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Re: Filtering SC for special callsigns by mode

Tim K9WX
 

The current CWops roster has just under 2500 calls, although a few of them are duplicates as some members have more than one call.

Tim K9WX


Re: Serial Port RTS Error upon startup Commander

Saad Mahaini
 

Thanks Dave

The issue is when i set it to "Y", it does not work, so it has to be set to "X" in my case

Per Joe's reply "I just responded to" sounds like MK configuration requirement as i followed their document on how to set up with DX Lab , which sound to be opposite for RTS setting.

But i can also see your logic which is based on interfacing directly to the radio and not having other device in between

Thanks again

73 Saad




On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 4:38:54 PM CDT, Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:


+ AA6YQ comments below

its

'''
CI-V Commander

the transceiver has not responded, and the serial port's RTS signal is not set to 'on" , which this transceiver typically requires; set the RTS signal to 'on"?

Yes or no Buttons options

''''''


Radios

Radio 1 IC-7600 via Microham MK-3

Radio 2 FT-2000 via MK-2
Radio 3 TS-2000X direct

+ Thanks, Saad. Both your FT-2000 and your TS-2000 require RTS to be enabled. Failure to properly configure setting in Commander this is a "hole" that new users who don't read the appropriate section of "Getting Started with DXLab" fall into, so if either is your primary transceiver but the Primary CAT Serial Port's RTS selector is not set to "on", then the "reminder" is displayed.

      73,

              Dave, AA6YQ







Re: Serial Port RTS Error upon startup Commander

Saad Mahaini
 

Thanks Joe

That's exactly the issue.

I set them per the micro-ham document that you have posted for MK2 &3, so mine are both set to "X" and they work fine

However, per Dave's comment, commander expects them to be set for "yes" thus automatically flags me with the reminder upon every startup.

73 Saad
 



On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 6:20:10 PM CDT, Joe Subich, W4TV <lists@...> wrote:



Saad,

> Radio 1 IC-7600 via Microham MK-3
> Radio 2 FT-2000 via MK-2Radio 3

With a microHAM interface, set RTS to "N" (No) or "X" (high
on transmit - hardware PTT).

microHAM interfaces *DO NOT* support RTS to the transceiver.
MK, MK II and MK III handle RTS from the processor for rigs
that require handshake.  DK/DKII/USB II/USB III provide a
pull-up to +12 or +5V (RTS = Always On) for transceivers
that require RTS.

73,

    ... Joe, W4TV


On 2021-04-28 5:22 PM, Saad Mahaini via groups.io wrote:
>  Hi Dave
> its
>
>
> '''
> CI-V Commander
> the transceiver has not responded, and the serial port's RTS signal is not set to 'on" , which this transceiver typically requires; set the RTS signal to 'on"?
>
> Yes or no Buttons options
>
> ''''''
>
> Radios
> Radio 1 IC-7600 via Microham MK-3
> Radio 2 FT-2000 via MK-2Radio 3 TS-2000X direct
>
> 73 Saad N5FF
>
>
>      On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 3:55:52 PM CDT, Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:

>  + AA6YQ comments below
>
> I have run commander configured for multiple radios
>
> When i launch Commander, i in most cases only have one radio turned on or even none, as i sometimes start the program then  decide what radio to use, etc
>
> when i don't have the Icom radio (Happens to be the first one of the three in Commander ) even if a different radio i selected from previous session, I get the error message
>
> Inline image
>
> + Attachments are not conveyed here. What is the text of the error message?
>
> + What make and model transceivers are you using?
>
>        73,
>
>                  Dave, AA6YQ
>








Re: Filtering SC for special callsigns by mode

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below
Would there be a corresponding SQL expression that would limit the display of active CWops stations to those that haven't been worked on CW this calendar year, regardless of band?

+ The SQL expression

((TAGS like '*<cwops>*') and (MODE='CW') and (ModeWorked='N'))

+ Will identify active CWops stations never before worked on CW. There is no way to implement the "not worked on CW this calendar year" constraint in an unchanging SQL expression.

