FWIW, I use two K2/100s in my SO2R contest station. I use TRlog contest
software. TRlog has a command called EXCHANGERADIOS that immediately swaps
the frequencies in the two rigs (i.e. frequency on rig A replaces freq on
rig B and vice-versa). I find this useful if I'm tuning on one band while
CQing on the other and then decide to start CQing on the opposite band.
Even though I've got my station set up to have either rig as the "prime"
rig, I prefer my left rig as my run rig. I've also used my two K2s to tune
on the same band as I'm CQing. This requires a separate antenna as far away
from my transmitting antenna as possible. I use an old vertical for same
band tuning. It isn't the greatest antenna, but that is OK since I have the
ability to quickly swap frequencies with the EXCHANGERADIOS command. I can
realistically get within 15 KHz of my transmitted signal without too much of
a problem copying stations. My same band vertical is only 100 feet from my
transmitting quads because that is all the room I have. I could never have
done this with my old IC-765s. The K2s are THAT good at close in rejection!
There is also a SWAPRADIOS command that swaps the key, mic, headphones and
logged frequency to the other radio. The swapping is controlled by a pin in
the parallel port changing state. That pin can be use with Top-Ten Devices
DXDoubler, your own interface (as I use) or several other manufacturers SO2R
boxes. The downside to TRlog for some people is that TRlog is a DOS program
and probably will never be ported over to Windows, but it handles all the
packet interfacing, rig interfacing and contest logging I will ever use.
I second that recommendation. I have been using TLF with both my K2
and my TS-570 for general logging as well as contests for several
years. I use also use xlog, but so far only in conjunction with
gmfsk for logging digital modes. I'm going to switch to xlog for all
non-contest logging, since it supports the printing of QSL labels.
On Nov 25, 2005, at 5:04 PM, Alexandru Csete wrote:
Two things to tell you that may apply and help. One, you won't need
Hamlib for the Marote and Xlog combination. Marote sends QSO info
directly into Xlog. Second, if you happen to use SuSE, they put qmake in
a place outside the usual path. You'll have do use Konqueror's Find
command to get qmake's path and then execute the one-time command to
make Marote on your system, after that you can just type in marote and
I am currently wondering exactly what to do on the K2 front - I may buy the
IC-7000 because it has 2m and 70cms and can be taken out portable (with a
decent battery), also some of my portable locations have 220 volts available
and there are some very small switch-mode power supplies available. The
IC-7000 would solve quite a few problems in one easy-to-shift package - want
to get out on 2m, 70cms as well as HF.
Not being able to adjust the K2 TX frequency via CAT control makes the K2 +
transverter option unrealistic for satellite use, this would have been my
main use for the K2. The IC-7000 can be adjusted while in transmit.
The IC-7000 downside is RX current drain (1.2A), but solar cells can
compensate for this. Cost-wise it's much cheaper than the K2 + options +
transverters, but obviously the K2 is a different beast. And I have the KX-1
/ K1 / T1 combination anyway.
On the satellite side I am really waiting for the P3E satellite and may
stick to the 1.3 / 2.4 (and higher) GHz side of things anyway as I'm sure
the 2m / 70cms transponder will be pretty full.
What I think will happen is that I'll become familiar with the K1 first,
then try a side-by-side comparison with the K2 while out portable. I see the
K2 purchase being put back a year or maybe two - we'll just have to see.
Maybe a visit to FDIM in 2006 is needed to help make the decision - if
finances and US passport requirements permit.