[Skimmertalk] CW Skimmer Error Message: "...Device ID...out of range..."

Mon Jan 30 16:24:46 PST 2012

My guess would be is that its not the sdr-iq that is the problem, more likely it’s the audio output device.  Check the audio tab of the settings dialog, it may be showing a non-existent sound card, or maybe the card is one that adds or removes ports when you plug things in.  vista/win7 are bad for that, if you start a program like cw skimmer or n1mm that makes a list of sound ports the index numbers can be changed out from under it by changing something in the windows control panel for the sound card or just by plugging in or unplugging something.   The fix may be as simple as closing the skimmer, reopening it, selecting a different audio output device, and running.

David Robbins K1TTT
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-----Original Message-----
From: jmaass at k8nd.com [mailto:jmaass at k8nd.com] 
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 23:58
To: skimmertalk at contesting.com
Cc: jmaass at midohio.twcbc.com; ve3nea at dxatlas.com
Subject: [Skimmertalk] CW Skimmer Error Message: "...Device ID...out of range..."

 I ran into a problem installing CW Skimmer to one of the PJ2T shack computers. It's running Windows 7 Home Premium. I use an SDR-IQ reciever (actually, I have three here, two were running on my laptop). 
 Installed CW Skimmer to a 'C:\CW Skimmer Installed\CW Skimmer\' directory. Successfully installed/registered the sdrIQx110 DLL. Installed SpectraVue v3.22. Plugged in SDR-IQ to a USB port. 
 I started CW Skimmer and configured things as normal for an SDR-IQ receiver and my uses (I've been doing this for a while now). Clicked on the 'Start' icon to start the Skimmer action and got the following pop-error box from CW Skimmer:
          "CW Skimmer
           A device ID has been used that is out of range for your system." 
 ...and it will not start. I tried the other two SDR-IQ receivers, and they get the same response from CW Skimmer. 
 I've never encountered this error message before. 
 Any ideas how to resolve this, or what I should look for?
 I started SpectraVue, and it looks like it is working, although (believe it or not) we have *no* PC speakers anywhere in this contest station facility! I see the waterfalls of the expected AM broadcasters and CW signals on the Amateur Bands, but cannot listen to hear them. 
 I depart tomorrow afternoon, and I would like to at least once see this working before I return to Ohio for the next 10 months!
 (BTW, the two CW Skimmer instances on my laptop helped me make what appears to be the top Worldwide score in the CQWW 160 CW Contest this past weekend, operating in the Single Operator High Power Assisted category. It appears that my score may be larger than any other station, including the multi-ops! Loves me my CW Skimmers!) 
 73,  Jeff  PJ2/K8ND
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