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Re: Blue

Scott Davis
 


Congratulations Perry!  I love the ensuing happy dance that comes with the sweep!

Unfortunately, I had commitments most of the day yesterday, only had a few hours to operate yesterday morning and fell 9 short.  I had all the hard ones knocked out too.  Just not enough time to get the remaining easy ones.

Lord willing, I'm planning a full force effort for the SSB version on the 19th - 20th!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: Grahame Emerson uk2us1962@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Sun, Nov 6, 2016 8:03 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Blue

 
Congratulations, I don't know how you do it, wow..Grahame AD6GE


On Nov 6, 2016, at 3:15 PM, Perry Jenkins phjenkins63@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...> wrote:

 
When all the sections turn blue it is a wonderful thing! Clean Sweep thanks for the software Scott!

Perry N5PJ





Re: ACL 5.x and TS-2000 not working quite right

Scott Davis
 


Hi Gang,

I've had lots of good reports from Kenwood 2000 users documented here:

http://www.n3fjp.com/help/righelp.html

If someone familiar specifically with the Kenwood 2000 can help Mike I'd really appreciate it.

Mike, my rig interface functionality only returns band and mode.  Power defaults to the last entered value.


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Wolcott w4wyi@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] To: N3FJP_Software_Users Sent: Sun, Nov 6, 2016 7:33 pm
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] ACL 5.x and TS-2000 not working quite right

 
First, my apologies for my FFS (fat finger syndrome) that allowed me to send a blank message. Please overlook an old man's problems.

I am have a rig control issue with ACL 5.x and my TS-2000.
Under the Settings tab:
Select Rig = Kenwood2 (and I have also tried Kenwood)
COM3 in use
Baud Rate = 9.6 (and all others tested as well)
N82 for Parity, bits, stop (also tried N81)
Connection Power = RTS
Polling Rate = 2 sec (all other values also tested)
Mode Determined = Radio
Use Frequency on Main Form is checked.
Polling Test seems normal.
"To test the change frequency command..." works for frequency and mode.
Multi Radio Configuration is not used.

The issue is when rig control is active and I enter a Call, tab over to Date (correctly filled), then tab over to Band ACL will always fill the box as "20" not the band the radio is actually tuned to. If I manually set the Band to something like "40" it is immediately reset to "20".

The Power box will default to "25" and will not track the power setting on the TS-2000.

Also, when I tab to the Frequency field the default is displayed as "7.070" and will not track the radio.

Call sign look up is correct.

I suspect there is something I'm overlooking but I can't find it. Any ideas or suggestions are most welcome. No flames, please.

Thanks in advance and best 73 to all.
Mike
W4WYI


Re: Issues with PA QSO Party

kb3co
 

Paul,
That sounds great. How do you enable that feature? I assume that is a Windows feature, correct?


 73, Charlie


Re: Blue [1 Attachment]

Grahame Emerson
 

Congratulations, I don't know how you do it, wow..Grahame AD6GE


On Nov 6, 2016, at 3:15 PM, Perry Jenkins phjenkins63@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...> wrote:

 

When all the sections turn blue it is a wonderful thing! Clean Sweep thanks for the software Scott!

Perry N5PJ





ACL 5.x and TS-2000 not working quite right

Michael Wolcott
 

First, my apologies for my FFS (fat finger syndrome) that allowed me to send a blank message. Please overlook an old man's problems.

I am have a rig control issue with ACL 5.x and my TS-2000.
Under the Settings tab:
Select Rig = Kenwood2 (and I have also tried Kenwood)
COM3 in use
Baud Rate = 9.6 (and all others tested as well)
N82 for Parity, bits, stop (also tried N81)
Connection Power = RTS
Polling Rate = 2 sec (all other values also tested)
Mode Determined = Radio
Use Frequency on Main Form is checked.
Polling Test seems normal.
"To test the change frequency command..." works for frequency and mode.
Multi Radio Configuration is not used.

