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  • David Turnbull
    Perhaps components are the things we attach to the PCB? Peaberry SDR: 152 RXTX Ensemble: 175 (179 if you count the required jumpers) Warren, do not calibrate
    Message 1 of 20 , Nov 19, 2012
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      Perhaps components are the things we attach to the PCB?

      Peaberry SDR: 152
      RXTX Ensemble: 175 (179 if you count the required jumpers)

      Warren, do not calibrate DSP Radio; put 114.285 in the nominal frequency box. This will use the EEPROM settings you saved with CFGSR. Works for both Peaberry and Ensemble. DSP Radio is using obsolete commands (as is hamlib) which PE0FKO and myself have implemented in a way that uses the new calibration scheme.

      73 David AE9RB
    • Sid Boyce
      Hi Mike, BTW for the SDR2GO you need a BDM Programmer to update the firmware while the UBW is programmed via the USB connection. 73 ... Sid. ... -- Sid Boyce
      Message 2 of 20 , Nov 19, 2012
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        Hi Mike,
        BTW for the SDR2GO you need a BDM Programmer to update the firmware while the UBW is programmed via the USB connection.
        73 ... Sid.

        On 19/11/12 15:21, MIKE DURKIN wrote:
         

        SDR2GO UHFSDR .. count 2

        Couldn't help it.....

        Mike KC7NOA


        To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
        From: allgyer@...
        Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:30:06 +0000
        Subject: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism

         
        Recipe for the lowest component count SSB transceiver.

        Ingredients:

        Peaberry 40/30/20 (or RXTX Ensemble)
        Macbook Air
        Wall wart 12V supply
        USB cable

        Install up DSP Radio from here: http://dl2sdr.homepage.t-online.de

        Configure it according to here: http://blog.marxy.org/2012/02/softrock-ensemble-rxtx-with-dsp-radio.html

        My Configuration Panel settings are here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/softrock40/photos/album/669554232/pic/443153174/view

        Some things that slowed me down:

        Calibrating the frequency: The only way I could find to do this was tune a known signal, like WWV and then change the "Nominal Frequency (MHz)" parameter on the Configuration screen. Do it in small increments and after each change quit DSP, restart, and check to see if it moved in the right direction. Tedious … maybe someone else has a better idea.

        Transmit button on the GUI doesn't work: Don't know why.. have asked Sebastian but no reply yet. Never fear, the "dit" side on the Paddles input seems to work just fine on SSB as a PTT. For traveling my plan would be a handheld switch to be plugged into the "Paddles" jack… but this corrupts my component count and I still hope to get the GUI transmit button operable.

        If you do the aggregate device correctly you will have six audio devices to assign on the Configuration screen. But they are identified only by number. Watch the waterfall display as you try each one on the Receiver I or Q input. You will easily find the microphone because room noise and speaking will disrupt the display. Antenna noise will identify Peaberry Radio, and the one that makes no noise is internal speakers.

        I set the transmitter drive level by adjusting the Transmitter Output Gain on the Configuration Panel to get about 800 mw out on CW. PEP indications on the scope would be 1.2-1.5 watts but this is an approximation. It makes a nice trapezoid just like in the handbook….cool!

        I used a separate laptop with an RXII HF and HDSDR to monitor and record the results. The sideband sounds great even though it looks a little different on the waterfall. We are all used to the sharply defined skirts of filter generated SSB. Old timers may remember phasing ssb rigs which were difficult to adjust and not stable after being set up, but they always had great sounding audio. An ART-13 with an SB-10 SSB adapter was a sweet sounding radio… but I digress. On the waterfall you will see some of low frequency opposite sideband energy for 500 Hz or so. Don't worry about it.

        I used the built-in microphone in the Macbook and it sounded great. It sounded just as good or maybe better with the mic from iPhone earbuds plugged into the Mac but….component count! I don't plan to operate SSB but it is nice to know that it can be done. This makes a great traveling man's rig.

        I have tried it with the Ensemble RXTX and it works just as well but you need three more pieces: One USB audio adapter (I used a Griffin iMic) and two audio cables. A nice alternative to try might be a USB headset.

        Happy to share more with anyone who is interested and happy to have your comments.

