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Re: SSD's for replacements WAS :Re: DXKeeper 10.3.7 won't launch resolved

Cliff K3LL <k3ll@...>
 

The Intel SSDs have some nice health monitoring software that you can run to
show you how the drive is doing.



I have the following setups:



1. Small 40GB Intel SSD on my main system for paging file and browser
temp files (Win XP)

2. 120 GB Samsung SSD on my laptop (Win 7)

3. 120 GB Intel SSD on my netbook (Win 7) - really makes the netbook
come to life



Plus, do not defrag an SSD



73,



Cliff K3LL



From: dxlab@... [mailto:dxlab@...] On Behalf Of Joe
Subich, W4TV
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2012 5:18 AM
To: dxlab@...
Subject: Re: SSD's for replacements WAS :Re: [dxlab] DXKeeper 10.3.7 won't
launch resolved






Don't know about number of rewrites but check your motherboard and
operating system carefully before trying to add a SSD.

There is limited support for SSD in Windows XP - it lacks TRIM so
is not efficient in allocation of space. Second be careful with
interface specifications - I purchased an SSD for my main system
but its interface was SATA3 (6 Gb) only and the the motherboard
only supported SATA (1.5 Gb) and SATA2 (3 Gb). I selected the drive
I did based on reliability information as the older SSDs with the
SATA/SATA 2 interfaces appeared to be substantially less reliable
than the current generation of devices.

73,

... Joe, W4TV

On 8/6/2012 7:36 AM, Chuck Chandler wrote:
I've read about the SSD's failing after a certain amount of read/writes...
is this an issue?

73 de Chuck, WS1L

On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 5:18 AM, Rich - W3ZJ <rich@...
<mailto:rich%40w3zj.com> > wrote:

**


Solid State Drives (SSD) are indeed now appearing in the mainstream.
They are still a bit more expensive per megabyte than rotating electro
mechanical hard drives. But they are fast, reliable and finally
available in usable capacities (128, 256 and 512 GB). My wife has a
128GB SSD in her new Toshiba Ultabook, an amazingly small and light full
featured Laptop, and as Dave said, it "Screams".

73, Rich - W3ZJ

Chuck Chandler wrote:
A complete check disk found and replaced some bad sectors. All now works
as it should.

A review of Event Viewer shows no 1005 errors in the Application Log
until
today.

DXKeeper had no errorlog.txt, and Launcher had one with a single entry
from
back in 2011.

I'll keep a careful eye on the hard drive, and start checking into
replacing it.

73 de Chuck, WS1L



Re: Dupes

Dave AA6YQ
 

AA6YQ comments below
-----Original Message-----
From: dxlab@... [mailto:dxlab@...]On Behalf Of
n3qvb
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2012 10:44 AM
To: dxlab@...
Subject: [dxlab] Dupes


I installed DXLab on my second computer. I exported then imported the log
on my original machine just to a have second location and now I see many
dupes. Is there a way to delete dupes (keeping one QSO)or at least run a
report so I can do it manually? Not sure how this happened but I want to
straighten out the log. Thank you.

If you followed the procedure for moving DXLab from one PC to another as
described in

<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/MovingBetweenPCs>

you would have a full copy of your log on your second PC. If you then
exported an ADIF file from your first PC and imported that file on your
second PC, that would explain the duplicates.

The easiest way to correct this would be to
1. terminate DXKeeper on your second PC

2. copy the log file from your first PC to your second PC

3. start DXKeeper on your second PC


Alternatively, the procedure for eliminating duplicate QSOs is described
in

<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/RemovingDuplicates>

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Morse Code on Mars

Dave AA6YQ
 


SSD's for replacements

Dave AA6YQ
 

Here's a discussion of HDD vs SSD tradeoffs:

<http://www.storagereview.com/ssd_vs_hdd>


Here's a discussion of SSD endurance:

<http://www.storagesearch.com/ssdmyths-endurance.html>

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

--- In dxlab@..., Chuck Chandler <chandlerusm@...> wrote:

I've read about the SSD's failing after a certain amount of read/writes...
is this an issue?

73 de Chuck, WS1L

On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 5:18 AM, Rich - W3ZJ <rich@...> wrote:

**


Solid State Drives (SSD) are indeed now appearing in the mainstream.
They are still a bit more expensive per megabyte than rotating electro
mechanical hard drives. But they are fast, reliable and finally
available in usable capacities (128, 256 and 512 GB). My wife has a
128GB SSD in her new Toshiba Ultabook, an amazingly small and light full
featured Laptop, and as Dave said, it "Screams".