The issue is when rig control is active and I enter a Call, tab over to Date (correctly filled), then tab over to Band ACL will always fill the box as "20" not the band the radio is actually tuned to. If I manually set the Band to something like "40" it is immediately reset to "20".

The Power box will default to "25" and will not track the power setting on the TS-2000.

Also, when I tab to the Frequency field the default is displayed as "7.070" and will not track the radio.

Call sign look up is correct.

I suspect there is something I'm overlooking but I can't find it. Any ideas or suggestions are most welcome. No flames, please.

Thanks in advance and best 73 to all.
Mike
W4WYI


ACL 5.x and TS-2000 not working quite right

Michael Wolcott
 


Blue

Perry
 

When all the sections turn blue it is a wonderful thing! Clean Sweep thanks for the software Scott!

Perry N5PJ


Re: Issues with PA QSO Party

paulhurm
 

You might also try the mouse pointer option that allows you to  hit the control key and then it displays a set of concentric circles that home in on the pointer. My wife and I both use it on our "normal" PC just due to general eyesight problems.

The control key is easy to find in the corner on a desktop keyboard. Not having a laptop I don't know if the control key is somewhere other than the corner but on a desktop at least it is easy to find just by feel.

Paul, N8OT

On Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 12:50 PM, Brian n3vn@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] <N3FJP_Software_Users@...> wrote:
 

Charlie,
I have experienced similar issues finding the pointer. Particularly on my laptop while operating NPOTA outside in the daylight.
After seeing your email, I thought there could be something available in control panel for pointer settings.
For color there are different pointer schemes in Mouse Properties. I might try Windows Inverted scheme.
There are also some other pointer options available such as trails.
I'm not saying this is the answer to your question, but it did give me some hope towards the issues I have been experiencing.
Thanks
Brian
N3VN
 

At 11:21 AM 11/5/2016, you wrote:

 

Scott,
Thanks for the response and suggestions.
I plead guilty to not being very familiar with all the settings available in your apps. 21st century daily life gets far too much in the way of me having fun.
Even though I do not remember the autofill behavior having any significant impact on us we may actually appreciate the setting you suggested.
Regarding the Active Text Box setting, I am afraid that I misspoke when I made that request. I really meant to comment on the pointer, not the cursor. The cursor is not an issue - it blinks. The issue is when you want to change the active text box u sing the mouse. Yes, I know how to sequence through the list using Tab and -Tab (even this does not work correctly), but my automatic reflex is to get where I want to go by left clicking the mouse. It is hard to do that when you lose the pointer. It would be nice if you had a configuration setting for the pointer color under the Colors and Fonts menuitem.
Having been there myself I understand the difficulty of designing multiple use code. The catch is always the fact that you usually don't fully understand all the requirements of writing it correctly and efficiently until you have already gone fairly far down all the possible roads with it. It is painful when you discover all of the 'I should have done's. I feel for you.
Regarding the CW wildcard, we dealt with the problem just as you suggested - by changing the CW F-key setup. As a fixed station that is an insignificant wor karound. But obviously for a mobile it is a little more impactive. Good luck on having time to fix it.

Best regards,
Charlie
KB3CO



Re: Issues with PA QSO Party

Brian N3VN
 

Charlie,
I have experienced similar issues finding the pointer. Particularly on my laptop while operating NPOTA outside in the daylight.
After seeing your email, I thought there could be something available in control panel for pointer settings.
For color there are different pointer schemes in Mouse Properties. I might try Windows Inverted scheme.
There are also some other pointer options available such as trails.
I'm not saying this is the answer to your question, but it did give me some hope towards the issues I have been experiencing.
Thanks
Brian
N3VN
 


At 11:21 AM 11/5/2016, you wrote:
 

