Communication Program Setup Instructions
(SignaLink USB only)


Our Technical Support Staff is often asked how to configure various sound card communication 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 our 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 - Configuring the communication program is only part of the setup process.  Please be sure to complete our Windows Setup instructions when you are done configuring your program.  Failure to do this may result in a system that doesn't work properly and/or unwanted and potentially illegal transmissions.

 

 


General Setup Instructions

Every communication program has a "Setup" or "Options" type menu where various operating parameters can be selected.  The setup menus within each program often look different, but the same basic elements or settings (identified below) exist in all programs.  You will need to locate each of these settings within your program's setup menu and make sure that they are set as noted below.  Please note that if you have changed other 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 cover are set correctly.  If you suspect that this might be an issue, then you should uninstall the program, delete the program's folder, and then re-install (be sure to first backup any data created that you may wish to save).

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DigiPan v2.0

  1. Click the Configure menu and then click Soundcard.
  2. In the new window that opens, select "Computer Sound card" from the Type drop-down menu.   Note that this selection is for the type of interface being used.  The SignaLink USB has its own built-in sound card so "Computer sound card" is the correct type of interface.
  3. Select "USB Audio Codec" in both the Input and Output drop-down menus.  If using Windows Vista/7/8.x/10, then you'll need to select  "Microphone - USB Audio Codec" for Input and "Speakers - USB Audio Codec" for Output.
  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. If using Windows Vista/7/8.x/10, then you'll need to select  "Speakers - USB Audio Codec" for TX and "Microphone - USB Audio Codec" for RX.
  3. Click Setup and select C/S-SoundCard-PTT, then click VOX.  Note that your radio's VOX feature 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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EchoLink


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" for BOTH the "Input Device" and the "Output Device". If using Windows Vista/7/8.x/10, then you'll need to select  "Speakers - USB Audio Codec" for the "Output Device" and "Microphone - USB Audio Codec" for the "Input Device".
  3. Enable the "300Hz TX High-Pass Filter" option and click OK when done.
  4. Click the "Tools" menu and select "Sysop Settings".
  5. Click OK when done.


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FLdigi

NOTE:   Do NOT use the Setup Wizard interface to configure FLdigi.  Close the Wizard and follow the steps below.

  1. Click the "Configure" menu and select "Soundcard".
  2. In the new window that opens, click the "Audio" tab (top row of tabs) and then click the "Devices" tab (bottom row of tabs).
  3. Make sure that "Port Audio" is checked.
  4. Select "Speakers - USB Audio Codec" for Playback.
  5. Select "Microphone - USB Audio Codec" for Capture.
  6. Click the SAVE button to save your settings, then click the CLOSE button (be sure to save your settings before closing this window!).

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HamScope

  1. Click the "Settings" menu and select "General Setup".
  2. Select "USB Audio Codec" for BOTH the "Input" and "Output" soundcard (upper right corner of setup screen).  If using Windows Vista/7/8.x/10, then you'll need to select  "Speakers - USB Audio Codec" for "Output" and "Microphone - USB Audio Codec" for "Input".
  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.


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MMTTY

  1. Click the "Options" menu and the click "Setup MMTTY".
  2. In the Setup window that opens, click on the SoundCard tab.
  3. Under "Reception", select "USB Audio Codec".
  4. Under "Transmission", select "USB Audio Codec"
  5. Click OK.

 

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RMS Express / WinLink 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" for the "WINMOR Capture Device" and "WINMOR Playback Device".  If using Windows Vista/7/8.x/10, then you'll need to select  "Speakers - USB Audio Codec" for the "WINMOR Playback Device" and "Microphone - USB Audio Codec" for the "WINMOR Capture 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". If using Windows Vista/7/8.x/10, then you'll need to select  "Microphone - USB Audio Codec" for Input.
  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. If available in your version of DM-780 (newer versions don't have this option), 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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WSJT-X

  1. Click File, then click Settings.
  2. In the new window that opens, click the General tab and enter your call in the My Call text box.
  3. Click the Radio tab and select "None" in the Rig drop-down menu.  Select "Vox" as the PTT Method.  Note that your radio's VOX setting should be OFF.  This setting simply allows the SignaLink USB to control PTT
  4. Click the Audio tab and select "USB Audio Codec" for both the Input and Output sound card.  If using Windows Vista/7/8.x/10, then you'll need to select  "Microphone - USB Audio Codec" for "Input" and "Speakers - USB Audio Codec" for "Output".
  5. Click the OK button to close the Settings window.
  6. Set the "PWR" slider on the WSJT-X main window (right-hand side of screen) to the second notch from the top (roughly -5.1db).  Note that if you lower this slider too much the SignaLink USB will NOT switch into transmit!  See details below.
  7. WSJT-X is a complex program so please take some time to read the WSJT-X users guide!


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