[WriteLog] Need advice

Randy Thompson K5ZD k5zd at charter.net
Sun Sep 2 08:54:39 EDT 2012

The most elegant SO2R box for WriteLog is the W5XD Keyer.  They are only
available on the resale market, but there couldn't be a simpler way to
handle the needs of SO2R switching for headphones and keyer.  For SSB you
use the sound card to handle mic switching.  For RTTY you will need two com
ports and simple transistor circuits to do the FSK keying. I have used this
setup for years with great success.

Randy, K5ZD

> -----Original Message-----
> From: WriteLog [mailto:writelog-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Dick-
> Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2012 1:30 AM
> To: CQ-Contesting Reflector; Writelog Reflector; N1MM Logger Reflector;
> RTTY Contesting Reflector
> Subject: [WriteLog] Need advice
> Hi guys & gals,
> I would like to get some advice as regards SO2R operating.  My station is
> not a super contest station by any stretch of the imagination.  So that
> you have an idea of what I have let me give a brief breakdown:
> Yaesu FT-950
> Yaesu FT-857D
> Ameritron AL-811A Amp (not used in contests) Palstar Tuner (Not auto-tune)
> Cushcraft A3S @ 34' on a Rohn 25 Tower with a Hazer 2 unit for raising &
> lowering the beam Butternut HF-9V ground mounted w/radials
> 80 Meter shortened dipole at 30'
> I also have a SignaLink USB that is hooked up to my FT-950.
> As you can see, a modest setup but it all works pretty well.  I live in an
> upscale mobile home retirement community, that, thankfully, allows beams
> and other antennas.
> I'd like to setup a modest SO2R operation for RTTY contesting.  I don't
> know if my station is equipped well enough to do that.  I am considering
> getting a DX-Doubler unit and if anybody on the contesting reflectors is
> using a DX-Doubler, I'd certainly like to communicate with you about the
> abilities of the unit and whether or not it will be all that I need.  Or
> maybe something I shouldn't even consider.
> I have some questions but not really sure what they should be, thus my
> need for help from some folks who are using a similar setup.  My main
> contesting program is Writelog and I also use N1MM.  Mainly though,
> Writelog.  I have had success with both programs and keep them up to date.
> I hope to run into some of you during the COQP (Colorado QSO Party)
> tomorrow (Sat., Sept. 1).
> 73,
> Dick W0RAA
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