Signalink as it seems is very popular and with many happy
Has anyone used the xggcomms cables? Yes, my first and one of my favorite
Or cheap ebay cables are good enough for the job? I have also built the CI-V interface
from a couple of transistors (schematics can be found (Google
CI-V interface schematics) its just a voltage level
Signalink is a sound card by itself, leaving the main
computer sound card free for other uses.
But I guess one could pay a lot less money for the other
cables and get a 5$ external usb sound card which would
result in the same configuration, what do you think? Yes, many use the $10 USB sound cards, I
like the SignaLink USB and its TX, RX, and Delay knobs.
Another question is if I should use the 6 pin or the 13
pin socket for connections? the 6
pin Data socket works better but my xggcomms units used
the 13 pin ACC socket.
What is the difference of these 2 ports? SignaLink recommended the 6 pin socket.
I had no problem using the ACC socket with the IC-718
but I got a hum with the xggcomms unit on the IC-7000
and I sent a few Windows sounds over the air. It can
still happen with a seperate sound card. Understanding
the control panel sound window in XP, 7, 8, and 10 can
avoid trouble. One, make your radio sound card the
"Default Communications" Play and Record Device. Always
turn on the radio before the PC so the PC will alway
find the radios sound card (if the radio has a USB
-built-in sound card, and I think this works with other
sound cards also).
I have read about MIC not muting when using 13pin port. Yes, that was probably what caused the
sound problem with my xggcomms unit. You could alway
unplug the mic but who wants to do that?
Does this mean that noise from the room around the radio
will get picked up together with the digital signal?
Is a separate 3.5mm CI-V cable also required for the above
mentioned operations? xggcomms
makes a cable with both; CI-V and Line and Mic 3.5mm
plugs (my workstation PC has a Line in (green) and an
Line Out (blue) jack)