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Presentation and Notes from last week's DXLab Users Forum at the Visalia International DX Convention

Dave AA6YQ
 

The presentation that Björn SM7IUN used to kick off the session is here:

<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/Presentations/DXLab%20Visalia%20User%20Forum%20Presentation.pdf>

Slides 2-7 of this presentation provide an overview of DXLab for attendees who might not yet be familiar with it.

Slide 8 summarizes the four major enhancements made since the 2017 Visalia International DX Convention, and slides 9 through 12
provide a screen shot illustrating each major enhancement.

Slide 13 provides development statistics for each of the 8 DXLab applications over the past 2 years.

Slide 14 was meant to prompt comments from attendees. This sort of "feedback" is always welcome here on the DXLab Discussion Group.

Notes taken during the forum by volunteer scribe Ron KF7XN are here:

<http://www.dxlabsuite.com/Presentations/DXLab%20Visalia%20User%20Forum%20Notes.pdf>

I've heard nothing but positive comments from attendees of this User Forum. Many thanks to Björn SM7IUN, Dave W6DE, and Ron KF7XN
for standing in for me at the last minute and making it work so well!

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

DX Keeper Mouseover Text

Stewart Wilkinson
 

I have noticed a strange feature with DXKeeper and the Mouseover text when used on my Dual Screen Windows 10 system.

If the DXKeeper window is on the Primary (left) screen the Mouseover text when hovering over the log Columns appears as you might expect next to the Columns, but if the DXKeeper window is place on the Secondary (right) screen the mouseove text appears on the right hand side of the left screen.

The only applies only to the Log list section of the Window and not to the Log entry part of the window.

--
Stewart G0LGS

TQSL Update

Arthur Petteway
 

When I try to update TQSL V2.4.5 build v2.4.6-rc1 to the new version 2.4.7 I get and error: 
Can't open TQSL update file C:\TQSL update: no such file or directory.

How do I fix this?

73,
Art WB4MNK

Re: Win 10 free upgrade

Bill Stravinsky
 

If you go to control panel - system, at the bottom of the info is "Windows Activation" which I believe is the key.  That is what I see in Win 7 which is what I have on 4 of my 5
pc's..  I have one laptop with Win 10 which I took the free upgrade from Win 8 which was a horrible OS, imo.  I will be using Win 7 until I am forced to upgrade.

Bill
K3WJV

On Sunday, April 21, 2019, 1:50:04 PM EDT, Danny Douglas <n7dc@...> wrote:


Wish I could remember what I did with the W7 number issued 10 years ago.  sigh


N7DC@...
Ex WN5QMX,WA5UKR,ET2US,ET3USA,SV0WPP,VS6DD,N7DC/YV5/G5CTB
QSL Bureau, DIRECT, LOTW Preferred, eQSL used but upload at a courtesy only, as do not use the system for awards.


> On April 21, 2019 at 3:21 AM "Phil Cooper via Groups.Io" <pcooper=suremail.gg@groups.io> wrote:
>
>
> Stan,
>
> I believe there is a way to do the clean install with the ISO and the Win7 key. Can't recall the steps right now.
>
> 73 de Phil GU0SUP
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Stan Gammons" <sg063015@...>
> Sent: Sunday, 21 April, 2019 01:21
> To: DXLab@groups.io
> Subject: Re: [DXLab] RE Win 10 free upgrade
>
> After downloading the ISO from MS a few weeks back and using a Win 7
> key, it worked for me.  I did the upgrade though, not a clean install. 
> Probably should have done a clean install.
>
>
> 73
>
> Stan
> KM4HQE
>
>
>
>
>
>
>


Re: TQSL Update

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

Update worked just fine for me from within tQSL (release version).

You should probably be able to download the installer directly from
the LotW site and run it manually but I did not need to do that.

