Win4k3Suite Panadapter with DX Spots on the Waterfall . . .
Just when you thought you have seen everything – then there is THIS. DX spots on the waterfall – WOW – finally, a ham radio software designer who isn’t using 1980’s Visual Basic neanderthal UX/UI design, but someone who might even know who has heard of Edward Tufte.
My hand at trying to do “data visualization” a la Edward Tufte. I did get a great response from this . . .
I’ve had and used the P3, PX3 and HDSDR based panadapters. None of them wowed me like this one. Adding the station that is in the waterfall is just perfect. In this case, the hardware setup couldn’t be simpler- and this is because the KX-3 does all of the “heavy lifting” and offers data from its RF/IQ jack. I do think its just amazing what the KX-3 does in such a small box – the more I think of its architecture, the more I think its even better than the K3, and boy did I live my K3 – which I had for 10 years – the logest of any rig.
The Hardware Diagram for this setup [UPDATE: I found the Contour Shuttle Xpress to not be helpful – the knob on the KX-3 is better]
The KX-3 was fully loaded and I purchased from an op I know – who takes great care of his gear – it was truly like new and fully loaded – $1000. The Xonar was $89 and the Contour Shuttle Xpress was $58. The Shuttle Xpress is optional – the knob on the KX-3 is actually quite nice – but I saw another SDR blog where the fellow was crowing about how great the Shuttle Xpress is – and I hopefully will receive mine today. If you to be ultra portable, the KX-3, Xonar and Laptop are all you need. This would be an awesome setup for someone in a mobile home or camper. All can be charged using a portable solar charger . . . . if you want day hiker or back packer – go for the KX-2 – hi hi. This setup is “small-ish”. If you were doing SOTA work from State Parks in your car or van – this also would work very nicely.
Everytime I tried a panadapter before – after just a few hours I pretty much ignored it. You see, I learned how to DX using just my ears and being able to tune split and track the DX instinctively and wothout a second RX or dual watch or any other such nicety. HOWEVER – the dual watch on the KX-3 is AWESOME.
I really can’t say enough about this wonderful setup. Its crazy – but while I am drooling over the Elecraft K4, I am a lot more excited about this little setup. Here is a really funny thing – when I put the KX-3 next to my Collins Gold Dust Twins, and see what 1950’s top of the line was, and now what Elecraft is doing. WOW. Truly amazing – and truly fun.
Yeah – I think I still love this hobby. Look around – there is always something cool to spend your money on – hi hi