Re: G8 signal strength meter
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Jim you would really love the USB mod on the G8. You can completely turn the soft mute off and select the filter you want then disconnect it from the computer and use it in a normal manner away from the computer till power down and with good rechargeable batteries you can leave it on for days.
In some ways the G8 is superior to the PL-380 when set up on the computer. The Pl-380 still has a touch of soft mute. I turn the soft mute completely off with the software and the 1Khz filter sounds a bit clearer on the G8 as it has a different audio stage configuration and seems to be more punchy with a higher tone. I am really looking forward to trying out the 1.8Khz bandwidth and the 2.5Khz bandwidth, gradual roll off selections in the new Si4734-C40 ver40 firmware. I think the new PL-380 2009.9 ver2 may have the new chip but I don't think they have the new filter selection available.
You are probably better off with the clock selected because if you listen carefully on certain frequencies when you have the meter selected you can hear the local MCU perform the Received Signal Quality (RSQ) update. This is more noticeable with a larger loopstick.
--- In ultralightdx@..., "jim_kr1s" wrote:
> --- In ultralightdx@..., Tony Germanotta
> germanotta.tony@ wrote:
> > So would you avoid the soft mute or the zero reading by merely keying
> in 1209 instead of 1210, for instance? Or by setting the step to 9Khz
> rather than 10 for transatlantic stations? It doesn't seem to do
> anything for me, but that would be a rather simple way to eliminate the
> soft mute, which doesn't seem to bother me nearly as much as most folks
> here. I am still amazed at what this little chip can do.
> The soft mute really gets annoying when there are two signals on the
> same frequency but slightly out of phase. If you're tuned to the
> station's frequency, whether on 9- or 10-kHz channel, and it's strong
> enough, the soft mute won't be a problem. But it can turn on even when
> you're right on the frequency if the station fades. Just as they ID, on
> the downward slope of a fade, the bloody soft mute turns on and makes it
> even harder to hear. Arrrrggggh.
> When DXing splits I start on-frequency, but sometimes go up or down 1
> kHz to get away from interference. I always use headphones, so even if
> the s-m goes on, there's usually enough audio. I find it more of a
> problem on crowded channels, like the Graveyards. Sounds like a steam
> locomotive high-balling it.
> Because I have the radio on a turntable I can't see the meters much of
> the time anyway, so I rarely bother with them when DXing. In fact,
> lately I've been keeping the display set to show UTC time, as my little
> UTC clock found its way back to the portable ham station container!
> (I've always logged in GMT/UTC.)
> Jim, KR1S