X5105 owners, I could really use your help!
[UPDATE: Thank you for the assistance! See procedure below.]
You may recall that I’m evaluating the X5105 on loan from Radioddity. Overall, I’ve been pretty impressed with this budget transceiver when I’ve taken it to the field.
I need a mystery solved though: How in the heck does one set up and use CW memory keying–?
The owner’s manual has been no help and I actually feel like it’s referencing an earlier firmware version.
In fact, from what I gather reading the earliest manual, it used to be super simple to both record and play back CW memory keyer messages. There were three memories labeled RE1, RE2, and RE3 that you could activate with three of the four quick menu buttons under the display. I would love that sort of accessibility, but I gather it’s no longer an option.
I’ve yet to find an explanation for using CW memory keying in the current version of the X5105 firmware.
Please comment if you could describe the procedure or point me to documentation that explains it. I could really use your guidance! Thank you in advance!
Update: How to use X5105 CW Memory Keying
Many thanks to Gary (KE2YK) and many others for the following procedure:
To configure the 10 CW memory messages:
- Go to Menu 3 by pressing the MENU button until 3 appears beneath the power meter on the display.
- Hit MSG
- Select MSG number with VFO (Tuning Knob)
- Press the EDIT button
- Scroll through letters / numbers with the VFO and hit INS for each selection
- When letter/number selections are complete, press SAVE
- Repeat for each custom message and when done, hit QUIT
To play the preset messages:
- Go to Menu 5 by pressing the MENU button until 5 appears beneath the power meter on the display.
- Select DIGI
- Select CWDEM from mode choices (leftmost button in menu 5) by pressing the button until CWDEM appears
- Repeatedly hit MSG to select specific message number
- Press PTT on body of rig or perhaps press PTT on mic. This will send the selected message one time.
To exit, hit MENU for other menu selections
No doubt, for CW memory playback, this is cumbersome. In fact, if Xiegu doesn’t update the firmware with an easier way to initiate playback (as they had in the original firmware version), I see that I’ll only use memory position 1 for calling CQ. I wouldn’t want to go through the trouble of selecting a different message for playback in the field and in the middle of an exchange. That’s just too clunky to be practical.
I’ve sent a note to Xiegu about this. With any luck, perhaps they’ll improve the firmware for easier operation.
Thank you again, readers for sorting out the mystery!