Date   

Re: Is there a place to donate?

 

Dave,

I would also like to thank you for your contribution to Amateur Radio via your suite of software tools for us trying to track our contacts, visualize our contacts, interact with LOTW and the nearly infinite number of other aspects of your software.

Every day I learn something new since I started using your tools  a few months back.

Thank you.

Mike
KM2B


Re: Commander 15.0.9 is available

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I had same issue with a K3 not seeing the SWR in commander during TX. Looked in old messages and realized the "Interrogation on TX"
needs to be OFF (unchecked). Then works fine. Dan KI6X

+ Yes, the "No interrogation while transmitting" option (Configuration window, General tab) must be disabled.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Commander 15.0.9 is available

Daniel Violette
 

I had same issue with a K3 not seeing the SWR in commander during TX.  Looked in old messages and realized the “Interrogation on TX” needs to be OFF (unchecked).  Then works fine.  Dan KI6X


Re: Is there a place to donate?

MARK KEMPISTY
 

Dave

Two thumbs up for your suggestion and all the work you do!

Mark
AA3K


Re: Second PC layout transfer

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below
I have DXLabs on my main shack PC.  I plan to load it on my laptop and put the database on my cloud server so that I am able to use it at my second station (cabin).
Is there a way to keep the layouts consistent without having to manually do setups on each separate system?

+ Yes: see

https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/MovingBetweenPCs

+ This works best if DXLab is installed in the same folder (e.g. the default C:\DXLab) on each system. Otherwise, you'll have to manually adjust every setting that specifies a folder or file pathname.

      73,

            Dave, AA6YQ

 


Second PC layout transfer

Craig Sharp
 

 
I have DXLabs on my main shack PC.  I plan to load it on my laptop and put the database on my cloud server so that I am able to use it at my second station (cabin).
Is there a way to keep the layouts consistent without having to manually do setups on each separate system?

I want the SC and DXK layouts to be the same.


Re: Digital operation on old rig [TS-850S]. Signalink USB a good solution?

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

Kenwood transceivers are unique in the way they handle digital audio.
If you are connecting to the ACC2 jack (as the Signalink cable does)
you must supply hardware PTT on that jack (pin 9 "PKS") in order to
select input audio from the ACC2 jack *and* to mute the microphone.

Only the TS-480 (which does not have an ACC2 jack) and the TS-2000,
TS-890, and TS-990 (which haves a separate CAT command to duplicate
the function of PKS) are exempt from the "hardware PTT on PKS" rule.

73,

... Joe, W4TV

On 2021-04-14 9:31 PM, Dave Fugleberg wrote:
As others said it appears as another sound card, and your computer can deal with multiple sound cards just fine.
Regarding PTT, you have at least 3 options:
1) use the radio’s own VOX
2) use the VOX circuit that’s built in to the signallink and connect its key out line to the PTT input of the radio
3) use a separate serial port on the PC and a simple keying circuit to connect to the radio’s PTT input.
From a practical standpoint, option 1 is the simplest and has worked well on every radio I have tried it on. You may need to adjust the VOX controls on the radio for reliable operation. Option 2 works fine too and I have never had any issues with excessive delays.
I no longer use or have a signallink, and simply use a cheap external sound card and VOX on my K3 with no problem.
On Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 6:10 PM w6de <w6de@... <mailto:w6de@...>> wrote:
The SignaLink appears as an additional sound card.  Your laptop
sound card is still there and active.  The only drawback is that the
SignaLink only has provisions for VOX (tone) activated PTT for
keying your radio.  I made another serial port cable (from my
computer) to miniature phone plug for PTT and modified the SignaLink
box with a miniature phono jack to accept the PTT signal direct from
my computer.  Doing this cuts out the slight delay that it takes the
VOX based PTT to activate.____
__ __
73,____
Dave, w6de____
__ __
Note: I no longer use the SignaLink as I switched to a MicroHam
micro KEYER II a number of years ago.  I don’t recall the details of
the connections inside the SignaLink I made for the computer derived
PTT.  However, it should be obvious from looking at the SignaLink
schematic.____
__ __
*From:*DXLab@groups.io <mailto:DXLab@groups.io>
[mailto:DXLab@groups.io <mailto:DXLab@groups.io>] *On Behalf Of
*dwfred@... <mailto:dwfred@...> via groups.io
<http://groups.io>
*Sent:* Wednesday, April 14, 2021 21:44
*To:* DXLab@groups.io <mailto:DXLab@groups.io>
*Subject:* [DXLab] Digital operation on old rig [TS-850S]. Signalink
USB a good solution?____
__ __
Anyone have experience using the Signalink USB audio interface box? It looks like an easy way, with a pre-made cable, to hook my
notebook up to my TS850S for digital modes.  What I'm curious about
is how it affects the notebook's sound interface.  When the USB
interface is enumerated, does the Signalink appear in Windows as an
additional sound card?  Does this disable the notebook's built-in
sound card for regular Windows output?  For example, say I want to
watch a YouTube video while doing FT8.  Can I listen to the sound
from the YouTube video's audio in my regular PC speakers while still
using the audio interface for the Signalink USB for JTDX?
Thanks for any info.
73,
Dean W8ZF ____


