ordering, it is
recommended that you read the Installation
Guide and its links. A working knowledge of
computers is MANDATORY for successful
installation and set up of this product. This includes the
ability to download and install software, install and configure sound
card drivers and some familiarity with Windows components such as
Device Manager, Task Manager and Windows Mixer. Before ordering the
LP-PAN 2 hardware, it is a good idea to download and install the
software (which is free) and get it configured to at least talk to the
rig via the CAT interface and produce noise from your built in sound
notice about SDR software: The LP-PAN IF decoder hardware works
with almost any SDR software program... WinRad, Rocky,
CW-Skimmer and various custom versions of the open source PowerSDRTM
program from FlexRadio Systems. The user can use any or all of the
above programs, many of which are freeware or open source. We recommend several programs which
are more tightly integrated with LP-Bridge.
Freeware from N8LP. LP-Bridge is the "glue" that ties everything together... rig, SDR app, loggers, RTTY apps, web clusters, CW Skimmer, etc. All the apps get access to the rig at the same time with a very simple to use interface. The original LP-Bridge is designed to work with the K3 and supports PowerSDR/IF, TRX-Pan and NaP3. LP-Bridge 2 (LPB2) works with the K3, Yaesu (FT-950/2000/5000) and Kenwood and supports PowerSDR/IF and NaP3.
The newest and most popular SDR for use with LP-PAN is NaP3 by Pete, F5VNB. It is freeware and based on WU2X's version of the FlexRadio Systems PowerSDRTM software, but includes some components of PowerSDRTM 2.0.16 as well as new skins that Pete developed. The feature set includes the best features of both of the above programs, plus some unique new features. This is our recommended program.
This is a unique and popular program from Alex, VE3NEA that is used to decode an entire band of CW signals and provide call signs and clickable spots to tune your rig to each station in the band. It can be used standalone with LP-PAN or in conjunction with LP-Bridge and one of the above SDR apps. This software is not free, but is relatively low cost. Go to Alex's CW Skimmer web page for details.
This is a comprehensive rig control program for the K3 / K3S, written by Tom, VA2FSQ. In addition to rig control, it provides a very nice panadapter screen which is loaded with features, including the ability to integrate spots into the display. The software is not free, but certainly worth looking at for K3 users. The program also supports the new spectrum display in N1MM Contest Logger, which provides a pan window with spots associated with the signals, sort of like NaP3. Tom also has a Yaesu version available at http://va2fsq.com/
A relatively new freeware entrant is TRX-Pan from Laurent, F6DEX. It does not provide an audio output of the tuned signal, but has some very nice graphic display features for users of rigs like K3 and FTdx5000 who don't need audio output. Larry, N8LP is a software contributor to this program as well. It is less cluttered and much easier to configure than variations of PowerSDRTM. It interfaces to either LP-Bridge or TRX-Manager.
Latest LP-PAN Installation/Setup/Operation guide with detailed instructions for installing and using the above programs.
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