Elecraft KX2 and WSJT-X Easy Setup
Elecraft KX2 WSJT-X
With the Elecraft KX2 transceiver I am using a Elecraft KXUSB serial cable, Sabrent USB Sound Card, two 3.5mm stereo male-male audio cables, an HP stream laptop running WSJT-X version 2.0.
Sabrent USB Connections to KX2: Sabrent Mic In to Elecraft KX2 Phones. Sabrent Speaker Out to KX2 Mic In.
The antenna I am using inside the Ham Shack is a 80′ random wire with a 9:1 UNUN.
K0PIR Suggested KX2 Settings ( See Video Below):
- MODE: DATA A (WSJT-X will assist, but verify it is Data A mode and correct FIL width)
- NB: OFF
- NR: OFF
- PRE: OFF
- RF Gain: 0
- FIL BW: 4 kHz
- FIL Center: 1.5 kHz
- AF: 2-10
- AGC MD: OFF (See: How to Save Your Ears When AGC is OFF)
- AGC LIM: 20
- MIC GAIN: 0-50 (4 bars of ALC on transmit
- PWR: 5 to 7 watts
- MICBIAS: OFF ( may not be necessary to turn OFF)
My WSJT-X settings:
- Rig: KX2
- PTT: CAT
- Mode: Data/Pkt
- Split: Fake It
Elecraft KX2 Connections to HP Stream Laptop
Elecraft KX2 Settings for Digital Modes Data A Video
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The Elecraft KX2 by Fred Cady – KE7X
Elecraft KX2 Owners Manual
Did you add the IQ output to your Kx2? If so did you see any difference after the change? Have you used it on since the install.
I have not. I hope all is well with you. Take care and best 73!
When I connect KX2 to my computer in digi mode, psk31 ,Olivia, WJST all work normal, the only thing I want is get the radio speaker noise back, I don’t know how to do it, I have Yeasu 818nd, in digital mode still can hear the speaker noise.any ideal?
It’s nice to hear from you and thank you for posting here.
Sense the speaker output from the radio is going into to your computer, you will have to enable the audio in the computer. Go into the USB Audio CODEC microphone setting,Listen Tab, and check off “Listen to this device.”
I believe that should do it. Thank you again and best 73! Stay safe.
Could I use these setting for mrp40 CW decoding software. I’ve just ordered the sabrent sound card and audio leads.
Nice to hear from you and sorry for the delay.
Yes that should work FB.
I would try the software Elecraft has too. It will decode just like the LCD does.
Best 73 and be safe!
I was looking for some examples of South Dakota QSL party on YouTube. Found you and it lead me to your website. You had a page on linking the kx2 to wjst-x and hookups to a computer. Finally after years, I’m up and running. I had all the stuff already from past attempts. It was just a matter of settings on the computer, kx2, wjst. Also your comment on the sound monitoring you gave was greatful. In the past I used a splitter from the phone on the rig. A big 73’s from n5vwn.
It’s nice to hear from you and thank you for watching my video. I appreciate you coming by and commenting here too. I am in Alabama this Fall, but I’ll try to make some SD contacts over the weekend. GL and Good DX 73, Rich, K0PIR