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LP-PAN / LP-PAN 2 Panadapter
High performance IF based SDR
 
Available for Elecraft K2* and K3, Yaesu FT-950/2000**, Yaesu FTdx3000/5000, TenTec Orion* & Eagle*, Kenwood with 8.83 MHz IF output jack for SM-220/230 (TS-830,850,870,940,950).*

Preamp Kit for original LP-PAN...
LP-PAN Preamp  kit is available for original LP-PAN to improve weak signal display. The preamp is recommended for use with Yaesu FT-950/2000 and K3 (especially when used in conjunction with P3). It's use is optional for Kenwood and Yaesu FTdx5000. The noise floor improvement with FT-950/2000 and K3 is approximately 8dB, and with FTdx5000 it is 3-4dB. See ordering section for pricing details.

 *K2 and Orion require rig modification to add IF output port. See links for details. First-run Eagles require TenTec factory installed IF output jack. Recent Eagles come with the jack. TS-830S does not have CAT control. N4PY or HRD is required for CAT control of Orion/Eagle. ** FT-950/2000 requires 3rd party interface board.

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Gallery of LP-PAN Installations
 





  

Reviews:
 
 Visit eHam.net Product Review page for LP-PAN.

February 2009 QST Product Review of LP-PAN.
 
Reprinted with permission of ARRL.


Installation, Setup and Operation of LP-PAN and Supporting Software

Legacy Assembly Manuals

Useful Links (FAQ, sound card info, user group, etc.)

Detailed Specs, Performance Measurements, etc.

SDR Software for use with LP-PAN

New: P3SVGA vs. LP-PAN / NaP3 Comparison



Ordering:

LP-PAN 2 is in stock. Orders can still be shipped in time for
domestic Christmas delivery using the following schedule:

Friday, 12-19... Priority Mail, Fedex Saver (3-day).
Saturday, 12-20... Priority Mail for most US destinations.
Monday, 12-22... Priority Mail for destinations close to Michigan, Fedex 2nd Day.
Tuesday, 12-23... Fedex Overnight.

Please order by Noon. Online orders will be shipped via Priority Mail. Please phone
734-455-3716 to place orders for Fedex delivery.

73, and Merry Christmas
Larry & Janet & the gang.


The current price is $250USD. 


NOTE:
LP-PAN 2 IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE AS A KIT.

LP-Preamp kits for retrofitting into older LP-PANs are in stock and can be ordered on the LP-PAN Preamp page, here. Note: The preamp is not required with LP-PAN 2, which has one built in.

Software for use with LP-PAN is available from several sources. Most is free.

WARNING: Before ordering, it is recommended that you read the Installation Guide.  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 check out 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.


Use the following steps to order LP-PAN 2.

1) Select Shipping Option in the first pulldown menu below, based on your geographical region. Select Rig Type, then click Add to Cart. This will take you to the PayPal cart to verify that the LP-PAN is added to the cart.  NOTE: For overseas delivery, Express Mail is faster and provides tracking to almost all destinations, but costs more.
Email us for expedited shipping via Fedex.

2) Complete PayPal Check Out to complete your order. You can use a credit card or PayPal balance as the funding source for your purchase. You don't need to have a PayPal account. Just choose "Check Out" or "Check Out with PayPal" to complete your transaction.

If you are ordering with two crystals, please contact us by email with the rig information for the 2nd rig.

Note: APO, FPO: Select USPS Priority Mail service for shipping (and thanks for your service).
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After ordering, you will receive an immediate confirmation from PayPal, and a confirmation from TelePost within a few hours. If you don't receive a confirmation from TelePost, please email us to make sure that your order was received by us. If you don't receive these confirmations, you might also check your spam folder for the messages.

Payment can also be made by credit card at 734-455-3716, or regular mail at:
TelePost Inc.

49100 Pine Hill Dr.
Plymouth, MI 48170

NOTE: PayPal orders are processed immediately, even if shipment is a few weeks away. Credit card orders placed by phone won't be processed until shipment is imminent. 



LP-PAN Manual:  (scroll down for LP-PAN 2 manual)


Manual for serial numbers 1-207

Manual for serial numbers 208 -308

Manual for serial numbers 309 - 513

Manual for serial numbers 514 -799


Assembly Manual for serial numbers 800 +

Note: Older manuals should only be used for assembly of older kits. Once finished, the current manual should be used for setup and operation.

Current LP-PAN High Resolution schematic



LP-PAN 2 Manual: 

Assembly Manual for LP-PAN 2



Useful Links:


LP-PAN FAQ Important reading to address just what the LP-PAN can and can't do.

LP-PAN User Group Join for latest news, feedback, support, etc. This is the preferred place to post questions and comments on LP-PAN. Please limit use of the Elecraft reflector for LP-PAN specific questions.

System Requirements Recommended minimum PC hardware configurations.

Sound Card Info Please read before deciding on a sound card.

K3 Buffer Mod Simple mod that improves noise floor of panadapter display by reducing loss in the K3 IF output. Not required except for very early K3s. The link takes you the Files section of the LP-PAN User Group. Elecraft offers a mod kit very similar to this as well, which is incorporated into current production K3s.

Z10000 buffer kit from Clifton Laboratories (Jack, K8ZOA) to add an IF port to the K2 and Orion.

K2 Mods: You will find detailed K2 installation information in the Z10000 manual.

Orion Mods: Rick VE7TK has posted this paper on Orion modification. HRD and N4PY software also support Orion and LP-PAN. Rick also has this paper on configuring N4PY software with PowerSDR/IF v1.19.35. K2 will be fully supported in LP-Bridge soon, but currently can be controlled using HRD. Roberto, EB4EQA, has published a similar paper with some interesting differences here.

IF-2000 Interface board for FT-950/2000, manufactured by RF Space, is available from HRO. This is required to use LP-PAN with these radios. This board is a third party product, and was originally designed for use with RF Space's panadapter product. It is successfully being used by a number of LP-PAN users with excellent results. We are looking into creating a more cost effective version of the board, if demand is sufficient.




SDR Software for use with LP-PAN            

Important 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.

LP-Bridge... http://www.telepostinc.com/LPB.html
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.

NaP3... http://www.telepostinc.com/NaP3.html
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.

CW-Skimmer
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.


TRX-Pan... http://www.telepostinc.com/TRXP.html
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 v1.19.3.5... http://www.telepostinc.com/PSDR.html
The first really good SDR for use with a rig's IF output is FlexRadio Systems PowerSDRTM software v1.19.3.5, 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.




NaP3 Expanded
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NaP3 Compressed
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TRX-Pan
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PowerSDR/IF ver. 1.19.3.5
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