73,

... Joe, W4TV

On 2019-04-22 11:34 AM, Arthur Petteway wrote:
When I try to update TQSL V2.4.5 build v2.4.6-rc1 to the new version 2.4.7 I get and error:
Can't open TQSL update file C:\TQSL update: no such file or directory.
How do I fix this?
73,
Art WB4MNK

Re: Win 10 free upgrade

Danny Douglas
 

Thanks Bill.  Ill take a look.  I too, intend to wait as long as possible, but frankly, without the security updates, etc, from W7, Ill probably switch over at the last moment.  Was just glad to see it was still available.  I find some things on W10 that I cant do with W7, but have been happy with the latter, for years.  Now that MS has let us delay their mad upgrades for a month or so, I have put that into effect, and hope they dont just ignore it.  Without that, I have no problem with w10.

Danny


N7DC@...
Ex WN5QMX,WA5UKR,ET2US,ET3USA,SV0WPP,VS6DD,N7DC/YV5/G5CTB
QSL Bureau, DIRECT, LOTW Preferred, eQSL used but upload at a courtesy only, as do not use the system for awards.

On April 22, 2019 at 11:39 AM "Bill Stravinsky via Groups.Io" <k3wjv@...> wrote:

 
If you go to control panel - system, at the bottom of the info is "Windows Activation" which I believe is the key.  That is what I see in Win 7 which is what I have on 4 of my 5
pc's..  I have one laptop with Win 10 which I took the free upgrade from Win 8 which was a horrible OS, imo.  I will be using Win 7 until I am forced to upgrade.

Bill
K3WJV

On Sunday, April 21, 2019, 1:50:04 PM EDT, Danny Douglas <n7dc@...> wrote:


Wish I could remember what I did with the W7 number issued 10 years ago.  sigh


N7DC@...
Ex WN5QMX,WA5UKR,ET2US,ET3USA,SV0WPP,VS6DD,N7DC/YV5/G5CTB
QSL Bureau, DIRECT, LOTW Preferred, eQSL used but upload at a courtesy only, as do not use the system for awards.


> On April 21, 2019 at 3:21 AM "Phil Cooper via Groups.Io" <pcooper= suremail.gg@groups.io> wrote:
>
>
> Stan,
>
> I believe there is a way to do the clean install with the ISO and the Win7 key. Can't recall the steps right now.
>
> 73 de Phil GU0SUP
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Stan Gammons" < sg063015@...>
> Sent: Sunday, 21 April, 2019 01:21
> To: DXLab@groups.io
> Subject: Re: [DXLab] RE Win 10 free upgrade
>
> After downloading the ISO from MS a few weeks back and using a Win 7
> key, it worked for me.  I did the upgrade though, not a clean install. 
> Probably should have done a clean install.
>
>
> 73
>
> Stan
> KM4HQE
>
>
>
>
>
>
>



 


 

Re: TQSL Update

Björn Ekelund, SM7IUN
 

I got a similar error message but mine said that "C\tqslupdate.msi" is not availabe.
Which is not very surprising, since it obviously lacks a colon after the C. 
I guess there wasn't enough QA done on this release. Either. 

I updated using the dowloaded file from  http://www.arrl.org/tqsl-download without issues.

73,

Björn SM7IUN


Den mån 22 apr. 2019 kl 17:34 skrev Arthur Petteway <wb4mnk@...>:

When I try to update TQSL V2.4.5 build v2.4.6-rc1 to the new version 2.4.7 I get and error: 
Can't open TQSL update file C:\TQSL update: no such file or directory.

How do I fix this?

73,
Art WB4MNK

Re: TQSL Update

w7psk
 

I wound up downloading it off the ARRL web site also.

73

Scotty W7PSK


On 4/22/2019 11:44 AM, Bjorn SM7IUN wrote:
I got a similar error message but mine said that "C\tqslupdate.msi" is not availabe.
Which is not very surprising, since it obviously lacks a colon after the C. 
I guess there wasn't enough QA done on this release. Either. 

I updated using the dowloaded file from  http://www.arrl.org/tqsl-download without issues.

