Communicating on HF using various digital modes is a ton of fun. There has been a significant shift in the popularity of digital modes toward FT8 over the last couple of years. PSK31, JT65, and other digital modes have nearly disappeared from the bands. This means hams need to join in the FT8 craze if they want to operate digital modes and actually make contacts. WSJT-X is my preferred software for JT65, FT8, and FT4. In this post, I will share how I have configured my station for WSJT-X digital HF communication.
I use a Kenwood TS-480SAT that is capable of 100W on HF and 6M. The TS-480SAT is interfaced to the computer for radio control through the radio's serial port through a Keyspan USA-19HS USB adapter. The radio's audio is interfaced to the computer from the TS-480SAT's data port through a SignaLink Integrated USB Sound Card. I have used this configuration for years with excellent results.
|SignaLink Integrated USB Sound Card|
WSJT-X Settings Configuration
- Cat Control - Serial Port: COM3
- Serial Port Parameters: Baud Rate = 57600
- Data Bits: Default
- Stop Bits: Default
- Handshake: Hardware
- Force Control Lines: DTR and RTS are both blank
- PTT Method: CAT
- Transmit Audio Source: Rear/Data
- Mode: USB
- Split Operation: None
- Input: USB Audio CODEC - Mono
- Output: USB Audio CODEC - Mono
TS-480 SAT Configuration
Menu 56 Com Port Parameters = 57600
Menu 60 VOX Operation With Data Input = Off
Be sure to check out my article on setting up WSJT-X for automatic logging with Ham Radio Deluxe.
Good DX and 73, NJ2X