        Warren Allgyer
        W8TOD/BG1
        Stealth Amateur Radio from Beijing
        CW, BPSK31, and WSPR (now SSB too!) on 160 - 10 Meters




        -- 
        Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
        Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support
        Senior Staff Specialist, Cricket Coach
        Microsoft Windows Free Zone - Linux used for all Computing Tasks
        
      • Kees & Sandy
        With the level 2.0 SDR2GO code you are provided with a bootloader function (and several new menu features) and can load code via a USB to UART adapter from
        Message 3 of 20 , Nov 19, 2012
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          With the level 2.0 SDR2GO code you are provided with a bootloader function (and several new menu features) and can load code via a USB to UART adapter from your computer (available on ebay for about $3....I bought several). All new SDR2GO kits will be sent out with the bootloader in the dsPIC33. You will need a PICkit- 2, PICkit-3, or other code programmer for earlier dsPIC33 versions to load the 2.0 level ......but once it's installed with the bootloader you can use the USB link for any new code. 
           
          73 Kees K5BCQ


          ---------- Original Message ----------
          From: Sid Boyce <sboyce@...>
          To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism
          Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:00:09 +0000

           

          Hi Mike,
          BTW for the SDR2GO you need a BDM Programmer to update the firmware while the UBW is programmed via the USB connection.
          73 ... Sid.

          On 19/11/12 15:21, MIKE DURKIN wrote:
           

           

          SDR2GO UHFSDR .. count 2

          Couldn't help it.....

          Mike KC7NOA


          To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
          From: allgyer@...
          Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:30:06 +0000
          Subject: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism

           
          Recipe for the lowest component count SSB transceiver.

          Ingredients:

          Peaberry 40/30/20 (or RXTX Ensemble)
          Macbook Air
          Wall wart 12V supply
          USB cable

          Install up DSP Radio from here: http://dl2sdr.homepage.t-online.de

          Configure it according to here: http://blog.marxy.org/2012/02/softrock-ensemble-rxtx-with-dsp-radio.html

          My Configuration Panel settings are here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/softrock40/photos/album/669554232/pic/443153174/view

          Some things that slowed me down:

          Calibrating the frequency: The only way I could find to do this was tune a known signal, like WWV and then change the "Nominal Frequency (MHz)" parameter on the Configuration screen. Do it in small increments and after each change quit DSP, restart, and check to see if it moved in the right direction. Tedious … maybe someone else has a better idea.

          Transmit button on the GUI doesn't work: Don't know why.. have asked Sebastian but no reply yet. Never fear, the "dit" side on the Paddles input seems to work just fine on SSB as a PTT. For traveling my plan would be a handheld switch to be plugged into the "Paddles" jack… but this corrupts my component count and I still hope to get the GUI transmit button operable.

          If you do the aggregate device correctly you will have six audio devices to assign on the Configuration screen. But they are identified only by number. Watch the waterfall display as you try each one on the Receiver I or Q input. You will easily find the microphone because room noise and speaking will disrupt the display. Antenna noise will identify Peaberry Radio, and the one that makes no noise is internal speakers.

          I set the transmitter drive level by adjusting the Transmitter Output Gain on the Configuration Panel to get about 800 mw out on CW. PEP indications on the scope would be 1.2-1.5 watts but this is an approximation. It makes a nice trapezoid just like in the handbook….cool!

          I used a separate laptop with an RXII HF and HDSDR to monitor and record the results. The sideband sounds great even though it looks a little different on the waterfall. We are all used to the sharply defined skirts of filter generated SSB. Old timers may remember phasing ssb rigs which were difficult to adjust and not stable after being set up, but they always had great sounding audio. An ART-13 with an SB-10 SSB adapter was a sweet sounding radio… but I digress. On the waterfall you will see some of low frequency opposite sideband energy for 500 Hz or so. Don't worry about it.

          I used the built-in microphone in the Macbook and it sounded great. It sounded just as good or maybe better with the mic from iPhone earbuds plugged into the Mac but….component count! I don't plan to operate SSB but it is nice to know that it can be done. This makes a great traveling man's rig.

          I have tried it with the Ensemble RXTX and it works just as well but you need three more pieces: One USB audio adapter (I used a Griffin iMic) and two audio cables. A nice alternative to try might be a USB headset.

          Happy to share more with anyone who is interested and happy to have your comments.

