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HRO to sell RigPi!

Howard Nurse, W6HN
 

Another MFJ dealer has joined the party: https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-016742

—Howard

Re: RigPi Power Up - Help questions

Michael Young
 

Thanks Howard!

Mike 

On Apr 25, 2019, at 12:52 PM, Howard Nurse <hlnurse@...> wrote:

The Help version number is at the top of the first Intro page in the release RigPi Help.  Each time a new Help version is released that number will change.  The release version doesn’t have a What’s New topic, but once we have our first “new,” it will be there.

—Howard

Re: RigPi Power Up - Help questions

WA8KHP -
 

THANKS to ALL who responded to my 5 questions.

I have some follow-up questions but currently working on a more important subject - connecting Apache-Labs PowerSDR software on PC to RigPi.  I will post this in a diferent Topic area.

Thanks again

David

Re: Apache-Labs - 100D connection to PC

WA8KHP -
 

I was successful  connecting a RigPi to a PC using two, USB to SERIAL cables with FTDI chips and a Null modem cable between the two cables.  This gave me a USB to USB connection between devices.  I was able to get CAT control to work on PowerSDR for my Apache-Labs 100D to change frequencies and bands from Android phone/Tablet or PC using the Browser interface.  I have no Audio board (RigPi on backorder just Raspberry  Pi) so could not get Analog audio working with my VAC.  I did not try rerouting the Raspberry Pi audio to the Headphone/Microphone jack.

Here are the issues that I found:

1.  Please add Apache-Labs to your Manuf list.  I had to use Kenwood.
2.  Please add PowerSDR Cat Command selection.  I had to use TS2000, TS480 or TS50S.
3.  The PTT button on the Browser would only give a temporary PTT to the radio.  I am sure incorrect CAT Command were issued.        I did not have a sniffer on the line to see what commands were issued.
4.  I was using the CAT+ selection at 115kbs on PowerSDR  for RigPi interface as I  use the main CAT selection for my VSPE interface.
5.  Would you please give me the Linux commands to switch Audio/Microphone ports or must I find them?

I have the PC software to do Serial to Ethernet connect (much better solution than the Serial to USB cables) but I could not figure out how to configure RigPi?  It is referenced in your HELP on Connecting to a Radio through a TCP port, but not implemented yet?

Thanks again for this great product.  Looking forward to meeting you at Dayton.

73
David - WA8KHP

Re: Apache-Labs - 100D connection to PC

Howard Nurse, W6HN
 

Thanks for the update, David.

 

(David is one of our Beta testers, so is wringing any pesky bugs out of the software.)

 

I can add “look alike” radios to RigPi, but if there are underlying problems with commands, we will have to go to the Hamlib folks.  The simplest way users can add a radio not in the list, but one that works using an existing radio, is to name the radio in Radio Settings appropriately.  For example, set up the Kenwood 2000 and enter the name PowerSDR in the Name box.  The radio will then show on screens and logs as PowerSDR.

 

Once you plug in an alternate audio device, it appears as a selection in the RPi Desktop audio device list you see by right-clicking the Speaker icon at the top right of the Desktop and selecting it to be the default.  You can also select from a list in any of the programs requiring an audio input.

 

To connect RigPi to a radio on another computer, use the Port box in Radio Settings.  It won’t be in the list of available ports, but you can simply type it into the box and it will be saved.  Use the formal 192.168.1.20:4500, substituting the real IP and port you want to use.

 

--Howard

 

From: RigPi@groups.io [mailto:RigPi@groups.io] On Behalf Of WA8KHP -
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:29 PM
To: RigPi@groups.io
Subject: Re: [RigPi] Apache-Labs - 100D connection to PC

 

I was successful  connecting a RigPi to a PC using two, USB to SERIAL cables with FTDI chips and a Null modem cable between the two cables.  This gave me a USB to USB connection between devices.  I was able to get CAT control to work on PowerSDR for my Apache-Labs 100D to change frequencies and bands from Android phone/Tablet or PC using the Browser interface.  I have no Audio board (RigPi on backorder just Raspberry  Pi) so could not get Analog audio working with my VAC.  I did not try rerouting the Raspberry Pi audio to the Headphone/Microphone jack.

