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Author Topic: TIGERTRONICS SIGNALINK WITH A MAC COMPUTER  (Read 11009 times)
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« on: December 17, 2012, 11:33:24 AM »


Greetings:

I am interested in meeting Amateurs for discussion purposes who have interfaced a Mac Computer running FLDIGI to a Tigertronics Signalink. Specifically, I am interested in the configuration setup in FLDIGI that is compatable with the Signalink.

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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2012, 12:06:07 PM »

I'm not at home right now but will be in about 3 hours. I'd be more than happy to help you. (if you don't get it solved before hand)

73,
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2012, 12:44:45 PM »


Chris:

That will be fine with me... we are presently at the Work QTH but should be at home around 5PM CA time. We will look for your reply... and then we can get down to business.

TNX,

Don
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2012, 07:18:33 PM »

Shoot me an email if you like. I'm running that exact config.
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2012, 08:21:01 PM »


KF9K

Greetings:

I have been running this iMac with a Home-Brew interface for months but have been experiencing some problems with the multi layer audio board I choose to use as part of the interface, we used a PL2303 Serial to USB chip and some isolation for the PTT action it has worked flawlessly, I wish I could say so for the Audio Board.  So, we decided to try the SignaLink. The documentation for operation with a Mac is nonexistent so to speak. And, I was concerned with how the SignaLink was to work in the Mac USB world. I finally found a combination that allowed the RX & TX to work. As for any on the air tests I have not been able to yet. The Band was closing down when I arrived home this evening. If you can shoot your configuration I would like to compare it to what I have setup on FLDIGI.

I will send you an Email on as you requested. I appreciate your reply and offer for assistance Thank You.

Regards,


Don
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« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2012, 11:37:20 PM »

W6PJJ,

Did you ever get this working?  The SignaLink USB is probably the simplest interface around for getting on the air quickly.

In Fldigi, you simply need to choose USB Audio Codec for both your input and output sources. That's it. 

Interesting that you had some luck with the PL2303 for PTT.  For the most part, the Prolific chips are some of the more troublesome chipsets for OS X (poor drivers), whereas the FTDI and Keyspan are much better supported in OS X (especially the Keyspan USA-19HS). Of course, you won't need that for PTT any longer with the SignaLink.

Ever since you got your Mac, you've had troubles with the USB...lots of time spent looking for documentation on what is a standard USB port; something I can't figure out, but I hope you got it working. If not, feel free to shoot me an email at k3dcw at arrl.net.

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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2012, 03:00:44 PM »

W6PJJ,

Did you ever get this working?  The SignaLink USB is probably the simplest interface around for getting on the air quickly.

In Fldigi, you simply need to choose USB Audio Codec for both your input and output sources. That's it. 

Interesting that you had some luck with the PL2303 for PTT.  For the most part, the Prolific chips are some of the more troublesome chipsets for OS X (poor drivers), whereas the FTDI and Keyspan are much better supported in OS X (especially the Keyspan USA-19HS). Of course, you won't need that for PTT any longer with the SignaLink.

Ever since you got your Mac, you've had troubles with the USB...lots of time spent looking for documentation on what is a standard USB port; something I can't figure out, but I hope you got it working. If not, feel free to shoot me an email at k3dcw at arrl.net.
Dave:

We had very good success with the PL2303 and have used it in several HB projects keying transmitters through some opto-coupling. I also picked up a FTDI as well and have plans for it in the future. I have interfaced the Mac quite successfully, USB is USB some of the problems others have faced seem to be in the Applications control of the USB bus, timing etc. Thanks for your comments.


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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2012, 09:36:27 AM »

  It's been awhile,  but I remember that the IMac found the USB sound card  (Signalink), I had to get into the IMac's "System preferences" and select the USB Soundcard.  Then, I had to select the Audio levels for the USB sound card (Signalink).    Also, I had to adjust the radio's AF gain to get a nice waterfall.

