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Suggestions from a new user #contest

George Merkle N0GM
 

Y'all, I'm new to this software but really liked it for this weekend's DX contest, I already have my log submitted (over 200 contacts), and that was really easy and quick.  I also exported a file which I imported to Excel to review, and that worked well also.  Working all bands 160-10, I found the software as easy to switch band logs as my FTDX3000.  Only 2 possible improvements I thought of.
 
First, when I switch between bands, I wish the sofware would preserve and populate the last Call Sign typed (for that band) so I don't have to retype it.  For instance, I was in a pileup on 20M for Alaska, and I would switch between that and a 15M pileup on another station.  Each time I would have to retype the last call into the software when switching.  I would think this would fairly easy to do.
 
The second "dream" enhancement would be if the software knew which band I was on, since I inadvertently (and sleep-deprived) logged a couple on the wrong band (one a dupe) before realizing the error of my ways.  (The EDIT feature made it possible to quickly correct the entries.)  I'm assuming there is a connection from the Yaseu rig that would make this possible.  For single operator - single band, it wouldn't matter, but I'm constantly switching between bands to make things more interesting!
 
George Merkle N0GM


Re: NAQP Software issue #naqp #contest

Scott Davis
 

Hi Ken,

Thanks for your follow up.  I understand how frustrating the inconsistent data is and I wish I could be more help.  Without being able to duplicate the problem, I really don't have any other insights to offer from here, beyond what I've already shared.

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: Ken Bell <k4ees@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Feb 17, 2020 11:41 am
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] NAQP Software issue #NAQP #contest

Scott

Thank you for replying again.  I'll send a few more points your way and we can drop it.  I'll either accept it or go back to using something else.

Thanks to Ed for the suggestion. I was hopeful, but the sleep mode box was not ticked in the driver.  The driver has been ripped out by the roots and re-installed. There is no noticeable RFI in the shack... the problem happens while receiving, so I should notice something in my signal and it's very good.    Further, the problem goes away when the software is shutdown and restarted and doesn't rear it's head for some extended period of time.  When the problem is happening, there are definitely extra characters being interpreted by the software.

Physically removing the USB connection while the software is still running, swapping cables, and restarting the polling does not stop the problem. Clicking the 'Test' on the rig interface page will always correct the current frequency, but will not usually follow a VFO change.  

The very odd thing is It corrects itself when the ACLog, not W-10 or PC, is restarted and doesn't happen again for an extended period of time. And when it fails, it fails.  I'm leaving it running and if it fails again tonight, I'll do some more testing for my benefit. 

I'm fairly sure the issue is on the PC side of the USB cable.  Software, Windows 10, Brand new driver (late last year) are suspect.  
--
Ken - K4EES


Re: Spotting question

Marv Olnes
 

Sure, just add "Spot Last" so it's readily available on the form. One click does it.

Marv
Marvin Olnes Jr
ARS N0MHL

-----Original Message-----
From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io> On Behalf Of kc6mie
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2020 10:47 AM
To: AC Log Group <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Spotting question

Is there a quicker way of spotting a station you’ve just worked besides going to Settings DX spotting Configure Spot last


Stephen Spencer


Re: Should ACLOG fill "Country" field from data in an LOTW confirmation?

George Davenport
 

For WSTJX contacts, after importing the adif, I select the imported QSOs, then I go to EDIT, then click  FILL FIELDS DETERMINED BY CALL for selected records. Then everything is populated. I will then upload to LoTW. I realize this may be more steps than actually necessary, but I feel I am more in control and confident that all is uploaded correctly.
--
George-- KM4ODS


Spotting question

kc6mie
 

Is there a quicker way of spotting a station you’ve just worked besides going to
Settings
DX spotting
Configure
Spot last


Stephen Spencer


Re: NAQP Software issue #naqp #contest

Ken Bell
 

Scott

Thank you for replying again.  I'll send a few more points your way and we can drop it.  I'll either accept it or go back to using something else.

Thanks to Ed for the suggestion. I was hopeful, but the sleep mode box was not ticked in the driver.  The driver has been ripped out by the roots and re-installed. There is no noticeable RFI in the shack... the problem happens while receiving, so I should notice something in my signal and it's very good.    Further, the problem goes away when the software is shutdown and restarted and doesn't rear it's head for some extended period of time.  When the problem is happening, there are definitely extra characters being interpreted by the software.

Physically removing the USB connection while the software is still running, swapping cables, and restarting the polling does not stop the problem. Clicking the 'Test' on the rig interface page will always correct the current frequency, but will not usually follow a VFO change.  

The very odd thing is It corrects itself when the ACLog, not W-10 or PC, is restarted and doesn't happen again for an extended period of time. And when it fails, it fails.  I'm leaving it running and if it fails again tonight, I'll do some more testing for my benefit. 

