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Re: Connecting a 2nd transceiver to Commander?

w6de
 

If you implement a diversity or two receiver set-up as described in the documentation AA6YQ directed you to; be careful you can easily burn out the second receiver front-end when transmitting of the primary without some receiver protection on the secondary transceiver.  Either implement an antenna disconnect when the primary transceiver PTT line is engaged (goes to ground in most transceivers) and or put a receiver protection device—e.g., https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/dxe-rg5000hdon-- on the receiver line of the secondary transceiver.  Note this might mean operating on the radio to separate the receive line after the Transmit/Receive switch.  Some higher cost transceivers already have this provision on the back panel.  The potential for receiver harm increases if either transceiver can be the primary radio—you’ll have to implement protection for both transceivers.  This becomes complicated if the transceivers do not already have separate receive antenna routing on their back panels.

 

73,

Dave, w6de

From: DXLab@groups.io <DXLab@groups.io> On Behalf Of w2eck via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, July 31, 2022 16:50
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: [DXLab] Connecting a 2nd transceiver to Commander?

 

My main radio is a Flex 6600 and has worked fine for a long time with Commander. I have added a FTDX10 to the shack that I also want to control with Commander. I have read thru the "Controlling Multiple Radios"  and Primary Cat Port Switching in the manual , but am hesitant to start some of those steps, not wanting to mess up the settings for the Flex. Also not sure if once setup, if I can have both radios running with CDR at the same time?
Can anyone who might be running two different radios share some of their experiences?
73 Paul w2eck


Re: Solar Flux

Alan Swinger
 

Dave - I tried what you said in Spot Collector - History Button, then uncheck A & K boxes w/ SFI checked and I get a Blank graph. I must be missing something. Pls advise.
Tks - alan K9MBQ

On Sat, Jul 30, 2022 at 3:23 PM Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:
As every DXer, his/her immediate family, and close friends know, radiation from our sun -- the "solar flux" -- ionize atoms and
molecules in the earth's ionosphere, making it more reflective of HF signals, reducing path loss, and thereby enabling more DX QSOs
on 20m and up.

If you click the History button in the WWV panel in the upper-left corner of SpotCollector's Main window, you will see a window that
can display a 31-day history of three parameters:

SFI - the Solar Flux Index

A - the geomagnetic A-index

K - the geomagnetic K index

Check the SFI box in this window's lower-left corner, uncheck the A and K boxes in its lower-right corner, and you will this graph
of the solar flux index:

www.dxlabsuite.com/spotcollector/SFI%202022-07-30.jpg

As the graph reveals, the solar flux increased from the low 90s at end of June to a peak in the mid 170s in mid-July, and then
gracefully fell back to its current value of 93.

The solar flux increases with the number of sunspots on the sun's surface. New sunspots continuously form, and old sunspots
continuously disappear. The sun rotates at the rate of one revolution every 27 days. Many sunspots survive for longer than one solar
revolution. Thus a reasonable prediction of future solar flux can be made from the solar flux of 27 days ago; that's why the "4" in
the date axis in the above graph is rendered in red font: it shows the solar flux one solar revolution ago.

It will be interesting to see if the solar flux again rises over the coming days as it did during the first half of July.

As we approach the peak of the 11-year solar cycle over the coming years, maybe we'll see the solar flux increase enough to support
F2 propagation on 6m - a phenomenon I have never experienced during my 32 years as a ham and DXer.

         73,

                  Dave, AA6YQ








Re: Transmit Power Different than Default

Dave AA6YQ
 

Dave, thanks for the reply but let this be my official request for a future update.

+ That's Enhancement # 1742 in the DXKeeper Enhancement log:

https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/enhancements.htm

+ It was first submitted back in 2013. There have been very few requests for it since then.

+ Note that the first set of enhancements list in this log have been implemented; those that remain unimplemented are listed after those that have been implemented. Search for 1742 and you'll find it.

2nd question, however, I see no way too update the QSO power (the default) reported to DCKeeper after it’s automatically sent from WSJTX. Seems like there should be a way to edit all fields of a recorded Qso. There’s an edit button but it doesn’t allow me to change the power recorded.

