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Re: Lime Mini hangs on SDR console not on SDR angel... #sdrconsole

Ram Mohan G
 

Well I have been seeing responses from others. Thank you all very much.
Few days ago, I had concluded that by having two high speed fans above and below the board, each pulling the hot air away from it, and declared problem had gone. It was working fine for two days. After this it is happening more often - TX hangs the Console. RX works well. Once hung, it would not close the usual way, we will have to close it from the task manager.

Runinig it  SDR Angel S/w, this has never hung.  On the Angle receiving is not as easy as on Console. So I have the SDR Console running with RTL SDR dongle, PSK beacon locked, and Lime Mini TX with Angel !!

PA0ONO Om Onno had put up pictures of his setup, we don't see any fans or heat sinks. He has attributed failure to shielding. Do let us know the software you are using for 2400Mhz.

Look forward some solution, 

G Ram Mohan,
B603, Skylark Zenith, Basapura Village Road, Hosa Road Junction,
Bangalore 560100, Karnataka


Mobile 09342187220



On Sun, 19 Apr 2020 at 15:39, jose maria trueba <josemariatrueba@...> wrote:
It used to happen the same to me although I use and external 5.3V power supply. At first I found out that a slight movement of the USB connection caused SDRConsole program to hung.

A different problem was that at apparently random occasions LIME MINI looked transmitting alright but there was no transmission. Trying to close Console resulted an imposible mission. Had to kill it using task manager.
This happened only after more than an hour using the radio. Several times in the middle of a QSOs through QO100 and always while temperature was as high as 55 to 60°C. 

I was recommended to do something to get temperature as low as possible, so I added three heatsinks and fans blowing air to them at low speed in RX and full speed only during TX periods. 
Result was that LimeMini maximum temperature now is 43, eventually I might see for an instant 45 at most returning quickly to 43. Now it never goes near as high as 55 to 60 like was seen before. 

The problem looked that had disappeared but later I found out that the no transmission issue still happens sometimes. It happens at rare occasions and always after several hours using Console, but very seldom. My plan is to increase cooling so maximum Lime temperature will be closer to ambient temperature (never above 40).

The issue might not be related to temperature but it surely has some relationship to long sessions. Lime Mini seems to get tired of Console, or the other way around. 


Re: Lime Mini - HF

Brian Morrison
 

On Mon, 04 May 2020 16:18:21 -0700
"Onno PA0ONO" <onnosr@...> wrote:

I doubt that the attenuation comes from the SKY13411-374LF RFSW_Rx switch.
This switch is made for wifi rx tx switching. How should it blok frequencies < 30 mhz ?
See attached datasheet. The lower the frequency the less insertion loss. Why suddenly a big loss < 100 mhz ?
The return loss becomes very bad below 100MHz, where it is 4dB, so
even there about 40% of the power is being reflected and it gets worse
as the frequency drops.

--

Brian Morrison G8SEZ


Re: Question to Simon: More Identities and ability to clone them?

Christian Veith
 

Hi Simon,

sounds great :)

I currently copy the identity folders from AppData and the registry trees  via regedit and the Windows Explorer.

Would it be possible to have different Radio settings too? I've found that the settings are shared across the identities, filter and PA settings on Hermes-Lite for example.


Best regards

Chris DL5CV


Am 05.05.2020 um 07:38 schrieb Simon Brown:

Hi,

 

Actually – yes. I was thinking about adding four more, would be very easy. Cloning would take a day of so of programming.

 

Simon Brown, G4ELI

https://www.sdr-radio.com

 

From: Lorenz Grassl <mailingliste2@...>
Sent: 04 May 2020 20:13
To: Lenz, DL8RDL (SDR-Console) <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io>; simon@...
Subject: Question to Simon: More Identities and ability to clone them?

 

Hello Simon,

did you ever think about to introduce more Identities to SDR-Console? In my case I use them (or would use more of them) for specific purposes:
1) regular operation (SSB) on QO-100
2) DIGI-operation on QO-100
3) CW-Operation on QO-100
4) WINLINK operation on QO-100
5) Experimental-Setup
6) ...

Each setup has specific waterfall-ranges, radio-settings, waterfall speeds, windows-configs, receiver-pane-settings, filter-variations, equalizer-settings and so on. I would love it to have at least 8 or 10 Identities.

What, independently from that, a great feature would be: the ability to clone one "well setup" ID to a new one to have a good base to modify it for further use. Now we have to start from the scratch when opening up a new ID.