I'm fairly sure the issue is on the PC side of the USB cable.  Software, Windows 10, Brand new driver (late last year) are suspect.  
--
Ken - K4EES


Re: FTdx3000 Cat Commands

Scott - KA2K
 

You didn’t post an example so I will say make sure your commands end with a semicolon ;


Re: Should ACLOG fill "Country" field from data in an LOTW confirmation?

Bert W0RSB <bert.w0rsb@...>
 

I'm using ACLOG 6.6. 

Just realized that his may have been related to the fact that I didn't enter the contact by hand, but by importing the ADIF file created by WSJT-X 2.1.2.

Entries created from imported from ADIF files are usually fully populated, but there may have been something odd about this one. 

I don't have the ADIF file from this contact any more, so I can't see what was actually in it. Since this has never happened before, I'll leave it at that.
--
Bert - W0RSB
Saint Paul, MN


Re: ARRL DX log missing data?? ARRL wont accept log #contest

Scott Davis
 

Hi Ian,

Thanks for your e-mail.  You are using the USA / Canada version of the software instead of the DX version.  Download DX version 3.5, enter your QSOs and you will be able to submit fine:


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: VK6EA <vksixea@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Feb 17, 2020 6:54 am
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] ARRL DX log missing data?? ARRL wont accept log #contest

Hi Folks

Have a few QRP contacts that I would like to submit, I am missing something??, can't figure what it is though, have changed the PWR field to a few different values thinking that may be the cause.

No change though, have a couple of screen shots of what is happening, sure it will be something simple, appreciate any help.

Great contest, am a new op so found it great value, and surprised me as to what can be achieved by good ears from a bad fist....amazing signals into VK6.

73 De Ian VK6EA


ARRL DX log missing data?? ARRL wont accept log #contest

VK6EA
 

Hi Folks

Have a few QRP contacts that I would like to submit, I am missing something??, can't figure what it is though, have changed the PWR field to a few different values thinking that may be the cause.

No change though, have a couple of screen shots of what is happening, sure it will be something simple, appreciate any help.

Great contest, am a new op so found it great value, and surprised me as to what can be achieved by good ears from a bad fist....amazing signals into VK6.

73 De Ian VK6EA


Re: Auto forwarding on QSO's

Mike Saeger <mike.saeger@...>
 

You can follow the instructions HERE to forward AClog QSOs to QSOMAP.ORG.

Mike


Re: Should ACLOG fill "Country" field from data in an LOTW confirmation?

Tom Ellis
 

Bert,

 

What version of ACLog are you using and have you downloaded the latest country files from AD1C?

 

I just entered the call sign into ACLog call field and the country showed as Ecuador in the country field. It showed up before I tabbed from the call sign box.

 

Tom

K5TEE

 

 

From: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io [mailto:N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io] On Behalf Of Bert W0RSB via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2020 4:12 PM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Should ACLOG fill "Country" field from data in an LOTW confirmation?

 

While I'm on the subject of associating entity names with calls:

I notice that ACLOG doesn't (or didn't in this one recent case, anyway) populate the "Country" column from an LOTW confirmation. Is the country data actually included in the data returned from LOTW? On the ARRL Web site, the country is known and displayed in the listings, so I just assumed it was propagated in the response (which I've never looked at).

When I worked HC1MD/2, ACLOG didn't fill the Country field (Ecuador) when I entered the contact, and it didn't enter the field again when I got the LOTW confirmation a few days later.
--
Bert - W0RSB
Saint Paul, MN


Should ACLOG fill "Country" field from data in an LOTW confirmation?

Bert W0RSB <bert.w0rsb@...>
 

While I'm on the subject of associating entity names with calls:

I notice that ACLOG doesn't (or didn't in this one recent case, anyway) populate the "Country" column from an LOTW confirmation. Is the country data actually included in the data returned from LOTW? On the ARRL Web site, the country is known and displayed in the listings, so I just assumed it was propagated in the response (which I've never looked at).

When I worked HC1MD/2, ACLOG didn't fill the Country field (Ecuador) when I entered the contact, and it didn't enter the field again when I got the LOTW confirmation a few days later.
--
Bert - W0RSB
Saint Paul, MN


Re: Historical entity names based on call and date?

Bert W0RSB <bert.w0rsb@...>
 

Thanks.

I'll do the QSL cards first to see if I really want to do all the others.

--
Bert - W0RSB
Saint Paul, MN


Re: NAQP Software issue #naqp #contest

Scott Davis
 

Hi Ken,

Thanks for your follow up.  I'm sorry that you are still having trouble.  

Ed is right, there is a hardware / OS / driver and / or RFI setting at the crux of what is causing your problem.

If there were a problem with the software, many others would also be reporting it.  There have been no major changes to the rig interface code in years, so anything generic would have come to light long before now.  

