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