          Warren Allgyer
          W8TOD/BG1
          Stealth Amateur Radio from Beijing
          CW, BPSK31, and WSPR (now SSB too!) on 160 - 10 Meters




          -- 
          Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
          Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support
          Senior Staff Specialist, Cricket Coach
          Microsoft Windows Free Zone - Linux used for all Computing Tasks
          

           

           

        • warrenallgyer
          Thanks David, that works for calibration! Is there a similar trick to getting the GUI Transmit button working? And the key paddles? I am only able to initiate
          Message 4 of 20 , Nov 19, 2012
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            Thanks David, that works for calibration! Is there a similar trick to getting the GUI Transmit button working? And the key paddles?

            I am only able to initiate transmit with the left keyer paddle; using it as a straight key for CW and a PTT switch for SSB.

            Warren Allgyer - W8TOD

            --- In softrock40@yahoogroups.com, David Turnbull <dturnbull@...> wrote:
            >
            > Perhaps components are the things we attach to the PCB?
            >
            > Peaberry SDR: 152
            > RXTX Ensemble: 175 (179 if you count the required jumpers)
            >
            > Warren, do not calibrate DSP Radio; put 114.285 in the nominal frequency
            > box. This will use the EEPROM settings you saved with CFGSR. Works for both
            > Peaberry and Ensemble. DSP Radio is using obsolete commands (as is hamlib)
            > which PE0FKO and myself have implemented in a way that uses the new
            > calibration scheme.
            >
            > 73 David AE9RB
            > http://AE9RB.com/
            >
          • Sid Boyce
            Apologies Kees and Mike. Too many programmers around here, BDM, PicKit3, USB-Blaster and EEBlaster. So if say 1.1 code is installed, the 2.0 code needs use of
            Message 5 of 20 , Nov 19, 2012
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              Apologies Kees and Mike.
              Too many programmers around here, BDM, PicKit3, USB-Blaster and EEBlaster.

              So if say 1.1 code is installed, the 2.0 code needs use of the PICkit?
              73 ... Sid.


              On 19/11/12 20:16, Kees & Sandy wrote:
               
              With the level 2.0 SDR2GO code you are provided with a bootloader function (and several new menu features) and can load code via a USB to UART adapter from your computer (available on ebay for about $3....I bought several). All new SDR2GO kits will be sent out with the bootloader in the dsPIC33. You will need a PICkit- 2, PICkit-3, or other code programmer for earlier dsPIC33 versions to load the 2.0 level ......but once it's installed with the bootloader you can use the USB link for any new code. 
               
              73 Kees K5BCQ


              ---------- Original Message ----------
              From: Sid Boyce <sboyce@...>
              To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: Re: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism
              Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:00:09 +0000

               

              Hi Mike,
              BTW for the SDR2GO you need a BDM Programmer to update the firmware while the UBW is programmed via the USB connection.
              73 ... Sid.

              On 19/11/12 15:21, MIKE DURKIN wrote:
               

               

              SDR2GO UHFSDR .. count 2

              Couldn't help it.....

              Mike KC7NOA


              To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
              From: allgyer@...
              Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:30:06 +0000
              Subject: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism

               
              Recipe for the lowest component count SSB transceiver.

              Ingredients:

              Peaberry 40/30/20 (or RXTX Ensemble)
              Macbook Air
              Wall wart 12V supply
              USB cable

              Install up DSP Radio from here: http://dl2sdr.homepage.t-online.de

              Configure it according to here: http://blog.marxy.org/2012/02/softrock-ensemble-rxtx-with-dsp-radio.html

              My Configuration Panel settings are here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/softrock40/photos/album/669554232/pic/443153174/view

              Some things that slowed me down:

              Calibrating the frequency: The only way I could find to do this was tune a known signal, like WWV and then change the "Nominal Frequency (MHz)" parameter on the Configuration screen. Do it in small increments and after each change quit DSP, restart, and check to see if it moved in the right direction. Tedious … maybe someone else has a better idea.

              Transmit button on the GUI doesn't work: Don't know why.. have asked Sebastian but no reply yet. Never fear, the "dit" side on the Paddles input seems to work just fine on SSB as a PTT. For traveling my plan would be a handheld switch to be plugged into the "Paddles" jack… but this corrupts my component count and I still hope to get the GUI transmit button operable.

