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Re: [softrock40] Help with Installing Latest Version of PowerSDR for Use with Ensemble Boards

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  • Richard Mogford
    Thanks! Looking forward to trying it. It s very satisfying to get these things working. Richard
    Message 1 of 38 , Sep 25, 2013
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      Thanks!  Looking forward to trying it. It's very satisfying to get these things working.


      On Sep 25, 2013, at 4:44 PM, Stew KF5KOG wrote:


      When you download the home made rigs zip file from here,  http://code.google.com/p/powersdr-iq/downloads/list  those files are there.  I see you have the instruction PDF so the files are in the same folder.
      For sound card selection you need to select other.  It will give you a warning when you select a card other than the ones in the drop down menu.  Not a big deal.  there are work around's.  When the program starts you should be able to select your audio card under the Audio Tab.
      When the program first starts..a window "Available Radio Interfaces" will come up.  At the bottom select add legacy radio.  this is the SDR1000 emulation part that has been modified.  Under serial number you can name it Ensemble RXII.
      Then go to step 7 on instructions.
      Let me know how that works for you.  There is a more to do and calibrate but fairly easy for the RX only Ensemble.
      73, Stew

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Richard Mogford <rchrdm@...>
      To: softrock40 <softrock40@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 6:07 pm
      Subject: Re: [softrock40] Help with Installing Latest Version of PowerSDR for Use with Ensemble Boards [1 Attachment]


      Looking at the instructions, I don't really understand #3.  Where do the Sdr1kUsb.dll and PowerSDR.exe files that I moving into the FelxRadio PowerSDR folder come from?  It says "provided," but from where?

      Also, #5 says "Install a supported card, D44 or FA66."  These do not sound like the Ensemble II card specifications.  It says "Unsupported cards can be used for testing but operating functions will be limited."  Does that mean the Ensemble boards?

      I'll try all this tonight when I get home.


      On Sep 25, 2013, at 11:15 AM, Stew KF5KOG wrote:


      You have to follow instructions exactly in the PDF that is included in the download ZIP file for homemade rigs.  It replaces a file in the PSDR install directory after you install V2.4.4 from the Flex web site.  PSDR V2.6 will not work because support for SDR-1000 was dropped in that version, this modified version uses SDR-1000 as an emulator for Si570 controlled radios.  I tried V2.5 over the weekend without success.  I have 5 different homebrew radios using V2.4.4 for home built rigs.  I am using Win7 64bit.
      73, Stew
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Richard Mogford <rchrdm@...>
      To: softrock40 <softrock40@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:39 pm
      Subject: Re: [softrock40] Help with Installing Latest Version of PowerSDR for Use with Ensemble Boards

      Thanks.  I tried 2.4.4 already, but I will try it again.

      The download did not seem to be an installer, just a folder with the executable program in it and some other files.


      On Sep 25, 2013, at 10:35 AM, Peter Johnson wrote:

      Hi Richard.

      I have never tried with any other version but PowerSDR v.2.4.4 there is a download link to that version in item 1 of the PDF file
      And then follow the rest of the steps in the PDF file.

      Regards Peter F1VKK

      On 25/09/2013 18:33, Richard Mogford wrote:

      I just downloaded and tried using the PowerSDR v2 for Homemade Rigs.  It downloads and decompresses as an .EXE file.  When I try to run it in place of the PowerSDR v., I get error messages that the program cannot find certain files.

      I tried downloading PowerSDR v.2.6.4 from the FlexRadio web site.  I installed it, and it does load, but I don't think my Ensemble II receiver is working with it.  When I open the "Setup" window on v2.6.4, it only has a few words or labels in it.  The setup choices are just not there.  It is like that part of the PowerSDR program did not load correctly.

      It would be great to run the newer v2.6.4 software with the Ensemble boards.

      Could you help me figure out how to revise the instructions I prepared to include a newer version of PowerSDR for Homemade Rigs or the v2.6.4 from the FlexRadio site?

      I'll do some searching in the forums.


      On Sep 24, 2013, at 10:23 PM, Peter Johnson wrote:

      Hi Richard.
      Just wondering why you using the older version PowerSDR instead of the newer PowerSDRv2.4.4_for_Homemade_Rigs.

      Regards Peter F1VKK

      On 25/09/2013 06:55, Richard Mogford wrote:
      Are you talking about the Ensemble RXTX?
      If so, I just put together a draft of how to configure the RX or RX/TX Ensemble board to work with PowerSDR.  I have also tried out HDSDR.  There are instructions on the FiveDash web site for how to use HDSDR.
      I am attaching a draft of the instructions in case you want to try setting up PowerSDR-IQ that appears to be a version of PowerSDR that will work with other (non-FlexRadio) SDRs.
      Please tell me if this is helpful and if it works OK.
      From: softrock40@yahoogroups.com [mailto:softrock40@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of kf5oxi@...
      Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 3:39 PM
      To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [softrock40] RE: Which Version of PowerSDR?
      Thanks Alan.
      73, Greg, KM5GT 
      ----- Original Message -----
      Subject: [softrock40] Which Version of PowerSDR?

      > I'm starting a clean build of software for a new RXTX I am building and I am wondering which version/build of PowerSDR I should
      > use with Windows 7?


      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/powersdr-iq/message/2583 Read the message, the link is dead. Go to
      http://code.google.com/p/powersdr-iq/downloads/list for the files.

      This uses the Flex version of PSDR and just changes a few files.

      73 Alan G4ZFQ

    • Alan
      From: Richard Mogford Subject: Re: [softrock40] Help with Installing Latest Version of PowerSDR for Use with Ensemble Boards ... Richard, What makes you say
      Message 38 of 38 , Sep 26, 2013
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        Subject: Re: [softrock40] Help with Installing Latest Version of PowerSDR for Use with Ensemble Boards

        >Does the quality of the sound card affect the noise background on the
        SDR (as seen/heard on PowerSDR)?
        What makes you say there is a lot of noise? Just because you see/hear it? Or that the meter says it is high? Do not believe it.
        How does it compare with weak signals on a conventional receiver?
        With a Softrock the soundcard is rarely a significant factor for the noise level.
        In fact most cards give acceptable results, better cards may have fewer spurii, more level response.
        Do not worry too much until you are familiar with what you see and hear.
        73 Alan G4ZFQ
        On Sep 26, 2013, at 5:08 PM, Adam Jacobs wrote:

        Hi Richard,
          Yes, ADC is an Analog->Digital Converter.
        You should select 16-bit resolution, I wouldn't bother messing with anything else. Try running the experiment again with 16-bit resolution.


        -73 Adam W7QI

        On 9/26/2013 4:59 PM, Richard Mogford wrote:
        Thanks, Adam.
        Is an "ADC" and analog to digital converter?
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