Radio Field Notes

PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2020

Beware, this is a constant work in progress and may not reflect the most optimal settings.

Last Update: 2021-03-31

This page represents a list of the notes I have taken during my operations of the various radios I own. This is no means an authoritative source on the most suitable settings for each radio, but these are the settings that seem to work best for me. If you choose to use these settings your mileage my very. Check back often as I learn new things about each radio and how they work with the various digital modes out there. These notes are specifically in relations applications running under Linux.

Yaesu FTDX 3000D

Digital Modes

The following menu settings have been changed from the default settings.

Menu Item Option
038 GENERAL CAT RATE 38400bps
065 MODE CW PC KEYING DTR
067 MODE DATA DATA MODE OTHERS
069 MODE DATA OTHER DISP (SSB) 1500Hz
070 MODE DATA OTHER SHIFT (SSB) 1500Hz
073 MODE DATA DATA HCUT FREQ 3600Hz
075 MODE DATA DATA IN SELECT USB
077 MODE DATA DATA OUT LEVEL 100
079 MODE DATA DATA VOX DELAY 100msec
111 RX DSP IF NOTCH WIDTH NARROW
116 RX DSP HF PSK SHAPE SOFT
117 RX DSP HF PSK SLOPE GENTLE
181 TX GNRL VOX GAIN 10
182 TX GNRL VOX DELAY 100msec

Rig Control

Flrig

For the most part Flrig works right out of the box with such applications as Fldigi, QSSTV and WSJTX. Within the rig control settings of each application Flrig needs to be selected without any other settings. Flrig will handle any interaction with the radio, so there isn’t a need for the application to provide any additional rig control. I do however run into situations where Flrig looses control of the radio and refuses to connect. This typically happens if a second instance of Flrig is started. Sometime unplugging the USB cable from the radio and plugging it back in and selecting the correct USB serial interface within the settings will resolve the issue. A reboot my need to be performed should this not resolve the connectivity issues with Flrig. As a bonus Flrig has the FTDX 3000 defined within it’s list of radios supported through the UI. No more selecting “Yaesu FTDX 5000” like you have to do when using Hamlib.

Voice Modes

The following menu settings have been changed from the default settings.

Menu Item Option
104 MODE SSB SSB TX BPF TTBF
121 RX DSP HF SSB SLOPE STEEP
160 TX AUDIO PRMTRC EQ1 LEVEL -6
161 TX AUDIO PRMTRC EQ1 BWTH 2
162 TX AUDIO PRMTRC EQ2 FREQ 900
163 TX AUDIO PRMTRC EQ2 LEVEL -6
164 TX AUDIO PRMTRC EQ2 BWTH 2
165 TX AUDIO PRMTRC EQ3 FREQ 2400
166 TX AUDIO PRMTRC EQ3 LEVEL 6
167 TX AUDIO PRMTRC EQ3 BWTH 2
169 TX AUDIO P-PRMTRC EQ1 LEVLE -6
171 TX AUDIO P-PRMTRC EQ2 FREQ 900
172 TX AUDIO P-PRMTRC EQ2 LEVEL -6
173 TX AUDIO P-PRMTRC EQ2 BWTH 2
174 TX AUDIO P-PRMTRC EQ3 FREQ 2400
175 TX AUDIO P-PRMTRC EQ3 LEVEL 6
176 TX AUDIO P-PRMTRC EQ3 BWTH 2