DXLab Suite Winwarbler PSK31 Configuration

Anyone remember PSK31? It seems like WSJT-X and FT8 took over the digital realm, however PSK31 is still alive and well. I have revived my interest for PSK31 using WinWarbler (the digital program in the DXLab Suite). Once configured WinWarbler works flawlessly and operating PSK31 is very easy. However, there are some hidden gems in WinWarbler that make PSK31 a true delight operating.

Installing WinWarbler

I installed the DXLab Suite using the automatic method and DXLab Launcher. This is the easiest method and I have a couple of other articles. I won't go into detail here. Please visit my last article: DXLab Suite Winwarbler MMTTY RTTY FSK Configuration.

Configuring WinWarbler for PSK31 Operation

When I first got WinWarbler working with PSK31 I wasn't very impressed. The default waterfall is black and white. The hidden gems lie in the WinWarbler PSK Configuration tab. I am not saying this is perfect and will suit everyone, but give it a try.

  • Changing the waterfall display from mono to synthetic added the color. Increasing the waterfall gain, baseline clipping and FFT averaging made it even better.
  • In the General tab I added some preset frequencies and edited the operating Mode selection.
  • I left the Display tab alone. The defaults are colorful and look great.
  • I made minor changes, which are not completely necessary, to the Broadband Decode (BBD) tab. I'll have to revisit that one again because I notice duplicate signals in the BBD window.
  • PTT and the Soundcard tabs remained the same since I have been using WinWarbler for RTTY operation.

Screenshots of WinWarbler Configuration

Configuring Macros for PSK31

At first I honestly believed it was too hard to configure Macros in WinWarbler, but once I finished reading the Help files, it is actually very easy. I'll show you how I did it in the video below.

If you like, you can download my PSK31 Macro file here (right click, save link as) and use it in WinWarbler. It's easy to edit.

A couple of nice macro commands (see WinWarbler macros):

  1. <greeting> Displays Good morning, Good afternoon, Good evening or Good day. Depending on the time of day. Some conditions apply.
  2. <lastqso> Sends a string of text when the last QSO was. Some conditions apply.


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If you have any questions please comment below. This will help others as well. Thank you for dropping by and I hope you found this article informative and useful.

Best 73,

Rich, K0PIR


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Bill Davis
6 years ago

I followed your directions for setting up WinWarbler but the screen image is too large and I cannot see the waterfall display. I tried adjusting the message boxes but can’t make that part smaller so I can see the waterfall. Any ideas?

Bill Davis
6 years ago

Thanks for your response. I did get it fixed by changing (reducing) the resolution on my display which made the image fit with the waterfall showing. When I reset my resolution to normal (high) the image did not change back so the waterfall was still showing. For some reason I am not getting any audio input into the WW so I am rechecking the settings. Heavy snow here in MN interfered with my antenna so I getting set to try it again. Bill

Rien Aarden
5 years ago

Hi Bill,

Tnx for explaine the working of WinWarbler
I have configurate the same as you But 1 thing I have
In my log page of Winwarbler also the fields User define And I see in youre video that you do not have this
so I how can I’m dissable this ? tnx
Rien, PA7RA

5 years ago

Rich I downloaded your macro file but cannot see where to place it in WinWarbler. Can you point out where please?
Another great video!

73 de NB2A

5 years ago
Reply to  K0PIR

I actually just found it as well. Thanks again
73 de NB2A

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