and some form of virtual serial program (VSP Manager, VSPE, Com0Com) to transfer the CAT data from PowerSDR to the application. VAC is available for purchase from http://software.muzychenko.net/eng/vac.htm , VSP Manager is available from Steve, K5FR, drop him a note with your ham call to snance@charter.net . Then you can set up VAC with http://kc.flexradio.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50230.aspx .

Easiest digital program to setup is DigiPan , http://www.digipan.net/ , All it needs is the VAC or audio passed to it, but there are many others with lots of different modes, but they all setup slightly differently, so sometimes it is a challenge to get them working the way we want, but it can be done.

An alternative to VAC if you find VAC too challenging you can run an audio cable from the powered speaker jack to your sound card input, and use the sound card interface as the audio in for the digital program..

Either way, working digital modes because of the high number of modes is much easier than in the "older " days of just RTTY..

Enjoy.


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Posted Thursday, September 6, 2012 11:00 AM
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Hi Dudley

I have got everything up working now, using vspMgr, VAC. DDUtil, CW-Skimmer, Logic9 and MixW. Was a lot of work putting the concepts together, but I think I have got it right. Problem was that I started installing without understanding the concepts, but most of the stuff is in the manuals or on Google. Only problem now is to find out how to decode the digital modes, when I have absolutely no idea about what kind of signal I am getting. I am running MixW non-registered, so I have to find out if this is what I want before I place an order.

You mention DigiPan, but I am running 64 bit version of Windows 7, and as far as I can see, this software is pretty old. I have also had a look at HRD, but cannot make it work and the only thing I need is DM780.

73 de LA2SL

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