Setting audio / power level proceedure


After reviewing the fldigi manual a few times, I am still a little confused about the best method to set the audio output (and hence the actual output power) level.

In one spot it describes a technique of setting the audio level until the ALC level just starts moving, then set your output power via the radio control (I assume). This seems similar to the technique described for WSJTX as well.

An alternate method recommends setting your maximum output power to the highest value your radio allows, then use the audio level to set the actual output power, never to exceed 50% of the radios max capabilities! - presumably by using either the output power meter on your radio, or a peak-hold external power meter. At this point you should never see any movement in your ALC at all.

Personally, I have been using the second method, and typically run between 25 and 40 watts of power. I have also tried setting the power level of the radio to something specific (say 25W), then adjusting the audio level until I see that power level on the external meter. If I do it this way however, my ALC is reaching mid-scale, which would be typical for SSB, but perhaps not the most desirable for this mode. Also it would seem to me that whatever the best method is, it would apply equally to any of these "audio" modes like fldigi, and wsjtx. I also see a decided interaction between the set power level and the ALC, which makes perfect sense to me.

Exact equipment is Fedora Linux, FT-DX3000, Daiwa CN-901 SWR/Power meter, and cat cable used for both rig control and audio. Radio is in Data/USB mode. Latest alpha versions of the software.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.



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