ordering, it is
recommended that you read the Installation
A working knowledge of computers is very desirable. Most users have
had no unusual problems setting up the software, but PowerSDR can be a
little tricky on some systems, especially for overseas users. It is recommended that you install and
all the software before even ordering LP-PAN. Just use an audio source
such as the output of the K3. The display will only show the center
3kHz of spectrum, and there will be no image rejection, but everything
should work properly otherwise. It
is especially recommended if you are in another country to check the
software in advance to make sure that it works with your country's
regional settings in Windows.
Installing the latest drivers for your chosen sound card and your OS is essential to smooth operation. Studying the Sound Card page is recommended, as well as the Setup & Configuration page for your selected sound card. Reading the mail on the LP-PAN User Group can also be quite useful. With hundreds of LP-PAN systems in the field, there are plenty of users who can help if you run into problems.
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.
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.
PowerSDRTM v126.96.36.199... http://www.telepostinc.com/PSDR.html
The first really good SDR for use with a rig's IF output is FlexRadio Systems PowerSDRTM software v188.8.131.52, modified and supported by WU2X. It incorporates a number of specific improvements to optimize its use as a panadapter, and integration with a real radio. It has been out of development for a number of years, though, and been largely replaced bu NaP3, which is based on it.
Latest LP-PAN Installation/Setup/Operation guide with detailed instructions for installing and using the above programs.
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