+ The Edit button is present because you have the "Require Edit to modify logged QSOs" option enabled in the Main Log QSOs" options panel on the Configuration window's General tab.

+ The Main window's "Log QSOs" tab provides access to every item logged with a QSO. The Power item is located in the lower left corner of the QSO panel at the top of the tab.

+ To change the power logged with a QSO

1. select that QSO in the Log Page Display

2. click the Edit button above the Log Page Display (because you have the "Require Edit to modify logged QSOs" option enabled)

3. modify the power item

4. click the Save button just above the Log Page Display, on the left.

+ You can also modify the power items in a group of QSOs "en masse". See

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

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Transmit Power Different than Default

neil_zampella
 

You do have the option to edit anything that's being sent to DXKeeper from WSJT-X if you have the "Log QSO" panel appearing from WSJT-X.  You can then edit power, time, etc, before you click on the OK button.

Neil, KN3ILZ

On 7/31/2022 3:32 PM, florida randy wrote:

Dave, thanks for the reply but let this be my official request for a future update. 

2nd question, however, I see no way too update the QSO power (the default) reported to DCKeeper after it’s automatically sent from WSJTX. Seems like there should be a way to edit all fields of a recorded Qso.   There’s an edit button but it doesn’t allow me to change the power recorded.

There’s an edit button but it doesn’t allow me to change the power recorded.

Thanks

Randy N4TDT

 


Re: Transmit Power Different than Default

florida randy
 

Dave, thanks for the reply but let this be my official request for a future update. 

2nd question, however, I see no way too update the QSO power (the default) reported to DCKeeper after it’s automatically sent from WSJTX. Seems like there should be a way to edit all fields of a recorded Qso.   There’s an edit button but it doesn’t allow me to change the power recorded.

There’s an edit button but it doesn’t allow me to change the power recorded.

Thanks

Randy N4TDT

 


Re: Transmit Power Different than Default

Gilbert Baron W0MN
 

You could allow a multiplier for amp users. Of course there would need to be a way to know if amp was in use. I would like this as I often have logged  the wrong power. Probably not a high priority item though. 😊

 

Outlook LT Gil W0MN

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-----Original Message-----
From: DXLab@groups.io <DXLab@groups.io> On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ
Sent: Sunday, July 31, 2022 2:57 PM
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DXLab] Transmit Power Different than Default

 

+ AA6YQ comments below

 

I am a new user of DX labs.

 

When I change the RF power on my Yaesu FT 991A , and complete a QSO, the power recorded when the completed QSO Is sent to DX keeper the recorded power remains at the default level for the band, rather than the actual power output from the transmitter. How can I get the correct transmit power based on the RF power setting in the radio, and not a default setting for the band or mode?

 

+ Commander can display your FT 991A's RF Output Power while transmitting, but conveying it to DXKeeper for recording with a QSO is not currently supported. Note that the reported value would be irrelevant to users who employ an amplifier.

 

       73,

 

               Dave, AA6YQ

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Re: Transmit Power Different than Default

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I am a new user of DX labs.

When I change the RF power on my Yaesu FT 991A , and complete a QSO, the power recorded when the completed QSO Is sent to DX keeper the recorded power remains at the default level for the band, rather than the actual power output from the transmitter. How can I get the correct transmit power based on the RF power setting in the radio, and not a default setting for the band or mode?

+ Commander can display your FT 991A's RF Output Power while transmitting, but conveying it to DXKeeper for recording with a QSO is not currently supported. Note that the reported value would be irrelevant to users who employ an amplifier.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Transmit Power Different than Default

florida randy
 

I am a new user of DX labs. When I change the RF power on my Yaesu FT 991A , and complete a QSO, the power recorded when the completed QSO Is sent to DX keeper the recorded power remains at the default level for the band, rather than the actual power output from the transmitter. How can I get the correct transmit power based on the RF power setting in the radio, and not a default setting for the band or mode?
 
Thanks


Re: Connecting a 2nd transceiver to Commander?

