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Author Topic: YOUR CHOICE FOR IC-718 & DIGITAL MODES  (Read 1451 times)
VE3FMC
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« on: January 07, 2008, 08:57:22 PM »

I know there are many posts in regards to the Icom 718 and using it for digital modes.

I recently purchased a 718 and I think it might be fun to do some digital modes.

From your experiences what interface is the best one to operate and the simplest one to set up for a beginner? CW,RTTY.PSK etc, which one would you do you use?

I have ordered a CPU interface for rig control from G4ZLP and I have the HRD software installed. Will it still be possible to use this alongside a digital mode interface?

Thanks for your reply.


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KT4WO
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2008, 08:49:41 AM »

I should be...altho.. u may need 2 comm. ports...
I run my 718 with 2 comm ports .. but I think there is a way to do rig control and keying for digi with just
one port...I homebrewed my interface(keying/line in/lineout)...so I cant speak for store bought stuff..
Building an interface is about as simple as it gets.
It seems that HRD will do it all with one comm port..but I havent tried it.  The 718 is easy to interface digi to..a narrow filter is nice..I have the 250Hz... but a 500Hz may be a better choice.
gud luck and hope to see ya on my waterfall.

Trip - KT4WO
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W5RKL
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2008, 10:16:57 AM »


I recommend looking at the various manufacturers
such as Rascal, MFJ, and Rig Blaster to get an
idea of what's available. Prices vary with
available options.

There are a number of different software packages
for sound card digital modes. Some have more features
than others. I recommend using your favorite search
engine and read up on the various software packages.
A few that come to mind are MixW, Digipan,
HRD + DM780, Winpsk, SmartPSK, etc.

The selection you make should be made based on what's
best for your individual situation. The same goes
for a sound card interface.

73
Mike
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VA3XQ
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2008, 10:53:39 AM »

Hey Rick good to see your going digital. I use the Signalink USB interface with HRD and Digital Master 780 for psk which is part of HRD. I got my interface from the guys at Durham Radio as they are always in stock
c u on the bands
Jeff
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VE3FMC
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2008, 04:16:25 AM »

Thanks Jeff
Sorry for the late reply, I was away for a week in WARM Florida.
I have decided to try the SignaLink USB model with the IC-718.
Seems to be the best option and best price too.
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WQ3T
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2008, 02:49:49 PM »

The Signalink USB was my choice. No complaints yet.
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