SignaLink Mode Comparison


This table compares the modes supported by the SignaLink USB and SignaLink SL-1+ to other sound card interfaces.  A typical multimode TNC is also shown for comparison.  For a comparison of features, please click here.

NOTE:  We have listed the most popular digital and voice modes below, but not all supported modes are shown because there are simply too many to list.  Both the SignaLink USB and SignaLink SL-1+  support virtually ALL available sound card Digital and Voice modes, so in general, any communication program that is designed to transmit and receive using a sound card should work just fine with the SignaLink.  If you are concerned about being able to operate a specific mode that is not listed, then please feel free to contact us and we'll do our best to confirm whether or not that mode is supported.  Thank you.

 

Manufacturer

Tigertronics

Tigertronics

West
Mountain
Radio

West Mountain Radio

West Mountain Radio

MFJ

BuxComm

Typical Multimode TNC

Model

SignaLink
USB

SignaLink
SL-1+

RIGblaster
Plus

RIGblaster
Standard

RIGblaster
NOMIC

1275

Rascal

Various

8-PSK
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO
WINMOR
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO
WinLink 2000
HF & VHF/UHF
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
VHF/UHF Packet Only
WSPR
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
PSK31
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Depends on model
SSTV
YES1
YES1
YES
YES
YES1
YES
YES1
Depends on model
MT63
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
MFSK8
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
MFSK16
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
WSJT

JTMS, FSK441, ISCAT, JT6M, JT65, JT4, JT-9 (WSJT-X) ,
JT-65HF, etc.
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
ALE
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
HF & VHF PACKET
(300 & 1200 baud) 
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Depends on model
APRS
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Depends on model
INTERNET REPEATER LINKING / VoIP
(EchoLink®, etc.)
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
FM REPEATER CONTROLLER
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
FM REPEATER ANNOUNCEMENTS
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
RTTY
YES2
YES2
YES
YES2
YES2
YES2
YES2
YES
HELLSCHRIBER
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
PACTOR I
YES3
YES3
YES3
YES3
YES3
YES3
YES3
Depends on model
PACTOR II
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
Depends on model
CLOVER
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
Depends on model
CW / AFSK CW
MCW
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Depends on model
Direct Keyed CW
YES4
YES4
YES
NO
YES4
NO
NO
Depends on model
High Speed Meteor Scatter CW
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
NO
AMTOR/SITOR
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Depends on model
ASCII
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Depends on model
NAVTEX
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Depends on model
WEFAX
(HF & VHF Direct Satellite Reception)
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Depends on model
HAM FAX MODES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Depends on model
 

 

NOTES:

1.  SSTV is the only mode where you might frequently switch between digital operation (sending pictures) and voice operation (talking about that neat picture you just sent!).  If you plan on running SSTV, then we suggest that you connect the SignaLink to your radio's "Accessory" or "Data" jack, instead of the microphone jack. This will allow you to leave your microphone plugged in.  Some of these other sound card interfaces might also work with the Data and Accessory jacks (check with their manufacturer).

2.  The SignaLink and these other units support standard AFSK sound card RTTY, but not FSK RTTY.  For more information on this, please see "Does the SignaLink USB Support FSK?" in our SignaLink USB FAQ.

3.  Software for transmitting and receicing Pactor 1 is available for the Linux Operating System only.  Receive Only software for Pactor is available for Windows.  This is an issue with all sound card interfaces regardless of manufacturer, and is due to Pactor's licensing requirements.

4.  The SignaLink can be connected to your radio's CW Key jack for direct keyed CW.  Some of these other sound card interfaces might also work with the Key jack (check with their manufacturer).  For more information on this, please see "How do I operate direct keyed CW with the SignaLink?" in our SignaLink USB Technical FAQ.

 

The information shown in this table was gathered from manufacturers advertisements and is correct to the best of our knowledge.

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