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Re: Log on Dropbox

Jon Baker
 

Hi Giovanni,
there may be other ways to do this but one work around  is to pause syncing in dropbox before starting  Launcher 
at the end of DXLab operation  restart syncing 

73
Stan  N1ZX

Re: Log on Dropbox

g4wjs
 

On 26/04/2019 15:43, Giovanni Carboni wrote:
Hello folks. I decided to keep my logbook.mdb database in a Dropbox folder to protect it from computer crashes. Sometimes at startup DXKeeper complains that it cannot open it. I go to config and open it manually. It only occurs occasionally. Is it a bug?
I keep all the other databases in the C:\DXLab folder.

73 Giovanni IZ5PQT
Hi Giovanni,

I do the same and often get this message, I believe it is because Dropbox locks the file every now and again while it synchronizes to the Cloud and this interferes with the MS Jet database engine initially opening the database. I also go straight to the DXKeeper configuration and click the Open button to try again and it always works first time. I have never had a problem once the log is opened, despite using this for many Years. It is a small disadvantage which I accept for the greater benefit of being able to switch DXKeeper operation to another computer and to have near instant backups.

Having aid that, Dropbox have recently severely restricted their free of charge option to two devices only per account, so I will be considering using a different Cloud file sharing service if I can find a less restricted one that works for me.



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73

Bill

G4WJS.

Re: Log on Dropbox

Peter Laws
 

Not being paranoid about "system crashes", my log is on my local storage.

But Dave (being Dave) has included a way to make it far, far too
simple to make a copy of my DXKeeper database on remote storage. For
that, I use Dropbox and it works fine. I also send a TQSL tbk file to
the same place occasionally. If there was one-click or automated way
to send my workspaces (I manage logs for several club calls), I'd send
those offsite as well. As it is, it's something I need to remind
myself to do ... which I think I just did (remind myself, I mean).

https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/Help/BackupRecovery.htm

On Fri, Apr 26, 2019 at 9:59 AM d_ziolkowski <dan.ziolkowski@...> wrote:

Giovanni
Same happened to me. So I keep it on the c drive and save the backup to the Dropbox.

Then I also backup entire Dxlabs folder to Google drive.

Dan KC2STA

On Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 10:43 Giovanni Carboni <@IZ5PQT> wrote:

Hello folks. I decided to keep my logbook.mdb database in a Dropbox folder to protect it from computer crashes. Sometimes at startup DXKeeper complains that it cannot open it. I go to config and open it manually. It only occurs occasionally. Is it a bug?
I keep all the other databases in the C:\DXLab folder.

73 Giovanni IZ5PQT
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Re: Log on Dropbox

Gilbert Baron W0MN
 

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-----Original Message-----
From: DXLab@groups.io <DXLab@groups.io> On Behalf Of g4wjs
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2019 10:02
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DXLab] Log on Dropbox

On 26/04/2019 15:43, Giovanni Carboni wrote:
Hello folks. I decided to keep my logbook.mdb database in a Dropbox
folder to protect it from computer crashes. Sometimes at startup
DXKeeper complains that it cannot open it. I go to config and open it
manually. It only occurs occasionally. Is it a bug?
I keep all the other databases in the C:\DXLab folder.

73 Giovanni IZ5PQT
Hi Giovanni,

I do the same and often get this message, I believe it is because Dropbox locks the file every now and again while it synchronizes to the Cloud and this interferes with the MS Jet database engine initially opening the database. I also go straight to the DXKeeper configuration and click the Open button to try again and it always works first time. I have never had a problem once the log is opened, despite using this for many Years. It is a small disadvantage which I accept for the greater benefit of being able to switch DXKeeper operation to another computer and to have near instant backups.

Having aid that, Dropbox have recently severely restricted their free of charge option to two devices only per account, so I will be considering using a different Cloud file sharing service if I can find a less restricted one that works for me.



--
73

Bill

G4WJS.






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Re: Log on Dropbox

Norm - KC1BMD
 

Apparently, DropBox is known to cause some problems, although your problem might not necessarily be related:
https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/ApplicationInteference

Re: Log on Dropbox

Darrell Drake
 

Hi All....
 
Anything wrong with backing up DXKeeper on a thumb drive? That’s what I do along with my Workspaces.
I have DXKeeper’s config set to auto back up to the thumb drive upon exiting the program.
 
Just asking.
 
Darrell,
VA3DG/VE3DDG
 
 

Sent: Friday, April 26, 2019 10:43 AM
Subject: [DXLab] Log on Dropbox
 
Hello folks. I decided to keep my logbook.mdb database in a Dropbox folder to protect it from computer crashes. Sometimes at startup DXKeeper complains that it cannot open it. I go to config and open it manually. It only occurs occasionally. Is it a bug?
I keep all the other databases in the C:\DXLab folder.