              If you do the aggregate device correctly you will have six audio devices to assign on the Configuration screen. But they are identified only by number. Watch the waterfall display as you try each one on the Receiver I or Q input. You will easily find the microphone because room noise and speaking will disrupt the display. Antenna noise will identify Peaberry Radio, and the one that makes no noise is internal speakers.

              I set the transmitter drive level by adjusting the Transmitter Output Gain on the Configuration Panel to get about 800 mw out on CW. PEP indications on the scope would be 1.2-1.5 watts but this is an approximation. It makes a nice trapezoid just like in the handbook….cool!

              I used a separate laptop with an RXII HF and HDSDR to monitor and record the results. The sideband sounds great even though it looks a little different on the waterfall. We are all used to the sharply defined skirts of filter generated SSB. Old timers may remember phasing ssb rigs which were difficult to adjust and not stable after being set up, but they always had great sounding audio. An ART-13 with an SB-10 SSB adapter was a sweet sounding radio… but I digress. On the waterfall you will see some of low frequency opposite sideband energy for 500 Hz or so. Don't worry about it.

              I used the built-in microphone in the Macbook and it sounded great. It sounded just as good or maybe better with the mic from iPhone earbuds plugged into the Mac but….component count! I don't plan to operate SSB but it is nice to know that it can be done. This makes a great traveling man's rig.

              I have tried it with the Ensemble RXTX and it works just as well but you need three more pieces: One USB audio adapter (I used a Griffin iMic) and two audio cables. A nice alternative to try might be a USB headset.

              Happy to share more with anyone who is interested and happy to have your comments.

              Warren Allgyer
              W8TOD/BG1
              Stealth Amateur Radio from Beijing
              CW, BPSK31, and WSPR (now SSB too!) on 160 - 10 Meters




              -- 
              Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
              Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support
              Senior Staff Specialist, Cricket Coach
              Microsoft Windows Free Zone - Linux used for all Computing Tasks
              

               

               



              -- 
              Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
              Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support
              Senior Staff Specialist, Cricket Coach
              Microsoft Windows Free Zone - Linux used for all Computing Tasks
              
            • MIKE DURKIN
              No worries ... figured you were just tired. Mike KC7NOA To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com From: sboyce@blueyonder.co.uk Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 01:59:33 +0000
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                No worries ... figured you were just tired.

                Mike KC7NOA


                To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                From: sboyce@...
                Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 01:59:33 +0000
                Subject: Re: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism

                 
                Apologies Kees and Mike.
                Too many programmers around here, BDM, PicKit3, USB-Blaster and EEBlaster.

                So if say 1.1 code is installed, the 2.0 code needs use of the PICkit?
                73 ... Sid.


                On 19/11/12 20:16, Kees & Sandy wrote:
                 
                With the level 2.0 SDR2GO code you are provided with a bootloader function (and several new menu features) and can load code via a USB to UART adapter from your computer (available on ebay for about $3....I bought several). All new SDR2GO kits will be sent out with the bootloader in the dsPIC33. You will need a PICkit- 2, PICkit-3, or other code programmer for earlier dsPIC33 versions to load the 2.0 level ......but once it's installed with the bootloader you can use the USB link for any new code. 
                 
                73 Kees K5BCQ


                ---------- Original Message ----------
                From: Sid Boyce <sboyce@...>
                To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: Re: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism
                Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:00:09 +0000

                 

                Hi Mike,
                BTW for the SDR2GO you need a BDM Programmer to update the firmware while the UBW is programmed via the USB connection.
                73 ... Sid.

                On 19/11/12 15:21, MIKE DURKIN wrote:
                 
                 
                SDR2GO UHFSDR .. count 2

                Couldn't help it.....

                Mike KC7NOA


                To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                From: allgyer@...
                Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:30:06 +0000
                Subject: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism

                 
                Recipe for the lowest component count SSB transceiver.

                Ingredients:

                Peaberry 40/30/20 (or RXTX Ensemble)
                Macbook Air
                Wall wart 12V supply
                USB cable

                Install up DSP Radio from here: http://dl2sdr.homepage.t-online.de

                Configure it according to here: http://blog.marxy.org/2012/02/softrock-ensemble-rxtx-with-dsp-radio.html

                My Configuration Panel settings are here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/softrock40/photos/album/669554232/pic/443153174/view

                Some things that slowed me down:

                Calibrating the frequency: The only way I could find to do this was tune a known signal, like WWV and then change the "Nominal Frequency (MHz)" parameter on the Configuration screen. Do it in small increments and after each change quit DSP, restart, and check to see if it moved in the right direction. Tedious … maybe someone else has a better idea.