Re: Digital operation on old rig [TS-850S]. Signalink USB a good solution?

Dave Fugleberg
 

As others said it appears as another sound card, and your computer can deal with multiple sound cards just fine.
Regarding PTT, you have at least 3 options:
1) use the radio’s own VOX
2) use the VOX circuit that’s built in to the signallink and connect its key out line to the PTT input of the radio
3) use a separate serial port on the PC and a simple keying circuit to connect to the radio’s PTT input.

From a practical standpoint, option 1 is the simplest and has worked well on every radio I have tried it on. You may need to adjust the VOX controls on the radio for reliable operation. Option 2 works fine too and I have never had any issues with excessive delays. 
I no longer use or have a signallink, and simply use a cheap external sound card and VOX on my K3 with no problem.

On Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 6:10 PM w6de <w6de@...> wrote:

The SignaLink appears as an additional sound card.  Your laptop sound card is still there and active.  The only drawback is that the SignaLink only has provisions for VOX (tone) activated PTT for keying your radio.  I made another serial port cable (from my computer) to miniature phone plug for PTT and modified the SignaLink box with a miniature phono jack to accept the PTT signal direct from my computer.  Doing this cuts out the slight delay that it takes the VOX based PTT to activate.

 

73,

Dave, w6de

 

Note: I no longer use the SignaLink as I switched to a MicroHam micro KEYER II a number of years ago.  I don’t recall the details of the connections inside the SignaLink I made for the computer derived PTT.  However, it should be obvious from looking at the SignaLink schematic.

 

From: DXLab@groups.io [mailto:DXLab@groups.io] On Behalf Of dwfred@... via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 21:44
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: [DXLab] Digital operation on old rig [TS-850S]. Signalink USB a good solution?

 

Anyone have experience using the Signalink USB audio interface box?  It looks like an easy way, with a pre-made cable, to hook my notebook up to my TS850S for digital modes.  What I'm curious about is how it affects the notebook's sound interface.  When the USB interface is enumerated, does the Signalink appear in Windows as an additional sound card?  Does this disable the notebook's built-in sound card for regular Windows output?  For example, say I want to watch a YouTube video while doing FT8.  Can I listen to the sound from the YouTube video's audio in my regular PC speakers while still using the audio interface for the Signalink USB for JTDX? 

Thanks for any info.
73,
Dean W8ZF


Re: Commander 15.0.9 is available

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

swr shows right where s meter reading shows when in receive ..

+ It looks like Win4K3Suite is not conveying the "report SWR" command from Commander to the K3S, or the response from the K3S back to Commander.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

On 4/14/2021 6:29 PM, Jim N7US wrote:
Thanks for the update, Dave, and all that you do for us.

I'm not seeing the SWR with my K3S while transmitting. Where should I be looking?

I am using Win4K3Suite to control the radio, with the radio connected to that program. Might that be the cause?

73, Jim N7US


Re: Commander 15.0.9 is available

bill steffey NY9H
 

swr shows  right where   s meter  reading shows when in receive ..

On 4/14/2021 6:29 PM, Jim N7US wrote:
Thanks for the update, Dave, and all that you do for us.

I'm not seeing the SWR with my K3S while transmitting. Where should I be looking?

I am using Win4K3Suite to control the radio, with the radio connected to that program. Might that be the cause?