Here are the issues that I found:

1.  Please add Apache-Labs to your Manuf list.  I had to use Kenwood.
2.  Please add PowerSDR Cat Command selection.  I had to use TS2000, TS480 or TS50S.
3.  The PTT button on the Browser would only give a temporary PTT to the radio.  I am sure incorrect CAT Command were issued.        I did not have a sniffer on the line to see what commands were issued.
4.  I was using the CAT+ selection at 115kbs on PowerSDR  for RigPi interface as I  use the main CAT selection for my VSPE interface.
5.  Would you please give me the Linux commands to switch Audio/Microphone ports or must I find them?

I have the PC software to do Serial to Ethernet connect (much better solution than the Serial to USB cables) but I could not figure out how to configure RigPi?  It is referenced in your HELP on Connecting to a Radio through a TCP port, but not implemented yet?


Thanks again for this great product.  Looking forward to meeting you at Dayton.

73
David - WA8KHP

Re: Apache-Labs - 100D connection to PC

WA8KHP -
 

Howard,

As previously posted I have been successful connecting RigPi to my 100D Apache-Labs (running PowerSDR) using two USB to Serial cables with a Null Modem cable giving me a USB to USB connection.  My next test is trying to make a TCP connection.

1.  Have you connected your RigPi to a PC using a TCP connection?  Getting both CAT Commands and Audio to work?
2.  If successful TCP connection, what software did you use on PC?
3.  I have a demo version of  The Serial Port Redirector software which ONLY cost $5 for Amateur radio operators if you send them a copy of your license.
     https://www.fabulatech.com/serial-port-redirector.html
4.  In the RPORT on RigPi Radio Settings I use 192.168.1.13:4999 to connect to PC and on the PC I use 192.168.1.30:4999 to connect to RigPI. This is the only change I have done between USB to USB connection that works and trying TCP connection.

Any suggestions?

Thanks

David - WA8KHP

Re: Apache-Labs - 100D connection to PC

Howard Nurse, W6HN
 

Hi David,

I believe the connection problem may be a client vs server mismatch.  The TCP Port connection on RigPi is a client, not a server. My reading of the Serial Port Director is that it expects to connect to a server.

That said, there may be a solution. CommCat on a PC connects to a different TCP connection on RigPi that is a server.  The port number is 30001.  The downside is that it uses a slightly modified Kenwood/Elecraft command set, so whatever program is used on the PC must use the same.  I’ve tested a bunch with CommCat on a PC and CommCat Mobile for iOS connecting this way, but not with any other programs.

Another possibility is to run a program on the PC that uses Hamlib.  In this case you would connect to the rigctl running on the PC so you would get two-way control.  The port for this scenario on the PC would be 192.168.1.30:4532 assuming only one radio is connected at the PC end.

Obviously further experimentation is required!

Running a Mumble client on the PC connecting to the Murmur server on RigPi works well.  

—Howard

Re: Apache-Labs - 100D connection to PC

WA8KHP -
 

Thanks Howard,

The Serial Port Director can be configured as either a Client or a Server.

There are several options in SPD that need to be slected.
1.  PROTOCOL - Telenet (RFC2217) or RAW DATA (which gives me control over CTS, DSR, DCD and RING), which is correct?
2.  I have attached the ERROR REPORT that I get when pressing TEST RADIO and I try and connect to port 4999.  It is confusing as the error message references "service_port: 4532"?

I will look into RIGCTL and Hamlib later today.

Onto the Audio issues:

1.  Must I use the MUMBLE CLIENT on PC to get the audio from RigPi?
2.  Does ALL AUDIO from RigPi only goto MUMBLE on the web and then back to a Browser or a PC  audio Port?
3.  I have a USB audio board that I could plug into the RigPi and hardwire to a LINE IN/OUT on the PC.  Is this possible or recommended?
4.  What are my RigPi Audio options?

Thanks again

David - WA8KHP

RigPi the Movie

Howard Nurse, W6HN
 

Our new RigPi introductory video is now ready on YouTube for your viewing pleasure:

https://youtu.be/CsMRA0bHS5A

73, Howard W6HN

Re: RigPi the Movie

Tom W5KUB
 

I also have it on the w5kub facebook group and our youtube channel. Already getting some comments.   We will show it on the show Tues night.  


Host of live ham show called Amateur Radio Roundtable every Tues night at 8:00 PM central. All shows are recorded and can be watched at any time on on our website. Our audio is also simulcast on international shortwave on 5130 Khz.   We are also on every podcast carrier if you are looking for an audio version of our program.


On Fri, May 3, 2019 at 7:22 PM Howard Nurse <hlnurse@...> wrote:
Our new RigPi introductory video is now ready on YouTube for your viewing pleasure:

https://youtu.be/CsMRA0bHS5A

73, Howard W6HN

Re: RigPi the Movie

Howard Nurse, W6HN
 

Excellent, Tom, thank you!

