Am I hearing you on 20 meters?

Thanks to a comment from Owen (no callsign noted) on a prior post, I was able to fairly easily get CW Skimmer to run based on inputs from the FCD+. This is the page that did it – thanks Owen.

I say “fairly” easily because there are four places to input a desired frequency in order to configure CW Skimmer to report them: the Skimmer program, two places in SDR# and the FCHID program. They interact and (I think) one of the inputs doesn’t matter but I seem to have sorted it out.

I initially opened the three programs and set them all to a 20m freq and then called CQ with my K3 into a dummy load. I was “spotted” 48 kHz away. It was aesy enough to change an input by 48 kHz to have my spots reported on-freq but the next step was to move the whole window of where I was listening with the FCD+ down to a relevant part of the band.

As I said, some inputs interact, so the process isn’t as simple as you might think.

Next I downloaded the RBN aggregator and configured it to report 20m spots to the Reverse Beacon Network.

When I ordered the FCD+ I hadn’t intended it to be a substitute for the Flex-1500 that I’ve been considering but the FCD+ is turning out to be quite the receiver and continues to impress. The jury’s out now on whether I’ll persue a “real” SDR rig as I may already have one.





  2 comments for “Am I hearing you on 20 meters?

    January 12, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Nice work. It helped me a lot getting the CW Skimmer work with FCD+. Still a few things to be sorted out but there will soon be a RBN skimmer in VK3 land. 73 de Dieter, VK3FFB

    • January 13, 2014 at 7:12 am

      It’s quite a versatile little receiver, isn’t it?!

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