73, Jim N7US

-----Original Message-----
From: DXLab@groups.io <DXLab@groups.io> On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ via groups.io
Sent: Monday, April 12, 2021 00:53
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: [DXLab] Commander 15.0.9 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 15.0.9


This release

- updates CW speed shown in Main window's Mode panel when it changes (tnx to Norm KC1BMD)

- correctly display spectrum data from an Icom transceiver if started with low-pass filtering enabled with a value of 1 (tnx to Floyd K9AC)

- when controlling an Elecraft K3, KX3, or KX2 whose firmware supports the SW command, display the SWR while transmitting (tnx to Phil F5PHW and Greg VK3VT)

- updates the TXMeter.htm documentation file


Notes

1. in this version, the Secondary CAT Port's "CAT Protocol" selector can be set to "FlexRadio PGXL", but this is not yet working correctly with a FlexRadio PGXL amplifier.


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

- 0 of 56 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


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


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



Commander 15.0.9 is available via the DXLab Launcher and via

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

73,

Dave, AA6YQ






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Re: Digital operation on old rig [TS-850S]. Signalink USB a good solution?

w6de
 

The SignaLink appears as an additional sound card.  Your laptop sound card is still there and active.  The only drawback is that the SignaLink only has provisions for VOX (tone) activated PTT for keying your radio.  I made another serial port cable (from my computer) to miniature phone plug for PTT and modified the SignaLink box with a miniature phono jack to accept the PTT signal direct from my computer.  Doing this cuts out the slight delay that it takes the VOX based PTT to activate.

 

73,

Dave, w6de

 

Note: I no longer use the SignaLink as I switched to a MicroHam micro KEYER II a number of years ago.  I don’t recall the details of the connections inside the SignaLink I made for the computer derived PTT.  However, it should be obvious from looking at the SignaLink schematic.

 

From: DXLab@groups.io [mailto:DXLab@groups.io] On Behalf Of dwfred@... via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 21:44
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: [DXLab] Digital operation on old rig [TS-850S]. Signalink USB a good solution?

 

Anyone have experience using the Signalink USB audio interface box?  It looks like an easy way, with a pre-made cable, to hook my notebook up to my TS850S for digital modes.  What I'm curious about is how it affects the notebook's sound interface.  When the USB interface is enumerated, does the Signalink appear in Windows as an additional sound card?  Does this disable the notebook's built-in sound card for regular Windows output?  For example, say I want to watch a YouTube video while doing FT8.  Can I listen to the sound from the YouTube video's audio in my regular PC speakers while still using the audio interface for the Signalink USB for JTDX? 

Thanks for any info.
73,
Dean W8ZF


Re: Commander 15.0.9 is available

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below
I'm not seeing the SWR with my K3S while transmitting. Where should I be looking?

I am using Win4K3Suite to control the radio, with the radio connected to that program. Might that be the cause?

+ It might. Try connecting Commander directly to your K3S. What happens?

     73,

            Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Digital operation on old rig [TS-850S]. Signalink USB a good solution?

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

On 2021-04-14 6:53 PM, g4wjs wrote:

yes.
If you are careful and configure both Windows and WSJTX properly (I
would not touch JTDX since it departs from WSTJX in important ways).

73,

... Joe, W4TV


On 2021-04-14 6:53 PM, g4wjs wrote:
On 14/04/2021 22:44, dwfred@... wrote:
Anyone have experience using the Signalink USB audio interface box? It looks like an easy way, with a pre-made cable, to hook my notebook up to my TS850S for digital modes.  What I'm curious about is how it affects the notebook's sound interface.  When the USB interface is enumerated, does the Signalink appear in Windows as an additional sound card?  Does this disable the notebook's built-in sound card for regular Windows output?  For example, say I want to watch a YouTube video while doing FT8.  Can I listen to the sound from the YouTube video's audio in my regular PC speakers while still using the audio interface for the Signalink USB for JTDX?

Thanks for any info.
73,
Dean W8ZF
Hi Dean,
Yes, no, and yes.
73
Bill
G4WJS.


