My Apache Labs rig setups

Hi folks,

This is a live document, changes will be added along the way. Latest rev of this document: 2016-Jan-24

My setups, number 1:
Apache Labs ANAN-200D , Orion firmware rev. 4.3.
OS: Windows 10 Pro
PC: Workstation, ASUS Z-97 USB 3.1. Intel i7-4790S @ 3.2GHz. RAM: 32GB. Disk: 2 * 240GB SSD.
Softwares I am using for the ANAN-200DE:
PowerSDR 3.3.9
WSJT 10
CW Skimmer 1.83
Virtual Audio Channel (VAC). 4.14 full
Virtual Serial Ports Emulator 0.938
Virtual Serial Ports Manager, by K5FR
DD-util 3, by K5FR
Physical comports provided with Aten UC-2324

My setups, number 2:
Apache Labs ANAN-10 , Hermes firmware rev. 3.1B.
OS: Windows 10 Pro
PC: Lenovo X1 Carbon. Intel i7-4550U @ 1.50GHz 2.10GHz. RAM: 8GB. Disk: 240GB SSD.
Softwares I am using for the ANAN-10:
PowerSDR 3.3.9
WSJT 10
CW Skimmer 1.83
Virtual Audio Channel (VAC). 4.14 full
Virtual Serial Ports Emulator 0.938
Virtual Serial Ports Manager, by K5FR
DD-util 3, by K5FR


When I do firmware upgrades of my ANAN rigs, I use HPSDRProgrammer.


 

From my setup 1 (with ANAN-200D), please observe the screenshots are from when I used PowerSDR 3.2.24.

This is a screen shot of my VSP setup. I have 4 comports in a ATEN USB-Comport device. Which are COM14-COM17 (COM17 not being used for the moment). I have my TS2000X on COM6/16 and my TS480SAT on COM4/14 and my K1EL winkeyer on COM15/5. These virtual comports are splitters, I do not think splitters can be set up in VSPM (by K5FR), that is why I have 2 different virtual serial ports emulators.

How is this working? Well I can for example use HRD to talk to Com 6, I am doing this to get control of my TS-2000X from HRD. But at the same time I can also use N1MM to talk the to same radio.


 

VSPM, Virtual Serial Ports Manager by K5FR. This is a screenshot:

As you can see the physical ports are seen on top and the virtual ports below. I set up pairs. One side of the pair talks to DD3util and the other side of the pair talks to the Anan-200D or some other program. Omnirig which for instance CW skimmer uses seems to be incompatible with VSPE, so that is the main reason for using VSPM.


DD3util. I use this nice software to be able to use CW skimmer with my ANAN-200D and also to enable different programs to talk to the rig. In DD3util you use RCP (radio control programs) to talk to the rig on different com port pairs which is set up in VSPM (see above). Here is the DD3util setup I am using for the moment:

My ANAN-200D is setup for CAT control via COM8/18. See COM 8 above in the screen shot. Please note I have checked the DEMO/HPSDR check box. I use HRD version 6.2. Now here is the tab ports:

You can see CWS on Com 21. That is the CW Skimmer. By using this feature I can either QSY in openHPSDR or in CW Skimmer. Either way both programs will follow, really nice!
I am currently not using any other feature in DD3util.


This is a screen shot of my VAC setup (click the image for a larger image) :

The reason for having 4 virtual cables is that I sometimes use one pair for the CW skimmer and the other pair for RX2 in my ANAN-200D, and this is being used for other programs like WSJT/JT65HF or so (that is pgrograms not using Direct I/Q). Please note the different sampling rates. I use 192 kHz for CW skimmer and 96 or 48kHz for “the other” softwares.


 

OpenHPSDR setup (only the screen shots of things I have altered):

I’ve changed ADC2 to ADC1 for the RX2.

Some setup changes for my antenna setups.

When using CW skimmer and choosing direct I/Q on the next tab (VAC), I’ve noticed that sample rate must be the same here as on the next tab and in CW Skimmer. Otherwise there will be error messages and OpenHSPDR will not start.

My current settings for the VAC1, which connects to RX1 in openHPSDR.

VAC2 which is connected to RX2. This is the one I use for WSJT, JT65-HF and so on.

I’ve changed the Fast Fourier Transform slider, otherwise the waterfall looked like crap. If this also brings some other phenomenas I am not sure of?

Of course I lowered the CW pitch.

I have a Heil ProSet Plus Headset direct connected to the Anan-200. Some folks say I have a bit weird settings, but it seems to fit my voice nicely.

Here is the settings for the PTT and CAT Control.

openhpsdr3.3.9-sm7sjr

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a screen shot of my running OpenHPSDR, click to enlarge it.


CW Skimmer setup. Actually I run 2 skimmers in the same computer. Here is the settings for CW Skimmer no 1, which is connected to the ANAN-200D.

Setting the SoundCard driver to MME instead of WDM enables sound in the PC speaker from the CW skimmer.


And here is the settings for CW skimmer no2, connected to my SDR-IQ:



 

I also use RBN aggregator (reverse beacon network) to report some CW spots. Here is the config for getting CW Skimmer no 2 connected to it:


WSJT setup

As you can see I have the virtual audio cables as devices numbered 2, 5, 6, 7 and 10, 11, 14, 15. The first group is for the input and the next group for the output. .

And here is the options page in WSJT, note the audio devices and the PTT port.

 


Pure signal. Someone on the internet wrote a nice tip on using PureSignal when running an amp. If having wavenode power meter with probes which has RF view ports. These ports can easily be used as feedback to the rig for PureSignal purposes. Since I am using wavenodes, I am grateful for the eye opener.