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Re: Setting up HDSDR and CW skinner

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

+ b. I'm guessing, but you may need Virtual Audio Cable software
installed in order to have that choice for audio output. Perhaps the
HDSDR documentation provides the necessary information.
That is correct. Virtual Audio Cables (or two sound cards with
audio cables connecting the two) is the only way to couple audio
from HDSDR to CW Skimmer.

73,

... Joe, W4TV


On 2020-05-31 10:51 PM, Dave AA6YQ wrote:
+ AA6YQ comments below
However, there seems to be some inconsistence
'Configure HDSDR to output IF audio for CW Skimmer
a. Click Options [F7]
i. Select IF as I (Left) /Q (Right)
b. Click Soundcard [F5]
i. in RX output (to Speaker) select CABLE Input (VB-Audio Virtual Cable)'
a.i I assume that is in F7/output channel mode sub menu (where IF as I(Left)/Q(right) option appears
b.i when i press F5. I do not see 'CABLE Input' option. I have the following three choices Using HDSDR without audio output Microsoft Soundmapper
O: Speaker/HP (realtek high def... This is my built in speaker _._,_._,_ ________________________________
+ I assume that you are referring to this article:
<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/HDSDRCWSkimmerConfiguration>
+ a. your assumption should be easy to confirm as being correct or not
+ b. I'm guessing, but you may need Virtual Audio Cable software installed in order to have that choice for audio output. Perhaps the HDSDR documentation provides the necessary information.
+ Also keep in mind that applications like HDSDR and CWSkimmer are not static; new versions may introduce new options, or relocate existing options.
73,
Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Proposed increase in the height of DXView's Main window to make the current antenna azimuth stand out

Dale Drake
 

My preference is to leave it the way it is now, but I have no strong objection to either of the proposed changes.

 

73,

Dale AA1QD


Re: Sync LotW QSLs operation

Steve GW4BKG
 

Thanks Dave,
It has eventually responded.
I did know about the use of the CTRL key but only discovered the
 auto update option in update from LOTW half way through the operation !
73
Steve
GW4BKG

On 1 Jun 2020, at 11:04, Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:

+ AA6YQ comments below

On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 02:56 AM, Steve GW4BKG wrote:

For some years I have used DXKeeper as a reference log but have now moved my whole operation over to DXLabs.
As a. result I had to perform an "Update from LOTW” operation on the whole of my log - some 100k QSOs.

+ For that many QSOs, depressing the CTRL key while clicking "Sync LoTW QSOs" would be faster.

This went smoothly and I have subsequently performed two “Upload to LOTW” operations again without problem.
However when I come to perform the “Sync LotW QSLs” I run into difficulties
I get an “attempting to access LOTW” message with a countdown clock which only gets as far as 58 seconds and then the system indicates “not responding”

+ "Not responding" in a window's title bar is Microsoft-speak for "waiting for input/output". Let the operation run to completion.

        73,

              Dave, AA6YQ



Commander User-defined Controls Font

Dale Drake
 

Is there presently a way to change the font on the user-defined control buttons?  These old eyes ain't what they used to be so being able to change the font to a bold font would help.

73,

Dale AA1QD


Re: Proposed increase in the height of DXView's Main window to make the current antenna azimuth stand out

Barry Murrell ZS2EZ
 

Hi Dave

How will this change affect DXView's display for those of us that do NOT
have automatic rotator control (no way of displaying current beam heading)??

Automatic rotator control is something that is WAY out of my budget (thanks
to our currency losing 50% against the $ in recent months and our economy
collapsing under COVID-19 - I am self-employed, unable to work for 5 weeks
and barely surviving financially!) and is quite frankly not even on my list!


My DXView window is even set to cut off the Antenna Presets as they serve no
purpose.

73 de BARRY MURRELL ZS2EZ
KF26ta - Port Elizabeth, South Africa
DXCC HONOR ROLL (332/340)
website : www.zs2ez.co.za

-----Original Message-----
From: DXLab@groups.io [mailto:DXLab@groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ
Sent: Monday, 01 June 2020 11:18
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DXLab] Proposed increase in the height of DXView's Main window
to make the current antenna azimuth stand out

To enable a larger display of the rotator's current heading without
increasing the height of DXView's Main window when the "Query Special
Callsign database" option is enabled, I have re-arranged the panels and
added an option that controls whether or not the "GeoMag" panel is
displayed.

Please consider the two screen shots in
<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxview/DXViewProposal.jpg>

In the upper screen shot, both the existing "Query Special Callsign
database" option and the new "Display GeoMag" panel options are disabled.
DXView's Main window height is unchanged from that of the current version
with the "Query Special Callsign database"
option disabled.

The lower screen shot shows the increased Main window height when either the
"Query Special Callsign database" option or the new "Display GeoMag" panel
options are enabled. DXView's Main window height is slightly increased in
comparison with the current version with the "Query Special Callsign
database" option disabled (because the GeoMag panel is a slightly taller
than the "Special Callsign Tags" panel).

When starting this new version of DXView, the new "Display GeoMag" panel
option will default to "enabled" (because this panel has always been visible
in previous versions), but you will have the option to not display it in
order to reduce the Main window height (assuming you have the "Query Special
Callsign database" option disabled).

Objections?

Better ideas?

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Sync LotW QSLs operation

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 02:56 AM, Steve GW4BKG wrote:

For some years I have used DXKeeper as a reference log but have now moved my whole operation over to DXLabs.
As a. result I had to perform an "Update from LOTW” operation on the whole of my log - some 100k QSOs.

+ For that many QSOs, depressing the CTRL key while clicking "Sync LoTW QSOs" would be faster.

This went smoothly and I have subsequently performed two “Upload to LOTW” operations again without problem.
However when I come to perform the “Sync LotW QSLs” I run into difficulties.
I get an “attempting to access LOTW” message with a countdown clock which only gets as far as 58 seconds and then the system indicates “not responding”

+ "Not responding" in a window's title bar is Microsoft-speak for "waiting for input/output". Let the operation run to completion.

        73,

              Dave, AA6YQ


Sync LotW QSLs operation

Steve GW4BKG
 

For some years I have used DXKeeper as a reference log but have now moved my whole operation over to DXLabs.
As a. result I had to perform an "Update from LOTW” operation on the whole of my log - some 100k QSOs.
This went smoothly and I have subsequently performed two “Upload to LOTW” operations again without problem.
However when I come to perform the “Sync LotW QSLs” I run into difficulties.
I get an “attempting to access LOTW” message with a countdown clock which only gets as far as 58 seconds and then the system indicates “not responding” .
If I click the abort button the same message appears.
I have tried this during quiet LOTW times with the same response.
I have tried the same function with a date filter in equal to my last LOTW upload but then get a message “unable to download from LOTW - invalid request”
I guess I may be doing something wrong and would appreciate some guidance.
Thanks.
Steve
GW4BKG


Re: Proposed increase in the height of DXView's Main window to make the current antenna azimuth stand out

Dave AA6YQ
 

The first sentence of the message below should be

To enable a larger display of the rotator's current heading without increasing the height of DXView's Main window when the "Query
Special Callsign database" option is disabled, I have re-arranged the panels and added an option that controls whether or not the
"GeoMag" panel is displayed.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

-----Original Message-----
From: DXLab@groups.io [mailto:DXLab@groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2020 5:18 AM
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DXLab] Proposed increase in the height of DXView's Main window to make the current antenna azimuth stand out

To enable a larger display of the rotator's current heading without increasing the height of DXView's Main window when the "Query
Special Callsign database" option is enabled, I have re-arranged the panels and added an option that controls whether or not the
"GeoMag" panel is displayed.

Please consider the two screen shots in <http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxview/DXViewProposal.jpg>

In the upper screen shot, both the existing "Query Special Callsign database" option and the new "Display GeoMag" panel options are
disabled. DXView's Main window height is unchanged from that of the current version with the "Query Special Callsign database"
option disabled.

The lower screen shot shows the increased Main window height when either the "Query Special Callsign database" option or the new
"Display GeoMag" panel options are enabled. DXView's Main window height is slightly increased in comparison with the current version
with the "Query Special Callsign database" option disabled (because the GeoMag panel is a slightly taller than the "Special Callsign
Tags" panel).

When starting this new version of DXView, the new "Display GeoMag" panel option will default to "enabled" (because this panel has
always been visible in previous versions), but you will have the option to not display it in order to reduce the Main window height
(assuming you have the "Query Special Callsign database" option disabled).

Objections?

Better ideas?

73,

Dave, AA6YQ





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Re: Proposed increase in the height of DXView's Main window to make the current antenna azimuth stand out

Dave AA6YQ
 

To enable a larger display of the rotator's current heading without increasing the height of DXView's Main window when the "Query
Special Callsign database" option is enabled, I have re-arranged the panels and added an option that controls whether or not the
"GeoMag" panel is displayed.

Please consider the two screen shots in <http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxview/DXViewProposal.jpg>

In the upper screen shot, both the existing "Query Special Callsign database" option and the new "Display GeoMag" panel options are
disabled. DXView's Main window height is unchanged from that of the current version with the "Query Special Callsign database"
option disabled.

The lower screen shot shows the increased Main window height when either the "Query Special Callsign database" option or the new
"Display GeoMag" panel options are enabled. DXView's Main window height is slightly increased in comparison with the current version
with the "Query Special Callsign database" option disabled (because the GeoMag panel is a slightly taller than the "Special Callsign
Tags" panel).

When starting this new version of DXView, the new "Display GeoMag" panel option will default to "enabled" (because this panel has
always been visible in previous versions), but you will have the option to not display it in order to reduce the Main window height
(assuming you have the "Query Special Callsign database" option disabled).

Objections?

Better ideas?

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: error while downloading Path/File access error; Upgrade aborted

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

On Sun, May 31, 2020 at 09:31 PM, Jerome Sodus wrote:

Path is C:HamRadio/DXLabs and there is then a separate folder for each app (that means eight folders in the folder 'DXLabs'.
Here is the thing.
I did accomplish the database updates...all of them.
But I may have been the cause of the problem by trying to work too fast.
The second time thru, I realized I was being directed to make sure an app was shut-off; not sure if it was DXK or DXV.
Anyway, all seems to be ok now; everything is "latest-up-to-datest".
Commander and Yaesu are talking to each other.
Next step is to get FT8 working.
Thank you for working with me on this; much appreciated

+ That path is just fine.

+ You are correct, you can't install a new DXCC database is DXKeeper or DXView or SpotCollector are running.

         73,

                Dave, AA6YQ


Re: error while downloading Path/File access error; Upgrade aborted

Jerome Sodus
 

Path is C:HamRadio/DXLabs and there is then a separate folder for each app (that means eight folders in the folder 'DXLabs'.
Here is the thing.
I did accomplish the database updates...all of them.
But I may have been the cause of the problem by trying to work too fast.
The second time thru, I realized I was being directed to make sure an app was shut-off; not sure if it was DXK or DXV.
Anyway, all seems to be ok now; everything is "latest-up-to-datest".
Commander and Yaesu are talking to each other.
Next step is to get FT8 working.
Thank you for working with me on this; much appreciated.
73 jerry km3k


Re: error while downloading Path/File access error; Upgrade aborted

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

To answer your first question, No; there was an error message "DXLab Launcher 2.1.1 can't access dxlabsuite.com".
That made no sense because I knew I had Launcher as allowed app (probably not using the proper terminology but I'm in unfamiliar territory here).
But there is some good news; Launcher now works and updated all seven apps.
This happened by my removing Launcher.exe from the "allowed apps" and then putting it back in again.
In regular mode, I can change frequency on the Yaesu and see the change in Commander.

Next problem is updating the databases.
Error message for that is "unable to open DXCC database".
Also seeing a MS-notification "Unauthorized change blocked; Controlled folder access blocked DXView.exe from making changes."

+ Into what folder did you install your DXLab applications?

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: error while downloading Path/File access error; Upgrade aborted

Jerome Sodus
 
Edited

Dave, to answer your first question, No.
There was an error message "DXLab Launcher 2.1.1 can't access dxlabsuite.com".
That made no sense because I knew I had Launcher as allowed app (probably not using the proper terminology but I'm in unfamiliar territory here).
But there is some good news; Launcher updated, now works and I could update all seven apps.
This happened by my removing Launcher.exe from the "allowed apps" and then putting it back in again.
In regular mode, I can change frequency on the Yaesu and see the change in Commander.

Next problem is updating the databases.
Error message for that is "unable to open DXCC database".
Also seeing a MS-notification "Unauthorized change blocked; Controlled folder access blocked DXView.exe from making changes."
73 jerry km3k


Re: Flip from Y to V ... ?

Dave AA6YQ
 

* more AA6YQ comments below

+ If you used DXKeeper's VUCC Submission Generator to identify the QSO submitted for VUCC Credit, then clicking the "Verify Submission" button will update all of those QSOs to reflect their having been granted VUCC award credit:

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/Help/Progress.htm#Generating%20an
d%20Processing%20a%20VUCC%20Submission>

I did not. All LOTW, none of that paper stuff.

* You evidently misunderstand, Peter: DXKeeper's VUCC Submission Generator can produce a submission based on LoTW confirmations.


+ Otherwise,

1. filter the Log Page Display with the SQL expression

(Band='6m') and (APP_DXKEEPER_LOTWConfirmation Like '*G*')

2. in the Main window's QSL tab,

2a. set the "QSL Via" panel to LoTW

2b. click the "Update from LoTW" button


+ Notes

a. depending upon the number of QSOs in the Log Page Display after
step 1, step 2.b could take awhile

b. this procedure will only update QSOs confirmed via LoTW; any QSOs
confirmed via QSL card will not be updated to reflect VUCC award
credit

73,
Taking awhile, as advertised. Almost all the "overwrites" are gridsquares off by one character in the 6th position.

* I should have reminded you to appropriately set the "Handling of LoTW QSL detail inconsistencies" panel on the "QSL Configuration" window's LoTW tab before initiating the "Update from LoTW" function.

For example, about to accept an overwrite of EM37ec with EN37ed - too many for this to be a coincidence. If there is a 6-char Maidenhead there, it's because it was pulled from QRZ via Pathfinder OR put there by DXKeeper which insists that a station in, say, EM15 must really be in EM15mm (used to be EM15aa).

* That's false. You can log a QSO with a grid square of EM15. Try it.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Setting up HDSDR and CW skinner

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

However, there seems to be some inconsistence

'Configure HDSDR to output IF audio for CW Skimmer

a. Click Options [F7]

i. Select IF as I (Left) /Q (Right)

b. Click Soundcard [F5]

i. in RX output (to Speaker) select CABLE Input (VB-Audio Virtual Cable)'

a.i I assume that is in F7/output channel mode sub menu (where IF as I(Left)/Q(right) option appears


b.i when i press F5. I do not see 'CABLE Input' option. I have the following three choices Using HDSDR without audio output Microsoft Soundmapper
O: Speaker/HP (realtek high def... This is my built in speaker _._,_._,_ ________________________________


+ I assume that you are referring to this article:

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/HDSDRCWSkimmerConfiguration>

+ a. your assumption should be easy to confirm as being correct or not

+ b. I'm guessing, but you may need Virtual Audio Cable software installed in order to have that choice for audio output. Perhaps the HDSDR documentation provides the necessary information.

+ Also keep in mind that applications like HDSDR and CWSkimmer are not static; new versions may introduce new options, or relocate existing options.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Log field day contacts on DXKeeper

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

My local radio club has us operation from home. I'm fairly new to DXLabs software, would I log field day as I normally do? Is this a contest? how do I log that to count for my club.

+ The rules for Field Day are here:

<http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2020/1_61-2020%20Rules.pdf>

+ These rules state that the objective of Field Day is

"To work as many stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 Meter HF bands, as well as all bands 50 MHz and above, and in doing so to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio."

+ Section 5 of the above document specifies the "exchange" for each QSO:

"Stations in ARRL / RAC sections will exchange their Field Day operating Class and ARRL / RAC section. Example: a three transmitter Class A station in Connecticut which also has a GOTA station and the extra
VHF station would send "3A CT" on CW or Digital, or "3 Alpha Connecticut" on Phone. DX stations send operating class and the term DX (i.e. 2A DX)."

+ Contesters use an abomination of a format called Cabrillo to report submit results; inexplicably, each contest employs a different Cabrillo template. DXKeeper can export Cabrillo for many contests, but this requires logging the exchange is specified in the large table in

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/Help/Contesting.htm>

+ At minimum, you should set the "Contest ID" selector to ARRL-FIELD-DAY on DXKeeper's Configuration window's Contest tab.

+ This ARRL page indicates that you can submit a Cabrillo log, but without specifying the Cabrillo template to be used:

<https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php>

+ Thus I don't know whether or not DXKeeper can generate Cabrillo for your Field Day QSOs.

+ If it turns out that DXKeeper supports the required Cabrillo Template, then I strongly suggest logging a few test QSOs before the contest and generating a test Cabrillo file from them to be sure that you are logging the exchange correctly.

+ Alternatively, you can log your Field Day QSOs with a contesting application like N1MM, generate Cabrillo from that, export an ADIF file, and import that ADIF file into DXKeeper.

+ Hopefully someone more familiar with Field Day and Contesting will fill in the many blanks left above.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: DXlab Launcher Workspace

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

Used your published link on DXlab Applications Registry Settings, to check my work and be sure all is OK.

The size of the saved App. folders are 1 KB --> 32KB (DXkeeper is largest).

Do these sizes look correct ?

+ Yes for me as well.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Flip from Y to V ... ?

Peter Laws / N5UWY
 

On Sun, May 31, 2020 at 4:55 PM Dave AA6YQ <@AA6YQ> wrote:


+ If you used DXKeeper's VUCC Submission Generator to identify the QSO submitted for VUCC Credit, then clicking the "Verify Submission" button will update all of those QSOs to reflect their having been granted VUCC award credit:

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/Help/Progress.htm#Generating%20and%20Processing%20a%20VUCC%20Submission>

I did not. All LOTW, none of that paper stuff.

+ Otherwise,

1. filter the Log Page Display with the SQL expression

(Band='6m') and (APP_DXKEEPER_LOTWConfirmation Like '*G*')

2. in the Main window's QSL tab,

2a. set the "QSL Via" panel to LoTW

2b. click the "Update from LoTW" button


+ Notes

a. depending upon the number of QSOs in the Log Page Display after step 1, step 2.b could take awhile

b. this procedure will only update QSOs confirmed via LoTW; any QSOs confirmed via QSL card will not be updated to reflect VUCC award credit

73,
Taking awhile, as advertised. Almost all the "overwrites" are
gridsquares off by one character in the 6th position. For example,
about to accept an overwrite of EM37ec with EN37ed - too many for this
to be a coincidence. If there is a 6-char Maidenhead there, it's
because it was pulled from QRZ via Pathfinder OR put there by DXKeeper
which insists that a station in, say, EM15 must really be in EM15mm
(used to be EM15aa). I don't know why it insists on that level of
precision, but I've only overwritten a couple of those and there are
dozens of "off-by-ones" (out of 331 QSOs). VERY strange.

Also, lots of ops move and re-upload ALL their QSOs with their new
location because ... well, I don't know why.



--
Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!


Re: DXlab Launcher Workspace

Mike Flowers
 

These sizes roughly correspond with the files in my Workspaces.

 

- 73 and good DX de Mike, K6MKF, NCDXC Secretary

 

From: DXLab@groups.io <DXLab@groups.io> On Behalf Of Gary Smetana
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2020 17:13
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: [DXLab] DXlab Launcher Workspace

 

Hi Dave,

 

Used your published link on DXlab Applications Registry Settings, to check my work and be sure all is OK.

 

The size of the saved App. folders are 1 KB --> 32KB  (DXkeeper is largest).

 

Do these sizes look correct ?

 

73,

Gary  W1EBM


DXlab Launcher Workspace

Gary Smetana
 

Hi Dave,

Used your published link on DXlab Applications Registry Settings, to check my work and be sure all is OK.

The size of the saved App. folders are 1 KB --> 32KB  (DXkeeper is largest).

Do these sizes look correct ?

73,
Gary  W1EBM