Re: Digital operation on old rig [TS-850S]. Signalink USB a good solution?

g4wjs
 

On 14/04/2021 22:44, dwfred@... wrote:
Anyone have experience using the Signalink USB audio interface box?  It looks like an easy way, with a pre-made cable, to hook my notebook up to my TS850S for digital modes.  What I'm curious about is how it affects the notebook's sound interface.  When the USB interface is enumerated, does the Signalink appear in Windows as an additional sound card?  Does this disable the notebook's built-in sound card for regular Windows output?  For example, say I want to watch a YouTube video while doing FT8.  Can I listen to the sound from the YouTube video's audio in my regular PC speakers while still using the audio interface for the Signalink USB for JTDX?

Thanks for any info.
73,
Dean W8ZF
Hi Dean,

Yes, no, and yes.

73
Bill
G4WJS.



--
73

Bill

G4WJS.


Re: Commander 15.0.9 is available

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

On 2021-04-14 6:29 PM, Jim N7US wrote:
I am using Win4K3Suite to control the radio, with the radio
connected to that program. Might that be the cause?
Yes, contact the developer of Win4K3Suite to see if it passes
the "report SWR" command.

73,

... Joe, W4TV


On 2021-04-14 6:29 PM, Jim N7US wrote:
Thanks for the update, Dave, and all that you do for us.
I'm not seeing the SWR with my K3S while transmitting. Where should I be looking?
I am using Win4K3Suite to control the radio, with the radio connected to that program. Might that be the cause?
73, Jim N7US
-----Original Message-----
From: DXLab@groups.io <DXLab@groups.io> On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ via groups.io
Sent: Monday, April 12, 2021 00:53
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: [DXLab] Commander 15.0.9 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 15.0.9
This release
- updates CW speed shown in Main window's Mode panel when it changes (tnx to Norm KC1BMD)
- correctly display spectrum data from an Icom transceiver if started with low-pass filtering enabled with a value of 1 (tnx to Floyd K9AC)
- when controlling an Elecraft K3, KX3, or KX2 whose firmware supports the SW command, display the SWR while transmitting (tnx to Phil F5PHW and Greg VK3VT)
- updates the TXMeter.htm documentation file
Notes
1. in this version, the Secondary CAT Port's "CAT Protocol" selector can be set to "FlexRadio PGXL", but this is not yet working correctly with a FlexRadio PGXL amplifier.
2. Update your firewall and anti-malware applications to consider this new version of Commander to be "safe"
- 0 of 56 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
3. If this upgrade doesn't work correctly, see the "After an Upgrade" section of http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/ApplicationStoppedWorking
4. After upgrading, to revert to the previous version of Commander, see http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/RevertApplicationVersion
Commander 15.0.9 is available via the DXLab Launcher and via
http://www.dxlabsuite.com/download.htm
73,
Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Commander 15.0.9 is available

Jim N7US
 

Thanks for the update, Dave, and all that you do for us.

I'm not seeing the SWR with my K3S while transmitting. Where should I be looking?

I am using Win4K3Suite to control the radio, with the radio connected to that program. Might that be the cause?

73, Jim N7US

-----Original Message-----
From: DXLab@groups.io <DXLab@groups.io> On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ via groups.io
Sent: Monday, April 12, 2021 00:53
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: [DXLab] Commander 15.0.9 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 15.0.9


This release

- updates CW speed shown in Main window's Mode panel when it changes (tnx to Norm KC1BMD)

- correctly display spectrum data from an Icom transceiver if started with low-pass filtering enabled with a value of 1 (tnx to Floyd K9AC)

- when controlling an Elecraft K3, KX3, or KX2 whose firmware supports the SW command, display the SWR while transmitting (tnx to Phil F5PHW and Greg VK3VT)

- updates the TXMeter.htm documentation file


Notes

1. in this version, the Secondary CAT Port's "CAT Protocol" selector can be set to "FlexRadio PGXL", but this is not yet working correctly with a FlexRadio PGXL amplifier.


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

- 0 of 56 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


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


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



Commander 15.0.9 is available via the DXLab Launcher and via

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

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Spot Collector not showing spots

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

On Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 6:33 AM Grant Kesselring <kesselg75@...> wrote:

Unfortunately, I've spoken too soon. Evidently, after 5-6 hours of spots coming in properly, this morning I find that all spots stopped at 0842Z (about 5 hours ago). The telnet windows are still there, but unresponsive. All of the Telnet status lights in Spot Collector are yellow. The WSJT source status is still green even though no spots are coming across UDP. The WSJT program is actively decoding stations, so there is activity that would generate spots. The only way to recover is to terminate Spot Collector from the task manager. It does not respond to termination using DXLab Launcher.
It sounds like something in SpotCollector is hanging (i.e. waiting for a response to some request, and blocking other work from proceeding).