73,

Björn SM7IUN


Den mån 22 apr. 2019 kl 17:34 skrev Arthur Petteway <wb4mnk@...>:
When I try to update TQSL V2.4.5 build v2.4.6-rc1 to the new version 2.4.7 I get and error: 
Can't open TQSL update file C:\TQSL update: no such file or directory.

How do I fix this?

73,
Art WB4MNK

Re: DX Keeper Mouseover Text

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I have noticed a strange feature with DXKeeper and the Mouseover text when used on my Dual Screen Windows 10 system.

If the DXKeeper window is on the Primary (left) screen the Mouseover text when hovering over the log Columns appears as you might expect next to the Columns, but if the DXKeeper window is place on the Secondary (right) screen the mouseove text appears on the right hand side of the left screen.

The only applies only to the Log list section of the Window and not to the Log entry part of the window.

+ That's a defect in the commercial control (Trued DB Grid Pro) used to implement DXKeeper's Spot Database Display, DXView's Override List, SpotCollector's Special Callsign List, and SpotCollector's Spot Database Display. Since it’s the only defect in this control, I continue to defer the acquisition and testing of the latest version.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

FW: [wsjt-devel] The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting

Dave AA6YQ
 

To: WSJT-X users interested in testing FT4
From: K1JT, K9AN, and G4WJS

Soon after the "FT8 Roundup" held on December 1-2, 2018, we started serious work on a faster, more contest-friendly digital mode
that can compete with RTTY-contesting QSO rates while preserving many of the benefits of FT8. The result is FT4 -- a new digital
mode specifically designed for radio contesting.

Over the past month a small group of volunteers have been conducting on-the-air tests of FT4. The early tests were very successful
and helped us to make a number of important design decisions. We believe
FT4 has considerable promise for its intended purpose.

We'll soon be ready for testing by a larger group. If you might be interested in participating and offering your considered
feedback, please read the descriptive document "The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting", posted here:
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT4_Protocol.pdf

We plan to post downloadable installation packages for WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5 on April 29, one week from today. The document linked above
includes

- Instructions for installing WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5 and FT4 configuration

- Operating instructions for FT4

- Basic description of the FT4 protocol, modulation, and waveform

- Detailed sensitivity measurements for FT4 under a wide variety of
simulated propagation conditions

- Schedule for upcoming test sessions

Please consider helping us to make FT4 a successful mode for digital contesting

With best wishes and 73,

-- Joe (K1JT), Steve (K9AN), and Bill (G4WJS)



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Re: TQSL Update

Arthur Petteway
 

Guy's thank you for the instructions on updating TQSL.

Worked perfectly.

73,
Art WB4MNK

Re: FW: [wsjt-devel] The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting

Andy k3wyc <a.durbin@...>
 

On Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 12:13 PM, Dave AA6YQ wrote:
Please consider helping us to make FT4 a successful mode for digital contesting
I see that WSJT-X ver 2.1.0 has some integration with N1MM+.   Are there any plans for full integration between N1MM+ and WSJT-X so that WSJT-X can be configured as an N1MM+ "digital engine"?

73,
Andy, k3wyc

Re: FW: [wsjt-devel] The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting

Pete Smith
 

Best to ask on N1MMplus@groups.io

73, Pete N4ZR
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For spots, please use your favorite 
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On 4/23/2019 10:19 AM, Andy k3wyc wrote:

On Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 12:13 PM, Dave AA6YQ wrote:
Please consider helping us to make FT4 a successful mode for digital contesting
I see that WSJT-X ver 2.1.0 has some integration with N1MM+.   Are there any plans for full integration between N1MM+ and WSJT-X so that WSJT-X can be configured as an N1MM+ "digital engine"?

