[pskmail] Re: ICOM interfacing with pskmail_server

  • From: Russell Blair <russell_blair86@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 16:40:04 -0700 (PDT)

Rick, to some of you question, I am using a Kenwood TS450S with Vox for PTT, 
and during installation of the PSKmail server software I have no rig control in 
fldigi, in the configuration of the server set up you tell it what kind of rig 
your going to use, David help me set mine up, he looked some where and told me 
what was the input for my Rig. Some of the other question are not for me.

Russell NC5O

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--- On Mon, 6/1/09, Rick W <mrfarm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Rick W <mrfarm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [pskmail] Re: ICOM interfacing with pskmail_server
> To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Monday, June 1, 2009, 5:35 PM
> 1. The 756 series I think are all the
> same. Do you know if PI4TUE uses D mode or does it stay in
> regular USB and just disconnect mike and shut off
> compression, etc. to avoid the D mode?
> 
> If anyone can help me figure out how to stay in the D mode,
> it should be possible to use PSKmail_server with the 746
> Pro, because when interfacing via the 6 pin mini DIN you
> must be in D mode to provide PTT.
> 
> Alternatively, is there a way to send the control code for
> the D mode "on" each time you change modes in the qrg file?
> Or is that impractical to implement?
> 
> 2.  I do not read much German, HI, so the INTEMAR info
> is difficult to understand. However, I am effectively
> running hardware VOX with the SignaLink USB which provides
> line in, line out, and PTT hardware VOX keying. Then I still
> need another USB port and adapter that works through my CI-V
> to handle the rig control functions.
> 
> How are you keying the rigs currently being used as servers
> if not with some kind of VOX keying?
> 
> 3. Is CI-V keying possible or is that impractical to
> implement?
> 
> 4.  Does pskmail_server require the rig to be
> connected to the computer with rig control?
> 
> Are you able to use older rigs, such as my Kenwood
> TS-440SAT? Is anyone using such a rig without rig control or
> is that a mandatory requirement even if you were satisfied
> with setting up one qrg, mode, and sideband?
> 
> 4. Under item 3 below does the last USB require a comma?
> Normally, I have only used commas between the "arguments"
> and not at the end.
> 
> 73,
> 
> Rick, KV9U
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Rein Couperus wrote:
> > 'answers' below...
> > 
> >   
> >> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> >> Von: "Rick W" <mrfarm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >> Gesendet: 31.05.09 20:13:36
> >> An: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >> Betreff: [pskmail] ICOM interfacing with
> pskmail_server
> >>     
> > 
> > 
> >   
> >> I have had a great deal of help from David,
> KF4WBS, in setting up a pskmail server. Lots of things to
> set up and thankfully, I had some Linux knowledge from
> earlier attempts to use the OS or I would have been
> hopelessly overwhelmed.
> >> 
> >> Currently, I tried interfacing with an ICOM
> 746Pro. In order to do this, I set up a SignaLink USB for
> the audio lines. It can also do VOX keying for PTT. Then for
> rig control I have a homebrew CI-V interface to go from COM
> (with the usual adapter from USB).
> >> 
> >> It mostly works, but there are some issues:
> >> 
> >> 1. I have the computer connected to the rear 6 pin
> mini DIN plug on the rig which means it must be in the "D"
> mode to key up the PTT. Since the pskmail server changes
> through the 5 different one minute intervals to different
> frequencies, modes, and sideband setup, I have found that
> when the switch occurs, the rig drops out of the D mode and
> of course the rig can no longer be keyed from the software.
> >> 
> >> All our HF rigs are recent vintage ICOMs so would
> probably all have the same problem.
> >> 
> >> Has anyone found a work around for this dropping
> out of D mode?
> >> 
> >> The only software program I have been able to
> control the toggling of the D mode is Ham Radio Deluxe, so I
> know that I can be done in software.
> >> 
> >>     
> > 
> > we have an icom 756 on pi4tue which is keyed by
> hardware ptt.
> > i have no info about later icom rigs.
> > 
> >   
> >> 2. Is there any way to key an ICOM with this
> program, using the PTT command set under CI-V? If not, then
> you would either need to have a VOX type interface.
> Otherwise it would be necessary to interface through the
> mike connector using the rig's own VOX. This can not be done
> via the rear ports since the VOX circuit comes before those
> connectors.
> >>     
> > 
> > INTERMAR (www.pskmail.de) has a solution which
> generates hardware ptt from the audio signal, and also
> allows to set the audio level by software. you could take a
> look there...   
> >> 3. I still get an error periodically that says:
> >> 
> >> Invalid arg for command 'set_mode'
> >> sh : 0 not found
> >>     
> > 
> > do you have the mode in the freqs.txt file? this may
> be a hamlib issue...
> > the error message comes from hamlib trying to set the
> mode. if there isn't one in the freqs.txt file i expect an
> error message.
> > maybe Roberto (IS0GRB) can shed some light on this, he
> wrote the patch :)
> > Normally the argument used is USB,USB,USB,USB,USB,
> > 
> >   
> >> I am guessing this is an argument that I have set
> wrong?
> >> 
> >> 4. I seem to have poor results with using the
> PSK125 and 250 speeds with my "local" test set up here in
> the shack running between two systems: the Linux computer
> with the ICOM 746 Pro with the pskmail_server and the Vista
> computer with the javaPSKmail client. This is probably due
> to inherent problems as I have had great difficulty in the
> past to try and locally connect this way using the higher
> speed modes, e.g., PSK250.
> >> 
> >> Even though the rigs are responding to each other
> the data may be corrupted perhaps and they eventually time
> out.
> >>     
> > 
> > normally this is an fldigi issue. it needs the right
> frequency (within 20 Hz) you may try with AFC off. Lck the
> tx frequency. Use the right amplitudes on the sound card....
> etc...
> > 
> >   
> >> Can someone explain what the server means by:
> >> 
> >> status : last = 4 good = 0 end = 2 missing =
> >> 
> >> And then sometimes it will have groups that
> increase with last = 1 good = 1 and then last = 2 and god =
> 2, etc.
> >>     
> > 
> > this is monitor output of the status information the
> client sends to the server.
> > the numbers refer to the internal buffer in the client
> which is max. 64 (0...63) blocks.
> > 
> > last= last block sent to the server
> > good = last block received consecutively correct by
> the client
> > end = last block received correct by the client
> > missing = nr of blocks missing from last frame
> > 
> > read ARQ.pdf which explains the protocol.
> > 
> >   
> >> Lots to understand, that is for sure.
> >> 
> >>     
> > 
> > You can never learn enough :)
> > 
> > 73
> > 
> > Rein OH0/PA0R/P
> > 
> >   
> >> 73,
> >> 
> >> Rick, KV9U
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >>     
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