73, Rich - W3ZJ

Chuck Chandler wrote:
A complete check disk found and replaced some bad sectors. All now works
as it should.

A review of Event Viewer shows no 1005 errors in the Application Log
until
today.

DXKeeper had no errorlog.txt, and Launcher had one with a single entry
from
back in 2011.

I'll keep a careful eye on the hard drive, and start checking into
replacing it.

73 de Chuck, WS1L



--


===================
Chuck Chandler
chandlerusm@...
===================


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


Re: Lotw Multiple Station Locations

Bob
 

Art

I'm there!

Now that I know what is going on it is just as easy to manage since you can access the QSL setup directly from the Log-LoTW upload page which clearly states what location your call is assigned to.

Just one of those old guys that have trouble with new procedures even if they are better.

My apologies for taking us down this road.

Bob KB1JZU


Dupes

n3qvb
 

I installed DXLab on my second computer. I exported then imported the log on my original machine just to a have second location and now I see many dupes. Is there a way to delete dupes (keeping one QSO)or at least run a report so I can do it manually? Not sure how this happened but I want to straighten out the log. Thank you.

Andy N3QVB


How to verify SC Spots of mine actually go to Internet?

NR4U Bob AFMARS
 

Dunno if I phrased that correctly.

Simply put, as I am in the process of learning WinWarbler, I see spots
decoded by me appear in SpotCollector as "Local".

In 'Config', I have DXSPOTS enabled and its "Spot" button is active.

Next I go to pskreporter.info and look for any spots posted by my
callsign. But I see none.

If I transmit, eventually, usually soon, I will see the psk-reporter
stations who heard me. However, that has nothing to do with
SpotCollector , which is obvious.

So how do I get my local spots to get posted somewhere on the
Internet?

thanks

p.s. Thanks Dave or the links to help me be able to actually make
contacts. That part is working nicely now.
--
Bob KD7YZ


Re: Lotw Multiple Station Locations

aburkefl
 

There is an organization known as MARAC - Mobile Amateur Radio Awards Club. While CQ magazine is the sponsor/provider of the USA-CA (Worked all US Counties award), MARAC (i.e., the "county hunters") are the arbiters/controllers of the "official" county data.

Most of the stations one hears on the "mobile nets" are either members or former members of MARAC. While it is a formal organization with rules, bylaws, officers, etc., it is still very much a "loose" organization. There aren't a lot of comments, questions, etc., except when someone applies for an award - at that time questions often arise about county structure, award structure, proper protocol, etc.

As near as I can tell, I am one of maybe three stations who are active "mobilers" who upload to eQSL and LotW. Many of the other mobiles have been doing it for many years (long before electronic logging) and, for various reasons, are either reluctant to change or just flat refuse to enter the digital age.

Such is life.

Now that LotW is on the verge of accepting county data, I tidied up my own file management to meet the needs of those wanting either eQSL or LotW or both sets of data. Yes, it's a little more work, a little more time and so forth, but, in the long run, DXKeeper makes it quite handy to get the job done.

My request to many of the old-timers was not to worry about the thousands upon thousands of old logs that you're not willing to update. How about just starting now? My pleas, for the most part, continue to fall on deaf ears.

One of my fellow county hunting friends commented to me one day - "I'm not worried about the county hunters of today. I'm worried about the county hunters of the future!"

Apparently most of today's logging programs have features to help with electronic uploads, matches, etc., with eQSL, LotW, ClubLog, etc. On my own end, I *do* have to perform some minor tasks (like segregating my station location by county prior to signing and upload), but the capabilities of DXKeeper make it more or less painless.

In fairness, there may be other programs that make it as simple as DXKeeper does. I've had experience with several other programs, but certainly not all of them. Of the ones I have experience with, none of them "hold a candle" to what I can accomplish with DXKeeper.

Even though many of my other friends can't/won't upload their logs, they are amazed at what I can accomplish with DXKeeper.

Since I'm significantly older than Dave, there's a good chance I'll be gone before him and won't have to worry about having to find another good programmer!

Art - N4PJ

--- In dxlab@..., "Bob" <kb1jzu@...> wrote:

Dave

LOL

Been doing it for 8 years and have never made a mistake and created a zombie. To be honest I am much more likely to make a mistake now since the application fixes a location rather than asking me??

The blank selection is still there why not continue to have a selection when it is set and label the upload selection as (user selection) rather than having to do 2 menus down to reset it?

More interesting is that last night in trying to upload a Maine contact and figure out the change, I somehow got the selection menu to come up (guess its still there) but could not reproduce what I did to make it happen.