73,
Andy, k3wyc

Bi-Directional Radio Control with Commander

RVnRadio
 

After a few years of using SDR devices such as RTL dongle and a PEABERRY V2 with CAT, HDSDR and of course Sound Card Codec configurations, I just never liked that much computer involvement forr a second receiver.  Of course we get a band scope on a large screen that we can manipulate with the computers keyboard and mouse which in turn operates many parameters on the transciever.  And vice-versus we can manipulate controls on the radio that affect what the 'scope on the computer is displaying. However, sometimes the Sound Card settings get foiled because of ahh, me tinkering with other software.  But the real annoying thing for me personally is the body/eye rotation/pupil focusing changes from radio to computer & monitor and back.  Trivial?  Perhaps for a few of you.  Or maybe everyone else except me. I have some issues with my eyes and I believe this extra panning of body/eye/brain exerts some level of stress for me but maybe I am blowing it out of proportion.  On a completely different path of thought - I love to tinker.  So while the following might make you scratch your head as to why anyone would do what I have done...maybe this has some interest to a few of you:  Make my own expensive do it all radio on a tighter budget.

Ok so here in my shack I have a "hardware" radio that I consider perfect for my use.  A KENWOOD TS-590SG.  It has many features and refined operation that are not found in some less expensive radios and some radios that cost even a lot more.  Except for one thing...  it does not have a built in band scope. I could add that it doesn't have a 2nd receiver built into it either but that isn't as significant to me as a few of you folks.  But I now have a dual receiver setup and a band scope which for all practical reasons, are built into my TS-590SG now. Figuratively speaking anyway. Let me explain.

While I could have purchased another rig that "has it all", I really, really like the 590SG.  It has its faults but overall, happy camper.  What I did in the last few days - I purchased an ICOM IC-7300 solely for the purpose of placing it directly above the TS-590SG to use its receiver & band scope, tied into the '590SG. This was a simple matter to provide VFO and Mode Control between these two with the excellent DXLabs Commander program.  Setting up the General, Ports and MultiRadio Tabs in the Configuration window allow me to control the VFO and Mode on one radio with the other radio responding immediately in kind.  Bi-directional control.  Spin the VFO on the '590, the '7300 instantly is at the same.  Press any one of the 10 key buttons on the '590 except the CLR button, the '7300 responds in kind.  Press a band button on the '590 three times in a row for band-frequency registers, the '7300 again responds in kind.

Vice-versus, I can change band, mode and frequency on the '7300 and the '590 also responds identically.  Faster operation to use the '590 for most of these changes EXCEPT now I also have the band scope on the '7300 to show me active signals.  I can therefore use the touch screen feature of the '7300 to instantly select a signal and wala, the '590 is on track!  Either way, I am still using my '590 as my Transmit radio.  Or my receive radio with certain reception parameters selected from either of these radios. 

From a receive signal point of view, I pass the antenna signals from the TS-590SG out of its DRV/RX Ant Out port, into the IC-7300 which in this scenerio is used as a receiver only.  Basically think of the '7300 in this case as a a cheaper ICOM RS-8600 Receiver only.  The glaring problem with this is with the '590 RX Ant Out cabled to the SO239 on the '7300, a single transmission could potentially smoke the receiver in the '590.  Simple solution here - I am presently waiting for a VIBROFLEX / INRAD RX7300 "kit" to provide an isolated receive only path inside the '7300.  While this is all that is required, I can take other steps to provide additional safety.    Focusing on just the addition of this kit, what it means is that I can actually utilize this dual radio setup for Diversity reception with two different antennas or I can simply separate the radios to be two independent transceivers.  The various scenarios can be manually done via cabling but I intend in another phase,to automate this with break before make switching hardware with as needed RF isolation.  Anyway, for now the RX7300 kit will provide me with my fundamental goal:  A high resolution, fast response graphics, adjustable bandwidth Center or Fixed spectrum band scope placed 4-ish inches above the TS-590SG with band/freq/mode changes between the two rigs as if they were really a one box IC-7610, or TS-890s or pick a few others.

Does this Commander program CAT control between these two radios work? YES. 

Will the receive path setup work with the RX7300 when I get it late next week?  YES, I can confidently state.

