Using JT65HF on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7

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This program is required for operating the HF weak signal digital modes. Follow the recommended settings given below and you should not have any problems.

1. Download the JT65HF set-up file (.exe) from Download setupJT65-HF1060.exe

2. Install at least two sets of com0com ports for use with PTT and frequency control. Learn about and install com0com.

3. Download and follow the latest version of the Set-Up instructions from the JT65HF Setup and Use Guide.

a. Before testing the PTT button, be sure that "DTR" is checked. The alternative PTT method is not required.

b. For best decoding of weak signals, PowerSDR's AGC should be set to custom and the AGC-T adjusted for 0dB audio input level.

4. Install Virtual Audio Cable (VAC). Follow FlexRadio instructions at: How to Setup Virtual Audio Cable (VAC) 4.0x with PowerSDR 1.x

5. Change the calibration values as described in the FlexRadio Knowledge Base article:How to Configure WSJT with PowerSDR and VAC

6. Frequency and band changes are still done manually at this date.

7. A good frist test will be to tune to WWV on DIGU and set your RX with RIT to -1500 Hz. You should see a solid line at the reference or center frequency. If not adjust your frequency calibration so that it is on the mark. W9KFB's RX required a correction value of 1.00004692000000 at 5MHz with excaliber installed. While you are at WWV also check the time ticks with the PC clock so you know that your time synchronization is working. The -1 KHz tick should set on the either end of the red line each minute.

8. Real time task management - This software set is very sensitive to throughput, and the lack of throughput will prevent successful decoding and sending signals. Watch for signs of task interference on the waterfall displays. If you see such signs, take steps to remove the interfering tasks.