73 Giovanni IZ5PQT

Re: Log on Dropbox

neil_zampella
 

I keep my log on Dropbox, and this does happen occasionally, its not a bug, but as pointed out a delay in accessing the file.

What I do is before firing up anything, I go to the dropbox 'folder' and click on it to make sure its 'awake' .. then have no issues.

Neil, KN3ILZ

On 4/26/2019 10:43 AM, Giovanni Carboni wrote:
Hello folks. I decided to keep my logbook.mdb database in a Dropbox folder to protect it from computer crashes. Sometimes at startup DXKeeper complains that it cannot open it. I go to config and open it manually. It only occurs occasionally. Is it a bug?
I keep all the other databases in the C:\DXLab folder. 

73 Giovanni IZ5PQT

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Re: Log on Dropbox

Dave AA6YQ
 

Hello folks. I decided to keep my logbook.mdb database in a Dropbox folder to protect it from computer crashes. Sometimes at startup DXKeeper complains that it cannot open it. I go to config and open it manually. It only occurs occasionally. Is it a bug?
I keep all the other databases in the C:\DXLab folder.

+ The only thing I can add to this excellent discussion is the advice to maintain both local and cloud backups of critical data, like your log, Workspaces, and LoTW backup file.

+ The advantage of a local backup - on a thumb drive, external hard drive, or another computer - is the ease and speed of recovery.

+ The advance of a cloud backup is that your critical data will survive a local disaster that might damage your backups.

+ Ideally, one should backup critical data both locally and in the cloud: "belt *and* suspenders". If you're only willing to implement one backup mechanism, my recommendation is "in the cloud".

+ One more thing: periodically test your backup mechanism to confirm that you can recover a file and use its contents. For example, you might occasionally download a backed-up log file from the cloud to your computer, direct DXKeeper to open it, and confirm that the expected QSOs are present. Don't forget to direct DXKeeper to open your current log file after completing this test, and then delete the copy of the back-up log file from your computer (to prevent future confusion).

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

Update: Commander and SmartSDR v3

Dave AA6YQ
 

The first problem encountered was that the current version of Commander does not correctly handle new items added in SmartSDR v3 to
the RX-TX interlock status message, causing Commander and the radio to disconnect. This is what prevented the TX-to-RX transition
from working correctly. For the record, the new interlock status items were added to v3 in an upward-compatible manner, so this
should be considered a defect in Commander.

Correcting this Commander defect has exposed unexpected behavior in SmartSDR v3, specifically the presence of clients and
panadaptors that Commander did not request be created. Flex engineers are working to track down the root cause of this behavior.

Reminder: the objective is to enable Commander to control a Flex Signature transceiver running SmartSDR v3, but without the use of
multiFlex.

The addition of multiFlex support will be considered after we achieve the first objective.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

Re: Log on Dropbox

Giovanni Carboni
 

Wow:  super fast response from the Group. That's  real support !
Thanks to everybody, I won't  worry anymore

73 Giovanni IZ5PQT

Re: Update: Commander and SmartSDR v3

K4PX K4PX
 

Thanks Dave and Eric!
Joe
K4PX

On Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 2:34 PM Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:
The first problem encountered was that the current version of Commander does not correctly handle new items added in SmartSDR v3 to
the RX-TX interlock status message, causing Commander and the radio to disconnect. This is what prevented the TX-to-RX transition
from working correctly.  For the record, the new interlock status items were added to v3 in an upward-compatible manner, so this
should be considered a defect in Commander.

Correcting this Commander defect has exposed unexpected behavior in SmartSDR v3, specifically the presence of clients and
panadaptors that Commander did not request be created. Flex engineers are working to track down the root cause of this behavior.

Reminder: the objective is to enable Commander to control a Flex Signature transceiver running SmartSDR v3, but without the use of
multiFlex.

The addition of multiFlex support will be considered after we achieve the first objective.

         73,

              Dave, AA6YQ




Re: Log on Dropbox

Phil Cooper
 

Dave and the group,

I have an external HDD, on which I keep my log backup and workspace. At present, I do this backup manually (ie transfer both files from my PC to the HDD), but wonder if I could implement a BAT file to do this. I just need ot work out the syntax of the COPY (or XCOPY?) C:\DXLab| text to accomplish this.
However, in your advice, you mention both these files AND the LoTW backup file. What is the LoTW backup file? Is it the p12 file? If so, I have that covered, but if not, what is it, and where is it?