Could I have used the $10 cheaper version of this kit from France, offered on Ebay? YES.  But.... I already trust INRAD's build quality.  Granted this is a simple kit but one thing the INRAD has is that is uses RCA Phono jacks, not the SMA used by the french connection. Faster manual config changes with INRAD because I won't be unscrewing SMA connectors.  But the INRAD also matches the RCA Phono jack choice that KENWOOD put on the TS-590SG DRV/RX Ant Out port. The little details. 

Do I think the INRAD kit is spendy for what it is?  YES.  But it's buy in USA thing if I can, it has for me my preferred low frequency connectors outside the '7300 and it is well documented how to install.  Not that big a deal, the french version would work fine too and it is attractive at $30 including shipping.

Will I lose access and use of the Auto Tune connector on the '7300?   Not really; I can as I saw described somewhere, hang it out as a pigtail from the '7300.  Except I have no care to use this feature for a few reasons of my own.  By the way, the internal 3:1 tuner isn't as good as the one in the '590SG but I don't care about that tuner either so not a problem for me.Nonetheless the internal still works and an external LDG or other can still work too.

Why not use the Commanders excellent scope feature?  Two reasons.  One is that I prefer this configuration to have the '590 as the primary and if I understand right, the scope function in Commander for the '7300 will not work. Regardless of that, the real reason is that I want the small scope on the '7300 that is directly above my '590's LCD display to be used. Back to the aftorementioned ergonomics simplicity for me including the eye motion/pupil action/brain action and hand control stuff.

Interestingly I have found that the '7300 still perks indication of RF output when RF POWER (MULTI Knob controlled) is set to zero. Hmmm.  This better not present itself through the RX path I connect to the RX Ant Out of the '590SG.  Otherwise I will have to devise additional measures to irradicate even this tiny residual RF before I make this receive signal connection between these two radios.

After successful inclusion of the RX7300 I am waiting for, what next?

I need to integrate other software I still have to use on the computer because we can't have everything on the displays in the radios.  I am not a contester so I don't use the choice logging programs.  I do like and use for my casual ops, the N3FJP Logging program.  No matter, the issue will be the same in that these and other programs will be denied access to the COM port that is actively being used between the active radio and the Commander program.  Hmmm.  This is solveable with the use of Virtual Port emulation.  I see some topical discussion with N1MM and Commander on this site that I will have to study.   How to tie this all together with the existing pair of virtual ports of the Silicon Labs CP210x port-configuration; I have no clue yet. 

If anybody can shed some light on what best to use and how to actually configure my COM4 ('7300) and COM6 ('590SG) virtual ports to live within another layer of Virtual Port emulation, I am all ears.

Gene / K7TXO

Re: Bi-Directional Radio Control with Commander

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

Why not use the Commanders excellent scope feature? Two reasons. One is that I prefer this configuration to have the '590 as the primary and if I understand right, the scope function in Commander for the '7300 will not work. Regardless of that, the real reason is that I want the small scope on the '7300 that is directly above my '590's LCD display to be used. Back to the aftorementioned ergonomics simplicity for me including the eye motion/pupil action/brain action and hand control stuff.

+ You could use Commander's Waterfall-Bandspread window without moving your 7300 from atop your 590; you'd have a new window with new information -- active callsigns -- to reference when appropriate. To use Commander's Waterfall-Bandspread window, however, you'd have to connect your 7300 as a "primary" transceiver and you 590 as the secondary transceiver, which would reduce Commander's control over your 590.

I need to integrate other software I still have to use on the computer because we can't have everything on the displays in the radios. I am not a contester so I don't use the choice logging programs. I do like and use for my casual ops, the N3FJP Logging program. No matter, the issue will be the same in that these and other programs will be denied access to the COM port that is actively being used between the active radio and the Commander program. Hmmm. This is solveable with the use of Virtual Port emulation.

+ No, it is not. You cannot reliably enable two different applications to control the same transceiver using an application like com0com or VSPManager, which are ignorant of CAT protocols. You can purchase a port multiplexer designed to allow multiple applications to control the same transceiver, but such multiplexors are only available for Elecraft, recent Icom, and recent Yaesu radios.