+ How many CWOps stations are there?

       73,

            Dave, AA6YQ

 


Re: Filtering SC for special callsigns by mode

Tim K9WX
 

Thanks, Dave.  Would there be a corresponding SQL expression that would limit the display of active CWops stations to those that haven't been worked on CW this calendar year, regardless of band?

Tim K9WX


On Fri, Apr 23, 2021 at 09:14 PM, Dave AA6YQ wrote:
@ Then use this SQL expression:

<NEEDFILTER> or ((TAGS like '*<cwops>*') and (MODE='CW') and (BandModeWorked='N'))

@ This will limit the display of active CWOPs stations (not otherwise needed) to those that haven't been worked in CW on the spotted band.


Re: Serial Port RTS Error upon startup Commander

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

Saad,

Radio 1 IC-7600 via Microham MK-3
Radio 2 FT-2000 via MK-2Radio 3
With a microHAM interface, set RTS to "N" (No) or "X" (high
on transmit - hardware PTT).

microHAM interfaces *DO NOT* support RTS to the transceiver.
MK, MK II and MK III handle RTS from the processor for rigs
that require handshake. DK/DKII/USB II/USB III provide a
pull-up to +12 or +5V (RTS = Always On) for transceivers
that require RTS.

73,

... Joe, W4TV


On 2021-04-28 5:22 PM, Saad Mahaini via groups.io wrote:
Hi Dave
its
'''
CI-V Commander
the transceiver has not responded, and the serial port's RTS signal is not set to 'on" , which this transceiver typically requires; set the RTS signal to 'on"?
Yes or no Buttons options
''''''
Radios
Radio 1 IC-7600 via Microham MK-3
Radio 2 FT-2000 via MK-2Radio 3 TS-2000X direct
73 Saad N5FF
On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 3:55:52 PM CDT, Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@ambersoft.com> wrote:
+ AA6YQ comments below
I have run commander configured for multiple radios
When i launch Commander, i in most cases only have one radio turned on or even none, as i sometimes start the program then  decide what radio to use, etc
when i don't have the Icom radio (Happens to be the first one of the three in Commander ) even if a different radio i selected from previous session, I get the error message
Inline image
+ Attachments are not conveyed here. What is the text of the error message?
+ What make and model transceivers are you using?
      73,
                Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Help with backup suggesiton

Dave / NR1DX
 

Beware of "free" cloud storage.

While I have recently grudgingly moved certain functions of my small E-business (which was a big user of FTP, which none of the main stream browsers support anymore as of last week ) to Dropbox. Beware that Dropbox and for that matter most cloud storage services are not free for very long. Dropbox has a number of setup choices that can trap you into using it as a backup for your entire system ( maybe a good idea , maybe not) quickly exceeding the free data storage level. All of these services are targets ( Dropbox had a large hack a couple of years ago) for Identity theft . They claim they are bullet proof now but caveat emptor.

Dave
NR1DX

On 4/28/2021 5:30 PM, Dave AA6YQ wrote:
+ AA6YQ comment below

After the recent emails about backups, I am wondering if there is a neat way to simply copy the MDB log file to an external HDD?

On my old Win7 PC, I had a small batch file that I could run from the desktop which use the xcopy function to copy my GU0SUP.MDB
file and replace it if it had been updated since the last backup. It also copied a few other files from within DXKeeper, such as
bands.txt, modes.txt, and also a copy of my Workspace settings. (Are there any other files I should back up at the same time?)

Now that I have a nice new Win10 Pro 64 bit machine, I would like to have something simple that could do a similar task. However, I
see that MS has deprecated xcopy, and the new option seems to be overly complicated for what is - essentially such a simple thing.

I am not sure I want a scheduled task to do this overnight, as that could potentially clash with one of those unsolicited Windows
updates that occur, even when you have stated that you wish to be advise BEFORE initiating the update.

+ A scheduled task that copies your log file to another hard drive will not conflict with a Windows Update that happens to occur
simultaneously. Presumably the Update would not reboot Windows while a file copy operation was in progress.