                Transmit button on the GUI doesn't work: Don't know why.. have asked Sebastian but no reply yet. Never fear, the "dit" side on the Paddles input seems to work just fine on SSB as a PTT. For traveling my plan would be a handheld switch to be plugged into the "Paddles" jack… but this corrupts my component count and I still hope to get the GUI transmit button operable.

                If you do the aggregate device correctly you will have six audio devices to assign on the Configuration screen. But they are identified only by number. Watch the waterfall display as you try each one on the Receiver I or Q input. You will easily find the microphone because room noise and speaking will disrupt the display. Antenna noise will identify Peaberry Radio, and the one that makes no noise is internal speakers.

                I set the transmitter drive level by adjusting the Transmitter Output Gain on the Configuration Panel to get about 800 mw out on CW. PEP indications on the scope would be 1.2-1.5 watts but this is an approximation. It makes a nice trapezoid just like in the handbook….cool!

                I used a separate laptop with an RXII HF and HDSDR to monitor and record the results. The sideband sounds great even though it looks a little different on the waterfall. We are all used to the sharply defined skirts of filter generated SSB. Old timers may remember phasing ssb rigs which were difficult to adjust and not stable after being set up, but they always had great sounding audio. An ART-13 with an SB-10 SSB adapter was a sweet sounding radio… but I digress. On the waterfall you will see some of low frequency opposite sideband energy for 500 Hz or so. Don't worry about it.

                I used the built-in microphone in the Macbook and it sounded great. It sounded just as good or maybe better with the mic from iPhone earbuds plugged into the Mac but….component count! I don't plan to operate SSB but it is nice to know that it can be done. This makes a great traveling man's rig.

                I have tried it with the Ensemble RXTX and it works just as well but you need three more pieces: One USB audio adapter (I used a Griffin iMic) and two audio cables. A nice alternative to try might be a USB headset.

                Happy to share more with anyone who is interested and happy to have your comments.

                Warren Allgyer
                W8TOD/BG1
                Stealth Amateur Radio from Beijing
                CW, BPSK31, and WSPR (now SSB too!) on 160 - 10 Meters





                -- 
                Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
                Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support
                Senior Staff Specialist, Cricket Coach
                Microsoft Windows Free Zone - Linux used for all Computing Tasks
                
                 
                 


                -- 
                Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
                Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support
                Senior Staff Specialist, Cricket Coach
                Microsoft Windows Free Zone - Linux used for all Computing Tasks
                
              • Kees & Sandy
                That is correct. 73 Kees K5BCQ ... From: Sid Boyce To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com Subject: Re: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism Date: Tue,
                Message 7 of 20 , Nov 19, 2012
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                  That is correct.
                   
                  73 Kees K5BCQ


                  ---------- Original Message ----------
                  From: Sid Boyce <sboyce@...>
                  To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                  Subject: Re: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism
                  Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 01:59:33 +0000

                   

                  Apologies Kees and Mike.
                  Too many programmers around here, BDM, PicKit3, USB-Blaster and EEBlaster.

                  So if say 1.1 code is installed, the 2.0 code needs use of the PICkit?
                  73 ... Sid.


                  On 19/11/12 20:16, Kees & Sandy wrote:
                   
                  With the level 2.0 SDR2GO code you are provided with a bootloader function (and several new menu features) and can load code via a USB to UART adapter from your computer (available on ebay for about $3....I bought several). All new SDR2GO kits will be sent out with the bootloader in the dsPIC33. You will need a PICkit- 2, PICkit-3, or other code programmer for earlier dsPIC33 versions to load the 2.0 level ......but once it's installed with the bootloader you can use the USB link for any new code. 
                   
                  73 Kees K5BCQ


                  ---------- Original Message ----------
                  From: Sid Boyce <sboyce@...>
                  To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                  Subject: Re: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism
                  Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:00:09 +0000

                   

                  Hi Mike,
                  BTW for the SDR2GO you need a BDM Programmer to update the firmware while the UBW is programmed via the USB connection.
                  73 ... Sid.

