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Synchronizing SDR Console with external radio?

maby
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Synchronizing SDR Console with external radio?

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Unread post by maby »

OK, I'm new to SDR Console, so the answer may be hidden away in the documentation, but I can't see it, so please forgive me if it's there...

I'm using SDR Console with an SDR Play RSP1A as the second receiver and enhanced panadaptor for my IC-7300. I have it all configured and working fine and can link the two via OmniRig. Most of the time I turn tracking off so that I can use the two receivers separately with SDR Console showing me a high resolution spectrum and allowing me to check a signal with point-and-click, listening through the PC speaker. What I want, and cannot find, is a way to synchronise SDR Console with the external radio in a controllable way. I can turn tracking on with a simple mouse click, but that has no effect until I change frequency on SDR Console. What I would like is a pair of buttons or simple keystrokes that will send the frequency and mode from SDR Console to the external radio or get it from the external radio into SDR Console - preferably without enabling tracking. Does such a thing exist? If not, any chance of adding it?

TIA

Martin (G8FXC)

Max
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Re: Synchronizing SDR Console with external radio?

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maby wrote:
Sat Oct 09, 2021 6:37 pm
What I would like is a pair of buttons or simple keystrokes that will send the frequency and mode from SDR Console to the external radio or get it from the external radio into SDR Console - preferably without enabling tracking. Does such a thing exist? If not, any chance of adding it?

Martin (G8FXC)
Sorry, I don't use SDRC in this mode but a few on here who do may be better qualified to answer. As far as I can see tracking is either on or off. There's no "in between" mode I would not think.

But firstly, did you read everything on these two pages (External Radio and Serial Ports/Omnirig):

https://www.sdr-radio.com/external-radio

https://www.sdr-radio.com/SerialPort

73

Max

maby
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Re: Synchronizing SDR Console with external radio?

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Max wrote:
Sun Oct 10, 2021 11:45 am
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Sorry, I don't use SDRC in this mode but a few on here who do may be better qualified to answer. As far as I can see tracking is either on or off. There's no "in between" mode I would not think.

But firstly, did you read everything on these two pages (External Radio and Serial Ports/Omnirig):

https://www.sdr-radio.com/external-radio

https://www.sdr-radio.com/SerialPort

73

Max
Thanks for that, Max... I have been looking at the SerialPort function and I believe it is possible to implement what I'm looking for by writing a small program in Visual Basic or similar. I have done something similar in the context of amateur radio related software and it worked well enough. Before I dug out the coding pad, I thought it was worth asking here if I'm missing anything - not looking for wheels to reinvent! I would have thought that it was a relatively common requirement for users of SDR Console with a transceiver...

Martin (G8FXC)

bagmouse7
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Re: Synchronizing SDR Console with external radio?

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Unread post by bagmouse7 »

You don't need to reinvent the wheel here.
Follow the "External Radio" link that Max posted.

You will need to configure Omni-rig for the 7300, and then enable the synchronization function in the external radio panel in SDR Console.
This works great, I use it with a couple of different Icom rigs.
Good luck.

maby
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Re: Synchronizing SDR Console with external radio?

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Unread post by maby »

bagmouse7 wrote:
Sat Oct 16, 2021 7:26 pm
You don't need to reinvent the wheel here.
Follow the "External Radio" link that Max posted.

You will need to configure Omni-rig for the 7300, and then enable the synchronization function in the external radio panel in SDR Console.
This works great, I use it with a couple of different Icom rigs.
Good luck.
I don't think this solves my problem, does it? I have synchronization working fine in the sense that I can lock the SDR and IC-7300 to each other, but I'm looking for a more selective option. I want the SDR and transceiver to function separately but with a simple operation to bring one into sync with the other in a controlled manner. If I turn off tracking, I can use the two separately, but I can find no reliable way of subsequently transferring the mode and frequency from one to the other. I can turn tracking back on, then very quickly make a small frequency change on the device I want to be the master and SDR Console will usually detect that and propagate it to the other device, but it is at best cumbersome and sometimes error prone. With tracking turned on, SDR Console seems to poll the transceiver to detect changes there as well as propagating frequency changes from the SDR to the transceiver. When I turn tracking back on, there seems to be a short window during which I can force the synchronization in the direction I want but if I miss that, SDR Console seems to make the decision for me as to which direction to synchronize...

Martin (G8FXC)

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