Not a big issue. I just am amazed that alot of folks (mobile, multiple QTHs, etc) aren't doing the same thing.

As alway one of the hardest thing to modifiy is the user interface...

All the best

Bob KB1JZU


So are two extra mouse clicks each month not worth a higher probability
of accurate LotW uploads, especially given that a busted upload creates a
Zombie that can't be repaired?

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: SSD's for replacements WAS :Re: DXKeeper 10.3.7 won't launch resolved

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

Don't know about number of rewrites but check your motherboard and operating system carefully before trying to add a SSD.

There is limited support for SSD in Windows XP - it lacks TRIM so
is not efficient in allocation of space. Second be careful with
interface specifications - I purchased an SSD for my main system
but its interface was SATA3 (6 Gb) only and the the motherboard
only supported SATA (1.5 Gb) and SATA2 (3 Gb). I selected the drive
I did based on reliability information as the older SSDs with the
SATA/SATA 2 interfaces appeared to be substantially less reliable
than the current generation of devices.

73,

... Joe, W4TV

On 8/6/2012 7:36 AM, Chuck Chandler wrote:
I've read about the SSD's failing after a certain amount of read/writes...
is this an issue?

73 de Chuck, WS1L

On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 5:18 AM, Rich - W3ZJ <rich@...> wrote:

**


Solid State Drives (SSD) are indeed now appearing in the mainstream.
They are still a bit more expensive per megabyte than rotating electro
mechanical hard drives. But they are fast, reliable and finally
available in usable capacities (128, 256 and 512 GB). My wife has a
128GB SSD in her new Toshiba Ultabook, an amazingly small and light full
featured Laptop, and as Dave said, it "Screams".

73, Rich - W3ZJ

Chuck Chandler wrote:
A complete check disk found and replaced some bad sectors. All now works
as it should.

A review of Event Viewer shows no 1005 errors in the Application Log
until
today.

DXKeeper had no errorlog.txt, and Launcher had one with a single entry
from
back in 2011.

I'll keep a careful eye on the hard drive, and start checking into
replacing it.

73 de Chuck, WS1L



Re: SSD's for replacements WAS :Re: DXKeeper 10.3.7 won't launch resolved

Paul M Dunphy
 

At 08:36 AM 8/6/2012, you wrote:
I've read about the SSD's failing after a certain amount of read/writes...
is this an issue?

73 de Chuck, WS1L

That was a rumor (possibly true when they first hit the market) a few years ago, but I'm told by a number of people who have them it has been rectified. I would verify this before buying one, but I don't think it's the case anymore.

My son has been running one in a Linux server as the system drive for about 2 years and claims it is like lightning. He was aware of the problem you mentioned and did a lot of research, and he concluded it was not a problem. It goes 24/7 and is a busy machine (he is an electrical engineer and ~2 years away from a PhD, so I trust his judgement.)

73, Paul VE1DX


SSD's for replacements WAS :Re: DXKeeper 10.3.7 won't launch resolved

Chuck, WS1L
 

I've read about the SSD's failing after a certain amount of read/writes...
is this an issue?

73 de Chuck, WS1L

On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 5:18 AM, Rich - W3ZJ <rich@...> wrote:

**


Solid State Drives (SSD) are indeed now appearing in the mainstream.
They are still a bit more expensive per megabyte than rotating electro
mechanical hard drives. But they are fast, reliable and finally
available in usable capacities (128, 256 and 512 GB). My wife has a
128GB SSD in her new Toshiba Ultabook, an amazingly small and light full
featured Laptop, and as Dave said, it "Screams".

73, Rich - W3ZJ

Chuck Chandler wrote:
A complete check disk found and replaced some bad sectors. All now works
as it should.

A review of Event Viewer shows no 1005 errors in the Application Log
until
today.

DXKeeper had no errorlog.txt, and Launcher had one with a single entry
from
back in 2011.

I'll keep a careful eye on the hard drive, and start checking into
replacing it.

73 de Chuck, WS1L



--


===================
Chuck Chandler
chandlerusm@...
===================


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


Re: DXKeeper 10.3.7 won't launch resolved

Richard B Drake
 

Solid State Drives (SSD) are indeed now appearing in the mainstream. They are still a bit more expensive per megabyte than rotating electro mechanical hard drives. But they are fast, reliable and finally available in usable capacities (128, 256 and 512 GB). My wife has a 128GB SSD in her new Toshiba Ultabook, an amazingly small and light full featured Laptop, and as Dave said, it "Screams".

73, Rich - W3ZJ

Chuck Chandler wrote:

A complete check disk found and replaced some bad sectors. All now works
as it should.

