This is just a quick blog post showing you how I set up the Xiegu X6100 with Winlink Express. It really is very simple.
Before anything else, plug in the USB cable into the “DEV” USB-C socket of your x6100. When you turn the radio on, you’ll get two ports popping up in the ports section of the Windows Device manager. Make a note of those ports, and their speeds. At the moment I don’t understand the difference between the two different ports Serial A and Serial B. We will only be using one of them for Winlink Express.
The X6100 uses Icom rig control for communications between Winlink Express and itself. In Winlink Express choose “Icom Amateur Radios” as your radio. The Icom address doesn’t seem to matter. I didn’t change it from the ic-705 adress but it still worked fine. I chose “USB digital” for the mode. Even so, I still have to change the rig to USB-D manually, before starting a session.
For my setup the second serial port (Serial B) worked. The baud rate is 19200 with both RTS & DTR selected. Disable anything on the settings screen, not mentioned in this text. There’s also a diagram below.
I suspect the push-to-talk port is what’s making most of you pull your hair out. It’s unlike any of the others Xiegu radios. Simply select CI-V, 19200 Baud with RTS & DTR selected. Finally, click update and you’re on your way.
Select the correct device in VaraHF or VaraFM soundcard settings. Use the “Tune button” in Vara to adjust your outgoing audio gain. On the right hand side of the x6100 spectrum display , there is a meter showing ALC and Power output. Make certain your get your ALC as close to 100 as possible. On other rigs this setting is shown in the opposite manner. Lower ALC means cleaner signal on the IC-705 for example. On the X6100, G90 and X5105, a cleaner signal is represented by a higher ALC number. 0 ALC is crap, 100 ALC is perfect. I personally keep mine between 90-100. It is also important to point out, this is not a set it and forget it setting. It is dynamic! If you change bands, adjust your antenna, change antennas, have poor/different ground or any other weird variables, you’ll have to adjust in real time. So keep an eye on your ALC! After doing it a few times, it will become second nature.
HUOM! A cleaner signal is more easily decoded by stations we are communicating with!
When your audio device is set up, fire for effect, adjust as required. Now you are on your way.
If you are testing on 60 meters and getting no response from your rig, it is because the 60 meter band edges are incorrectly set up on the x6100. Use a non WARC band for your Winlink Express testing during setup, and you should be ok!
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