Some suggestions to consider, to try to isolate the problem:

* Disable Email and Audio alarms (if you have them enabled)
* Disable TNC Serial Port (you didn't mention having a TNC, but just in case...)
* Disable the web server (if enabled)
* Disable all spot sources except one (the one you can't live without?), and see if the problem recurs, then, if not, re-enable one at a time

Did you do recomputes of your log database (in DXKeeper) and your spot database after changing your award objectives? Failure to do so shouldn't cause SpotCollector to hang, but you mentioned the award objective change as the apparent origin of the problem.

Another option might be to enable "Log debugging information", then examine the ErrorLog.txt when the problem occurs to look for clues.
You could probably email it directly to Dave for his analysis too.
Note that the log could grow quickly, especially with multiple spot sources enabled.

+ I would prefer that Grant conduct the "boot Windows into Safe Mode with Networking" test first.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Spot Collector not showing spots

iain macdonnell - N6ML
 

On Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 6:33 AM Grant Kesselring <kesselg75@...> wrote:

Unfortunately, I've spoken too soon. Evidently, after 5-6 hours of spots coming in properly, this morning I find that all spots stopped at 0842Z (about 5 hours ago). The telnet windows are still there, but unresponsive. All of the Telnet status lights in Spot Collector are yellow. The WSJT source status is still green even though no spots are coming across UDP. The WSJT program is actively decoding stations, so there is activity that would generate spots. The only way to recover is to terminate Spot Collector from the task manager. It does not respond to termination using DXLab Launcher.
It sounds like something in SpotCollector is hanging (i.e. waiting for
a response to some request, and blocking other work from proceeding).

Some suggestions to consider, to try to isolate the problem:

* Disable Email and Audio alarms (if you have them enabled)
* Disable TNC Serial Port (you didn't mention having a TNC, but just
in case...)
* Disable the web server (if enabled)
* Disable all spot sources except one (the one you can't live
without?), and see if the problem recurs, then, if not, re-enable one
at a time

Did you do recomputes of your log database (in DXKeeper) and your spot
database after changing your award objectives? Failure to do so
shouldn't cause SpotCollector to hang, but you mentioned the award
objective change as the apparent origin of the problem.

Another option might be to enable "Log debugging information", then
examine the ErrorLog.txt when the problem occurs to look for clues.
You could probably email it directly to Dave for his analysis too.
Note that the log could grow quickly, especially with multiple spot
sources enabled.

73,

~iain / N6ML


Re: Setting unto serve Spots to outside world?

David Reed
 

Thanks Dave! Got it all up and running just like I wanted!

73 de W5SV - David F. Reed

On Apr 14, 2021, at 12:40, Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:

+ AA6YQ comments below

I currently successfully have SpotCollect configured to serve a webpage of my filtered spots on my internal internet.

I have a new need developing in which as I travel and operate remote base, I want to access my current needs same as I spot them at
home.

Rather that maintaining a up to date copy of my log as I travel, I am thinking that some form of port forwarding would put this info
available to me in the outside world.

I am unsure how to do this in general, so I am hoping someone here has the requisite knowledge to share to help me get this going.

+ See " Viewing the Spot Database Display from Another Computer, Tablet, or Smart Phone" in

https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/SpotCollectorWebServer

     73,

             Dave, AA6YQ





Re: Setting unto serve Spots to outside world?

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I currently successfully have SpotCollect configured to serve a webpage of my filtered spots on my internal internet.

I have a new need developing in which as I travel and operate remote base, I want to access my current needs same as I spot them at
home.

Rather that maintaining a up to date copy of my log as I travel, I am thinking that some form of port forwarding would put this info
available to me in the outside world.

I am unsure how to do this in general, so I am hoping someone here has the requisite knowledge to share to help me get this going.

+ See " Viewing the Spot Database Display from Another Computer, Tablet, or Smart Phone" in

https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/SpotCollectorWebServer

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

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