Thanks so much for this fine piece of software you gave to us!
Best 73 de Lenz, DL8RDL


pa0nhc : Sense and NONsense about magnetic loop antennas. Engles.

Nico H.C.J. Veth
 

My new presentation on Youtube.


73's, Nico.


Re: User configuration for a newbie??

martin m3ghe
 

Brian,
Ensure you have installed the SDR-4 drivers from CCW, they are on the disc that came with the radio. If you don't have it you can download from CCW http://www.crosscountrywireless.net/CCW%20SDR-4+%20setup%20program%20v1.04.zip
Then in definitions you select 'SoftRock' then Si570. 
Make sure you select the correct soundcard. If you are using the onboard USB Audio CODEC it will only give you 48kHz  of spectrum, if you use the line out on the unit it will give you what ever the maximum of the motherboard is.

Hope this helps.

Martin


Re: Question to Simon: More Identities and ability to clone them?

Simon Brown
 

Hi,

 

Actually – yes. I was thinking about adding four more, would be very easy. Cloning would take a day of so of programming.

 

Simon Brown, G4ELI

https://www.sdr-radio.com

 

From: Lorenz Grassl <mailingliste2@...>
Sent: 04 May 2020 20:13
To: Lenz, DL8RDL (SDR-Console) <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io>; simon@...
Subject: Question to Simon: More Identities and ability to clone them?

 

Hello Simon,

did you ever think about to introduce more Identities to SDR-Console? In my case I use them (or would use more of them) for specific purposes:
1) regular operation (SSB) on QO-100
2) DIGI-operation on QO-100
3) CW-Operation on QO-100
4) WINLINK operation on QO-100
5) Experimental-Setup
6) ...

Each setup has specific waterfall-ranges, radio-settings, waterfall speeds, windows-configs, receiver-pane-settings, filter-variations, equalizer-settings and so on. I would love it to have at least 8 or 10 Identities.

What, independently from that, a great feature would be: the ability to clone one "well setup" ID to a new one to have a good base to modify it for further use. Now we have to start from the scratch when opening up a new ID.

Thanks so much for this fine piece of software you gave to us!
Best 73 de Lenz, DL8RDL


Re: IQ output from Console

Charles Suckling
 

Hi Max

I did not  run CW Skimmer.  I only  selected the ability to output IQ for that in Console.

Just got another 2 VAC so will be trying them later, at higher bandwidths.

73

Charlie

On Mon, 4 May 2020 at 23:36, Max <radiomax@...> wrote:
Hi Charlie

Sounds all good and many thanks for the update. Very interesting. I did not think that you needed to run CWS at all to see the IQ output from the VAC? i thought it just appeared on the selected VAC anyway? I could be wrong. Yes, should have mentioned the selectable bandwidths but guessed you would see those there anyway.

But yes, as it seems to be a useful solution, maybe Simon could add another general IQ out in addition to this one? I am sure there are many uses for such a feature, including some other data decoder programs as well as requirement similar to your own. Maybe he will read this and give us his thoughts.

Anyway, glad it was some sort of a workaround for what you needed.

73

Max



Re: Lime Mini - HF

Lou, KI5FTY
 

thx
73
Lou KI5FTY



On Mon, May 4, 2020 at 8:17 PM kg7swp@... via groups.io <KG7SWP=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Lou, there is no article. I did some research & found the balun to be of the same configuration as the original. With a lower frequency response, I changed out the LNAL balun for it & had both limes running side be side. 28 MHz was a 3db difference & 3.5 MHz was a 6 db difference.
I am not the best at SMT, so I had a co-worker do it for me.

Ed


Re: Lime Mini - HF

kg7swp@yahoo.com <KG7SWP@...>
 

Lou, there is no article. I did some research & found the balun to be of the same configuration as the original. With a lower frequency response, I changed out the LNAL balun for it & had both limes running side be side. 28 MHz was a 3db difference & 3.5 MHz was a 6 db difference.
I am not the best at SMT, so I had a co-worker do it for me.

Ed


Re: Tuning wheel mouse?

Tom Crosbie G6PZZ
 

Bill,

Someone fibbed about China delivery. I normally get stuff by economy SPEEDPAK and that can take 2-3 months. Most of the time it’s a free service. I think there’s a paid-for version that is faster, but I like a bargain and I can usually wait.

Mouser have it cracked. I ordered a bunch of ferrites much cheaper than in the UK even though I paid VAT. But I got my order free delivery and in three days from the US.

Tom

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill Walch
Sent: 05 May 2020 00:15
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Tuning wheel mouse?

