DXLab Suite Winwarbler PSK31 Configuration

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Anyone remember PSK31? It seems like WSJT-X and FT8 took over the digital realm, however PSK31 is still alive and well. I have revived my interest for PSK31 using WinWarbler (the digital program in the DXLab Suite). Once configured WinWarbler works flawlessly and operating PSK31 is very easy. However, there are some hidden gems in WinWarbler that make PSK31 a true delight operating.

Installing WinWarbler

I installed the DXLab Suite using the automatic method and DXLab Launcher. This is the easiest method and I have a couple of other articles. I won’t go into detail here. Please visit my last article: DXLab Suite Winwarbler MMTTY RTTY FSK Configuration.

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Configuring WinWarbler for PSK31 Operation

When I first got WinWarbler working with PSK31 I wasn’t very impressed. The default waterfall is black and white. The hidden gems lie in the WinWarbler PSK Configuration tab. I am not saying this is perfect and will suit everyone, but give it a try.

  • Changing the waterfall display from mono to synthetic added the color. Increasing the waterfall gain, baseline clipping and FFT averaging made it even better.
  • In the General tab I added some preset frequencies and edited the operating Mode selection.
  • I left the Display tab alone. The defaults are colorful and look great.
  • I made minor changes, which are not completely necessary, to the Broadband Decode (BBD) tab. I’ll have to revisit that one again because I notice duplicate signals in the BBD window.
  • PTT and the Soundcard tabs remained the same since I have been using WinWarbler for RTTY operation.

Screenshots of WinWarbler Configuration

Configuring Macros for PSK31

At first I honestly believed it was too hard to configure Macros in WinWarbler, but once I finished reading the Help files, it is actually very easy. I’ll show you how I did it in the video below.

If you like, you can download my PSK31 Marco file here (right click, save link as) and use it in WinWarbler. It’s easy to edit.

A couple of nice macro commands (see WinWarbler macros):

  1. <greeting> Displays Good morning, Good afternoon, Good evening or Good day. Depending on the time of day. Some conditions apply.
  2. <lastqso> Sends a string of text when the last QSO was. Some conditions apply.

Video

 

If you have any questions please comment below. This will help others as well. Thank you for dropping by and I hope you found this article informative and useful.

Best 73,

Rich, K0PIR

Sources:

DXLab Suite Homepage

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Comments

  1. I followed your directions for setting up WinWarbler but the screen image is too large and I cannot see the waterfall display. I tried adjusting the message boxes but can’t make that part smaller so I can see the waterfall. Any ideas?

    1. Author

      Hi Bill,

      The waterfall shows up when in digital modes like PSK and RTTY. When the radio is in SSB there isn’t a waterfall. I mention this just in case, hi!

      You should be able to grab the top of the window with your mouse and shrink the size of the window. If that doesn’t work, you could try right-clicking in the Microsoft Windows taskbar and select “Cascade windows”. See if that brings it to a manageable size. Size it with the mouse.

      Rich, K0PIR

  2. Thanks for your response. I did get it fixed by changing (reducing) the resolution on my display which made the image fit with the waterfall showing. When I reset my resolution to normal (high) the image did not change back so the waterfall was still showing. For some reason I am not getting any audio input into the WW so I am rechecking the settings. Heavy snow here in MN interfered with my antenna so I getting set to try it again. Bill

    1. Author

      Hi Bill,

      Good to hear from you. Yes, sometimes my Windows get misconfigured and I have to reset things. Recently, when I got a new monitor I had a little trouble getting everything to look right.

      At times my audio will get misconfigured too and I need to go back and look at the Soundcard tab, Reception and Transmission. That’s usually where the problem lies. It happens to me in other programs too.

      Take care and 73,

      Rich, K0PIR

  3. Hi Bill,

    Tnx for explaine the working of WinWarbler
    I have configurate the same as you But 1 thing I have
    In my log page of Winwarbler also the fields User define And I see in youre video that you do not have this
    so I how can I’m dissable this ? tnx
    Rien, PA7RA

    1. Author

      Hi Rein,

      It’s nice to hear from you and thank you for the question. I am not sure if I understand it, but I’ll try.

      If you have a column showing in the log as user-defined you can define it by going to Config and then the Log tab. Under Log Page Display use the Item and drop down list to define it as something.

      The way to remove a column while viewing your log is to use your mouse on the separating lines.

      Have a look at this video: DXKeeper Getting Started

      I hope this helps and answers your question. It’s a little hard to describe.

      Rich, K0PIR

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