                  On 19/11/12 15:21, MIKE DURKIN wrote:
                   

                   

                  SDR2GO UHFSDR .. count 2

                  Couldn't help it.....

                  Mike KC7NOA


                  To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                  From: allgyer@...
                  Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:30:06 +0000
                  Subject: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism

                   
                  Recipe for the lowest component count SSB transceiver.

                  Ingredients:

                  Peaberry 40/30/20 (or RXTX Ensemble)
                  Macbook Air
                  Wall wart 12V supply
                  USB cable

                  Install up DSP Radio from here: http://dl2sdr.homepage.t-online.de

                  Configure it according to here: http://blog.marxy.org/2012/02/softrock-ensemble-rxtx-with-dsp-radio.html

                  My Configuration Panel settings are here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/softrock40/photos/album/669554232/pic/443153174/view

                  Some things that slowed me down:

                  Calibrating the frequency: The only way I could find to do this was tune a known signal, like WWV and then change the "Nominal Frequency (MHz)" parameter on the Configuration screen. Do it in small increments and after each change quit DSP, restart, and check to see if it moved in the right direction. Tedious … maybe someone else has a better idea.

                  Transmit button on the GUI doesn't work: Don't know why.. have asked Sebastian but no reply yet. Never fear, the "dit" side on the Paddles input seems to work just fine on SSB as a PTT. For traveling my plan would be a handheld switch to be plugged into the "Paddles" jack… but this corrupts my component count and I still hope to get the GUI transmit button operable.

                  If you do the aggregate device correctly you will have six audio devices to assign on the Configuration screen. But they are identified only by number. Watch the waterfall display as you try each one on the Receiver I or Q input. You will easily find the microphone because room noise and speaking will disrupt the display. Antenna noise will identify Peaberry Radio, and the one that makes no noise is internal speakers.

                  I set the transmitter drive level by adjusting the Transmitter Output Gain on the Configuration Panel to get about 800 mw out on CW. PEP indications on the scope would be 1.2-1.5 watts but this is an approximation. It makes a nice trapezoid just like in the handbook….cool!

                  I used a separate laptop with an RXII HF and HDSDR to monitor and record the results. The sideband sounds great even though it looks a little different on the waterfall. We are all used to the sharply defined skirts of filter generated SSB. Old timers may remember phasing ssb rigs which were difficult to adjust and not stable after being set up, but they always had great sounding audio. An ART-13 with an SB-10 SSB adapter was a sweet sounding radio… but I digress. On the waterfall you will see some of low frequency opposite sideband energy for 500 Hz or so. Don't worry about it.

                  I used the built-in microphone in the Macbook and it sounded great. It sounded just as good or maybe better with the mic from iPhone earbuds plugged into the Mac but….component count! I don't plan to operate SSB but it is nice to know that it can be done. This makes a great traveling man's rig.

                  I have tried it with the Ensemble RXTX and it works just as well but you need three more pieces: One USB audio adapter (I used a Griffin iMic) and two audio cables. A nice alternative to try might be a USB headset.

                  Happy to share more with anyone who is interested and happy to have your comments.

                  Warren Allgyer
                  W8TOD/BG1
                  Stealth Amateur Radio from Beijing
                  CW, BPSK31, and WSPR (now SSB too!) on 160 - 10 Meters




                  -- 
                  Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
                  Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support
                  Senior Staff Specialist, Cricket Coach
                  Microsoft Windows Free Zone - Linux used for all Computing Tasks
                  

                   

                   



                  -- 
                  Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
                  Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support
                  Senior Staff Specialist, Cricket Coach
                  Microsoft Windows Free Zone - Linux used for all Computing Tasks
                  

                   

                   

                • Sid Boyce
                  Must still be as I forgot to add the Xilinx. 73 ... Sid. ... -- Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and
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                    Must still be as I forgot to add the Xilinx.
                    73 ... Sid.

                    On 20/11/12 02:38, MIKE DURKIN wrote:
                     

                    No worries ... figured you were just tired.

                    Mike KC7NOA


                    To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                    From: sboyce@...
                    Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 01:59:33 +0000
                    Subject: Re: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism

                     
                    Apologies Kees and Mike.
                    Too many programmers around here, BDM, PicKit3, USB-Blaster and EEBlaster.

                    So if say 1.1 code is installed, the 2.0 code needs use of the PICkit?
                    73 ... Sid.


