Win4K3suite added to shack.

Win4kSuite up and running
I have decided to change up my rig control software to Win4K3 suite I downloaded the trial version and was very impressed. I would had done it sooner but my PC was not up to the grade to properly run Win4K3 software and to be honest it was long over due for a PC upgrade. The PC was upgraded and if your interested that can be viewed here.  I decided to purchase the Win4k3 software (50.00) and change from my long time N4PY's Pegasus Plus rig control program. Carls Pegasus Plus program is very good and the support that Carl offers is excellent but I found the Win4k3 software was more catered to my Elecraft rigs. Once installed you have full rig control including the Elecraft P3, KPA500 amp and KAT500 tuner and the Sub receiver if you have these installed. (I did have the sub but sold it and I look back on that with regret)  I have the K3, P3 and KX3. The software installation has very good documentation and there are videos as well. Im the type of person who picks up much more from videos than written instructions. With the Win4K3 suite I was able to have PC control of all my K3 functions that some other software programs did not offer, such functions as spot, test, equalizer setup, terminal program, cw decode, Auto tuner and APF just to name a few. I also have the Elecraft P3 and with my PC upgrade I added a VGA capture board and since my P3 already had the SVGA board installed I N1MM contest software and Log40M. (More about Log40M in another post…. great software)
P3 on the monitor
was able to add point and click with my mouse to my P3 and this is great during contests. The SVGA board also allows me to view my P3 on a second monitor and mine being a 22" LCD monitor the P3 looks great on it. This software also has the availability to set up virtual ports. Now in the past just hearing "setting up virtual ports" made me nervous I really never had to much luck setting them up and getting them to work! With Win4K3 suite VA2SFQ makes it almost plug and play with both very detailed easy to follow steps and software that makes it painless…..and best of all IT WORKS!! The 3rd party software I set up to "play" with Win4K3 so far are If you have either the Elecraft k3 or KX3 (I have not setup my KX3 rig with the Win4k3 yet) and you are looking at PC controlled software then consider downloading Tom's trial version and give it a go!

Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

7 Responses to “Win4K3suite added to shack.”

  • Harry k7zov:

    I have been using Win4K3Suite for about 4 years now. My main computer is a Gateway quad core laptop now running Win 10. It controls, though win4K3, my K3 and KPA500 and KAT100. No video capture. I have used the same computer to control my KX3, KXAP100 and KXAT100. The software makes all the features extremely easy to used and quite frankly makes the whole K3 K-Line and KX3 KX-Line experience a joy. I use Log4OM that is launched from inside of Win4K3Suite also.

    I have used Win4K3Suite with my ACER W3 8 inch tablet with Win 8.1, my ACER Netbook running XP. I have had it running with Win 7 also. Just make sure you down load the right version. There is a 32 bit and 64 bit version. My tablet and netbook run 32 bit and my Gateway laptop runs the 64 bit version.

    As far as I am concerned, this was one of my better $50 investments in my radios… BTW if you have a KX3 and a external soundcard you get a free Panadator/Bandscope. One the really works…

    73 Happy New Year Mike and everyone..

    Harry K7ZOV

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Harry very nice to hear from you, I rebuilt my PC with the following Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard, AMD 8320 8 core processor at 3.5 GHz, 8 Gb (2×4) of DDR3 ram at 1600 mhz. There was no reason to replace the 3 onboard HD’s as they are running like a charm. The video card as well was just upgraded before the PC rebuild was done so I kept that as well. I am running Win 7 64 bit and I upgraded from WinXP. I have not as of yet run my KX3 on Win4k3suite as my time has been taken up with getting the hang of the software on my K3.
    Have a great New Year Harry and again very nice hearing from you.
    73, Mike

  • Harry K7ZOV:

    Mike,

    Once you figure out how to get around with the K3 K-Line you are 90% ready for the KX3 and KX3-line. Win4K3Suite is so well put together that learning either radio first will get your ready for the other. Have fun… I just got off the air with my K3 and yes I use Win4K3 to help me with the equalizers on the fly, tune and play with the NB and NR… 40 meters needs help at times and this makes it very easy…

    73 Harry

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Harry, good to hear and thats what I plan on doing just sticking with the K3 first and then move on to the KX3. It is nice to have the K3 adjustments right on the screen and as you say you can play with them.
    Have a great week Harry
    73 Mike

  • Ernest Gregoire AA1IK:

    I’ve been using this suite for a couple of years now, and like it very much. The only caveat I had was with HRD’s Logging program. It is supposed to work seamlessly with Win4K3, but it would not automatically transfer the call sign to the log. Small issue really. I cut and paste it to the log just as easily.

    The original trouble was due to a piece of software from Rig Blaster. I bought one of their interface devices to use with another rig. This caused a conflict with Win4K3 because both companies use the same driver. Even after wiping out the Rig Blaster software, and sending the device back, Win4K3 will not automatically paste the worked call sign into the HRD log.

    But as I said earlier, its not a big deal, and this problem is not the fault of Win4K3 Suite.

    It works very, very well. I use it primarily for CW. I have not poked around trying to use it for PSK.

    All in all, I really like this program.

    73 de AA1IK

    Ernest Gregoire

  • Ernest Gregoire AA1IK:

    Clarification; When I say ‘both companies’ I was referring to my MKII keyer from Micro ham, which I use for other rigs, and the Rig Blaster.

    sorry for the confusion

    de AA1IK

    Ernest Gregoire

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Ernest and very nice to hear from you, It great to read both from you and Harry how much you like the software and you both are long time users of it. In the past Ernest I have had software on my PC and if I just used the Windows unistall program it still leaves some files on the PC. Maybe try doing a search using the word “rig blaster” you may fine some INI files buried and will have to delete them. What has worked every time for me is when I re-formate the hard drive but that is a drastic step. Hope you have had a very restful holiday and thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.
    73, Mike

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