Sound Card Program Setup Instructions
(SignaLink USB only!)


Our Technical Support Staff is often asked how to configure various sound card programs for use with the SignaLink USB.  While our printed manual has always provided general guidelines for doing this, we have never attempted to provide detailed instructions for any specific program because there are simply too many, and it's really the responsibility of the end user to learn how to use the particular program that they are interested in.  While we will not be taking on the responsibility of providing support for third party programs (you'll need to contact the program author for that!), we have decided to provide specific setup instructions for some of the programs that we are most often asked about.

You will find setup instructions for these programs listed below.  If you do not find the particular program that you are interested in, then you will need to see the "General Setup Instructions" section.  The instructions there can be applied to virtually ANY program if you just take a little time to familiarize yourself with the basic concepts, as well as the program's menu's and Help file.  Please note that we will expand the contents of this page as time allows, but Tigertronics is NOT responsible for providing support for any third party software.  This information is provided "as is" for your convenience only, and without warranty of any kind.  If you need further assistance with any third party program, then you will need to contact that program's author, or a related internet forum, or user group for help.

Most of the instructions shown below assume that the communication program you want to use has already been installed on your computer and is actively running.  If you do not know how to download, install, or run software on your computer, then you will need to seek help from a friend.  We cannot teach you how to do this.

Note that these instructions typically cover only those items that directly relate to the operation of the SignaLink.  Most programs will also require you to set other parameters such as your Callsign, QTH, etc., so please refer to the program's Help documentation, or an appropriate internet forum if you're not sure what else needs to be configured.

IMPORTANT - As noted in the SignaLink manual, BEFORE you attempt to configure or use any communication program, you MUST first set the default sound card in your operating system, and then adjust the SignaLink's software volume controls.  If you have not already done this (or if you're not certain that it's still setup correctly!), then please save yourself some frustration and go back through those steps.
 


General Setup Instructions

These instructions can be used to configure virtually ANY program for use with the SignaLink USB.  The menu items for each program may be different, but the same basic elements (identified below) exist in all programs.  You just have to locate them within the program's menus and make sure that they are set correctly!  Please note that if you have changed settings in your program that we do not address below, then it's possible that you may have done something that could prevent the program from functioning, even if the items that we do cover are set correctly.  If you suspect that this might be an issue, then you might want to delete any setup files in the program's folder and/or re-install the program.

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DigiPan v2.0

  1. Click the "Configure" menu and select "Soundcard".
  2. In the new window that opens, select "Computer Sound card" as the interface Type.
  3. Select "USB Audio Codec" (or "USB Audio Device" for Windows Me/2000) for BOTH "Input" and "Output".
  4. If you are running Windows ME, 2000 or XP, then we suggest changing the "Sample Rate" to 12000 to avoid any possible sample rate offset errors.
  5. Click OK when done.

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EchoLink

NOTE: For EchoLink and other voice modes, we generally suggest that you install special jumper "JP4" inside the SignaLink USB.  This will increase the PTT sensitivity of the unit and improve operation on low level voice signals.  You can also increase the software "Wave" control (or "Application" control in Windows Vista and 7) to improve the overall level of the signal and PTT operation.  However, this will likely require you to decrease the SignaLink's "TX" knob to lower the drive to the radio, and you may find that the TX knob is a little "touchy" to adjust.


Initial Installation

NOTE:  You can skip this section and go to "Program Options" below if you have already installed EchoLink for Sysop mode

  1. Select "Sysop" mode and click Next
  2. Select your Internet Connection type and click Next
  3. Select "Direct Controlled" and click Next. Note that the com port selection is not used and will be changed later, so the default (COM1) is fine.
  4. Enter your Callsign and other information, and click Next
  5. Select your geographic location and click Next
  6. Fire Wall Test - You can perform this test now, or do it later if you have connection problems.
  7. The initial setup of EchoLink is now complete. Please see the steps below to configure EchoLink to work with the SignaLink.

Program Options

  1. Click the "Tools" menu and select "Setup".
  2. On the "Audio" tab, select "USB Audio Codec" (or "USB Audio Device" for Windows Me/2000) for both the "Input Device" and the "Output Device", and Enable the "300Hz TX High-Pass Filter" option.  Click OK when done.
  3. Click the "Tools" menu and select "Sysop Settings".
  4. Click OK when done.

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EasyPal

  1. Click Setup and select C/S-SoundCard-PTT, then click Soundcard.
  2. In the new window that opens, click on "USB Audio Codec" in both the RX and TX menus, and then click the "Assign" button.
  3. Click Setup and select C/S-SoundCard-PTT, then click VOX.  Note that you do NOT need to turn on the radio's VOX feature (it should be OFF!). This setting simply allows the SignaLink USB to control PTT.
  4. Close EasyPal and restart it so that the setup changes take affect.

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HamScope

  1. Click the "Settings" menu and select "General Setup".
  2. Select "USB Audio Codec" (or "USB Audio Device" for Windows Me/2000) for BOTH the "Input" and "Output" soundcard (upper right corner of setup screen).
  3. In the "PTT Control Setup" box, select "None" for the COM Port, "PTT Using" and "Hard Key CW using".  Uncheck the "PTT to Rig Control" selection box.
  4. On the left side of the setup window, uncheck the "MMTTY FSK mode" selection box.
  5. Rig Control Setup should be set to "None" unless you have a CAT interface.
  6. Click OK when done.
  7. If you are running Windows ME, 2000 or XP, then we suggest changing the "Sample Rate" to 12000 to avoid any possible sample rate offset errors.
  8. Click OK when done.

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RMS Express - WINMOR

  1. Click the drop-down menu to the right of "Open Session" and select "WINMOR WL2K".
  2. Click "Open Session". (click on the text)
  3. In the new window that opens, select "USB Audio Codec" where it shows "WINMOR Capture Device" and "WINMOR Playback Device".
  4. Click the Update button.

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HRD / DM-780 / Digital Master 780

  1. Press the F8 key to open the Program Options screen, or go to "Tools" then "Program Options".
  2. In the new window that opens, click the "Soundcard" tab.
  3. Under "Input", select "USB Audio Codec" (or "USB Audio Device" for Windows Me/2000) .
  4. Under "Output", check the "Use Input Device" check box to set the output sound card to the same one used for the input side.
  5. Under the "Output" attenuator, select "0db". Do NOT select any other setting here, or the audio output will be lowered and the SignaLink's PTT circuit may not function correctly.
  6. Click the "PTT" tab and select "ROC" if your version of DM-780 displays this option.  If it does not, then select "None - Via soundcard PTT or radio VOX".
  7. Close the setup window when done.

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