  Remember to get the correct Signalink plug for your radio and to make up the jumper block for the Sinalink.  This jumper block configures the Signalink to work with your radio.
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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2014, 08:11:43 PM »

It is ok to laugh guys, forgive me but I am an old guy and need a little help.  i have a Yaesu FTDX 9000 contest and just received a Tigertronics Signalink USB, my question is where do I plug it in ? Does it go to the mike connector if it does I don't think the cord that came with it will fit.  I do have 2 round 8 pin connectors they are labeled band data.
So take a minute and help an old guy out.  I have been a h am for 58 years
It would be the best for me if you would please email me direct at       leewalt@powerbank.net

A big thank you to all
best 73'S  DE  WAƘAUU
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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2015, 10:50:15 PM »

Hi guys   

I really need some help

Really want to get into the data modes and I have just re established my shack

I have an iMac, a 7600 and a signalink.....HELP !!!

I need an Elmer that can work with me via email.... Can you tell me what to do ....as opposed to my wife

I am not a complete newbie ...as a ham for 35 years.... yeah I started young, a technician and have run the signal ink

as an echo link node before ..On XP   .. But I seem to be a little lost.  I have the mic adapter for the 7600 and the Icom Modular IC-7100 ?

I know I need to change the jumpers as its wired for Icom modular plug     Do I need a CIV for the Mac

Do I need Cocoa Modem    I'm confused

I am an ardent mac user and will not go back to the dark side, but I have never played AR on the Mac

It seems now is a great time     So I can be contacted

Pete Willmott VK3TQ        vk3tq@bigpond.com


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« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2015, 02:26:35 AM »

Hi guys   

I really need some help

Really want to get into the data modes and I have just re established my shack

I have an iMac, a 7600 and a signalink.....HELP !!!

I need an Elmer that can work with me via email.... Can you tell me what to do ....as opposed to my wife

I am not a complete newbie ...as a ham for 35 years.... yeah I started young, a technician and have run the signal ink

as an echo link node before ..On XP   .. But I seem to be a little lost.  I have the mic adapter for the 7600 and the Icom Modular IC-7100 ?

I know I need to change the jumpers as its wired for Icom modular plug     Do I need a CIV for the Mac

Do I need Cocoa Modem    I'm confused

I am an ardent mac user and will not go back to the dark side, but I have never played AR on the Mac

It seems now is a great time     So I can be contacted

Pete Willmott VK3TQ        vk3tq@bigpond.com


You've asked a lot of questions, Pete, but let's see if we can get you going.

The 7600 has a rear USB port that can be used for Rig Control AND Audio.  There is no need for the SignaLink USB.  Instructions on setting up the USB port on OS X can be found at http://www.dogparksoftware.com/mldxfc_faq.html#connection. This is probably the easiest, and requires just the one USB connection to do everything, but does have some minor issues to contend with. This will get you up and running with the minimum of fuss and trouble.

If you really want to use the SignaLink, then wiring instructions for the jumper can be found at http://www.tigertronics.com/sl_wirebm.htm#ICOM.  Make sure you choose the right set depending whether you want to connect via the mic or the accessory connector. You'll also need to proper cable to hook it up.

If you're not going to use the internal USB connection for Rig Control and/or Audio, then CI-V will be useful for rig control.  There are several providers of CI-V cables that work with OS X.  I'm not an Icom guy myself, but I know people who have had great luck with this one: http://www.blackcatsystems.com/usbciv/usb_icom_ci-v_interface.html

CocoaModem is one software package available for digital modes.  It is quite good, but hasn't seen any development for about 3 years.  I would recommend that you look at Fldigi: more modes, active development, more features, open source, and much more going for it.   Also, if you are (or may become) interested in the JT modes (JT65/JT9), then WSJT-X is a must-have, along with the excellent JT-Bridge helper application. There are also SSTV applications, morse code applications, and much more. 

In terms of a logbook, there are several great ones on OS X, but the big 3 are RUMlogNG (Free), Aether ($40), and MacLoggerDX ($95).  All three are excellent and all three offer free trials so check them out and find one that works best for you.  I know the 7600 is supported by RUMlogNG and MacLoggerDX, but I'm not certain on Aether.

Finally, a selfish plug here for www.MacHamRadio.com.  You should check out the site, especially the Software Links page as well as the Forums (great support for any issues you may have).

73!
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