Setting up WSJT-X can be be a struggle if all the hardware and settings do not align. Based on a question by a reader a quick post on what has been working for me.
- Avoid Prolific USB cables, too easy to get a clone and have issues with drivers. I am very happy with the Gearmo adapter, while it is a few bucks more than a plain cable the diagnostic LED’s are a wonderful aid. You will also need a straight Female to Female cable to convert the connector gender to what the radio and the USB cable need.
- If you can solder make up your own audio cables, no need to lay out $$$ for a ham marketed external sound card. This is not hard to do, make your own.
- CAT RTS Disable
- CAT TOT 10
- CAT Rate 38400
Your serial port # may vary from my environment. Once you mimic the settings below, pressing the “Test CAT” should get you a “Green” success.
I use an external USB sound card as I detailed in a separate posting.
The audio settings are simple to config chose the Microphone and Speakers which are appropriate to your setup. You will need to adjust the levels on both the input and output.
On your task bar you should have a speaker icon. Right click on this and select recording or playback devices, you will need to review both.
I have selected recording and a dialog similar to below will be displayed.
Adjust the level of the device as needed to bring the levels in the desired range in WSJT-X. The WSJT-X application has controls to adjust TX and RX levels, you do not want to run those controls at either extreme. Adjust these levels to achieve that.
Also ensure that the radio sound card is not the “Default Device” or “Default Communications Device”
Until next time