+ You might also consider backing up to free cloud storage like DropBox or Google Drive. Recovery is slower, but you are protected
against local catastrophes. Backing up both locally and to the cloud provides faster recovery and enhanced protection.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ




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Re: Serial Port RTS Error upon startup Commander

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

its

'''
CI-V Commander

the transceiver has not responded, and the serial port's RTS signal is not set to 'on" , which this transceiver typically requires; set the RTS signal to 'on"?

Yes or no Buttons options

''''''


Radios

Radio 1 IC-7600 via Microham MK-3

Radio 2 FT-2000 via MK-2
Radio 3 TS-2000X direct

+ Thanks, Saad. Both your FT-2000 and your TS-2000 require RTS to be enabled. Failure to properly configure setting in Commander this is a "hole" that new users who don't read the appropriate section of "Getting Started with DXLab" fall into, so if either is your primary transceiver but the Primary CAT Serial Port's RTS selector is not set to "on", then the "reminder" is displayed.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Help with backup suggesiton

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comment below

After the recent emails about backups, I am wondering if there is a neat way to simply copy the MDB log file to an external HDD?

On my old Win7 PC, I had a small batch file that I could run from the desktop which use the xcopy function to copy my GU0SUP.MDB
file and replace it if it had been updated since the last backup. It also copied a few other files from within DXKeeper, such as
bands.txt, modes.txt, and also a copy of my Workspace settings. (Are there any other files I should back up at the same time?)

Now that I have a nice new Win10 Pro 64 bit machine, I would like to have something simple that could do a similar task. However, I
see that MS has deprecated xcopy, and the new option seems to be overly complicated for what is - essentially such a simple thing.

I am not sure I want a scheduled task to do this overnight, as that could potentially clash with one of those unsolicited Windows
updates that occur, even when you have stated that you wish to be advise BEFORE initiating the update.

+ A scheduled task that copies your log file to another hard drive will not conflict with a Windows Update that happens to occur
simultaneously. Presumably the Update would not reboot Windows while a file copy operation was in progress.

+ You might also consider backing up to free cloud storage like DropBox or Google Drive. Recovery is slower, but you are protected
against local catastrophes. Backing up both locally and to the cloud provides faster recovery and enhanced protection.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Help with backup suggesiton

Rod Greene
 

I have used Cobian Backup for years. Suits me well.


73, Rod/w7zrc

On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 3:18:34 PM MDT, Phil Cooper via groups.io <pcooper@...> wrote:


Hi all,

 

After the recent emails about backups, I am wondering if there is a neat way to simply copy the MDB log file to an external HDD?

 

On my old Win7 PC, I had a small batch file that I could run from the desktop which use the xcopy function to copy my GU0SUP.MDB file and replace it if it had been updated since the last backup. It also copied a few other files from within DXKeeper, such as bands.txt, modes.txt, and also a copy of my Workspace settings. (Are there any  other files I should back up at the same time?)

 

Now that I have a nice new Win10 Pro 64 bit machine, I would like to have something simple that could do a similar task. However, I see that MS has deprecated xcopy, and the new option seems to be overly complicated for what is – essentially such a simple thing.

I am not sure I want a scheduled task to do this overnight, as that could potentially clash with one of those unsolicited Windows updates that occur, even when you have stated that you wish to be advise BEFORE initiating the update.

 

My shack PC is on 24/7, so I currently create a backup after each session on the radio, or when I have sync’d LoTW for example.

 www.cobiansoft.com/

Can anyone suggest a simple way of achieving this?

 

73 de Phil GU0SUP

 

 


Re: Serial Port RTS Error upon startup Commander

Saad Mahaini
 

Hi Dave

its


'''
CI-V Commander

the transceiver has not responded, and the serial port's RTS signal is not set to 'on" , which this transceiver typically requires; set the RTS signal to 'on"?

