Category Archives: Interfaces

Flex 1500 and the Hercules DJ Control MP3 E2

Hercules and Flex, sounds like something from a muscle magazine. However, Hercules can make your Flex Radio more flexible. Ok, what the heck am I talking about. Let’s start at the beginning. The Hercules DJ Control MP3 E2 is a midi controller that is a hardware controller used with DJ mixing software. The controller is used to allow the DJ to have hands-on control of the mixing software through the controller. The Hercules DJ control is small and compact, but offers to large jog wheels, 6 fixed rotary controllers, 2 endless rotary controllers, 3 sliders, and 36 pushbuttons. Normally these controls are mapped to a DJ music program. Since the Hercules DJ Control MP3 E2 is an USB Midi device, other software that accepts Midi input can be mapped to use the controller. This is just what Tobias DH1TW has done with the Hercules controller and PowerSDR. Tobias has developed a “bridge” program that when combined with PowerSDR allows you to use the Hercules DJ Control MP3 E2 to control the various functions of PowerSDR. You can also customize the controller to your own personal tastes bu mapping the controllers’ knobs,sliders, and jog wheels to PowerSDR functions. In the end …

Using the iPad to Control Your Rig

The iPad is indeed a magical device. There are many applications the iPad can be used for, but did you know that you can use it as a Touch Controller for controlling your radio or other digital software? Therefore, freeing up your main computer screen for displaying data you need to see, while the iPad delivers touch control or remote control capabilities. If you don’t already own an iPad, this may be a great excuse to get one! You will find several uses for the iPad as a Touch Controller for your Amateur Radio software or even a Remote Monitor for your radio. For example the Touch Controller setup can come in very handy when you want to leave your PSK31 decoding software on your main computer screen while controlling your rig with the touch screen on the iPad. This could also come in handy during a contest where you need fast and easy control of your rig. It is also possible to use the iPad as a Remote Monitor for your radio. The Remote Monitor would allow you to pick up the iPad and go to another location in your home and control and monitor your radio, or even …

3D Connexion Devices Revisited

You know we are fond here at Ham Radio Science of the 3D Connexion controllers for controlling PowerSDR and other Amateur Radio software. The first article covered using the 3D Connexion Space Pilot to control the tuning function in PowerSDR. A small hack was discussed that would allow you to map the devices buttons to other functions of PowerSDR. Main tuning is accomplished by manipulating the knob on the 3D Connexion device. However, this only works because the developers of PowerSDR included a plugin that talks to the 3D connection device. As a matter of fact, any program that can use the 3D Connexion device has to have this plugin built in. Unfortunately, this makes the device only usable with very few programs. In the previous article, we could get the 3D Connexion device buttons to trigger keyboard commands in other programs, but the knob was useless in all other Amateur Radio Software but PowerSDR.…

Using the 3D Connexion Space Pilot with PowerSDR

PowerSDR supports 3D Connexion devices such as the Space Navigator for control of tuning your SDR radio. If you are not familiar with 3D Connexion devices, they are basically a large knob that sits on your desktop. The Space Navigator series is primarily the knob surrounded by a cool blue lighted ring with 2 buttons on the side. The Space Pilot series is the knob mounted in a larger case with more buttons that can be mapped and a display that shows the mappings. The knob twists (does not turn), can be pushed up, down, left, right, pulled up, and pushed down to control objects in 3D environments. The devices purpose is primarily to be used with 3D drawing programs. They are a lot of fun with applications such as Google Earth. The thing to remember is that unlike a lot of desktop controllers it can’t be mapped to work with just any old Windows or Mac program. The applications have to have a plugin from the software developer installed to allow the knob to be used to control the program. However, you can map the buttons for your own use to most any program. Hopefully 3d Connexion will make …