73 de Phil GU0SUP

-----Original Message-----
From: DXLab@groups.io [mailto:DXLab@groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ
Sent: 26 April 2019 19:15
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DXLab] Log on Dropbox

Hello folks. I decided to keep my logbook.mdb database in a Dropbox folder to protect it from computer crashes. Sometimes at startup DXKeeper complains that it cannot open it. I go to config and open it manually. It only occurs occasionally. Is it a bug?
I keep all the other databases in the C:\DXLab folder.

+ The only thing I can add to this excellent discussion is the advice to maintain both local and cloud backups of critical data, like your log, Workspaces, and LoTW backup file.

+ The advantage of a local backup - on a thumb drive, external hard drive, or another computer - is the ease and speed of recovery.

+ The advance of a cloud backup is that your critical data will survive a local disaster that might damage your backups.

+ Ideally, one should backup critical data both locally and in the cloud: "belt *and* suspenders". If you're only willing to implement one backup mechanism, my recommendation is "in the cloud".

+ One more thing: periodically test your backup mechanism to confirm that you can recover a file and use its contents. For example, you might occasionally download a backed-up log file from the cloud to your computer, direct DXKeeper to open it, and confirm that the expected QSOs are present. Don't forget to direct DXKeeper to open your current log file after completing this test, and then delete the copy of the back-up log file from your computer (to prevent future confusion).

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

FT-736R YAESU CAT Commander configuration.

I6KZR
 

HI Dave,
I had difficulty configuring Commander for my 736R which I found to be included in the program list.

I bought an FTCI USB Cat cable that was installed without problems in port 4.
When I tried to configure Commander every attempt was useless also because everything was done without any conscious sense.

Could you tell me how I can or where can I find instructions for a positive result?

Many thanks.
Renzo, I6KZR

Re: FT-736R YAESU CAT Commander configuration.

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I had difficulty configuring Commander for my 736R which I found to be included in the program list.

I bought an FTCI USB Cat cable that was installed without problems in port 4.
When I tried to configure Commander every attempt was useless also because everything was done without any conscious sense.

Could you tell me how I can or where can I find instructions for a positive result?

+ Step-by-step instructions are here:

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

+ Note that the FT-736R does not provide CAT commands that enable Commander to track its frequency and mode.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

Re: Log on Dropbox

ND9G Mike
 

Phil

Under the file menu in TQSL, is a command to Backup Station Locations, Certificates, and Preferences.

You should do this from time to time, especially after making any changes, and backup that file.

The file is a .tbk file

73,
Mike ND9G


On Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 4:47 PM Phil Cooper via Groups.Io <pcooper=suremail.gg@groups.io> wrote:
Dave and the group,

I have an external HDD, on which I keep my log backup and workspace. At present, I do this backup manually (ie transfer both files from my PC to the HDD), but wonder if I could implement a BAT file to do this. I just need ot work out the syntax of the COPY (or XCOPY?)  C:\DXLab| text to accomplish this.
However, in your advice, you mention both these files AND the LoTW backup file. What is the LoTW backup file? Is it the p12 file? If so, I have that covered, but if not, what is it, and where is it?

73 de Phil GU0SUP

-----Original Message-----
From: DXLab@groups.io [mailto:DXLab@groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ
Sent: 26 April 2019 19:15
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DXLab] Log on Dropbox

Hello folks. I decided to keep my logbook.mdb database in a Dropbox folder to protect it from computer crashes. Sometimes at startup DXKeeper complains that it cannot open it. I go to config and open it manually. It only occurs occasionally. Is it a bug?
I keep all the other databases in the C:\DXLab folder.

+ The only thing I can add to this excellent discussion is the advice to maintain both local and cloud backups of critical data, like your log, Workspaces, and LoTW backup file.

+ The advantage of a local backup - on a thumb drive, external hard drive, or another computer - is the ease and speed of recovery.

+ The advance of a cloud backup is that your critical data will survive a local disaster that might damage your backups.

+ Ideally, one should backup critical data both locally and in the cloud: "belt *and* suspenders". If you're only willing to implement one backup mechanism, my recommendation is "in the cloud".

+ One more thing: periodically test your backup mechanism to confirm that you can recover a file and use its contents. For example, you might occasionally download a backed-up log file from the cloud to your computer, direct DXKeeper to open it, and confirm that the expected QSOs are present. Don't forget to direct DXKeeper to open your current log file after completing this test, and then delete the copy of the back-up log file from your computer (to prevent future confusion).

