I quite like a break from CW by indulging in some Digital mode mayhem - especially there is a Contest on that I have not entered.
Instead of all the hassle that I used to expierience with the Yaesu and Icom - the K3-S is positivly friendly towards digital modes.
My setup is using a Mac-Book Pro i5 15" - so some of the easiness may be due to the Mac - but I rather think this should work with most modern laptops.
My Mac has 1 connection to the K3-S - and that is a USB connector (I think in Elecraft speak this is the KUSB). This is a USB Cable that has Serial capablilities due to the fact it uses the FTDII Chipset - very nice and simple solution.
And thats it !!
I have used Fldigi for quite some time - it is functional if not very pretty... but who cares.
Straight forward download and then install.
When installing I went carefully throught the setup options and chose the following 2 specfic setups (I am omitting name, callsign etc)
USB Audio Codec
- USB Audio Codec
This is the most critical - as this will allow you to control the PTT (Push to Talk) as well setting frequencies etc.
- Rig: Elecraft K3/JX3 (Beta)
- Device: /dev/cu.usbserial-A7004VW8 Note this will probably be called something slightly different on your Mac
- Baudrate: 38400
- Ptt Via Hamlib : Enable
- Audio on Auxiliary Port: Enable
Now Press Initialize - the frequency of your K3 should appear in fldigi.
There are plenty of guide around showing you how to accomplish these - time to go exploring.