Larry K8UT
 

Dave W0RX,

>My next step is to improve my antenna switching as I cannot listen on both rigs simultaneously yet.
{shameless plug follows}
The latest version of the freeware FreqEZ Band Decoder supports DXLab's MultiRadio feature with SO2R Radio 1 and Radio 2 antenna switching.

-larry (K8UT)

------ Original Message ------
From: "w0rx - David Willis" <w0rx@...>
Sent: 7/31/2022 1:14:53 PM
Subject: Re: [DXLab] Connecting a 2nd transceiver to Commander?

I use a Flex 6400M and an Icom 7610.  Just set up as per DXLab documentation and they both work flawlessly.  I also use a MicroHam u2R for the control lines.  Everything plays great together.  I use the Flex for digital modes (WSJT linked via Commander)and the Icom 7610 for CW. (Mostly!)  My next step is to improve my antenna switching as I cannot listen on both rigs simultaneously yet.

vy 73, Dave, w0rx


On 7/31/2022 11:50 AM, w2eck wrote:
My main radio is a Flex 6600 and has worked fine for a long time with Commander. I have added a FTDX10 to the shack that I also want to control with Commander. I have read thru the "Controlling Multiple Radios"  and Primary Cat Port Switching in the manual , but am hesitant to start some of those steps, not wanting to mess up the settings for the Flex. Also not sure if once setup, if I can have both radios running with CDR at the same time?
Can anyone who might be running two different radios share some of their experiences?
73 Paul w2eck


-- 
vy 73, Dave, w0rx


updated eQSL AG, LoTW, and RDA databases are available

Dave AA6YQ
 

via the Databases tab of DXView's Configuration window. Terminate DXKeeper and SpotCollector before directing DXView to update these
databases.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Connecting a 2nd transceiver to Commander?

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below
My main radio is a Flex 6600 and has worked fine for a long time with Commander. I have added a FTDX10 to the shack that I also want to control with Commander. I have read thru the "Controlling Multiple Radios"  and Primary Cat Port Switching in the manual , but am hesitant to start some of those steps, not wanting to mess up the settings for the Flex. Also not sure if once setup, if I can have both radios running with CDR at the same time?
Can anyone who might be running two different radios share some of their experiences?

+ As described in "Primary CAT Port switching" section of

https://www.dxlabsuite.com/commander/Help/ControllingMultipleRadios.htm

+ Commander can rapidly switch among 4 primary transceivers, either manually or as a function of frequency. Commander only controls and tracks the selected primary transceiver.

+ You can connect a second transceiver to Commander's Secondary CAT port, in which case Commander will control and track the selected primary transceiver, and the secondary transceiver will follow the selected primary transceiver's frequency and mode; with appropriate RF input protection, this can be used for diversity reception with two antennas. Alternatively, the selected primary transceiver can follow the secondary transceiver's frequency and mode. See the "Secondary CAT Port" section of the above-cited article.

     73,

            Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Connecting a 2nd transceiver to Commander?

w0rx - David Willis
 

I use a Flex 6400M and an Icom 7610.  Just set up as per DXLab documentation and they both work flawlessly.  I also use a MicroHam u2R for the control lines.  Everything plays great together.  I use the Flex for digital modes (WSJT linked via Commander)and the Icom 7610 for CW. (Mostly!)  My next step is to improve my antenna switching as I cannot listen on both rigs simultaneously yet.

vy 73, Dave, w0rx


On 7/31/2022 11:50 AM, w2eck wrote:
My main radio is a Flex 6600 and has worked fine for a long time with Commander. I have added a FTDX10 to the shack that I also want to control with Commander. I have read thru the "Controlling Multiple Radios"  and Primary Cat Port Switching in the manual , but am hesitant to start some of those steps, not wanting to mess up the settings for the Flex. Also not sure if once setup, if I can have both radios running with CDR at the same time?
Can anyone who might be running two different radios share some of their experiences?
73 Paul w2eck


-- 
vy 73, Dave, w0rx


Connecting a 2nd transceiver to Commander?

w2eck
 

My main radio is a Flex 6600 and has worked fine for a long time with Commander. I have added a FTDX10 to the shack that I also want to control with Commander. I have read thru the "Controlling Multiple Radios"  and Primary Cat Port Switching in the manual , but am hesitant to start some of those steps, not wanting to mess up the settings for the Flex. Also not sure if once setup, if I can have both radios running with CDR at the same time?
Can anyone who might be running two different radios share some of their experiences?
73 Paul w2eck


Re: Solar Flux

WA8Y Steven
 

I am watching and hoping for the 27 day repeat.  I erected my 30 ft FD tower and new 5 element yagi on July 2nd.
I am using RAT to follow my progress.   Since July 2nd I have worked 45 states, 10 Canadian provinces,  21 Countries on 4 continents!