 

Tom, you're so right. Years ago, I was sent to Holland to build an automated test system. One of the Keithly relay boards sent from the US was bad. I located one in the UK, BUT, add in the inflated cost for an imported US product, not to mention the VAT from UK to The Netherlands, and the board ended up being twice the price, equivalent to about $4,000 USD in 1980's dollars. I ended up having it sent from the US, overnight, and it was still almost $1,700 less. On the other hand, I envy you folks in the UK, as is seems, at least from what I hear, that you can get items from China in days to a week. Here, it took me 8 weeks to get one of those MLA-30+ active antennas. Oh, well, we can't have it all. As for Amazon from the UK to the US, items still take about 2+ weeks to get here. We can't have it all, lol, not to mention if a day will ever come that we in the US would have something like Es'hail-2.

On 5/4/2020 4:07 PM, Tom Crosbie G6PZZ wrote:

No Bill,

It’s not that we can’t, just not ALL. Some items are available trans pond (great pun? Maybe not…) I find it variable depending on the item. If I’m lucky, the price is on a par but there may be a delay in transit. That usually applies to items stocked by Amazon and available via their global scheme. If I’m unlucky and it’s a third party vendor, the carriage is often much more expensive than the product itself.

 

Buying from dealers in the UK it is common to pay less than 5 GBP carriage for small items and that can include tracking and insurance. For about 10GBP, a large TCVR can be sent by 24hr courier, tracked,  insured, timed delivery and signed for. It helps we are a smaller country! It has been a while since I sent a parcel to the US so I’m probably way out of touch but US to UK seems a tad expensive. I was going to buy some of Everett N4CY’s ready built boards, but postage was prohibitive.

 

The Walmart thing is more difficult to understand. I’ve never tried to buy anything from them in the light of other experience. They do own one of our largest supermarket chains so one might have thought they would have expanded their global reach and product offering. When it comes to electricals though we have different standards of product safety, power supply voltage and outlet plug/socket arrangement. Some walwarts come with adapters but most don’t so they would need to stock multiple types to cope with their mains powered products.

 

We are no longer two countries separated by just a common language but by a ton of other stuff that Brexit can’t fix either!

Cheers

 

Tom G6PZZ

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill Walch
Sent: 04 May 2020 19:59
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Tuning wheel mouse?

 

That's interesting that you can't buy US Amazon items in the UK. I regularly buy items like movies, etc from the UK, DE, FR, IT, AU, etc that are just not sold and/or released in the US. However, I did find early on that to get those items, I must logon to that countries website directly, like amazon.co.uk. The beauty of Amazon, is that my US logon credentials (and purchasing options) are also valid throughout the Amazon universe. In the foreign language sites, I have to use Google Translate or Chrome to auto translate to English, but it still works. At most, they may ask to verify yourself through a text message code, but that hasn't been a problem.

On 5/3/2020 4:06 PM, Tom Crosbie G6PZZ wrote:

Thanks Bill and Lou but I’d really need a Windows solution.

Not everything on Amazon.com is available on Amazon.co.uk and Walmart.com has no reach over the pond. Pity.

The search continues…

Tom G6PZZ

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill Walch
Sent: 03 May 2020 20:17
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Tuning wheel mouse?

 

$16.95 USD on Amazon. Note that this is Bluetooth only, and apparently from the comments on Amazon, it doesn't work with Windows.

On 5/3/2020 3:05 PM, Lou KI5FTY wrote:

 

On Sun, May 3, 2020 at 1:45 PM Tom Crosbie G6PZZ <tom@...> wrote:

Thank you Sigi.

 

Not as easy as I would like but that seems to be the way of MIDI

A quick google shows that these devices just don’t exist, even on eBay!

Even the alternative offered by Alex, DK4FT is out of stock everywhere.

Not urgent for me so I can put this on the backburner for now

Thanks for everyone’s contributions to this thread so far.

 

Tom G6PZZ

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Siegfried Jackstien
Sent: 03 May 2020 00:53
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Tuning wheel mouse?

