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 email@example.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).