Steve WA8Y 


Re: Solar Flux

Franco 3a2mw
 

Stan, you can do it !
You have your "home garden" of Carribean and South America, and it will help very much increasing the number.
I work 6m since the year 2000 with a 1/4 wave vertical and 100w, and I have already 86 DXCC confirmed in the band.
My "home garden" is Europe, but with the help of TEP (Trans Equatorial Propagation) Southern African DXCCs and some S. American Countries are confirmed.
Asia is not so far, and the result is in the 87/86 DXCCs.
The FT8 mode helped very much in the last years, giving us the 15/20 dB advantage to CW.
So, go on and try !
73
Franco 3a2mw


Re: Spot Collector IOTA Column Never Populates

Dale Drake
 

It is now and that fixed it.  Thanks Dave.

73,

Dale AA1QD


Re: Spot Collector IOTA Column Never Populates

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below
With the IOTA contest going this weekend I see lots of spots for IOTA stations with IOTA number in the spot comments but the IOTA column in SC never populates with an IOTA number.  I've searched the help file and the wiki but can't find what's wrong.

+ Is the "Capture Location Info from Notes" option enabled on the Configuration window's General tab?

https://www.dxlabsuite.com/spotcollector/Help/ConfigurationGeneral.htm#Use%20Spotter%20Grid%20from%20Notes

     73,

           Dave, AA6YQ

 

 


Spot Collector IOTA Column Never Populates

Dale Drake
 

With the IOTA contest going this weekend I see lots of spots for IOTA stations with IOTA number in the spot comments but the IOTA column in SC never populates with an IOTA number.  I've searched the help file and the wiki but can't find what's wrong.

Dale, AA1QD


Re: Solar Flux

Stan Gammons
 

Hi Dave,

On 7/30/22 14:22, Dave AA6YQ wrote:

As we approach the peak of the 11-year solar cycle over the coming years, maybe we'll see the solar flux increase enough to support
F2 propagation on 6m - a phenomenon I have never experienced during my 32 years as a ham and DXer.
Interesting. I have DXCC on 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters,
but I've only worked 15 DXCC entities on 6 meters. That was using FT8
with 100 watts and a hex beam. I guess DL is the farthest I've worked. 
Not F2 propagation?  Doubt I'll get DXCC on 6 meters in my lifetime.


73

Stan
KM4HQE


Re: QSL label printing will not configure

w6de
 

Check Windows printer configurations. To see if Microsoft has helped you recently by changing your configurations.
I prefer to use the Control Panel's Devices and Printers. However, in Windows-10 versions there is also Printers and Scanners. Check these to see if your printer is still shown.
In Printers and Scanners there is an ominous check box to "Let Windows manage my default printer." That is not necessarily a good thing.

73,
Dave, w6de

-----Original Message-----
From: DXLab@groups.io <DXLab@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jackson McNees via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2022 15:51
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: [DXLab] QSL label printing will not configure

Been printing labels for months with no problem. Today when I tried, I was asked to give Microsoft login as if DxLab was printed to OneNote. Went into config for QSL Labels and found

Printer: Epson ET-2750 Series
Size: Letter, 8-1/2 x 11 in
Source: blank

The only thing that looked questionable was the blank for source. Changed it to Rear Paper Feed (which is the only feed for this printer).

Now when I try to print I get "unable to configure printer; unable to select paper bin Rear Paper Feed (invalid property value)".

Under source, blank is not an option so cannot get to it.

Is there more than one location to define the QSL label printer?

Jack, K4IJQ

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