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SDC Skimmer for Flex Radios

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  • Erik Carling EI4KF
    Erik Carling EI4KF Member ✭✭✭

    It can run on any Slice or Slice(s) that are available. Per the instructions, configure DAX1, DAX 2, etc and then set up Skimmer 1, Skimmer 2 etc with matching configuration in SDR-Bridge. As soon as your selected Slice or Slices start so will the associated Skimmer(s).

  • WK2Y
    WK2Y Member ✭✭

    It can be on any slice. Just have to make sure the IQ stream setting in the slice and in SDRBridge match up.


    73,

    Bob, WK2Y

  • Patrick W9PDS
    Patrick W9PDS Member ✭✭

    Hi Erik,


    I just discovered this thread and would very much like to try SDC Skimmer out. The PDF you created says it is now deleted from dropbox. Can you kindly re-upload it for us?


    Thanks a lot. W9PDS

  • Erik Carling EI4KF
    Erik Carling EI4KF Member ✭✭✭

    Hello Patrick. Yes I will. It was deleted because the SDC author objected to SDC for Flex being used without any donation being made and ceased issuing reg codes that are necessary for the software to work with our radios.

    However, things have changed. Reg codes will be issued after a donation is made. This can be of any amount, preferably $10 but he says "any amount" - though I would be sensible and not send him $1! SDC Skimmer has been updated for better results with Flex radios. Also, in response to requests, running text has now been added to the Skimmer similar to CW Skimmer.

    I will amend the instruction document as soon as I have the time and upload it again. I will post here when it is ready.

    Erik.

  • Patrick W9PDS
    Patrick W9PDS Member ✭✭

    Excellent Erik Thanks! I donated $10 USD to him this morning. I cant wait to try it out. 73.

  • W2JV_
    W2JV_ Member ✭✭

    Erik,

    I just registered. In Setup Skimmer 1, under Control type, the dropdown only includes Audio +TCI and TCI only, it does not show Audio + telnet, thank you for your support.

    Peter

    W2JV

  • These are the selections available. Check that you have moved down the list to see below the two you mention.

    Erik.

  • Erik Carling EI4KF
    Erik Carling EI4KF Member ✭✭✭

    Please note, for obvious reasons, SDC is currently not available for download and will not be so until further notice. Registration requests are unlikely to be fulfilled either. Instructions for use with Flex radio remain available in case anyone needs them.

  • Georg Isenbürger
    Georg Isenbürger Member
    edited April 26
    has anyone tried to setup SDC with SmartSDR for MacOS?
  • UT4LW
    UT4LW Member
    Hello Flex users!
    Now SDC is here: http://www.lw-sdc.com
    There you can download, extract and install the new version 15.25.

    If you re-register, for those who use the Flex-6x00, the skimmers will work much faster.

    A new registration is required so that the new program cannot be used in some countries. For those who have already registered, registration is free. They should email me at the address listed on the site with their call sign. I will send a new key.

    If I can get a Flex-6x00 transceiver, I will try to develop a direct SmartSDR-API connection to SDC and adapt other modules of the SDC program.

    In any case, you can support the development of SDC at http://www.lw-sdc.com

    Temporarily For MacOS, the SDC program will not be published
  • Ron K2RAS
    Ron K2RAS Member ✭✭

    Anton, I donated $20 to help you in the current environment even though I am waiting for the MacOS version of the program.

    Ron

  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin
    edited April 28

    Hi Guys

    I obviously missed a configuration issue.

    I have configured the following:

    • All the SDC configurations as outlined
    • All the settings in the SKM skimmer

    It looks like it isn't receiving the IQ stream.

    (I'm a bit brain dead today, so I must have missed something a bit less obvious).


    Ideas?



  • UT4LW
    UT4LW Member
    The message "Wait LO" indicates that the transceiver did not receive data on the base frequency of the IQ stream from the transceiver to the SDC program.
    Also, I do not exclude that the SDR-Bridge program, when connecting to the Skimmer's TCP server, did not send this data to it. Unfortunately, I cannot verify this.
    I think that if such an inscription appears, you need to switch the range on the receiver, or move the panorama. This will cause the SDR-Bridge to transmit the base frequency and the skimmer will start working.
  • Erik Carling EI4KF
    Erik Carling EI4KF Member ✭✭✭

    Hello Yuri, you are of course correct. Mike's observation occurs right after the first configuration per my instructions and the solution is as you say - switch bands or move the panorama. For usage after the first configuration, so as not to get a repeat of this, load SDC first (I have it load when the computer boots), launch SmartSDR and then SDR-Bridge. The SDC Skimmer(s) will start without the Wait LO issue.

    Erik EI4KF

  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin
    edited April 29

    Funny... I just left it alone. This morning, all great! I guess I moved the panadapter.


  • UT4LW
    UT4LW Member
    On the site https://www.lw-sdc.com published installation files SDC 15.24 for MacOS and Linux.
  • Ron K2RAS
    Ron K2RAS Member ✭✭

    Thanks!

    Ron K2RAS

  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin

    I received this from Yuri:

    There is a problem connecting SDC skimmer to SmartSDR. For the correct operation of the skimmer, 
    it is necessary to inform it of the central (base) frequency of the IQ flow. In Windows, 
    you can use the SDR-Bridge program for this. There is no such program for MacOS.
    I propose to add a message to the CAT protocol that will contain the central frequency. 
    
    For example:
    Request - LO;
    The answer is LO0014025000;
    
    This will greatly simplify the interaction of programs in both Windows and MacOS.
    In this case, I can present the TCP client in the SDC to request such data.
    
  • W9EZ
    W9EZ Member ✭✭
    edited May 4
    Posted twice deleted
  • W9EZ
    W9EZ Member ✭✭
    edited May 4
    First off Thank you Yuri for making SDC work with flex. I am very happy to see that happen. I know I didn't have to but you got an extra donation. :) I have been playing with this the past several days and I can get it to work just fine. Even without smartsdr running and decoding directly from my 6600M. But the pan stops after awhile and it quits decoding. I imagine that it is losing its stream. The only way I can get it to start again is to restart DAx and SDC. Is there a timeout function that I am missing. Sdrbridge still follows the radio and show upper and lower stream limits. But no pan and no decoding. Michael are you seeing anything like this? running 3.3.29. Todd W9EZ
  • Erik Carling EI4KF
    Erik Carling EI4KF Member ✭✭✭

    There is not any timeout function. By closing SmartSDR there can be an issue which is why it is expressly stated as required in the instructions. But worry not because Yuri will streamline SDC for Flex working as soon as practical.

  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin

    @w9ez - not sure why. No one here deleted anything. We actually delete very little, maybe 1 or 2 items a year.

  • W9EZ
    W9EZ Member ✭✭

    Sry to confuse Michael. I deleted it due to my error of posting twice. All good..

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