Scott,
Thanks for the response and suggestions.
I plead guilty to not being very familiar with all the settings available in your apps. 21st century daily life gets far too much in the way of me having fun.
Even though I do not remember the autofill behavior having any significant impact on us we may actually appreciate the setting you suggested.
Regarding the Active Text Box setting, I am afraid that I misspoke when I made that request. I really meant to comment on the pointer, not the cursor. The cursor is not an issue - it blinks. The issue is when you want to change the active text box u sing the mouse. Yes, I know how to sequence through the list using Tab and <Shift>-Tab (even this does not work correctly), but my automatic reflex is to get where I want to go by left clicking the mouse. It is hard to do that when you lose the pointer. It would be nice if you had a configuration setting for the pointer color under the Colors and Fonts menuitem.
Having been there myself I understand the difficulty of designing multiple use code. The catch is always the fact that you usually don't fully understand all the requirements of writing it correctly and efficiently until you have already gone fairly far down all the possible roads with it. It is painful when you discover all of the 'I should have done's. I feel for you.
Regarding the CW wildcard, we dealt with the problem just as you suggested - by changing the CW F-key setup. As a fixed station that is an insignificant wor karound. But obviously for a mobile it is a little more impactive. Good luck on having time to fix it.

Best regards,
Charlie
KB3CO


Re: Issues with PA QSO Party

kb3co
 

Scott,
Thanks for the response and suggestions.
I plead guilty to not being very familiar with all the settings available in your apps. 21st century daily life gets far too much in the way of me having fun.
Even though I do not remember the autofill behavior having any significant impact on us we may actually appreciate the setting you suggested.
Regarding the Active Text Box setting, I am afraid that I misspoke when I made that request. I really meant to comment on the pointer, not the cursor. The cursor is not an issue - it blinks. The issue is when you want to change the active text box using the mouse. Yes, I know how to sequence through the list using Tab and <Shift>-Tab (even this does not work correctly), but my automatic reflex is to get where I want to go by left clicking the mouse. It is hard to do that when you lose the pointer. It would be nice if you had a configuration setting for the pointer color under the Colors and Fonts menuitem.
Having been there myself I understand the difficulty of designing multiple use code. The catch is always the fact that you usually don't fully understand all the requirements of writing it correctly and efficiently until you have already gone fairly far down all the possible roads with it. It is painful when you discover all of the 'I should have done's. I feel for you.
Regarding the CW wildcard, we dealt with the problem just as you suggested - by changing the CW F-key setup. As a fixed station that is an insignificant workaround. But obviously for a mobile it is a little more impactive. Good luck on having time to fix it.

Best regards,
Charlie
KB3CO


Re: Function keys and useful macros for cw sweepstakes.

Greg Doughty <ki4bbl@...>
 

Awesome...that is exactly what I was looking for.  I, too, am search and pounce. 


On 11/5/2016 6:54 AM, Scott & Kimberly Davis SNKDavis@... [N3FJP_Software_Users] wrote:
 

Hi Greg,


Thanks for your e-mail.  Please forgive the previous reply.  It somehow launched without my intent!

My CW F key strings look like this in the November Sweepstakes software:

F1:  TEST N3FJP
F2:  $ NR # U N3FJP 76 MDC
F3:  TU DE N3FJP!
F4:  N3FJP
F5:  TU # U N3FJP 76 MDC


I'm mostly a Search and Pounce guy, so F4 and F5 are the two I use most.

Enjoy!

73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...



-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Doughty ki4bbl@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Sat, Nov 5, 2016 6:16 am
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Function keys and useful macros for cw sweepstakes.

 
Hi all,

I am setting up my winkeyer with the n3fjp sweepstakes log.  I have not contested before (field day in 2004 was the last time I did it, and that is where I learned about AClog :-) ), so I am not sure how to set up my function keys for this event.  I read the pre-contest instructions from Scott and Kimberly which is helpful, but limited for my purpose.  Is there anywhere that I can find how to develop a macro string for the function keys?  What does it look like?  I read the directions in the winkeyer setup menu discussing the use of $ and #, but I don't know how to string it together for use in this contest.

