1 boot the radio
2 boot SSDR
3 open DAX and set your I/Q channel to 96000 and turn on the channel(s) you will use. DAX sucks a fair amount of resources so nio need to turn on 2 if your only going to use 1
4 boot SDR-Bridge there should be data in slice and stream
5 check the skim box
6 make sure DAX in the SSDR slice (the flag on the left of the SSDR matches your DAX channel)
7 make sure your channel is open (like you didn't close slice A when skimmer is connected to slice A)
8 close skimmer, uncheck the check box in SDR-Bridge and then re-check
Don't randomize the steps
Arrrrg, in my best pirate voice.
I have followed the instructions as shown above, over and over and even over again with no consistent skimmer love.
I have followed the boot sequence, ticked the proper boxes yet this dog still don't hunt. For some unknown reason the displayed frequency in skimmer usually has nothing to do with what the radio is showing, usually skimmer shows the same band although not on the same frequency as the radio or I can get just what I believe to be an off-set frequency - 24 +12 etc.
I have setup several other radios with skimmer and never had these kind of intermittent issues, arrrrg!
Any other suggestions on what to try next?
TIA, John NA6L
All, one recent discovery seems to be that choosing WWV in the SSDR bands select section is very good for testing SDR-bridge-skimmer-SSDR integration. Skimmer is always centered right on the frequency, skimmer talks to the radio the radio talks to skimmer, the WWV frequency in centered right in the middle of the proper stream. I'm thinking that this is a good indication that my settings are correct. Now to figure out why there are so many issues with other bands.
Regards, John NA6L
https://www.youtube.com/embed/9tCHzcM04O4?vq=hd1080 frequency read-out and tracking correctly Skimmer to SmartSDR.
and here is a video of TWO slices also working (albeit with some drag due to CPU issues when my video capture program is also running). https://www.youtube.com/embed/rhL6iTSWFos?vq=hd1080
What puzzles me is the SDR Bridge screen where IQ1 has a stream starting at 14018 and IQ2 has a stream starting at 7035. I have not figured out how to start the stream at a predictable point. Obviously I would like IQ1 to start at 14000 and IQ2 to start at 7000. Not sure how to change that in a way that makes sense. So, I went inside CW Skimmer and changed the LO for the IQ2 feed , I changed it 7050724 and the stream begin point changed to 7002.8 and ended 96 kHz up the band (logically). I remember a similar trick being published about use PowerSDr with CW Skimmer . I closed SDR Bridge and restarted IQ2, at first the Skimmer read out was different from SmartSDR and nothing changed when clicking on CW Skimmer spots. After 3-4 random click on CW SKimmer, I double clicked and magically CW Skimmer started controlling SmartSDR and CW signals were decoded. It is inconsistent, sometimes a double click also fails but most of the time it works. I have no clue why this happens but I suspect some lag in the way my PC allows the various applications to talk to eachother.
If you have a problem please use the form on the http://www.qrv.com/contact.html page. From there we can work out any issues you have.
Thanks for testing!
73 Ed W2RF
Thanks for working directly with me on these questions.
Most of the problems were with changes that were made to settings after SDR-Bridge was installed. A new release is being prepared that restores all settings to defaults. Currently there is no way to do that except to uninstall, manually delete the INI files in ProgramFiles\W2RF and the config file in [user]\AppData\Local\Ed_Russell,_W2RF (a strange place, will be changed in the update), and reinstall.
One other issue is that under certain conditions the Skimmer Green Box does not sync up with the radio. This happens when the Panadapter is wider than the bandwidth being skimmed.
Skimmer skims its bandwidth from the center of the Panadapter, and never changes the Panadapter center frequency. So if you click-tune the radio outside the IQ bandpass, the Skimmer Green Box does not follow. This is by design. It is possible to change this behavior or add an option in a future release.
73 Ed W2RF