Transmitting CW in Ham Radio Software
Why would you want to use software to send CW anyway? Maybe you're getting up there in years and just can't send like you use too or maybe you like contesting, so I thought we'd go over some common software. I will be using one cable with my Icom 7300 for transmitting CW and we'll be using Virtual Serial Port Emulator for splitting the one COM Port.
I have other posts on CW that may interest you. For a refresher you can see Icom 7610 Rig Control N3FJP Amateur Contact Log and Fldigi, Icom 7300 HRD 6.3 DM780 RTTY FSK CW and Log4OM Fldigi Setting Up Easy RTTY PSK31 CW.
Transmitting CW - Icom 7300 Settings
Here are the important screens:
USB SEND. In my radio I have USB SEND set to RTS. If you’re software has RTS checked off somewhere this will send the radio into TX and you’ll usually have to power off the radio and find out what setting in your software has RTS enabled. If you can’t find it, for simplicity, set USB SEND to OFF.
Prequiste for One Cable - VSPE
We are going to need a COM Port for CW keying with some programs. Let's use VSPE to split the one COM Port we have. You can download it here. It's very easy to setup and I even have a video on that part (see below).
You may not need this in every instance, but it will come in handy.
Transmitting and CW Software Settings
N3FJP CW Settings
Let say your favorite logging program is N3FJP. Setup rig control in N3FJP and once that is working setup CW transmit. N3FJP Amateur Contact Log > Settings > Transmit > CW Setup
N1MM Logger+ CW Settings
If your favorite software is N1MM Logger+ you can send cw with these settings in N1MM Logger.
HRD DM780 CW Settings
My plans have changed since my last post. I need to travel to Memphis to help my brother who has become seriously ill. I should be in Memphis and Cullman, AL for about a month, maybe two, but I will still be working and on the air. You can follow me and my travels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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