A review of Event Viewer shows no 1005 errors in the Application Log until
today.

DXKeeper had no errorlog.txt, and Launcher had one with a single entry from
back in 2011.

I'll keep a careful eye on the hard drive, and start checking into
replacing it.

73 de Chuck, WS1L


Re: SC and RBN

Dave AA6YQ
 

AA6YQ comments below
-----Original Message-----
From: dxlab@... [mailto:dxlab@...]On Behalf Of
KU7Y
Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2012 10:06 PM
To: dxlab@...
Subject: [dxlab] SC and RBN


Seems like every time I play with this program I find more things it will
do!

I have the RBN going to SC and that's working fine. And the standard
filters work right also.

But..... I'd like to limit the RBN spots to just one or two sites. WA7LNW
and maybe N7TR. I **think** I can do that using SQL filters. Where can I
find the info needed to so this?

Visiting
<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/spotcollector/Help/SpotDatabase.htm#Spot Database
Field Table>

will show that the field containing each entry's spotting station is called
SOURCE. Spots on the Reverse Beacon Network look like

DX de WA7LNW-#

so the SOURCE associated with each entry will look like WA7LNW-# or
N7TR-#/

This SQL expression would show you only Spot Database Entries created
from spots by WA7LNW or N7TR:

(SOURCE like 'WA7LNW*') or (SOURCE like 'N7TR*')

To add more to the issue.... I want to keep all the other spots, so just
need to filter the RBN, not the other ones. Not sure if that can be done or
not.

Sure. For Spot Database Entries created by RBN spots, the NETWORK field
will contain

RevBeacon

So this SQL expression will show all Spot Database Entries created by
spots from non-RBN clusters, and Spot Database Entries created from spots by
WA7LNW or N7TR:

(NETWORK <> 'RevBeacon') or (SOURCE like 'WA7LNW*') or (SOURCE like 'N7TR*')

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


"We are safe on Mars!"


SC and RBN

KU7Y <ku7y.cw@...>
 

Seems like every time I play with this program I find more things it will do!

I have the RBN going to SC and that's working fine. And the standard filters work right also.

But..... I'd like to limit the RBN spots to just one or two sites. WA7LNW and maybe N7TR. I **think** I can do that using SQL filters. Where can I find the info needed to so this?

To add more to the issue.... I want to keep all the other spots, so just need to filter the RBN, not the other ones. Not sure if that can be done or not.

Thanks for a fantastic group of programs.

OK, back in my hole,

Ron, KU7Y
SOWP 5545M
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club
Brenda, AZ (Winter)
Caldwell, ID (Summer)
ku7y@...
http://www.hatpinsandmore.com
KX3 #0062


DXKeeper 10.3.7 won't launch resolved

Chuck, WS1L
 

A complete check disk found and replaced some bad sectors. All now works
as it should.

A review of Event Viewer shows no 1005 errors in the Application Log until
today.

DXKeeper had no errorlog.txt, and Launcher had one with a single entry from
back in 2011.

I'll keep a careful eye on the hard drive, and start checking into
replacing it.

73 de Chuck, WS1L


--


===================
Chuck Chandler
chandlerusm@...
===================


Re: Winkey and <stop>

Dave AA6YQ
 

AA6YQ comments below
-----Original Message-----
From: dxlab@... [mailto:dxlab@...]On Behalf Of
f6gcp
Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2012 6:34 PM
To: dxlab@...
Subject: [dxlab] Re: Winkey and <stop>


Hi,
by using Winkeyer2 software, it sends "clrPTT" [N].

There is no clrPTT command mentioned in the Winkeyer2 (v23) datasheet. Do
you mean "PTT Off", which is <18><0> ?

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: DXKeeper 10.3.7 won't launch

Dave AA6YQ
 

AA6YQ comments below
-----Original Message-----
From: dxlab@... [mailto:dxlab@...]On Behalf Of
Chuck Chandler
Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2012 6:14 PM
To: dxlab@...
Subject: Re: [dxlab] DXKeeper 10.3.7 won't launch


OK, the free space check found no issues. It is likely a good idea to
replace the hard drive. I have seen some RAM disks available - is anyone
using them?

I use a 160 GB Intel SSD as the C: drive on my laptop; it screams.

The process below got DXKeeper running as 10.3.7, just as it should.
Thanks!!

I have the Windows disk for WXP Pro, SP3 - my PC is a reconditioned Tiger
Direct IBM ThinkCentre, so there is a certificate of authenticity to match
the PC. Re-installing on a new HD should be doable.

