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SkySonde audio setup #sdrsharp #airspyr2

valuedshortwavelistener@...
 

I have a telemetry signal from an Airspy Mini (SDRSharp) but I can't get the audio into SkySonde Server.  The single option in the Select Audio Input Device dropdown is Microphone(3-USB Advanced Audio Device) but my computer audio is through a Dragonfly DAC plugged into a USB port. The SkySonde User Manual (Version 1.9 July 2016) seems to say using a microphone port is the only option.  Confusing because under Data Source one of the options is Sound Card Audio.
Is there a way to just get SkySonde aimed at my PC audio output?
Thanks.

Alan G4ZFQ
 

Is there a way to just get SkySonde aimed at my PC audio output?
You need an intermediate connection from SDR# output to the program.
My notes here, https://sites.google.com/site/g4zfqradio/pipe_sound_between_sdr_and_decoder

Alan

jdow
 

On 20200618 23:47:12, Alan G4ZFQ wrote:
Is there a way to just get SkySonde aimed at my PC audio output?
You need an intermediate connection from SDR# output to the program.
My notes here, https://sites.google.com/site/g4zfqradio/pipe_sound_between_sdr_and_decoder
Alan
"Virtual Audio Device" would be good search terms.

{^_^}

valuedshortwavelistener@...
 

Thank you, I think I made some progress by getting rid of the USB Dragonfly DAC and plugging the PC Speakers directly into the soundcard jack.  I enabled Stereo Mix and it is active and selected as the Audio Input Device in SkySonde Server; I also tried all the audio output options in SDRSharp, I see SkySonder Server is 'using the microphone', but it looks like SkySonde Server still isn't getting anything. Out of ideas, thanks anyway.

valuedshortwavelistener@...
 

On Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 11:47 AM, jdow wrote:
"Virtual Audio Device" would be good search terms.
Virtual Audio Cable has a 90-page user manual.  Maybe I don't need to listen to that balloon after all. 

valuedshortwavelistener@...
 

Bummer because I was looking forward to getting the telemetry of the NWS daily balloon launches here in Boise Idaho. I get the signal good with the Airspy Mini. I work with IMETs on wildfires as a fire behavior specialist; the IMET's don't always launch balloons but a couple years ago on a Utah fire I helped an IMET with the launches.  I know the lower atmosphere is complex but I never imagined that decoding a signal on a PC would be.

Alan G4ZFQ
 

I see SkySonder Server is 'using the microphone', but it looks like SkySonde Server still isn't getting anything.
And you have enabled Stereo Mix and removed the mute?

Virtual Audio Cable has a 90-page user manual
Which I doubt many ever need to refer to, I'm not sure I ever have. In any case the cheaper VB cable is adequate if you really can't get Stereo Mix to work.
Unfortunately if you decide to use a computer for technical purposes it is not often plug and play. There is usually a solution if you do not give up.

73 Alan G4ZFQ

Mark Jessop
 

VB-Cable is probably a better option, and there's a free version (with only one 'loopback cable' - which is all you need!): https://www.vb-audio.com/Cable/

Install it, and you'll find you have one new playback device ('Cable Output'), and one new recording device ('Cable Input'). The rest is hopefully obvious!

If you're looking for something to decode radiosondes automatically, you might want to check out: https://github.com/projecthorus/radiosonde_auto_rx/wiki
Unfortunately it doesn't work with the Airspy yet (sorry prog...), but now i've got a functioning command-line spyserver client, that might be a possibility. 
For now, you'll have to use a RTLSDR. There's currently quite a few stations in the US uploading telemetry: https://tracker.sondehub.org/?sondehub=1#!mt=osm&mz=5&qm=6_hours&mc=39.42651,-94.10157&f=none&q=RS_*;*chase

73
Mark VK5QI



On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 5:34 PM Alan G4ZFQ <alan4alan@...> wrote:
> I see SkySonder Server is 'using the microphone',
> but it looks like SkySonde Server still isn't getting anything.

And you have enabled Stereo Mix and removed the mute?

 >Virtual Audio Cable has a 90-page user manual

Which I doubt many ever need to refer to, I'm not sure I ever have. In
any case the cheaper VB cable is adequate if you really can't get Stereo
Mix to work.
Unfortunately if you decide to use a computer for technical purposes it
is not often plug and play. There is usually a solution if you do not
give up.

73 Alan G4ZFQ



valuedshortwavelistener@...
 

On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 02:04 AM, Alan G4ZFQ wrote:
And you have enabled Stereo Mix and removed the mute?
I made it the default device for recording and everywhere I look its volume is 100%. Is there a mute setting in SkySonde Server you are referring to?

valuedshortwavelistener@...
 

On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 02:04 AM, Alan G4ZFQ wrote:
And you have enabled Stereo Mix and removed the mute?
SkySonde User Guide seems to say that once there is a decodable signal, SkySonde Server will respond depending on packet type. No way to test PC audio setup beforehand? Win10 says microphone is currently in use by SkySonde Server.

jdow
 

Windows 10? You may have to fiddle with the privacy settings for your input sort of audio/video devices.
{^_^}

On 20200621 10:04:46, valuedshortwavelistener via groups.io wrote:
On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 02:04 AM, Alan G4ZFQ wrote:
And you have enabled Stereo Mix and removed the mute?
I made it the default device for recording and everywhere I look its volume is 100%. Is there a mute setting in SkySonde Server you are referring to?

Alan G4ZFQ
 

Win10 says microphone is currently in use by SkySonde Server.
Windows 10? You have enabled "Listen to this Device" in Sound Properties"?

valuedshortwavelistener@...
 

On Sun, Jun 21, 2020 at 02:40 PM, Alan G4ZFQ wrote:
Windows 10? You have enabled "Listen to this Device" in Sound Properties"?
Yep, "Listen to this device" is checked, tried every device in the dropdown, Stereo Mix from my soundcard is the default device, the telemetry signal is booming in around 403.6 right now, but nothing from SkySonde Server.

Mark Jessop
 

Have you tried VB Cable yet?

> VB-Cable is probably a better option, and there's a free version (with only one 'loopback cable' - which is all you need!): https://www.vb-audio.com/Cable/
> Install it, and you'll find you have one new playback device ('Cable Output'), and one new recording device ('Cable Input'). The rest is hopefully obvious!

73
Mark VK5QI


On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 9:02 AM valuedshortwavelistener via groups.io <valuedshortwavelistener=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
On Sun, Jun 21, 2020 at 02:40 PM, Alan G4ZFQ wrote:
Windows 10? You have enabled "Listen to this Device" in Sound Properties"?
Yep, "Listen to this device" is checked, tried every device in the dropdown, Stereo Mix from my soundcard is the default device, the telemetry signal is booming in around 403.6 right now, but nothing from SkySonde Server.

valuedshortwavelistener@...
 

I'll try that VB Cable, thanks. My previous Win7 PC is also an option. Effing Windows 10.