Re: Logger32 + FTdx-5000 + SDR Panadapter
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I messed around with a USB SDR fed from the IF of my K3 for a couple of years. It was OK but fiddly to set up.
Then I bought a 2nd K3 with a “free” P3 thrown in. I was very dubious about its little screen … until I started using it. Now I really miss it operating a plain K3 at the club.
The little LCD display is bright and clear. I have tried the VGA output on a large screen but it’s no better for me and just wastes desk space.
It shows lots of useful things:
The only thing I really miss from my SDR setup is the ability to overlay callsigns from cluster spots or Skimmer or (I guess) data decoders, on the waterfall. It would be too much for the little P3 LCD but would be handy on a desktop screen. [I used a Flex radio in CQ WW CW with a front-panel panadaptor display that could show callsigns: it was too crowded & busy for my liking, but then I only had a few hours in the dead of night during the contest to learn how to use the radio!]
So, all in all, I’m a convert. The P3 has turned out to be a worthwhile addition to my station, more use than the 2nd K3 in fact!
The P3 box is mostly empty. I’m tempted to separate out the LCD to fill a more convenient gap right in my eye-line rather than off to one side. Maybe I’ll try adding a little external display instead.
From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Behalf Of Dave Colliau
Sent: 06 December 2019 08:18
Subject: Re: [hamlogger] Logger32 + FTdx-5000 + SDR Panadapter
Ive tried the RSP1,1a and the 2 . Didnt really excite me. I also fed the 9mhz out to the input of my 7300 ! . It worked .
I havent figured out why I need some fancy colored screen to show me who is on the band. I dont use the scope on the 7300 either. To each their own but it seems like just eye candy to sell radios. Being pretty much a dxer I just watch the spots .
There are options though.