                    On 19/11/12 20:16, Kees & Sandy wrote:
                     
                    With the level 2.0 SDR2GO code you are provided with a bootloader function (and several new menu features) and can load code via a USB to UART adapter from your computer (available on ebay for about $3....I bought several). All new SDR2GO kits will be sent out with the bootloader in the dsPIC33. You will need a PICkit- 2, PICkit-3, or other code programmer for earlier dsPIC33 versions to load the 2.0 level ......but once it's installed with the bootloader you can use the USB link for any new code. 
                     
                    73 Kees K5BCQ


                    ---------- Original Message ----------
                    From: Sid Boyce <sboyce@...>
                    To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject: Re: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism
                    Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:00:09 +0000

                     

                    Hi Mike,
                    BTW for the SDR2GO you need a BDM Programmer to update the firmware while the UBW is programmed via the USB connection.
                    73 ... Sid.

                    On 19/11/12 15:21, MIKE DURKIN wrote:
                     
                     
                    SDR2GO UHFSDR .. count 2

                    Couldn't help it.....

                    Mike KC7NOA


                    To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                    From: allgyer@...
                    Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:30:06 +0000
                    Subject: [softrock40] SSB Minimalism

                     
                    Recipe for the lowest component count SSB transceiver.

                    Ingredients:

                    Peaberry 40/30/20 (or RXTX Ensemble)
                    Macbook Air
                    Wall wart 12V supply
                    USB cable

                    Install up DSP Radio from here: http://dl2sdr.homepage.t-online.de

                    Configure it according to here: http://blog.marxy.org/2012/02/softrock-ensemble-rxtx-with-dsp-radio.html

                    My Configuration Panel settings are here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/softrock40/photos/album/669554232/pic/443153174/view

                    Some things that slowed me down:

                    Calibrating the frequency: The only way I could find to do this was tune a known signal, like WWV and then change the "Nominal Frequency (MHz)" parameter on the Configuration screen. Do it in small increments and after each change quit DSP, restart, and check to see if it moved in the right direction. Tedious … maybe someone else has a better idea.

                    Transmit button on the GUI doesn't work: Don't know why.. have asked Sebastian but no reply yet. Never fear, the "dit" side on the Paddles input seems to work just fine on SSB as a PTT. For traveling my plan would be a handheld switch to be plugged into the "Paddles" jack… but this corrupts my component count and I still hope to get the GUI transmit button operable.

                    If you do the aggregate device correctly you will have six audio devices to assign on the Configuration screen. But they are identified only by number. Watch the waterfall display as you try each one on the Receiver I or Q input. You will easily find the microphone because room noise and speaking will disrupt the display. Antenna noise will identify Peaberry Radio, and the one that makes no noise is internal speakers.

                    I set the transmitter drive level by adjusting the Transmitter Output Gain on the Configuration Panel to get about 800 mw out on CW. PEP indications on the scope would be 1.2-1.5 watts but this is an approximation. It makes a nice trapezoid just like in the handbook….cool!

                    I used a separate laptop with an RXII HF and HDSDR to monitor and record the results. The sideband sounds great even though it looks a little different on the waterfall. We are all used to the sharply defined skirts of filter generated SSB. Old timers may remember phasing ssb rigs which were difficult to adjust and not stable after being set up, but they always had great sounding audio. An ART-13 with an SB-10 SSB adapter was a sweet sounding radio… but I digress. On the waterfall you will see some of low frequency opposite sideband energy for 500 Hz or so. Don't worry about it.

                    I used the built-in microphone in the Macbook and it sounded great. It sounded just as good or maybe better with the mic from iPhone earbuds plugged into the Mac but….component count! I don't plan to operate SSB but it is nice to know that it can be done. This makes a great traveling man's rig.

                    I have tried it with the Ensemble RXTX and it works just as well but you need three more pieces: One USB audio adapter (I used a Griffin iMic) and two audio cables. A nice alternative to try might be a USB headset.

                    Happy to share more with anyone who is interested and happy to have your comments.

