Re: DXView, Database updates, DX lookups & Rotor control enable feature request

Charles Morrison

Since I just picked one up at the hamfest, I'm reviving this old thread:

The Green Heron RT21 that I have is an older serial model and its usb port also disappears when you power it off.  But I have a different problem.  Art's issue is that he forgot to turn it on before starting up DXV.  So the "Enable on Startup" fixes his issue of re-finding the now powered on port when he starts DXV.  The issue that I have is that I'm leaving DXV running continuously.  The issue is when you turn the controller off and the port goes away, DXV doesn't re-establish communication with the controller after you turn on.

With DXV left running, when I return to the shack and turn the controller on, I have to go into config in DXV, uncheck (regardless of the Enable on Startup), close config, go back into config and check enable, and then hit the bearing button TWICE. Then it will reconnect to the USB port and send the coordinates.

I'm not sure what to ask Dave to do, but I'm thinking the TWICE clicking of the direction button has some input.  Maybe if the rotator is set to Green Heron, each rotate request checks the port, if available resets the data (is that what the first click does?), then sends the rotate command. 

I haven't checked the serial port on the back of the controller, but given the previous thread I'm guessing its related to the fact that the Green Heron's port disappears when its turned off.  DXV loses that port somewhere along the way and when you turn it back on, it won't communicate with it until you go through the above procedure to disable and reenable and send the request twice.


On Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 10:41 AM, Dave AA6YQ wrote:
Thanks, Art. It’s the absence of the specified serial port caused by the non-existent USB connection that causes DXView to disable rotator control. I'll provide an option to work around that.


Dave, AA6YQ

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of ART SEARLE via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2018 11:39 AM
Subject: Re: [DXLab] DXView, Database updates, DX lookups & Rotor control enable feature request

+ What do you have selected in the Model panel on the "Rotator Control" tab of DXView's Configuration window?

DXView ver 4.3.6

Green Heron

USB connection, Com2, 4800, 8, 1, None

Scomm version 9.1.12

The rotor is a 10 year old Ham IV

I don’t know how old the Green Heron is. It is a model RT-21 ser #01052.

73, Art, W2NRA

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