In mid November I sold my Kenwood TS-590 to finance the purchase of an Elecraft KX3 and become a full time QRP operator. One of the advantages of the KX3 is SDR I/Q output, which can be used to drive a panadapter. After some fidling around, I have a configuration that works with the popular NaP3 software and thought I would share the highlights in hope of saving you some effort. This is by no means an exhaustive setup and configuration guide for NaP3, but it should be enough to get you started. Remember you can click on the images to enlarge them.
For this example I have used the integrated sound card in my PC and have not yet put a ground loop isolator inline which are both opportunities for improvement.
We begin by manipulating the input sound card port configuration as shown above. This will vary somewhat from sound card to sound card, but we want to be sure that we are capturing two channels and that the sampling rate is set at the maximum your card supports, which may take some experimentation and is not necessarily the highest sampling rate shown in the drop down.
Here on the setup tab of the NaP3 configuration, we need to select the sound card input we are using and where we would like NaP3 to output decoded audio. Once again we have the option to manipulate the sampling rate, which as you can see is 48k for my sound card. In addition, we need to select “Elecraft K3” for the Rig Type and specify our CAT parameters. I began this adventure trying to use the “Elecraft KX3” Rig Type, but I found it to not work very well.
Here is the “fun” part, at least it was for me until I started banging my head on the desk. Be sure to set your “Global Offset” to 0 and select “Swap I/Q Channels”. The “IF Frequency Offsets” is where you will have to spend some time playing. The method I used was to tune to WWV in CW mode on the KX3 and determine the differential between the frequency displayed on the KX3 and the panadapter display. I then set the offset to compensate. To configure the offset for USB and LSB modes, I reduced the offset by the amount equal to my CW sidetone. This should get you pretty close, but may still require a little tweaking. Feel free to try my numbers, but I am unsure if they are valid from KX3 to KX3.
If you determine some other method to set the offsets, please let me know as this is the most time consuming portion of the configuration.
When it is all over, this is similar to what you will end up with, a nice broad view of the spectrum centered on your rigs current frequency!