 

--Howard

 

From: RigPi@groups.io [mailto:RigPi@groups.io] On Behalf Of Tom W5KUB
Sent: Friday, May 3, 2019 5:24 PM
To: RigPi@groups.io
Subject: Re: [RigPi] RigPi the Movie

 

I also have it on the w5kub facebook group and our youtube channel. Already getting some comments.   We will show it on the show Tues night.  

 


Host of live ham show called Amateur Radio Roundtable every Tues night at 8:00 PM central. All shows are recorded and can be watched at any time on on our website. Our audio is also simulcast on international shortwave on 5130 Khz.   We are also on every podcast carrier if you are looking for an audio version of our program.

 

 

On Fri, May 3, 2019 at 7:22 PM Howard Nurse <hlnurse@...> wrote:

Our new RigPi introductory video is now ready on YouTube for your viewing pleasure:

https://youtu.be/CsMRA0bHS5A

73, Howard W6HN

Re: RigPi the Movie

Kurt Lautenschlager
 

Howard

I tried registering CommCat but never got an email with a code?  I tried to have it resent but it says for me to check my email... I have checked all folders 

Any idea ?  I wanted to play with the app

Kurt Lautenschlager 
W1WWA 

On May 3, 2019, at 17:28, Howard Nurse <hlnurse@...> wrote:

Excellent, Tom, thank you!

 

--Howard

 

From: RigPi@groups.io [mailto:RigPi@groups.io] On Behalf Of Tom W5KUB
Sent: Friday, May 3, 2019 5:24 PM
To: RigPi@groups.io
Subject: Re: [RigPi] RigPi the Movie

 

I also have it on the w5kub facebook group and our youtube channel. Already getting some comments.   We will show it on the show Tues night.  

 


Host of live ham show called Amateur Radio Roundtable every Tues night at 8:00 PM central. All shows are recorded and can be watched at any time on on our website. Our audio is also simulcast on international shortwave on 5130 Khz.   We are also on every podcast carrier if you are looking for an audio version of our program.

 

 

On Fri, May 3, 2019 at 7:22 PM Howard Nurse <hlnurse@...> wrote:

Our new RigPi introductory video is now ready on YouTube for your viewing pleasure:

https://youtu.be/CsMRA0bHS5A

73, Howard W6HN

Re: RigPi the Movie

Howard Nurse, W6HN
 

Hi Kurt,

Sometimes the automated replies don't get through.  I'll send your QSXer account info via email.  Thanks for checking!

73, Howard W6HN

Re: RigPi the Movie

Kurt Lautenschlager
 

Ok sounds great ... one more question is MFJ currently selling the 1234 or is there a release date,  would like to get my hands on one,  setting up a remote shack,  currently using remoterig 

Kurt Lautenschlager 
W1WAA 

On May 4, 2019, at 09:43, Howard Nurse <hlnurse@...> wrote:

Hi Kurt,

Sometimes the automated replies don't get through.  I'll send your QSXer account info via email.  Thanks for checking!

73, Howard W6HN

Re: RigPi the Movie

Howard Nurse, W6HN
 

Yes, MFJ is currently taking orders (as well as Gigaparts, HRO and others).  I understand the first production run is sold out, but they may have a few at the Hamvention.  (I’ll be there!) Shipping starts soon.

 

--Howard

 

From: RigPi@groups.io [mailto:RigPi@groups.io] On Behalf Of Kurt Lautenschlager
Sent: Saturday, May 4, 2019 9:48 AM
To: RigPi@groups.io
Subject: Re: [RigPi] RigPi the Movie

 

Ok sounds great ... one more question is MFJ currently selling the 1234 or is there a release date,  would like to get my hands on one,  setting up a remote shack,  currently using remoterig 

Kurt Lautenschlager 

W1WAA 


On May 4, 2019, at 09:43, Howard Nurse <hlnurse@...> wrote:

Hi Kurt,

Sometimes the automated replies don't get through.  I'll send your QSXer account info via email.  Thanks for checking!

73, Howard W6HN

Re: RigPi the Movie

Kurt Lautenschlager
 

Ok cool,  I guess I will get my name on a list !!!! Question:  I have been trying to find the setup instructions?  Do you know if they are on line or where I could find them?

I will be using an ic706 for the remote unit which cable would you recommend the 13pin or the microphone jack pin ?