             73,

                   Dave, AA6YQ







Re: Log on Dropbox

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I have an external HDD, on which I keep my log backup and workspace. At present, I do this backup manually (ie transfer both files from my PC to the HDD), but wonder if I could implement a BAT file to do this. I just need ot work out the syntax of the COPY (or XCOPY?) C:\DXLab| text to accomplish this.

However, in your advice, you mention both these files AND the LoTW backup file. What is the LoTW backup file? Is it the p12 file? If so, I have that covered, but if not, what is it, and where is it?

+ You can direct TQSL to create a backup file (with extension .tbk) that contains all of your callsign certificates, station locations, and preferences. See

<https://lotw.arrl.org/lotw-help/backuprestore/>

73,

Dave, AA6YQ

Re: FT-736R YAESU CAT Commander configuration.

Peter Laws
 

On Fri, Apr 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM Dave AA6YQ <@AA6YQ> wrote:

+ Note that the FT-736R does not provide CAT commands that enable Commander to track its frequency and mode.
My understanding as well with the FT-736R. You can send commands to
the radio to adjust various parameters but there is no acknowledgement
or reporting of data.


--
Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!

OT - Using existing OS with new PC build

Ken Bandy, KJ9B
 

Hello all, this is pretty much off topic, as far as DX Labs software, but I have found that the knowledge of this group, as well as the civility, is surpassed by none when it comes to computer related questions.  Also, this is kind of on topic, because the machine in question is the one I run DX Labs on.  With that said, last week I sustained a nearby lightning strike that took out several network related devices, one of which being the PC that I use for my radio station control.  The PC would not power on.  Hoping that it was merely the power supply, I installed a new power supply this evening.  That did not correct the problem.  Anyway, I am now planning on replacing the mother board, processor, and memory of the 5 year old machine. 

 

My question is, will I be able to use the Windows 10 installation that is on the hard drive of this machine, that I plan on re-using?  Thank in advance for your collective help.

 

73,

Ken, KJ9B

Re: OT - Using existing OS with new PC build

Jim - KR9U
 

I’m facing the same problem, so I hope someone chimes in.

I would like to take my current SSD and plug it into a new machine.  I think the problem might be loading the MB drivers. Is there a way that one can accomplish this with an SSD that is coming from a different Motherboard manufacturer?

 

Jim – KR9U

 

From: DXLab@groups.io [mailto:DXLab@groups.io] On Behalf Of Ken Bandy, KJ9B
Sent: Saturday, April 27, 2019 1:26 AM
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: [DXLab] OT - Using existing OS with new PC build

 

Hello all, this is pretty much off topic, as far as DX Labs software, but I have found that the knowledge of this group, as well as the civility, is surpassed by none when it comes to computer related questions.  Also, this is kind of on topic, because the machine in question is the one I run DX Labs on.  With that said, last week I sustained a nearby lightning strike that took out several network related devices, one of which being the PC that I use for my radio station control.  The PC would not power on.  Hoping that it was merely the power supply, I installed a new power supply this evening.  That did not correct the problem.  Anyway, I am now planning on replacing the mother board, processor, and memory of the 5 year old machine. 

 

My question is, will I be able to use the Windows 10 installation that is on the hard drive of this machine, that I plan on re-using?  Thank in advance for your collective help.

 

73,

Ken, KJ9B

Re: OT - Using existing OS with new PC build

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

Hello all, this is pretty much off topic, as far as DX Labs software, but I have found that the knowledge of this group, as well as
the civility, is surpassed by none when it comes to computer related questions. Also, this is kind of on topic, because the machine
in question is the one I run DX Labs on. With that said, last week I sustained a nearby lightning strike that took out several
network related devices, one of which being the PC that I use for my radio station control. The PC would not power on. Hoping that
it was merely the power supply, I installed a new power supply this evening. That did not correct the problem. Anyway, I am now
planning on replacing the mother board, processor, and memory of the 5 year old machine.

My question is, will I be able to use the Windows 10 installation that is on the hard drive of this machine, that I plan on
re-using?

+ Not unless you replace the motherboard with one identical to its (presumably fried) predecessor -- which I don't recommend given
the age of its predecessor.

+ Have you verified that the hard drive spins up when connected to your new power supply?

+ An approach you could take would be to acquire a 256 GB SSD in addition to your replacement motherboard, and install Windows 10 on
this virgin system. Assuming your hard drive and its data survived, you would then install it as volume D; this will provide access
to all of your files -- some of which you'll want to move to the faster SSD volume C, and some of which can remain on D. You can
delete the Windows-dedicated folders from D. You'll have to download and install the DXLab applications you use; hopefully you have
a Workspace with settings that you can restore in one fell swoop.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