 

it was a few days of puzzling to get all work like i wanted it

that company eks does not exist anymore but maybe you can get a used one?!? (EKS XP5)

the device when pluged in is found in windows as a hid device ... (NOT MIDI!!)

after installing the right driver and config tool it is THEN found as a midi device

with the config tool i had to do some changes ... example the coarser tuning steps (1kc and 10 kc steps) are programmed in console as "range" function (a slider or knob) ... but i wanted them on single buttons so i had to program these buttons in the midi config tool to become a range function ... and on a few button i also added an autorepeat

otherwise to change from 50 % drive to 90 % drive you had to push the drive up button 40 times ... with autorepeat you just hold it long enough

the mapping (setup of the midi config tool) ... and also the midi definitions in sdr console can be stored and so it should be easy also for others to use a similar setup

and ... if you know how all buttons are set in that magic tool ... and in console ... then it is also easy to change settings on your own

the most problem was getting the volume slider and the turn wheel working like it should ... for the volume slider i had to change the midi channel number for that slider (or moving slider would be like criss cross pressing all buttons on the deck ... grmbl) ... ...

turn wheel also was not easy ... it has a touch sensor (so two turn speeds on a single wheel) ... and when configuring you have to change a few numbers in some config boxes in console .... but ... to work right you have to change the numbers with one hand on keyboard of the pc ... while holding the touch sensor with the other hand :-) ... cause when you releaze the touch sensor the configutration is then for not activated sensor

soooooo .. it was a bit longer journey ... but finally i think it is the best 40 euros ever spent :-)

you can get many different dj controlles to work with console (if they talk "midi"!!) ...

what i like is

on most decks you have fewer buttons but lots of turn knobs and also two turn wheels ...(and big size!)

i wanted a single wheel and more buttons so i searched and searched ... till i found that eks xp5 deck

all buttons can be free prorammed to any controller number and midi note ... and they also can be combined together

so LOTS of combinations possible ...

it is not super easy in first view ... but if you know how it works (if you got the "ahaa" effect) ... then it can be done with only your imagination as a border :-) ... even 2 or up to 4 decks can be combined ... (only a dj needs that hi hi)

greetz sigi dg9bfc

 

 

Am 02.05.2020 um 22:51 schrieb Tom Crosbie G6PZZ:

Sigi,

This looks like a very elegant solution. Forgive my ignorance, is this just plug and play or is there any kind of programming needed to map the midi to SDR C?. If so, would you be kind enough to share the details please? Also, what is the make and model number of the controller so I can try and find one in the UK.

Vielen Dank auch für Ihre anderen Beiträge.

 

73 Tom G6PZZ

 

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Siegfried Jackstien
Sent: 01 May 2020 14:16
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Tuning wheel mouse?

 

go and get a midi deck :-)

dg9bfc sigi

 

Am 01.05.2020 um 13:03 schrieb Steve KH6CT:

Take a look at the Logitech M570 wireless trackball.  Not out of line pricewise considering other ham equipment.  Just get the cursor inside the waterfall using the ball, then tune with the wheel.  Works for me by using the ball to get the cursor close to the track or spot, click to QSY and then use the wheel to fine tune.

73 Steve KH6CT

Attachments:

 

 

 

 


Re: Lime Mini - HF

Lou, KI5FTY
 

Ed Can you point me to an article that describes swapping out the bauns?

73
Lou KI5FTY



On Mon, May 4, 2020 at 2:19 PM kg7swp@... via groups.io <KG7SWP=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I had my baluns swapped out to favor HF on my USB model. I remember looking at swapping out the TX/RX switch on the mini & it looked much harder. Not sure if I found a replacement part, either.

Ed


Re: Lime Mini - HF

 
Edited

Hi
 
Firth a have to thank Simon for inviting me to the test team. OC I accepted it.
 
I did some testing with the mini.
 
Rx en TX works with the dll swap. Down to 3.6 mhz
 
I suggest the following:
 
RX:
 
Replace T4 by TC1-1TX+ (MiniCircuits) (thanks ED)
Replace MN19, MN22 C25, C26 (510 pf) by 0.01 uf
Remove MN20

TX

Replace T2 by TC1-1TX+ 
Replace C14,C15, (510 pf) by 0.01 uf
Remove MN23 (if populated)
 
I doubt that the attenuation comes from the SKY13411-374LF RFSW_Rx switch.
This switch is made for wifi rx tx switching. How should it blok frequencies < 30 mhz ? 
See attached datasheet. The lower the frequency the less insertion loss. Why suddenly a big loss < 100 mhz ?
 
I still have to check if the not connected pins AN 11 and AM 12 are enabled by choosing ant LNAL_NC;
If so a dedicated modification with a TCI-1TX+ to a dedicated SMA plug is possible (pity that the RFSW switch only has two lines). 
And I have to check with a scope before and after the switch for signal loss. 

Greetings

73 Onno pa0ono


 




Re: Tuning wheel mouse?