Yes or no Buttons options

''''''

Radios

Radio 1 IC-7600 via Microham MK-3
Radio 2 FT-2000 via MK-2
Radio 3 TS-2000X direct

73 Saad N5FF


On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 3:55:52 PM CDT, Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:


+ AA6YQ comments below

I have run commander configured for multiple radios

When i launch Commander, i in most cases only have one radio turned on or even none, as i sometimes start the program then  decide what radio to use, etc

when i don't have the Icom radio (Happens to be the first one of the three in Commander ) even if a different radio i selected from previous session, I get the error message

Inline image

+ Attachments are not conveyed here. What is the text of the error message?

+ What make and model transceivers are you using?


      73,


                Dave, AA6YQ







Help with backup suggesiton

Phil Cooper
 

Hi all,

 

After the recent emails about backups, I am wondering if there is a neat way to simply copy the MDB log file to an external HDD?

 

On my old Win7 PC, I had a small batch file that I could run from the desktop which use the xcopy function to copy my GU0SUP.MDB file and replace it if it had been updated since the last backup. It also copied a few other files from within DXKeeper, such as bands.txt, modes.txt, and also a copy of my Workspace settings. (Are there any  other files I should back up at the same time?)

 

Now that I have a nice new Win10 Pro 64 bit machine, I would like to have something simple that could do a similar task. However, I see that MS has deprecated xcopy, and the new option seems to be overly complicated for what is – essentially such a simple thing.

I am not sure I want a scheduled task to do this overnight, as that could potentially clash with one of those unsolicited Windows updates that occur, even when you have stated that you wish to be advise BEFORE initiating the update.

 

My shack PC is on 24/7, so I currently create a backup after each session on the radio, or when I have sync’d LoTW for example.

 

Can anyone suggest a simple way of achieving this?

 

73 de Phil GU0SUP

 

 


Re: Spot Collector Sluggish and slowing everything down

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

Just to circle back on this issue with some feedback


Everything got to the point of being so sluggish, almost non responsive and unusable. During a contest with spots pouring in so fast, it was practically almost frozen.

I tried about everything recommend in the document., short of adding more memory and dedicating CPUs, the only thing that made HUGE difference is "Size control" in the SC Config / Spot database. I "cleared" it and also changed "Brune entries to older than 1 day", also checked "clear data base on startup".

This made a night and day difference, and everything was responded instantly.

+ Managing a large database requires available RAM. Instead of enabling "clear data base on startup", I suggest that you enable "Prune Spot Database hourly".

+ When seeking to understand the operating pattern of a particular station, add its callsign to SpotCollector's Special Callsign List with a NOPRUNE tag.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Serial Port RTS Error upon startup Commander

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I have run commander configured for multiple radios

When i launch Commander, i in most cases only have one radio turned on or even none, as i sometimes start the program then decide what radio to use, etc

when i don't have the Icom radio (Happens to be the first one of the three in Commander ) even if a different radio i selected from previous session, I get the error message

Inline image

+ Attachments are not conveyed here. What is the text of the error message?

+ What make and model transceivers are you using?

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Spot Collector Sluggish and slowing everything down

Saad Mahaini
 

Dave,

Just to circle back on this issue with some feedback


Everything got to the point of being so sluggish, almost non responsive and unusable.  During a contest with spots pouring in so fast, it was practically almost frozen.

I tried about everything recommend in the document., short of adding more memory and dedicating CPUs, the only thing that made HUGE difference is  "Size control" in the SC Config / Spot database.  I "cleared" it and also changed "Brune entries to  older than 1 day", also checked "clear data base on startup".  

This made a night and day difference, and everything was responded instantly.  

I will still explore the memory upgrade and CPU  allocation when i get to it, but for now this certainly made a huge difference

73 Saad N5FF



On Sunday, March 28, 2021, 02:27:02 PM CDT, Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:


+ AA6YQ comments below

Once i start Spot Collector, seems like everything slows down considerable and response time on other modules i.e. logging, etc. become noticeably sluggish, unresponsive in some cases

The worst response is when i try to do anything on teh spot Collector window.  For example clicking on a spot sometimes take many clicks /tries for it to respond.

Checking Windows task Manager shows Spot Collector continuously hogging anywhere from 25 % to 30 % of the CPU usage.