Kurt Lautenschlager
W1WWA

On May 4, 2019, at 09:58, Howard Nurse <hlnurse@...> wrote:

Yes, MFJ is currently taking orders (as well as Gigaparts, HRO and others).  I understand the first production run is sold out, but they may have a few at the Hamvention.  (I’ll be there!) Shipping starts soon.

 

--Howard

 

From: RigPi@groups.io [mailto:RigPi@groups.io] On Behalf Of Kurt Lautenschlager
Sent: Saturday, May 4, 2019 9:48 AM
To: RigPi@groups.io
Subject: Re: [RigPi] RigPi the Movie

 

Ok sounds great ... one more question is MFJ currently selling the 1234 or is there a release date,  would like to get my hands on one,  setting up a remote shack,  currently using remoterig 

Kurt Lautenschlager 

W1WAA 


On May 4, 2019, at 09:43, Howard Nurse <hlnurse@...> wrote:

Hi Kurt,

Sometimes the automated replies don't get through.  I'll send your QSXer account info via email.  Thanks for checking!

73, Howard W6HN

Re: RigPi the Movie

A Kiddoo <kt0tt.ham@...>
 

I placed my MFJ order a week ago. Called them after receiving backorder email. They said 3 week delay. I shared my displeasure that availability is not stated on website. Should be first in first out- make the hamvention people wait.

Planning on working remote for field day from multiple locations.


On May 4, 2019, at 11:58 AM, Howard Nurse <hlnurse@...> wrote:

Yes, MFJ is currently taking orders (as well as Gigaparts, HRO and others).  I understand the first production run is sold out, but they may have a few at the Hamvention.  (I’ll be there!) Shipping starts soon.
 
--Howard
 
From: RigPi@groups.io [mailto:RigPi@groups.io] On Behalf Of Kurt Lautenschlager
Sent: Saturday, May 4, 2019 9:48 AM
To: RigPi@groups.io
Subject: Re: [RigPi] RigPi the Movie
 

Ok sounds great ... one more question is MFJ currently selling the 1234 or is there a release date,  would like to get my hands on one,  setting up a remote shack,  currently using remoterig 

Kurt Lautenschlager 
W1WAA 


On May 4, 2019, at 09:43, Howard Nurse <hlnurse@...> wrote:

Hi Kurt,

Sometimes the automated replies don't get through.  I'll send your QSXer account info via email.  Thanks for checking!

73, Howard W6HN 


Re: RigPi the Movie

Howard Nurse, W6HN
 

I understand your frustration!  I’ll pass your concerns on to the folks at MFJ.  Thanks for your input.

We’ll look forward to a report from you if RigPi is part of it.

73, Howard W6HN

Re: RigPi the Movie

Howard Nurse, W6HN
 

You can see RigPi Help at https://rigpi.net/help.  It has a Quick Start Guide plus lots of info on using RigPi.

Most radios that have a rear panel connector for audio are designed to use it for digital modes. Sometimes you have to make a radio menu change to allow SSB.  They also often have a PTT input that switches audio input from the mic to the rear panel.  That said, sometimes using the mic input is more straightforward.  I’ll encourage any Beta testers who have had more experience with interfacing Icom radios to chime in here.

—Howard

Re: IC-7100 radio hookup

Michael Young
 

Manuel,

RigPi testers have successfully connected the IC-7300 and IC-7610 just using the USB connection between the radio and the RigPi.  These ICOM radios (and many others) have built in sound cards that are available via USB.  The IC-7100 also has a built in sound card that is accessible via USB.  So IN THEORY it should work.  Here's a link to a great online reference on how to do this to many ICOM radios that have built in USB sound cards.    http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/ConnectingIcom72007600

And here's an excerp from that document:
  • to configure your IC-7100 to accept audio from the USB interface, decide whether your digital mode operation will employ Data mode or not. Then open the transceiver's SET MODE menu and

    • set the Connectors (DATA OFF MOD) or Connectors (DATA MOD) to USB, as shown on page 1-18 of the IC-7100 Advanced Instruction Manual

    • set the Connectors (USB MOD Level) to 50% (you can increase or decrease this later to adjust the audio drive level)

    • set the Connectors (ACC/USB AF Level) to 50% (you can increase or decrease this later to adjust the density of the waterfall display)



I have an Elad FDM-DUO that I have interfaced to the RigPi just using USB.   So for the moment you can try it with what we know now.  Many of us in the group will help.

73
Mike
WB8CXO