Bill Walch
 

Tom, you're so right. Years ago, I was sent to Holland to build an automated test system. One of the Keithly relay boards sent from the US was bad. I located one in the UK, BUT, add in the inflated cost for an imported US product, not to mention the VAT from UK to The Netherlands, and the board ended up being twice the price, equivalent to about $4,000 USD in 1980's dollars. I ended up having it sent from the US, overnight, and it was still almost $1,700 less. On the other hand, I envy you folks in the UK, as is seems, at least from what I hear, that you can get items from China in days to a week. Here, it took me 8 weeks to get one of those MLA-30+ active antennas. Oh, well, we can't have it all. As for Amazon from the UK to the US, items still take about 2+ weeks to get here. We can't have it all, lol, not to mention if a day will ever come that we in the US would have something like Es'hail-2.

On 5/4/2020 4:07 PM, Tom Crosbie G6PZZ wrote:

No Bill,

It’s not that we can’t, just not ALL. Some items are available trans pond (great pun? Maybe not…) I find it variable depending on the item. If I’m lucky, the price is on a par but there may be a delay in transit. That usually applies to items stocked by Amazon and available via their global scheme. If I’m unlucky and it’s a third party vendor, the carriage is often much more expensive than the product itself.

 

Buying from dealers in the UK it is common to pay less than 5 GBP carriage for small items and that can include tracking and insurance. For about 10GBP, a large TCVR can be sent by 24hr courier, tracked,  insured, timed delivery and signed for. It helps we are a smaller country! It has been a while since I sent a parcel to the US so I’m probably way out of touch but US to UK seems a tad expensive. I was going to buy some of Everett N4CY’s ready built boards, but postage was prohibitive.

 

The Walmart thing is more difficult to understand. I’ve never tried to buy anything from them in the light of other experience. They do own one of our largest supermarket chains so one might have thought they would have expanded their global reach and product offering. When it comes to electricals though we have different standards of product safety, power supply voltage and outlet plug/socket arrangement. Some walwarts come with adapters but most don’t so they would need to stock multiple types to cope with their mains powered products.

 

We are no longer two countries separated by just a common language but by a ton of other stuff that Brexit can’t fix either!

Cheers

 

Tom G6PZZ

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill Walch
Sent: 04 May 2020 19:59
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Tuning wheel mouse?

 

That's interesting that you can't buy US Amazon items in the UK. I regularly buy items like movies, etc from the UK, DE, FR, IT, AU, etc that are just not sold and/or released in the US. However, I did find early on that to get those items, I must logon to that countries website directly, like amazon.co.uk. The beauty of Amazon, is that my US logon credentials (and purchasing options) are also valid throughout the Amazon universe. In the foreign language sites, I have to use Google Translate or Chrome to auto translate to English, but it still works. At most, they may ask to verify yourself through a text message code, but that hasn't been a problem.

On 5/3/2020 4:06 PM, Tom Crosbie G6PZZ wrote:

Thanks Bill and Lou but I’d really need a Windows solution.

Not everything on Amazon.com is available on Amazon.co.uk and Walmart.com has no reach over the pond. Pity.

The search continues…

Tom G6PZZ

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill Walch
Sent: 03 May 2020 20:17
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Tuning wheel mouse?

 

$16.95 USD on Amazon. Note that this is Bluetooth only, and apparently from the comments on Amazon, it doesn't work with Windows.

On 5/3/2020 3:05 PM, Lou KI5FTY wrote:

 

On Sun, May 3, 2020 at 1:45 PM Tom Crosbie G6PZZ <tom@...> wrote:

Thank you Sigi.

 

Not as easy as I would like but that seems to be the way of MIDI

A quick google shows that these devices just don’t exist, even on eBay!

Even the alternative offered by Alex, DK4FT is out of stock everywhere.

Not urgent for me so I can put this on the backburner for now

Thanks for everyone’s contributions to this thread so far.

 

Tom G6PZZ

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Siegfried Jackstien
Sent: 03 May 2020 00:53
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Tuning wheel mouse?