What is the best way to make a full backup? Does the WXP backup utility
handle this or do I need something like Ghost? It's been years since I've
had to do this.

I have never relied on Windows backup. I used Ghost for several years,
but found it full of defects and user hostile; it may have improved since
then. I now use StorageCraft's ShadowProtect to backup all PCs to an
on-premises server (daily incrementals with one full backup each week); it's
easy to use and reliable. I use Mozy for continuous daily online backup.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Winkey and <stop>

f6gcp
 

Hi,
I will have a look on this... "Hang" parameter could be the parameter I missed in WW. Currently I don't have the same bahaviour while running CW when WW is openned than running Winkey in standalone...
Pat

--- In dxlab@..., iain macdonnell - N6ML <ar@...> wrote:

Hi Pat,

Then I think you just need to reduce your "Tail" setting, and increase
"Paddle Hang".

GL/73,

~iain / N6ML


On Sun, Aug 5, 2012 at 1:48 PM, f6gcp <f6gcp@...> wrote:



Hi Ian,

thanks on information. I have checked running Winkey2 software, and it
shows firmware 2.3.
A <winkeycmd:> could be nice, for advanced settings (Up to now, I don't
know what I can do with this but spot CW... later may be...)

73 - Pat

--- In dxlab@..., iain macdonnell - N6ML <ar@> wrote:



On Sun, Aug 5, 2012 at 2:45 AM, f6gcp <f6gcp@> wrote:



Hi,
Winkey is set with a "tail" time of 500ms and PTT asserted, which is
quite
ok for CW operation using the keyer, and to avoid trcv to go to
receive (of
course, I should say the amplifier!)
Using macro command is nice to run in a pile up, however, the tail, as
set
to 500ms is a too long (the pile_up "TU" to confirm qso could be
missed!).
Hi Pat,

What version of WinKeyer do you have? There was a change between v2.2
and v2.3 that significantly helps with this situation. From
http://k1el.tripod.com/files/Winkey23changes.pdf :

"Hang mode is now independent of tail delay: Hang Time applies only to
CW sent by paddle. Tail
delay applies only to CW sent by the host or by standalone message. It
is no longer necessary to
disable Hang Time setting controls in the GUI when Tail is set to a
non-zero value. This is because
the settings are independent now. (Side note: A long Tail time can be
truncated early by appending
a `PTT off' buffered command /U0 to the message stream)"

It's worth upgrading (requires chip replacement) if you are
experiencing this problem, IMO.


Using the opcode "stop" (while running the winkey test software), the
PTT
is immediatly released whatever the tail set time.
In a macro, is is possible, while <stop> command is used, to
immedialty
return to RX (assuming VOX is not used!) or to create a command
<stop_immediat> (or similar) for such purpose?
That may be possible to implement (using the "/U0" command mentioned
above). Only Dave can say. Actually, it may be better to implement a
"<winkeycmd: ...>" so arbitrary commands could be sent.....

73,

~iain / N6ML


Re: reverse beacon network?

Dave AA6YQ
 

AA6YQ comment below
-----Original Message-----
From: dxlab@... [mailto:dxlab@...]On Behalf Of
Sam Morgan
Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2012 6:14 PM
To: dxlab@...
Subject: [dxlab] reverse beacon network?


what host address and port do I use in spot collector to use reverse beacon
net?

Host Address: telnet.reversebeacon.net
Port: 7000
Usage: <http://www.dxlabsuite.com/RBN/index.htm>
73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Winkey and <stop>

f6gcp
 

Hi,
by using Winkeyer2 software, it sends "clrPTT" [N].
73
Pat

--- In dxlab@..., "Dave AA6YQ" <aa6yq@...> wrote:

AA6YQ comments below
-----Original Message-----
From: dxlab@... [mailto:dxlab@...]On Behalf Of
f6gcp
Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2012 5:45 AM
To: dxlab@...
Subject: [dxlab] Winkey and <stop>


Hi,
Winkey is set with a "tail" time of 500ms and PTT asserted, which is quite
ok for CW operation using the keyer, and to avoid trcv to go to receive (of
course, I should say the amplifier!)
Using macro command is nice to run in a pile up, however, the tail, as set
to 500ms is a too long (the pile_up "TU" to confirm qso could be missed!).
Using the opcode "stop" (while running the winkey test software), the PTT is
immediatly released whatever the tail set time.
In a macro, is is possible, while <stop> command is used, to immedialty
return to RX (assuming VOX is not used!) or to create a command
<stop_immediat> (or similar) for such purpose?

What commands are sent to the WinKey when the "WinKey Test Software" is
directed to "stop"?

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

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