                    Warren Allgyer
                    W8TOD/BG1
                    Stealth Amateur Radio from Beijing
                    CW, BPSK31, and WSPR (now SSB too!) on 160 - 10 Meters





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                    Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
                    Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support
                    Senior Staff Specialist, Cricket Coach
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                  • Leonard McGarity
                    Macbook? Could someone mention which SDR programs will run on OS X without parallel, boot menus, whatever? I’m new to Mac and OS X. Thanks, Link, WV4I
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                    • MIKE DURKIN
                      One comes to mind ... that iv seen movement with CuteSDR .... I don t own a mac so I can t say how it works.. Hope this helps .....
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                        One comes to mind ... that iv seen movement with

                        CuteSDR .... I don't own a mac so I can't say how it works..

                        Hope this helps .....

                        http://machamradio.com/2011/06/cutesdr/

                        Mike KC7NOA


                        To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                        From: wv4i@...
                        Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 05:53:54 -0500
                        Subject: [softrock40] Re: SSB Minimalism

                         
                        Macbook? Could someone mention which SDR programs will run on OS X without parallel, boot menus, whatever? I’m new to Mac and OS X. Thanks, Link, WV4I

                      • Ulf Holt Gmail
                        Looks like it doesn t work on Lion or Mountain Lion. Sendt fra min iPad ... Looks like it doesn t work on Lion or Mountain Lion. Sendt fra min iPad Den 20.
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                          Looks like it doesn't work on Lion or Mountain Lion.

                          Sendt fra min iPad

                          Den 20. nov. 2012 kl. 22:38 skrev MIKE DURKIN <Patriot121@...>:

                           

                          One comes to mind ... that iv seen movement with

                          CuteSDR .... I don't own a mac so I can't say how it works..

                          Hope this helps .....

                          http://machamradio.com/2011/06/cutesdr/

                          Mike KC7NOA


                          To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                          From: wv4i@...
                          Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 05:53:54 -0500
                          Subject: [softrock40] Re: SSB Minimalism

                           
                          Macbook? Could someone mention which SDR programs will run on OS X without parallel, boot menus, whatever? I’m new to Mac and OS X. Thanks, Link, WV4I

                        • Julio Jimenez
                          Have you tried DSP Radio? I ve used it on Snow Leopard. AK4VL Julio ... Have you tried DSP Radio?  I ve used it on Snow Leopard. AK4VL Julio On Tuesday,
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                            Have you tried DSP Radio?  I've used it on Snow Leopard.

                            AK4VL
                            Julio

                            On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, Ulf Holt Gmail wrote:
                             

                            Looks like it doesn't work on Lion or Mountain Lion.

                            Sendt fra min iPad

                            Den 20. nov. 2012 kl. 22:38 skrev MIKE DURKIN <Patriot121@...>:

                             

                            One comes to mind ... that iv seen movement with

                            CuteSDR .... I don't own a mac so I can't say how it works..

                            Hope this helps .....

                            http://machamradio.com/2011/06/cutesdr/

                            Mike KC7NOA


                            To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                            From: wv4i@...
                            Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 05:53:54 -0500
                            Subject: [softrock40] Re: SSB Minimalism

                             
                            Macbook? Could someone mention which SDR programs will run on OS X without parallel, boot menus, whatever? I’m new to Mac and OS X. Thanks, Link, WV4I

                          • jaksha@noao.edu
                            On a Mac you can run SdrDx. It works fine with RF SPACE SDR s It, now allows I/Q inputs so you can use a Softrock. However, it does not support frequency
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                              On a Mac you can run SdrDx. It works fine with RF SPACE SDR's It, now allows I/Q inputs so you can use a Softrock. However, it does not support frequency change, so it is good for receiving, but will not work to transmit.

                              Here is a link;

                              http://fyngyrz.com/?p=915

                              The software is very good, and is free!

                              Dave
                              KF7DRU


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                            • jaksha@noao.edu
                              This may be somewhat off topic, but you can also run WSPR from the Mac. The only version I have found that does not have a huge memory leak is located here:
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                                This may be somewhat off topic, but you can also run WSPR from the Mac. The only version I have found that does not have a huge memory leak is located here:

                                http://subdimensions.com

                                I have used it with a SDR-IQ and Elecraft KX3 and it works very well. I have not been able to make it work with the Peaberry SDR, or the Softrock RXTX..

                                Dave
                                KF7DRU

                                --- In softrock40@yahoogroups.com, Julio Jimenez <ak4vl.qrp@...> wrote:
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                                > Have you tried DSP Radio? I've used it on Snow Leopard.
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