BPQ32 Multimode Machine Suggestion
- An idea for making the incredible BPQ32 multimode "machine" even more versatile. Using "mode, sideband and frequency scan" with the intention of utilizing to the utmost maximum your rigs potential and filters even if beeing old. Same for TNCs with fixed tonepairs. Pk232 beeing implemented.
G-Tor might be more usable as well.
This maybe could be done by a sequential kind of dial frequency scan achieving SAME official Centerfrequency stby for all modes and HWs even with fixed tone pairs. And in addition avoiding some risk of simultanuous connects since often only one "mode" is on target frequency and band at any time. I think Rig Scan already has most of what is needed.
Examples Winmor and Pactor1 PK232. Scanning A1 B1 D1 or best A1 C1 D1 A1 C1 D1 ...
A1: For Winmor N through MIC input, USB mode Dial freq 1.5 khz down.
B1: For PK232 Pactor running AFSK mode, USB Dial freq 2.21 khz down.
C1: If rig has FSK: for PK232 Pactor running FSK so called MARK notation set 100hz down from announced centerfreq. Benefit narrow band 500hz filter and no interference.
D1: For Winmor W through MIC input, USB mode Dial freq 1.5 khz down
Examples Winmor and Pactor1&Gtor KAM+ in TOR mode (LSB better for G-TOR).
Scanning A2 B2 D2 or best A2 C2 D2 A2 C2 D2 ...
A2: For Winmor N through MIC input, USB mode Dial freq 1.5 khz down.
B2: For KAM+ TOR mode running AFSK mode High tones, LSB Dial freq 2.21 khz up.
C2: If rig has FSK: for KAM+ running TOR mode FSK so called MARK notation set 100hz down from announced centerfreq. Benefit narrow band 500hz filter and no interference.
D2: For Winmor W through MIC input, USB mode Dial freq 1.5 khz down
Examples Winmor and Pactor 1,2 SCS (no P3) and KAM+ G-TOR only (Not TOR)
Example FT 1000 & FT 990 having both Data (Packet) mode and RTTY mode, but data mode only capable of running LSB. Using same 500hz filter. Scanning A3 B3 C3 D3 A3 B3 C3 D3...
A3: For Winmor N through MIC input, USB mode Dial frq 1.5 khz down.
B3: For SCS P1,2 (no P3) running AFSK LSB mode High tones in Rig Data Packet Mode (Mark 2110 space 2310) cf 2.21khz up. Rig off set is adjustable.
C3: For KAM+ G-TOR only running FSK (LSB) in RIG RTTY Mode. (mark 2125, space 2295) cf 2.21khz up. Rig dial off set is adjustable.
D3: For Winmor W through MIC input, USB mode Dial frq 1.5 khz down.
Examples Winmor and Pactor 1,2,3 and G-Tor
This may with some rigs be possible if running WINMOR N/W from MIC USB and Pactor modes from Rear plugg simultanuosly in P12/3 mode when rig has option for this, and in addition a KAM+ in G-TOR in FSK.
(A USB compatible Data connection (not only LSB as Ft 990) is another option)
A4: For Winmor N front and Pactor 1,2 rear, USB mode Dial frq 1.5 khz down
B4: For G-TOR FSK Rig in RTTY(LSB) mode: Set mark and space matching FSK.
C4: For Winmor W front and Pactor 3 rear, USB mode Dial frq 1.5 khz down
Such a setup for many rigs is more or less already possible using the already present Rig Control, maybe with minor modifications. One mode pr port in BPQ32.
Possible rig setup will of course be rig dependent.
The idea (maybe already considered by John) is based upon scanning possibilities between frequencies, USB and LSB, Data MODE with or without 500hz filter permanent activated,(filter use maybe working for Kenwood and Yaesu because of Mode changing) FSK (RTTY) with 500hz filter permanent activated. Using both mic port for Winmor and rear port for Data Pactor 12(3) (if available), AND FSK port with 500hz filter activated for G-tor with another tone pair.
IT IS CRUCIAL THAT WHEN USING 2 DIFFERENT TNCS ON LINE AT THE SAME TIME, IT IS A NECESSARY SAFETY PRECAUTION THAT THEY DO HAVE DIFFERENT TONE PAIRS SO THEY NEVER ARE "ON TARGET" AT THE SAME TIME.
More modes and combinations available for the client station.
A single Center freq notation is what is needed to pinpoint the whole BPQ32 HF station regardless of HW tncs.
Maybe SCS old original PTC2 tncs without P3 in the future may be more affordable second hand. I did see some on eBay today.
Scanning time of day possibility not affected negatively.
Scanning many different frequencies will be more time consuming and less practical if all options are used.
Work for G8BPQ
Running PACTOR 3 USB is a must. Center freq 1500hz
Running WINMOR USB is a must. Center freq 1500hz
Running Pactor 1(AFSK or FSK) or P2 (AFSK ONLY) Either USB or LSB with 500hz filter is possible.
These modes are for all practical use independent of sideband.
Mark or Space could both be the lower tone, contrary to RTTY and AMTOR.
The issue of importance is beeing able to utilize an older rigs fixed 500hz filter.
Running G-TOR (AFSK or FSK) LSB might be recommended. I don't remember from earlier testings. Manuals do not specify anything exept one place in a separate PACTERM and GMON instruction: quoting "Your receiver should be set to lower-sideband (SSB) to properly receive G-TOR mark and space tones"
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