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eQSL support for the new submodes introduced in ADIF 3.1.2

Dave AA6YQ
 

Dave N5UP has updated eQSL to accept Q65 and the other new submodes introduced with the recent approval of ADIF 3.1.2. DXKeeper
users can proceed to submit QSOs made with these submodes to eQSL.

Thanks, Dave!

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Serial Port RTS Error upon startup Commander

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

+ Joe, is there a way that Commander can determine that a microHam "RTS must be N" interface is involved?
It's not "RTS must be N". It can be anything but typically RTS=Y
will lock the rig in transmit if the user is using RTS for PTT and
RTS=HANDSHAKE will lock up CAT software expecting a response on
CTS.

All of the microHAM "keyer" interfaces (CW Keyer, DigiKeyer, DigiKeyer
II, microKEYER, microKEYER II, microKEYER III, MK2R+) *require* hardware
PTT in order to perform sound card/mic audio switching and/or provide
(timed) PTT to an amplifier.

If the owner has enabled a "control" port in microHAM USB Device Router
Commander can poll that port (Ports -> SO2R Serial Port) using the
microHAM Control Protocol. The VS; command will identify the device in
the first two characters following the VS in the response. *HOWEVER*
the microHAM Control Protocol is not applicable to USB Interface II,
USB Interface III or DXP.

In addition, polling for a microHAM interface does not resolve the issue
with the hundreds of other CT/NA compatible interfaces (including MFJ!
and some Rigblaster models).

73,

... Joe, W4TV


On 2021-04-28 8:37 PM, Dave AA6YQ wrote:
+ AA6YQ comments below


I disagree with Dave for his "nanny" prompt.
+ That prompt has saved me a ton of time reviewing screen shots and errorlog.txt files in order to determine why a new user can't get Commander configured to control his or her Kenwood or Yaesu transceiver. The time saved went to implementing new capabilities. Some new users might have abandoned DXLab rather than seek help here.
+ Joe, is there a way that Commander can determine that a microHam "RTS must be N" interface is involved?
73,
Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Help with backup suggesiton

Jim Miller, AB3CV
 

I use BackBlaze. 


jim ab3cv


Re: Serial Port RTS Error upon startup Commander

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below
I disagree with Dave for his "nanny" prompt. 

+ That prompt has saved me a ton of time reviewing screen shots and errorlog.txt files in order to determine why a new user can't get Commander configured to control his or her Kenwood or Yaesu transceiver. The time saved went to implementing new capabilities. Some new users might have abandoned DXLab rather than seek help here.

+ Joe, is there a way that Commander can determine that a microHam "RTS must be N" interface is involved?

       73,

              Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Club Log Upload Permission Popup Box

Ed W2LCQ
 

Dave,

The pop up box is gone and my QSOs continue to log directly from DXK to Club Log without any problems. Thanks fir your quick look at this and your timely response as always. 

Best, Ed

73, de W2LCQ Ed Jones

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On Apr 28, 2021, at 7:44 AM, K0LUZ -- Gary "Red" Letchford <k0luz@...> wrote:

Thanks Dave,

Must be the case because this morning,  there is no popup on completed qsos.  That's how I like to solve problems.  They just disappear!
Thanks for your reply.

73
Red  K0LUZ


On 4/28/2021 01:22 AM, Dave AA6YQ wrote:
+ AA6YQ comments below

I was logging from DX Keeper and the capture window. Also running were Commander with spectrum display, Spot Collector, and Pathfinder.

+ Thanks. That's likely the result of a recent - and probably unintentional - change in Club Log. Let's give Michael G7VJR time to get it sorted.

       73,

              Dave, AA6YQ







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Re: Serial Port RTS Error upon startup Commander

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

On 2021-04-28 7:42 PM, Saad Mahaini via groups.io wrote:
However, per Dave's comment, commander expects them to be set for "yes" thus automatically flags me with the reminder upon every startup.
I disagree with Dave for his "nanny" prompt. Users have been
placing a jumper between RTS and CTS ("fake handshake") with
Kenwood rigs ever since Kenwood started providing serial control.
It's even documented in the ARRL Handbooks of the 1980s. That
allows the use of RTS for PTT and DTR for CW on the same port as
radio control - something that contest software has made use of
since CT, NA and TR under DOS (late 1970s and early 1980s).

The problem is that new licensees don't bother to learn anything
about their equipment or software and expect everything tied up
with a bow and handed to them on a silver platter. Heck, there
are a lot of old-timers who can't be bothered to read manuals
or help files any more (and are *proud* of it).

73,

... Joe, W4TV


On 2021-04-28 7:42 PM, Saad Mahaini via groups.io wrote:
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@subich.com> 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@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: 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

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