Thanks
Greg
ki4bbl


Anyone Want to Learn CW for CQ WW DX on Nov 26 - 27?

Scott Davis
 


Hi Gang,

Today's November Sweepstakes CW contest has a long exchange and would take more practice, but the CQ World Wide CW contest that runs from November 26 - 27 couldn't be easier.  If all you do over the next 21 days is learn to recognize your call sign, you'll know most of what you need for CQ WW CW!   Here's how:

Click on a DX Spot.  Everything you need to copy for CQ WW (the call and CQ Zone) are pre filled for you automatically by my software.  There is nothing else you have to copy from the station you are trying to work for the log.

After his next CQ or TU, press an F key to send your call.

When you hear your call sign coming back (along with signal report and zone), press a second F key to send 5NN 05.

That's all there is to it!  Click on a spot, press two F keys and that's it!

Just a few other items like ?, AGN, QRZ and TU and you'll have most of the essentials!

Obviously, the long term goal is to be able to copy all the CW characters, since other contests have longer exchanges and some DX spots are miscopied (always good to check), but, as a first starting point, CQ WW CW couldn't be a better launch point.  

Guys, CW is alive and well.  If it wasn't fun, it wouldn't be.  If you haven't taken the time to learn CW, you are missing a large chunk of fun that Amateur Radio has to offer!  This process can be used for chasing DX anytime too!

With about 20 days before the contest, if you learn just two characters per day, you'll be all set!  Make sure you emphasize the characters of your call sign.

I have this free program that will help you practice:


And I suspect there are local hams who would be happy to do some on air code practice with you!  Perhaps meet on an out of the way 10 meter phone frequency, so you can change modes as needed for voice chat and CW practice.  Just focus on what your call sounds like at 25 WPM.  

If you stay with this, you will get it!  It's time very well spent!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
 


Re: Function keys and useful macros for cw sweepstakes.

Scott Davis
 

Hi Greg,

Thanks for your e-mail.  Please forgive the previous reply.  It somehow launched without my intent!

My CW F key strings look like this in the November Sweepstakes software:

F1:  TEST N3FJP
F2:  $ NR # U N3FJP 76 MDC
F3:  TU DE N3FJP!
F4:  N3FJP
F5:  TU # U N3FJP 76 MDC


I'm mostly a Search and Pounce guy, so F4 and F5 are the two I use most.

Enjoy!

73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...



-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Doughty ki4bbl@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users Sent: Sat, Nov 5, 2016 6:16 am
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Function keys and useful macros for cw sweepstakes.

 
Hi all,

I am setting up my winkeyer with the n3fjp sweepstakes log.  I have not contested before (field day in 2004 was the last time I did it, and that is where I learned about AClog :-) ), so I am not sure how to set up my function keys for this event.  I read the pre-contest instructions from Scott and Kimberly which is helpful, but limited for my purpose.  Is there anywhere that I can find how to develop a macro string for the function keys?  What does it look like?  I read the directions in the winkeyer setup menu discussing the use of $ and #, but I don't know how to string it together for use in this contest.

Thanks
Greg
ki4bbl


Re: Function keys and useful macros for cw sweepstakes.

Scott Davis
 


Hi Greg,

Thanks for your e-mail.  My CW F key strings look like this in the November Sweepstakes software:

F1:  TEST N3FJP
F1:  
F1:  
F1:  

I'm mostly a Search and Pounce guy, so F4 and F5 are the two I use most,

Enjoy!


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Doughty ki4bbl@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Sat, Nov 5, 2016 6:16 am
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Function keys and useful macros for cw sweepstakes.

 
Hi all,

I am setting up my winkeyer with the n3fjp sweepstakes log.  I have not contested before (field day in 2004 was the last time I did it, and that is where I learned about AClog :-) ), so I am not sure how to set up my function keys for this event.  I read the pre-contest instructions from Scott and Kimberly which is helpful, but limited for my purpose.  Is there anywhere that I can find how to develop a macro string for the function keys?  What does it look like?  I read the directions in the winkeyer setup menu discussing the use of $ and #, but I don't know how to string it together for use in this contest.

