Following on from the Yaesu FT-817 data mode set up guide, this page will take you through the steps required to set up and configure the Elecraft KX3 for data mode communication. The configuration of the Elecraft KX3 is a little different, well use the Microphone and headphone sockets to connect to Signalink sound card.
Making this work is relatively simple, it takes a couple of minutes to set up in the field once you've connected this all up a couple of times.
Why use the Tigertronics Signalink sound card? Well, for me it just works and it's easy to set up. I have used both internal and external standard PC sound cards for data modes, but these can be tricky to get working and can suffer from ground loops and fading along with other issues. I'd recommend the Signalink to keep things simple.
In this guide the following items are used:
Before connecting up, do ensure that your SignaLink is is configured correctly, this will involve taking the unit apart. It should have come with clear instructions on how to do this, alternatively go to the Tigertronics website for help.
There are four socket head screws on the front of the unit to remove, this allows you access to the configuration socket. Configuration is no problem and should not be too difficult to do. New units are supplied with precut link wires which work just fine. Alternatively there are pre-configured adapters available which will slot right in and eliminates the need for link wires.
Connect your Signalink, PC and radio as follows:
You'll need to install the driver and setup your Signalink sound card levels on your PC as described here: http://www.tigertronics.com/index.htm . It's easy to do and should not cause too many problems.
Switch on the KX3 and check your settings as shown below: