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Re: CBA and Nicknames

Jay M
 

Dave - I installed the test version of Pathfinder sent and it resolved the issue with QRZ nicknames.

Thanks for providing this great support!

73, Jay WB0L


Re: Get tuner status after auto-tuning IC-7300 and AH-4 using custom controls?

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

but it seam not possible to read values from the radio, only to write
commands to the radio. > I'm I right?
That is correct. The User Defined Commands are "send only". The UDC
support is not a full CAT control implementation.

As far as I understand I will either have to hope for the best, or
implement e.g. an Arduino snooping the control signals to the AH-4 to
see what the 'answer' is after a tuning sequence using a simple web
interface.
There is no "Answer." The AH-4 interfaces with a simplistic 2 wire
(+13V, "Start", "Key", ground) system. The response in minimal - just
a 20 ms "off" followed by a 200 ms "on" pulse on the "Key" line if
tuning fails. See:
<https://hamoperator.com/HF/AH-4_Design_and_Operation.pdf>

73,

... Joe, W4TV


On 2020-10-01 6:12 AM, Björn (SM0SBL) wrote:
I'm using a custom button in the commander to initiate an auto-tune sequence.
As I'm running my radio remote I would like to find a way to see the result after tuning.
Easiest would be to read the status directly from the radio using another custom command to see if the tuner is still turned on after the auto-tune cycle but it seam not possible to read values from the radio, only to write commands to the radio.
I'm I right?
Anyone who has already solved this in one way or the other?
As far as I understand I will either have to hope for the best, or implement e.g. an Arduino snooping the control signals to the AH-4 to see what the 'answer' is after a tuning sequence using a simple web interface.
--
Regards, 73 de
Björn, SM0SBL


Re: CBA and Nicknames

Gilbert Baron W0MN
 

SORRY, I did not read that carefully. I use the XML lookup that I pay for and many other features. I did not note that you were referring to the web page lookup. Dropping that would probably happen eventually anyway as you have to deal with both the changes by QRZ and the use of an obsolete browser.

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Sent: Thursday, October 1, 2020 06:30
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DXLab] CBA and Nicknames

NOOOOOOOOOOooooo, PLEASE do not do that. I agree they are nuts to make these changes the way they do but then on the other hand they have so man features that I and others use and I do not want to have to pay for multiple databases.

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From: DXLab@groups.io <DXLab@groups.io> On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 17:29
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DXLab] CBA and Nicknames

+ AA6YQ comments below

To clarify, I'm not concerned whether there is a nickname displayed or not. Just noticed that a nickname in quotes was the key difference to Pathfinder lookups that return a blank name and first line of address blank.

+ That's happening because the insertion of the nickname breaks Pathfinder's ability to extract the first name and address.

+ QRZ is certainly free to change their web page however and whenever they like, but the impression of apparent unreliability this evokes when one of their unannounced changes breaks Pathfinder -- particularly among new users -- is leading me to consider dropping "QRZ.com via Pathinder" as a callbook option in DXKeeper.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ










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Re: CBA and Nicknames

Gilbert Baron W0MN
 

NOOOOOOOOOOooooo, PLEASE do not do that. I agree they are nuts to make these changes the way they do but then on the other hand they have so man features that I and others use and I do not want to have to pay for multiple databases.

Outlook Laptop Gil W0MN
Hierro candente, batir de repente
44.08226N 92.51265W EN34rb

-----Original Message-----
From: DXLab@groups.io <DXLab@groups.io> On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 17:29
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DXLab] CBA and Nicknames

+ AA6YQ comments below

To clarify, I'm not concerned whether there is a nickname displayed or not. Just noticed that a nickname in quotes was the key difference to Pathfinder lookups that return a blank name and first line of address blank.

+ That's happening because the insertion of the nickname breaks Pathfinder's ability to extract the first name and address.

+ QRZ is certainly free to change their web page however and whenever they like, but the impression of apparent unreliability this evokes when one of their unannounced changes breaks Pathfinder -- particularly among new users -- is leading me to consider dropping "QRZ.com via Pathinder" as a callbook option in DXKeeper.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ










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Get tuner status after auto-tuning IC-7300 and AH-4 using custom controls?

Björn (SM0SBL)
 

I'm using a custom button in the commander to initiate an auto-tune sequence.
As I'm running my radio remote I would like to find a way to see the result after tuning.
Easiest would be to read the status directly from the radio using another custom command to see if the tuner is still turned on after the auto-tune cycle but it seam not possible to read values from the radio, only to write commands to the radio.
I'm I right?
Anyone who has already solved this in one way or the other?
As far as I understand I will either have to hope for the best, or implement e.g. an Arduino snooping the control signals to the AH-4 to see what the 'answer' is after a tuning sequence using a simple web interface.

--
Regards, 73 de
Björn, SM0SBL


Re: CBA and Nicknames

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

To clarify, I'm not concerned whether there is a nickname displayed or not. Just noticed that a nickname in quotes was the key difference to Pathfinder lookups that return a blank name and first line of address blank.

+ Jay, I have emailed you a new version of Pathfinder that correctly extracts the first name and street address from an op's QRZ web page when a nickname is specified. Please let me know how it goes. Thanks!

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Commander 14.7.1 documentation error

Dave AA6YQ
 

Each time a DXLab application update is released, Mike K9UW combines all of its online documentation files (HTML format) into a
single, searchable PDF file that is available from this table:

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/download.htm#Documentation>

Immediately after Commander 14.7.1 was released earlier today, Mike discovered that a table I'd added to the Spectrum-Waterfall
Configuration documentation to describe the new frequency selection options was badly malformed, to the point where the text
following that table was not being displayed. With Mike's help, I have corrected and reconfigured that table.

The corrected online documentation file is here:

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/commander/Help/ChangingFrequency.htm>

If you use Commander's Help buttons to reference your local copy of the online documentation, then direct your web browser to save
this web page to Commander's Help folder, over-writing the existing ChangingFrequency.htm file now present there.

The updated PDF file for Commander 14.7.1 is here:

<http://www.ambersoft.com/DXLab/Commander/Commander.pdf>


Thanks, Mike!

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: CBA and Nicknames

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below
I appreciate being able to use QRZ.com's XML data service, which I use primarily when importing contest logs.

+ QRZ.com's XML data service is explicitly designed for access by applications like DXKeeper. When changes have been made, they've been documented in advance; they've also been "upward compatible", meaning that they didn't break existing functionality.

          73,

                  Dave, AA6YQ


Re: CBA and Nicknames

Jim N7US
 

I appreciate being able to use QRZ.com's XML data service, which I use primarily when importing contest logs.

Jim N7US

-----Original Message-----


On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 3:52 PM David Reed <w5sv.dave@gmail.com> wrote:

So Dave, if you drop them, what would replace them? Many of us do not buy callbook CDs, etc.
Alternatives are listed at https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/CallbookLookup

I've been using HamQTH (the only other "free" option, I suppose). It seems to work OK... but CBA data is not really important to me, since I've mostly stopped doing paper cards.

73,

~iain / N6ML


On Sep 30, 2020, at 17:28, Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@ambersoft.com> wrote:

+ AA6YQ comments below

To clarify, I'm not concerned whether there is a nickname displayed or not. Just noticed that a nickname in quotes was the key difference to Pathfinder lookups that return a blank name and first line of address blank.

+ That's happening because the insertion of the nickname breaks Pathfinder's ability to extract the first name and address.

+ QRZ is certainly free to change their web page however and whenever they like, but the impression of apparent unreliability this evokes when one of their unannounced changes breaks Pathfinder -- particularly among new users -- is leading me to consider dropping "QRZ.com via Pathinder" as a callbook option in DXKeeper.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: CBA and Nicknames

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

So Dave, if you drop them, what would replace them? Many of us do not buy callbook CDs, etc.

+ HamQTH has long been a Callbook option. Access to it is free.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: CBA and Nicknames

iain macdonnell - N6ML
 

On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 3:52 PM David Reed <w5sv.dave@gmail.com> wrote:

So Dave, if you drop them, what would replace them? Many of us do not buy callbook CDs, etc.
Alternatives are listed at https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/CallbookLookup

I've been using HamQTH (the only other "free" option, I suppose). It
seems to work OK... but CBA data is not really important to me, since
I've mostly stopped doing paper cards.

73,

~iain / N6ML


On Sep 30, 2020, at 17:28, Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@ambersoft.com> wrote:

+ AA6YQ comments below

To clarify, I'm not concerned whether there is a nickname displayed or not. Just noticed that a nickname in quotes was the key difference to Pathfinder lookups that return a blank name and first line of address blank.

+ That's happening because the insertion of the nickname breaks Pathfinder's ability to extract the first name and address.

+ QRZ is certainly free to change their web page however and whenever they like, but the impression of apparent unreliability this evokes when one of their unannounced changes breaks Pathfinder -- particularly among new users -- is leading me to consider dropping "QRZ.com via Pathinder" as a callbook option in DXKeeper.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ









Re: CBA and Nicknames

David Reed
 

So Dave, if you drop them, what would replace them? Many of us do not buy callbook CDs, etc.

Thanks!

73 de W5SV - David F. Reed

On Sep 30, 2020, at 17:28, Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:

+ AA6YQ comments below

To clarify, I'm not concerned whether there is a nickname displayed or not.  Just noticed that a nickname in quotes was the key difference to Pathfinder lookups that return a blank name and first line of address blank.

+ That's happening because the insertion of the nickname breaks Pathfinder's ability to extract the first name and address.

+ QRZ is certainly free to change their web page however and whenever they like, but the impression of apparent unreliability this evokes when one of their unannounced changes breaks Pathfinder -- particularly among new users -- is leading me to consider dropping "QRZ.com via Pathinder" as a callbook option in DXKeeper.

       73,

             Dave, AA6YQ









Re: CBA and Nicknames

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

To clarify, I'm not concerned whether there is a nickname displayed or not. Just noticed that a nickname in quotes was the key difference to Pathfinder lookups that return a blank name and first line of address blank.

+ That's happening because the insertion of the nickname breaks Pathfinder's ability to extract the first name and address.

+ QRZ is certainly free to change their web page however and whenever they like, but the impression of apparent unreliability this evokes when one of their unannounced changes breaks Pathfinder -- particularly among new users -- is leading me to consider dropping "QRZ.com via Pathinder" as a callbook option in DXKeeper.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: CBA and Nicknames

Jay M
 

To clarify, I'm not concerned whether there is a nickname displayed or not.  Just noticed that a nickname in quotes was the key difference to Pathfinder lookups that return a blank name and first line of address blank.

Thanks, Jay WBØL


why I sometimes request terminating and restarting a DXLab application after enabling "log debugging info"

Dave AA6YQ
 

When a DXLab application's "log debugging info" option is enabled, the code that obtains each of the application's settings from the
Windows Registry writes each retrieved setting's name and value in the errorlog.txt file, enabling me to see how the application is
configured without requesting screen shots. Often, I don't know beforehand which settings might be relevant.

If there's one specific setting I wish to see, I might instead request a screenshot.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: DXKeeper <Alt>-CBA error (Multiple address lookup)

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I have a second CBA question.

When I do a multiple address lookup for a string of QSOs generated by JTAlert to DXKeeper, I get an error after the string of records is successfully looked up by Pathfinder.

To do the lookup, I filter the N recent QSOs without an address. Click Edit, then <Alt>-CBA. Pathfinder then fills in the N records. Then I get an error ... After the Nth address lookup, counter says 0, not N, and a blank record is displayed. Error message pops up: QSOs shown in the Log Page Display were updated with invalid primary or secondary subdivisions. Click OK. WB0L.mdb (filtered): no QSOs. I clear the filter (which says Filter: Invalid Subdivisions). Last good QSO record is then displayed OK.

Is this error related to my database QSO records or to the 'Zero' record being displayed at the end?

+ So that I can see what's going on, please do the following the next time you're about to invoke a multi-QSO CBA operation:

1. on the General tab of DXKeeper's Configuration window's General tab, check the "Log debugging info" box

2. terminate DXKeeper

3. start DXKeeper

4. invoke the multi-QSO CBA operation as you describe above, and click the OK button when the error message is displayed

5. on the General tab of DXKeeper's Configuration window's General tab, uncheck the "Log debugging info" box

6. attach the errorlog.txt file from your DXKeeper folder to an email message,. and send the message to me via

aa6yq (at) ambersoft.com

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Commander IC-705 support

Dave AA6YQ
 

The previous public release of Commander (14.6.5, released 2020-08-12) provided support for the new IC-705 based on my review of its
documentation, but no one reported trying Commander with an IC-705 till Andy K3UK did a few days ago. He reports that all of the
capabilities he tested work correctly with Commander 14.7.1 and his new IC-705 -- including the Spectrum-Waterfall window.

As with all Icom transceivers that report spectrum data via their CI-V bus, a primary CAT port baud rate of 115,200 is required; the
IC-705 supports this.

Thanks, Andy!

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

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From: DXLab@groups.io [mailto:DXLab@groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 4:42 PM
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: [DXLab] Commander 14.7.1 is available

If you are using Window Defender Antivirus (Windows 10), update it to its latest malware definition in

<https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/definitions>

before installing or upgrading to Commander 14.7.1


This release

- corrects an error in the diagnostic display of the decimal and thousands separators (tnx to Björn SM0SBL)

- doesn't update the Radio panel to indicate SmartSDR's version number if the current primary transceiver is not a Flex Signature

- provides a set of "fixed frequency" options in the "Mousewheel Motion" panel on the Spectrum-Waterfall Configuration window (tnx
to Björn SM0SBL)

- with DXView and DXKeeper running,

--- shift-clicking on an active callsign in the Spectrum-Waterfall window's "DX Callsign" section directs DXView to rotate the
antenna to the short path bearing to the station

--- alt-clicking on an active callsign in the Spectrum-Waterfall window's "DX Callsign" directs DXView to rotate the antenna to the
long path bearing to the station

- shift-clicking, control-clicking, and shift-control clicking in the Icom Spectrum-Waterfall window's Spectrum, "Frequency Axis",
or Waterfall sections QSYs to the nearest 100 Hz, 500 Hz, or 1 KHz frequency respectively (tnx to Björn SM0SBL)

- updates the ChangingFrequency.htm and Configuration.htm documentation files


Notes

1. Update your firewall and anti-malware applications to consider this new version of Commander to be "safe"

- 0 of 71 antivirus scanners accessible via Virus Total detected malware <https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload>

- 0 of 15 antivirus scanners accessible via Jotti detected malware <https://virusscan.jotti.org/>

- submitted for online analysis by Microsoft Windows Defender: no malware detected


2. If this upgrade doesn't work correctly, see the "After an Upgrade" section of
<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/ApplicationStoppedWorking>


3. After upgrading, to revert to the previous version of Commander, see
<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/RevertApplicationVersion>



Commander 14.7.1 is available via the DXLab Launcher and via

<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/download.htm>

73,

Dave, AA6YQ









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DXKeeper <Alt>-CBA error (Multiple address lookup)

Jay M
 

I have a second CBA question.

When I do a multiple address lookup for a string of QSOs generated by JTAlert to DXKeeper, I get an error after the string of records is successfully looked up by Pathfinder.

To do the lookup, I filter the N recent QSOs without an address.  Click Edit, then <Alt>-CBA.  Pathfinder then fills in the N records.  Then I get an error ... After the Nth address lookup, counter says 0, not N, and a blank record is displayed.  Error message pops up: QSOs shown in the Log Page Display were updated with invalid primary or secondary subdivisions.  Click OK.  WB0L.mdb (filtered): no QSOs.  I clear the filter (which says Filter: Invalid Subdivisions).  Last good QSO record is then displayed OK.

Is this error related to my database QSO records or to the 'Zero' record being displayed at the end?

Thanks,  Jay WBØL


Commander 14.7.1 is available

Dave AA6YQ
 

If you are using Window Defender Antivirus (Windows 10), update it to its latest malware definition in

<https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/definitions>

before installing or upgrading to Commander 14.7.1


This release

- corrects an error in the diagnostic display of the decimal and thousands separators (tnx to Björn SM0SBL)

- doesn't update the Radio panel to indicate SmartSDR's version number if the current primary transceiver is not a Flex Signature

- provides a set of "fixed frequency" options in the "Mousewheel Motion" panel on the Spectrum-Waterfall Configuration window (tnx
to Björn SM0SBL)

- with DXView and DXKeeper running,

--- shift-clicking on an active callsign in the Spectrum-Waterfall window's "DX Callsign" section directs DXView to rotate the
antenna to the short path bearing to the station

--- alt-clicking on an active callsign in the Spectrum-Waterfall window's "DX Callsign" directs DXView to rotate the antenna to the
long path bearing to the station

- shift-clicking, control-clicking, and shift-control clicking in the Icom Spectrum-Waterfall window's Spectrum, "Frequency Axis",
or Waterfall sections QSYs to the nearest 100 Hz, 500 Hz, or 1 KHz frequency respectively (tnx to Björn SM0SBL)

- updates the ChangingFrequency.htm and Configuration.htm documentation files


Notes

1. Update your firewall and anti-malware applications to consider this new version of Commander to be "safe"

- 0 of 71 antivirus scanners accessible via Virus Total detected malware <https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload>

- 0 of 15 antivirus scanners accessible via Jotti detected malware <https://virusscan.jotti.org/>

- submitted for online analysis by Microsoft Windows Defender: no malware detected


2. If this upgrade doesn't work correctly, see the "After an Upgrade" section of
<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/ApplicationStoppedWorking>


3. After upgrading, to revert to the previous version of Commander, see
<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/RevertApplicationVersion>



Commander 14.7.1 is available via the DXLab Launcher and via

<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/download.htm>

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: CBA and Nicknames

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I don't use it, but I thought that PathFinder does HTML scraping, for those who don't have an XML subscription?

+ It does.

It seems they'd inherently produce potentially different results, since the HTML is not in a published/defined format?

+ I've been careful to keep them consistent.

If I'm reading the OP's report correctly, it seems that something about QRZ.COM profiles that include nicknames is causing the HTML scraping to produce a result that's inconsistent with those that do not have a nickname. It's not just that the nickname is not represented, but that the first name and the first line of the address are missing too. I haven't attempted to reproduce the issue, so can't confirm it.

+ The nickname is sufficiently-well identified in the QRZ.com HTML for Pathfinder to extract it and report it. Is don't know for how long this has been the case, as few callsigns specify nicknames, and QRZ does not announce such changes.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

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