Thanks
Greg
ki4bbl


Function keys and useful macros for cw sweepstakes.

Greg Doughty <ki4bbl@...>
 

Hi all,

I am setting up my winkeyer with the n3fjp sweepstakes log.  I have not contested before (field day in 2004 was the last time I did it, and that is where I learned about AClog :-) ), so I am not sure how to set up my function keys for this event.  I read the pre-contest instructions from Scott and Kimberly which is helpful, but limited for my purpose.  Is there anywhere that I can find how to develop a macro string for the function keys?  What does it look like?  I read the directions in the winkeyer setup menu discussing the use of $ and #, but I don't know how to string it together for use in this contest.

Thanks
Greg
ki4bbl


Re: USB to Serial w/KX3 Question

Dennis - WU6X
 

Thanks again ... I'm using virtual ports to key the KX3 and connect to N3FJP software using Win4k3, and that works great. Trying to do the same with just N3FJP (no Win43k open) does not. I expect it's a matter of choosing the ports or something related ... If I figure it out, I'll post back. Thanks Scott.
Dennis-WU6X


Re: USB to Serial w/KX3 Question

Scott Davis
 


Hi Dennis,

Thanks for your follow up.  Transmitting CW and rig interface are two separate functions requiring two separate ports.  More details here:


http://www.n3fjp.com/faq.html#q40

Many folks (including me) use USB to Serial adapters to accommodate multiple ports.


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: WU6X@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Fri, Nov 4, 2016 6:17 pm
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Re: USB to Serial w/KX3 Question

 
Thanks for the quick reply, Scott. If I'm using Transmit CW Setup to choose the port, I assume by the notes that you cannot also use Rig Control on the same port. Rig control is changing frequency, modes, etc. just fine, but do I need it for Transmit CW Setup? I have only one RS232 input on the radio so, not sure on the hardware side either ... what is your intent on Rig Control v.s. Transmit CW Setup?
Dennis-WU6X


Re: USB to Serial w/KX3 Question

Dennis - WU6X
 

Thanks for the quick reply, Scott. If I'm using Transmit CW Setup to choose the port, I assume by the notes that you cannot also use Rig Control on the same port. Rig control is changing frequency, modes, etc. just fine, but do I need it for Transmit CW Setup? I have only one RS232 input on the radio so, not sure on the hardware side either ... what is your intent on Rig Control v.s. Transmit CW Setup?
Dennis-WU6X


Re: USB to Serial w/KX3 Question

Scott Davis
 



Hi Dennis,

Thanks for your e-mail.  You'll likely need help from others on the hardware side, but if your intent is to key the amp while transmitting CW, you 'll need to have your amp configured to be keyed by the opposite line that you have selected to transmit CW.  For example, if you are sending the characters on the RTS line (and have RTS selected), use the DTR line to key, or vice versa.  Also, make sure you have the check box checked that says CW PTT for Amps as shown here:



That's all there is to it on the software side.  Again, others may have to chime in with hardware help.


73, Scott
N3FJP
 
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
 
1 Peter 3 vs 15: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...
 
 


-----Original Message-----
From: WU6X@... [N3FJP_Software_Users]
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Fri, Nov 4, 2016 5:41 pm
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] USB to Serial w/KX3 Question

 
Okay, I'm using the USB to serial cable connected to the RS232 input on the KXPA amp. The utility keys the radio perfectly with PSK, RTTY and CW. If I try to do the same thing with the Sweepstakes software, for example, it does not key the radio using the same port. I see the letters being generated during a TEST, but no keying of the radio. This is using the Elecraft USB to Serial cable. What Am I missing?
Dennis - WU6X


Re: USB to Serial w/KX3 Question

Dennis - WU6X
 

PS: Radio is the KX3 and the "utility software" I mentioned is provided by Elecraft for use with the USB to Serial cable.