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Steve N2CKH
Steve Hadjucek N2CKH
Developer of PCALE and MARSALE


Charles Brain G4GUO - Author of PC-ALE Software
Charles Brain G4GUO
original dev of PCALE software.

About G4GUO and PCALE background
Charles is to be commended for his wonderful generosity and technical achievement. Through PCALE, he effectively opened up ALE to the non-professional radio operator at very low cost. The availability of PCALE in various improving versions over many years has made it possible for more radio operators to use ALE than ever would have been possible.
We urge you to visit the extensive website of Charles Brain.

Background of early PCALE Development...
PCALE dev, Charles Brain G4GUO, says:
"Some years ago I started on the development of an ALE system for the P.C. This started as a training exercise in DSP and grew from there. I have been amazed at the massive amount of interest this software has generated from all around the world."
"Since writing the above I have now restarted work on this because I am using it to provide a backup orderwire for my digital voice experiments. The software has become quite popular in the Utility listening community. I am gradually adding new radios but this has to take second place to my more commercial work."
"I have recently entirely re-written all the signal processing modules and those of you used
to previous versions of the software hopefully will find from version G onwards a significant improvement in performance. The software is now totally free of any Intel DSP code."

"Warning, I will not accept responsibility for any damage to your equipment through use of this software. When using this software use an Automatic Antenna Tuner and run the transmitter well below rated output. It is advisable to go through a tune sequence on
each of the operating frequencies before handing control of your radio to the computer.
You have been warned."


If you like the PCALE software and are interested in sending a donation, HFLINK encourages PCALE users to make donations to Charles Brain. All donations are entirely optional. Click on the Paypal Link to donate:




PCALE Download (recent version for HFLINK members, use your Yahoo ID)

DOWNLOAD QRG FILE for PCALE IMPORTANT: Download the QRG file
PCALE requires a QRG fill file for proper operation. These QRG fill files contain all ALE channel frequencies and other parameters for using PCALE on ham radio ALE channels for your geographic area. After you load the QRG file into PCALE, you may select the bands and channels for your operating requirements by the Channels>Select Scan Group menu in PCALE.
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Make a new folder (directory) on the c: drive of your computer named PCALE! c:\PCALE
2. Download and unzip the PCALE software into the PCALE folder! c:\PCALE
3. Download or save the QRG FILE into the PCALE folder.
4. Run PCALE software. INSTALL PCALE in the PCALE FOLDER c:\PCALE 

5. In PCALE, *carefully follow* these steps:
6. At the top: "QRG FILES">LOAD QRG FILE>
7. Browse, find, and double-click on the QRG FILE.
8. If you have problems finding the QRG file, please see QRG section of the PCALE Quick Start Guide

LOAD YOUR CALLSIGN:
Follow these steps VERY CAREFULLY to set up your Own Callsign (Own Address).
1. PCALE, at the top: "ADDRESSES">MODIFY>OWN>Select Address>NOCALSIGN>OK
2. Double-click on NOCALSIGN.
3. NOCALSIGN should now be highlighted.
4. *Type your callsign*. Press OK.
5. Main top menu screen: "ADDRESSES">LIST>OWN> view the list, it should have your callsign in the OO line.
6. If Step 5 fails, repeat procedure starting at LOAD YOUR CALLSGIGN Step 1.
7. If this succeeds, you are ready for scan group testing and operation.
PCALE Set Up - Configuration - Information CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE for PCALE Configuration Set Up Information


Steve has 30 years of project management and development experience with software, firmware and hardware for various types of communications, sensor, automated test and weapons systems development. In addition, he is experienced in Technical Writing and Technical Sales/Marketing. Steve's main engineering areas of interest are ATE and Data Acquisition systems and RF COMINT/SIGINT systems. However he is always open to any interesting proposals, be they commercial or defense sector related.



























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