 

it was a few days of puzzling to get all work like i wanted it

that company eks does not exist anymore but maybe you can get a used one?!? (EKS XP5)

the device when pluged in is found in windows as a hid device ... (NOT MIDI!!)

after installing the right driver and config tool it is THEN found as a midi device

with the config tool i had to do some changes ... example the coarser tuning steps (1kc and 10 kc steps) are programmed in console as "range" function (a slider or knob) ... but i wanted them on single buttons so i had to program these buttons in the midi config tool to become a range function ... and on a few button i also added an autorepeat

otherwise to change from 50 % drive to 90 % drive you had to push the drive up button 40 times ... with autorepeat you just hold it long enough

the mapping (setup of the midi config tool) ... and also the midi definitions in sdr console can be stored and so it should be easy also for others to use a similar setup

and ... if you know how all buttons are set in that magic tool ... and in console ... then it is also easy to change settings on your own

the most problem was getting the volume slider and the turn wheel working like it should ... for the volume slider i had to change the midi channel number for that slider (or moving slider would be like criss cross pressing all buttons on the deck ... grmbl) ... ...

turn wheel also was not easy ... it has a touch sensor (so two turn speeds on a single wheel) ... and when configuring you have to change a few numbers in some config boxes in console .... but ... to work right you have to change the numbers with one hand on keyboard of the pc ... while holding the touch sensor with the other hand :-) ... cause when you releaze the touch sensor the configutration is then for not activated sensor

soooooo .. it was a bit longer journey ... but finally i think it is the best 40 euros ever spent :-)

you can get many different dj controlles to work with console (if they talk "midi"!!) ...

what i like is

on most decks you have fewer buttons but lots of turn knobs and also two turn wheels ...(and big size!)

i wanted a single wheel and more buttons so i searched and searched ... till i found that eks xp5 deck

all buttons can be free prorammed to any controller number and midi note ... and they also can be combined together

so LOTS of combinations possible ...

it is not super easy in first view ... but if you know how it works (if you got the "ahaa" effect) ... then it can be done with only your imagination as a border :-) ... even 2 or up to 4 decks can be combined ... (only a dj needs that hi hi)

greetz sigi dg9bfc

 

 

Am 02.05.2020 um 22:51 schrieb Tom Crosbie G6PZZ:

Sigi,

This looks like a very elegant solution. Forgive my ignorance, is this just plug and play or is there any kind of programming needed to map the midi to SDR C?. If so, would you be kind enough to share the details please? Also, what is the make and model number of the controller so I can try and find one in the UK.

Vielen Dank auch für Ihre anderen Beiträge.

 

73 Tom G6PZZ

 

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Siegfried Jackstien
Sent: 01 May 2020 14:16
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Tuning wheel mouse?

 

go and get a midi deck :-)

dg9bfc sigi

 

Am 01.05.2020 um 13:03 schrieb Steve KH6CT:

Take a look at the Logitech M570 wireless trackball.  Not out of line pricewise considering other ham equipment.  Just get the cursor inside the waterfall using the ball, then tune with the wheel.  Works for me by using the ball to get the cursor close to the track or spot, click to QSY and then use the wheel to fine tune.

73 Steve KH6CT

Attachments:

 

 

 



Re: Question to Simon: More Identities and ability to clone them?

Max
 

Hi Lenz

As a temporary measure, quite a few of the parameters you mention can be stored using Favourites:

Frequency
Mode
Filter setting
Audio Source
Waterfall/spectrum scales
Waterfall frequency range

73

Max


On Mon, May 4, 2020 at 08:12 PM, Lorenz Graßl wrote:
Hello Simon,

did you ever think about to introduce more Identities to SDR-Console? In my case I use them (or would use more of them) for specific purposes:

Each setup has specific waterfall-ranges, radio-settings, waterfall speeds, windows-configs, receiver-pane-settings, filter-variations, equalizer-settings and so on. I would love it to have at least 8 or 10 Identities.


Re: IQ output from Console

Max
 

Hi Charlie

Sounds all good and many thanks for the update. Very interesting. I did not think that you needed to run CWS at all to see the IQ output from the VAC? i thought it just appeared on the selected VAC anyway? I could be wrong. Yes, should have mentioned the selectable bandwidths but guessed you would see those there anyway.

But yes, as it seems to be a useful solution, maybe Simon could add another general IQ out in addition to this one? I am sure there are many uses for such a feature, including some other data decoder programs as well as requirement similar to your own. Maybe he will read this and give us his thoughts.

Anyway, glad it was some sort of a workaround for what you needed.

73

Max



Re: User configuration for a newbie?? Please read Simon!

Tom Crosbie G6PZZ
 

Hello Brian,

I have exactly the same problem with my Sentinel. Is yours a CAT controlled version too? I expected it to work like HDSDR in that you run OmniRig first before running the control program. I’ve spent hours on this and Chris at CCW has not been able to help so far. I have an RSPdx so I do have something to play with in the meantime.

 

There may be hope though as I’ve offered to lend my own Sentinel 4+ to Simon to see if he can develop a solution but with other workloads he was looking at July/August. We can’t be the only two with CCW SDR’s! Now his user base of Sentinels has doubled in a few weeks it might spur him on 😊 I wish we could find more CCW owners out there.

