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AW: [softrock40] Re: SoftRock v9.0 VHF Converters, SDR Program compatibility and firmware set up

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  • Gerry Huss
    Bob, kindly accept my sincere tnx for your helping me, which according to my impression is quite nice practice within this softrock community. I certainly will
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      Bob,
      kindly accept my sincere tnx for your helping me, which according to my impression is quite nice practice within this softrock community.
      I certainly will proceed as to your suggestions.
      Yes you are right, most webpages can be saved however some cannot.
      vy 73,
      Gerry, OE6hgg

      --- g8voip <g8voi.reeves59@...> schrieb am Fr, 31.7.2009:

      Von: g8voip <g8voi.reeves59@...>
      Betreff: [softrock40] Re: SoftRock v9.0 VHF Converters, SDR Program compatibility and firmware set up
      An: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
      Datum: Freitag, 31. Juli 2009, 17:21

       
      Hi Gerry,

      Do you mean my posting or the PDF file in my 'G8VOI' folder in the files section?

      Sometimes the links from the Yahoo message do not always work.

      It should be ok should if you go to that folder and double click on the PDF file to open and view it if you have your browser set up to recognise that file type, then you can also save it.

      I just took a look and there are no email details for you on QRZ.com, so if you still have any difficulty opening the file, please send me an email direct <bobg8voi at gmail dot com> or look me up on QRZ.com and I will mail a copy direct to you.

      73, Bob G8VOI

      -- In softrock40@yahoogro ups.com, Gerry Huss <gerryhombre007@ ...> wrote:
      >
      > Sir, I am using the latest Internet explorer, however cannot copy your message into my SDR file.
      > maybe you can asisst.
      > Vy Tnx es73,
      > Gerry, OE6HGG
      >
      > --- g8voip <g8voi.reeves59@ ...> schrieb am Fr, 31.7.2009:
      >
      >
      > Von: g8voip <g8voi.reeves59@ ...>
      > Betreff: [softrock40] SoftRock v9.0 VHF Converters, SDR Program compatibility and firmware set up
      > An: softrock40@yahoogro ups.com
      > Datum: Freitag, 31. Juli 2009, 15:00
      >
      >
      >  
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Hi all,
      >
      > Following Fred PE0FKO's announcement of the release of v15.11 firmware for the SoftRock v9.0, along with an updated version of the supporting Winrad ext_io dll v0.9, I have put an updated version of my firmware set-up notes in the files section, in my 'G8VOI' folder.
      >
      > Below is a summary of the SDR program compatibility, firmware versions, and set-up needed for both the 2m and 6m VHF converters.
      >
      > 50MHz (6m) VHF Converter
      > ------------ --------- ---
      >
      > All of the available SDR programs will work with either v15.10 or v15.11 firmware:
      >
      > Winrad v1.42, Winrad v1.32, WinradHD
      >
      > Rocky v3.6 (remember to add new centre frequencies to the rocky.ini
      > file as you require)
      >
      > PSDR v1.90 sr40 (Guido PE1NNZ)
      > PSDR-IQ v1.12.20 (Christos SV1EIA)
      > PSDR v1.16.2 (FlexRadio)
      > PSDR v1.18 (FlexRadio)
      >
      > To set up the firmware:
      >
      > Start Winrad running as usual, and press 'H' on the keyboard to access the firmware set-up screens.
      >
      > Select the 'LO' tab.
      >
      > In the top box, 'LO:Total' change the following:
      >
      > Multiply = 1.3333333333
      > Offset = 0
      >
      > Then press 'Save' followed by 'Read'
      >
      > That is all that is needed. Now you can run your favourite SDR program and tune the VFO to 50MHz, or select the centre frequency as appropriate.
      >
      > 144MHz (2m) Converter
      > ------------ ---------
      >
      > The situation using the 2m converter is a little more complex, however the existing v15.10 firmware can be used with the following programs:
      >
      > Winrad v1.42
      >
      > Rocky v3.6 (remember to add new centre frequencies to the
      > rocky.ini file as you require).
      >
      > PSDR v1.90 sr40 (Guido PE1NNZ) just use the VFO to dial up '144.xxxx'
      >
      > PSDR-IQ v1.12.20 (Christos SV1EIA) in 'Hardware config' check
      > 'expert' box in Si570' section and set
      > 'max frequency' to 600MHz to fool the software.
      > Gives VFO max 150MHz
      >
      > Start Winrad running, and press 'H' on the keyboard to access the firmware set-up screens.
      >
      > Select the 'LO' tab.
      >
      > In the top box, 'LO:Total' change the following:
      >
      > Multiply = 0.8
      > Offset = 0
      >
      > Then press 'Save' followed by 'Read'
      >
      > For the following SDR programs it is necessary to update the v9.0 firmware to v15.11 as the 'LO Offset' must be used, and this function has a minor 'bug' in v15.10 when negative values are used.
      >
      > Winrad 1.32 and WinradHD
      > ------------ --------- ---
      >
      > The maximum VFO frequency that can be set is 99.9999MHz, therefore it is necessary to use an offset. If the VFO is tuned between 44 and 48MHz and an offset of 100 used, this then tunes 144 to 148MHz, and the display reads correct, less the leading digit.
      >
      > The firmare set-up needed to achieve this:
      >
      > Start Winrad running, and press 'H' on the keyboard to access the firmware set-up screens.
      >
      > Select the 'LO' tab.
      >
      > In the top box, 'LO:Total' change the following:
      >
      > Multiply = 0.8
      > Offset = -100 (minus 100)
      >
      > Then press 'Save' followed by 'Read'
      >
      > It is also possible to use all versions of PSDR in this way, however there is a better method.
      >
      > PowerSDR v1.16.2 and v1.18 (also for v1.90 sr40 and PSDR-IQ v1.12.20)
      > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
      >
      > The transverter mode in PSDR 'XVTRs' set-up effectively tunes 28 to 32MHz by default. You can set-up this up to display 144 to 148MHz by setting the 'start' and 'end' frequencies. In addition you can set the 'LO offset' and give the button a name '144' etc.
      >
      > It is then just a matter of selecting VHF+ and the transverter you want to use.
      >
      > To use the transverter function, you need to set up the firmware as follows:
      >
      > Start Winrad running, and press 'H' on the keyboard to access the firmware set-up screens.
      >
      > Select the 'LO' tab.
      >
      > In the top box, 'LO:Total' change the following:
      >
      > Multiply = 0.8
      > Offset = -116 (minus 116)
      >
      > Then press 'Save' followed by 'Read'
      >
      > You could use this set-up with Winrad as well, and tune the VFO 28 - 32MHz for those used to operating with convertional transverters or receive converters, however personally I think using 44 - 48MHz and having a more meaningful frequency display is preferable.
      >
      > I hope this will help you to configure the firmware and your popular SDR program to use the v9.0 plug in VHF converters.
      >
      > I have tested all of the above options using my SDR-kits USB synth and measuring the LO frequency generated on a counter.
      >
      > I am still waiting for my converter kits to drop through the mail box to join in with the fun.
      >
      > 73, Bob G8VOI
      >


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