+ You might take a look at DXKeeper, the logging component of the DXLab Suite:

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/Logging>

+ DXKeeper interoperates with Commander for transceiver control.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

QSO Import

Giovanni Carboni <iz5pqt@...>
 

Hello,

I am a new user, still in the learning phase.A question about DXKeeper: I would like to import QSOs from an ADIF log selecting only the QSOs after a given date. I cannot find the
option in the menus. I could import the entire ADIF file rejecting duplicates but I wonder if there is another way

73 Giovanni IZ5PQT

Rotator Control

w3qt_mike
 

I use 2 rotators, a G-1000DXA (main) and a G-800S (small 6M).  I use ERC-M with DXView to control the 1000. Works fine.  I'd like also to use the ERC-M with the G-800S and have installed the rotator card.  Am I able to switch between the 2 rotators with DXView alone, or will I need another software package like PstRotator to do that?  Dies it integrate with DXView? Any info is greatly appreciated. 

73,
Mike, W3QT

dxkeeper Sync lotw QSLs does not work

Geir Eriksen
 
Edited

 

Hi i cant sync my lotw  after  had  changed time setting to english

Have it back to norweigian now but  no luck sync

 

 

 

 

 

Time setting is different under the Sync LOTW QSLs tab

 

 

Error log txt

 

19:34:13 > DXKeeper version 14.8.5

24-apr-2019 19:34:13 > App.Path          : C:\DXLab\DXKeeper

24-apr-2019 19:34:13 > App.exe           : DXKeeper

24-apr-2019 19:34:13 > Module            : C:\DXLab\DXKeeper\DXKeeper.exe

24-apr-2019 19:34:13 > Operating System  : Windows 10 Home (64-bit) build 17763

24-apr-2019 19:34:13 > Locale ID         : 1044 (0x414)

24-apr-2019 19:34:13 > ANSI CodePage     : 1252

24-apr-2019 19:34:13 > OEM CodePage      : 850

24-apr-2019 19:34:13 > Country           : Norway

24-apr-2019 19:34:13 > Language          : Norwegian Bokmål

24-apr-2019 19:34:13 > DecimalSeparator  : ,

24-apr-2019 19:34:13 > ThousandSeparator :  

24-apr-2019 19:34:13 > DXLab Apps        : [CC,PF,DXV,SC,PV]

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 > Monitors          : 3

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 > Monitor 1

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 >    width          : 2560

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 >    height         : 1440

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 >    dimensions     : (2560, 0)-(5120, 1440)

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 > Monitor 2

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 >    width          : 2560

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 >    height         : 1440

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 >    dimensions     : (0, 0)-(2560, 1440)

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 > Monitor 3

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 >    width          : 2560

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 >    height         : 1440

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 >    dimensions     : (-2560, 0)-(0, 1440)

24-apr-2019 19:36:45 > program error 13 in module ADIF.CheckLotWQSLs, State = 3: Type mismatch

 

 

Br Geir LA5SJA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re: QSO Import

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I am a new user, still in the learning phase.

+ Welcome to DXlab, Giovanni!

A question about DXKeeper: I would like to import QSOs from an ADIF log selecting only the QSOs after a given date.

+ The only way to do that would be by editing the ADIF file before you import it.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

Re: QSO Import

Giovanni Carboni <iz5pqt@...>
 

Hi Dave,

Ok. Thanks 

73 Giovanni IZ5PQT


Il giorno mer 24 apr 2019 alle ore 23:36 Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> ha scritto:
+ AA6YQ comments below

I am a new user, still in the learning phase.

+ Welcome to DXlab, Giovanni!

A question about DXKeeper: I would like to import QSOs from an ADIF log selecting only the QSOs after a given date.

+ The only way to do that would be by editing the ADIF file before you import it.

    73,

          Dave, AA6YQ