 

It would be great to be able to use both my radios with the same software and database. HDSDR just doesn’t cut it for me. I hope Simon reads this and gets back in touch. My Sentinel is just sitting there, waiting.

 

73 de Tom G6PZZ Derbyshire

 

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Brian Bowers G0VAX
Sent: 04 May 2020 17:07
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: [SDR-Radio] User configuration for a newbie??

 

Hi all,
I am very confused as to how to configure sdr-radio with my Cross country radio SDR4+ 
Is there a “Get you going or how to” file anywhere??? 

SDR is a new concept to me.

Best Wishes
Brian G0VAX


Re: Lime Mini - HF

kg7swp@yahoo.com <KG7SWP@...>
 

I checked again. There is no direct replacement for the TX/RX switch in the mini. 20 MHz is probably the best you can get with it.

Ed


Re: Issue with SDRplay RSPdx and SDRC v3.0.17

Frank O'Donnell K6FOD
 

Hi Dennis, yes, I installed SDRC v3.0.22 and the RSPdx is working fine now.

During installation of its definition there was an option for v2 vs v3 -- I wasn't certain which to go with, so I just chose v3 and it seems good.

When starting SDRC and selecting the radio, I note that among the bandwidth options the lowest three (500 kHz, 1 MHz and 2 MHz) are marked as "Low IF." I'd need to do some reading to catch up on this, but I just picked 1 MHz for starters and it's displaying AM BC signals normally.

As a next step, I've attached a Bodnar GPSDO to the RSPdx's REF IN, have tuned SDRC 300 Hz below the carrier frequency of one of our local GPS-locked AM BC stations, and am directing SDRC's audio output to FLdigi, so that I can use frequency analyzer mode to compile a running tally of frequency readings in a .csv file. Even though SDRC's minimum tuning step is 1 Hz, if the RSPdx actually proves to be stable at the centiHertz to milliHertz level, it could work out well for my frequency measurement needs.


Re: Tuning wheel mouse?

Tom Crosbie G6PZZ
 

No Bill,

It’s not that we can’t, just not ALL. Some items are available trans pond (great pun? Maybe not…) I find it variable depending on the item. If I’m lucky, the price is on a par but there may be a delay in transit. That usually applies to items stocked by Amazon and available via their global scheme. If I’m unlucky and it’s a third party vendor, the carriage is often much more expensive than the product itself.

 

Buying from dealers in the UK it is common to pay less than 5 GBP carriage for small items and that can include tracking and insurance. For about 10GBP, a large TCVR can be sent by 24hr courier, tracked,  insured, timed delivery and signed for. It helps we are a smaller country! It has been a while since I sent a parcel to the US so I’m probably way out of touch but US to UK seems a tad expensive. I was going to buy some of Everett N4CY’s ready built boards, but postage was prohibitive.

 

The Walmart thing is more difficult to understand. I’ve never tried to buy anything from them in the light of other experience. They do own one of our largest supermarket chains so one might have thought they would have expanded their global reach and product offering. When it comes to electricals though we have different standards of product safety, power supply voltage and outlet plug/socket arrangement. Some walwarts come with adapters but most don’t so they would need to stock multiple types to cope with their mains powered products.

 

We are no longer two countries separated by just a common language but by a ton of other stuff that Brexit can’t fix either!

Cheers

 

Tom G6PZZ

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill Walch
Sent: 04 May 2020 19:59
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Tuning wheel mouse?

 

That's interesting that you can't buy US Amazon items in the UK. I regularly buy items like movies, etc from the UK, DE, FR, IT, AU, etc that are just not sold and/or released in the US. However, I did find early on that to get those items, I must logon to that countries website directly, like amazon.co.uk. The beauty of Amazon, is that my US logon credentials (and purchasing options) are also valid throughout the Amazon universe. In the foreign language sites, I have to use Google Translate or Chrome to auto translate to English, but it still works. At most, they may ask to verify yourself through a text message code, but that hasn't been a problem.

On 5/3/2020 4:06 PM, Tom Crosbie G6PZZ wrote:

Thanks Bill and Lou but I’d really need a Windows solution.

Not everything on Amazon.com is available on Amazon.co.uk and Walmart.com has no reach over the pond. Pity.

The search continues…

Tom G6PZZ

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill Walch
Sent: 03 May 2020 20:17
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Tuning wheel mouse?

 

$16.95 USD on Amazon. Note that this is Bluetooth only, and apparently from the comments on Amazon, it doesn't work with Windows.