I limited the Spot collector spot sources to only one source (N6WS), that did not make a difference

I ran the PC in safe mode an that did not make a difference either

I disabled the protection (Defender and virus scans, etc) , with no difference

I'm not sure what to try next.

I guess the question is if its normal for SC to utilize this much CPU, and if so, why does it bring things to halt even at 30% CPU usage.  Even with everything running including SC, the total CPU usage is in the 50ish % range , is that too much?

+ CPU usage is only one of several factors that can slow system performance. See

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


      73,


            Dave, AA6YQ







Serial Port RTS Error upon startup Commander

Saad Mahaini
 

Hi Dave

I have run commander configured for multiple radios

When i launch Commander, i in most cases only have one radio turned on or even none, as i sometimes start the program then  decide what radio to use, etc 

when i don't have the Icom radio (Happens to be the first one of the three in Commander ) even if a different radio i selected from previous session, I get the error message


I learned to check "no", but sometimes if im distracted and not thinking (seems to happen often lately) i select "Yes", then later when i try to use that radio, i go in circles trying to figure out why things are not behaving normal till i eventually end up going into the Config and changing the RTS flag to "X" in my case for things to work again  

My question is why is this error message relevant, and is it even necessary to flag upon start up? In another word why does it even think that it should be on in the first place, since its a parameter that can be configured different ways depends on personal configuration, setup, etc.  Or is it a configuration conflict that is specific to my setup?

73 Saad N5FF


Re: DXKeeper 16.1.0 Upgrade

GLENN P. KE4KY
 

Migrating to a new computer for the shack.

Older computer upgraded without any issues.

New computer immediately updated to the 16.1.0 after initial install and has been functioning without issue.

My log is just shy of 100k entries.

Glenn KE4KY


Re: DXKeeper 16.1.0 Upgrade

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I think that anyone upgrading to 16.1.0 should BACKUP YOUR .MDB file first. I did not (duh), and it initially appears that a large part of my log is now gone.
I have opened every .mdb file that I could find on my computer with MS Access, and it appears that about 15 years of my 17 year old log is not there.
Fortunately I have a one year old backup .mdb file on a flash drive, and I have sent all the files to Dave, and am waiting for his instructions on where to go next. I will paper log in the meantime as to not disturb anything in DXKeeper.
I hope I'm wrong about this missing data, but the one year old .mdb file is over 7 Mb, and the current one is less than 1.5 Mb.

+ Anyone using any logging application should backup their log file after each operating session. There are several free backup-and-recovery applications available. As has already been pointed out in this thread, DXKeeper can backup your log with one mouse click, and provides the option to automatically backup you log on shut down. See

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

+ Having gone a full year without backing up a log file, you should not be surprised if you end up losing QSOs. If necessary, basic QSO data can be recovered from LoTW, as described in

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

+ You sent me your year-old backup file in a zip archive; DXKeeper successfully updated the capacity of its Mode items, and I returned the updated file to you in a zip archive.

+ You also sent me a log file directly attached to an email message. Bare .mdb files cannot be conveyed as email attachments; they must be enclosed in a zip archive. You mentioned that you had opened your log file with Excel. I hope you mean that you made a copy of your log file and opened that copy with Excel, because opening a log file with Excel makes it easy to render that log file un-useable.

+ Please place your current log file in a zip archive, attach the zip archive to an email message, and send the message to me via

aa6yq (at) ambersoft.com

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Uploads to LOTA & EQSL #file

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

Thanks Carl for the info. I got it fixed now. Appreciate the help

+ Now would be a good time to review

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

+ and

+ https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/QSLingeQSL

73,

Dave. AA6YQ


Re: Multiple instances JTDX and SC

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I'm running 2 instances of JTDX, both are enabled to forward spot info to SC. It would appear that I experiencing some number of collisions on the UDP port. Any thoughts out there on a possible resolution?

+ JTDX is a hostile fork of the open source WSJT-X project, and thus is not supported for interoperation with DXLab.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

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