On 5/3/2020 3:05 PM, Lou KI5FTY wrote:

 

On Sun, May 3, 2020 at 1:45 PM Tom Crosbie G6PZZ <tom@...> wrote:

Thank you Sigi.

 

Not as easy as I would like but that seems to be the way of MIDI

A quick google shows that these devices just don’t exist, even on eBay!

Even the alternative offered by Alex, DK4FT is out of stock everywhere.

Not urgent for me so I can put this on the backburner for now

Thanks for everyone’s contributions to this thread so far.

 

Tom G6PZZ

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Siegfried Jackstien
Sent: 03 May 2020 00:53
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Tuning wheel mouse?

 

it was a few days of puzzling to get all work like i wanted it

that company eks does not exist anymore but maybe you can get a used one?!? (EKS XP5)

the device when pluged in is found in windows as a hid device ... (NOT MIDI!!)

after installing the right driver and config tool it is THEN found as a midi device

with the config tool i had to do some changes ... example the coarser tuning steps (1kc and 10 kc steps) are programmed in console as "range" function (a slider or knob) ... but i wanted them on single buttons so i had to program these buttons in the midi config tool to become a range function ... and on a few button i also added an autorepeat

otherwise to change from 50 % drive to 90 % drive you had to push the drive up button 40 times ... with autorepeat you just hold it long enough

the mapping (setup of the midi config tool) ... and also the midi definitions in sdr console can be stored and so it should be easy also for others to use a similar setup

and ... if you know how all buttons are set in that magic tool ... and in console ... then it is also easy to change settings on your own

the most problem was getting the volume slider and the turn wheel working like it should ... for the volume slider i had to change the midi channel number for that slider (or moving slider would be like criss cross pressing all buttons on the deck ... grmbl) ... ...

turn wheel also was not easy ... it has a touch sensor (so two turn speeds on a single wheel) ... and when configuring you have to change a few numbers in some config boxes in console .... but ... to work right you have to change the numbers with one hand on keyboard of the pc ... while holding the touch sensor with the other hand :-) ... cause when you releaze the touch sensor the configutration is then for not activated sensor

soooooo .. it was a bit longer journey ... but finally i think it is the best 40 euros ever spent :-)

you can get many different dj controlles to work with console (if they talk "midi"!!) ...

what i like is

on most decks you have fewer buttons but lots of turn knobs and also two turn wheels ...(and big size!)

i wanted a single wheel and more buttons so i searched and searched ... till i found that eks xp5 deck

all buttons can be free prorammed to any controller number and midi note ... and they also can be combined together

so LOTS of combinations possible ...

it is not super easy in first view ... but if you know how it works (if you got the "ahaa" effect) ... then it can be done with only your imagination as a border :-) ... even 2 or up to 4 decks can be combined ... (only a dj needs that hi hi)

greetz sigi dg9bfc

 

 

Am 02.05.2020 um 22:51 schrieb Tom Crosbie G6PZZ:

Sigi,

This looks like a very elegant solution. Forgive my ignorance, is this just plug and play or is there any kind of programming needed to map the midi to SDR C?. If so, would you be kind enough to share the details please? Also, what is the make and model number of the controller so I can try and find one in the UK.

Vielen Dank auch für Ihre anderen Beiträge.

 

73 Tom G6PZZ

 

 

From: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io <main@SDR-Radio.groups.io> On Behalf Of Siegfried Jackstien
Sent: 01 May 2020 14:16
To: main@SDR-Radio.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] Tuning wheel mouse?

 

go and get a midi deck :-)

dg9bfc sigi

 

Am 01.05.2020 um 13:03 schrieb Steve KH6CT:

Take a look at the Logitech M570 wireless trackball.  Not out of line pricewise considering other ham equipment.  Just get the cursor inside the waterfall using the ball, then tune with the wheel.  Works for me by using the ball to get the cursor close to the track or spot, click to QSY and then use the wheel to fine tune.

73 Steve KH6CT

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Re: Lime Mini - HF

Michael Durkin
 

I didnt see anyone mention it, and is probably not the issue, but the limeSdr-USB has a low pass filter somewhere in its chain ... perhapse this is also true with the mini and it's not set wide enough to not attenuate the signal ...


On Mon, May 4, 2020, 12:19 PM kg7swp@... via groups.io <KG7SWP=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I had my baluns swapped out to favor HF on my USB model. I remember looking at swapping out the TX/RX switch on the mini & it looked much harder. Not sure if I found a replacement part, either.

Ed

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