I routinely leave the computer polling for up to 14 hours a day, every day and up to 48 hours on contest weekends.  That is true of many of my users.  I've not ever experienced what you describe and I've not had any similar reports (that didn't wind up being traced to a hardware setting, such as the one Ed described).

Thanks for chiming in with your good suggestions Ed!


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: Edward Van Cleave <ed_vanc@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Feb 16, 2020 1:15 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] NAQP Software issue #NAQP #contest

Ken,
 
Your USB port may be going to sleep depending upon the polling speed you are using.   Have you checked to see whether Windows has checked the Power Management tab in the UART port created for the IC-7300?  Mine was causing a lot of havoc until I unchecked the boxes on the device tab. 
 
The 7300 must be powered on.  Then go to Device Manager; Ports;, then select the Port connected to the USB cable.  Select the Power Management Tab and clear all checked boxes.
 
Ed, W0VC 
 
Sent from Mail for Windows 10
 
From: Ken Bell
Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:36 AM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] NAQP Software issue #NAQP #contest
 
Hi Scott

I'm resurrecting this issue, since I have more info.  The original problem was that the software would stop updating frequency (and thus band). I have an IC-7300 and a W-10 new notebook computer. I'm running your latest everything. My system is patched to the lates.  You suggested RFI in the shack and possibly bad USB cables.  I changed to new USB cables with ferrite beads.  I've have chased, but find no other evidence of RF in the shack.   I use ACLog almost daily. I haven't had a problem with it. 

I operated at WFD recently and had the problem again after operating for a few of hours. I was at the end of my shift, so I shutdown and didn't investigate.   Yesterday, I operated on the ARRL Int CW contest for about 7 hours.   Like NAQP, and WFD the rig ran fine when I started.  After about 7 hours I started having the problem, so I decided  to investigate. I rearranged my USB cables, etc. No joy.  Swapped cables, no joy. Swapped USB cable locations on the PC. No joy.  Sending still worked fine.  
I could always get it to run properly when I went to the Rig Interface page and clicked the 'Poll' button. I noticed that the amount of data in the windows would grow to almost fill the window occasionally. Sometimes the interface would stop running.  Later, it would only reset to the current frequency when hitting the Poll button, then that would hang.  I was about tired of S&P, so I decided to do some extra testing. 

 - Happens while listening and after some time, would hang almost instantly.
 - Tried changine timing and other settings, but nothing would keep it running.
 - USB Cables are new with beads, moved cables physically, change ports, swapped cables. 
 - Instantly repeatable. It dies right away. 
 - To restart, click on the 'Poll' button and it updates to the current frequency immediately. 
 - Data stream in the Interface windows show very long strings regularly.  I don't remember seeing this many characters when it is running. 
 - Have not had this problem running ACLog.....   so.....  stopped and switched to ACLog and.....
 - With nothing else changed, ACLog worked just fine, as it always does.  Could it be that the problems had been with Contest packages????
 - Switched right back to ARRL Int DX package and......   It works just fine.  Cannot make it fail, no matter what. 

So what I think I'm telling you is that we could possibly have a memory leak or some counter that takes a while to overload....  could maybe be in W-10.  I did NOT reboot the PC.  Only restarted the software.  Once the software was restarted, I cannot make it fail.  This was after running for about 7 hours, which is almost exactly what happened with the NAQP software, and probably WFD software.

Just throwing this out to you in the chance you get to have a look at some point.  I will try to leave the package runnign with my radio on to see if it fails after 7 or 8 hours. 

I know to restart the software when I see this again. 

Thank you for your time and for this software. 

--
Ken - K4EES
 


Re: NAQP Software issue #naqp #contest

Edward Van Cleave <ed_vanc@...>
 

Ken,

 

Your USB port may be going to sleep depending upon the polling speed you are using.   Have you checked to see whether Windows has checked the Power Management tab in the UART port created for the IC-7300?  Mine was causing a lot of havoc until I unchecked the boxes on the device tab. 

 

The 7300 must be powered on.  Then go to Device Manager; Ports;, then select the Port connected to the USB cable.  Select the Power Management Tab and clear all checked boxes.

 

Ed, W0VC 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Ken Bell
Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:36 AM
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] NAQP Software issue #NAQP #contest

 

Hi Scott

I'm resurrecting this issue, since I have more info.  The original problem was that the software would stop updating frequency (and thus band). I have an IC-7300 and a W-10 new notebook computer. I'm running your latest everything. My system is patched to the lates.  You suggested RFI in the shack and possibly bad USB cables.  I changed to new USB cables with ferrite beads.  I've have chased, but find no other evidence of RF in the shack.   I use ACLog almost daily. I haven't had a problem with it. 

I operated at WFD recently and had the problem again after operating for a few of hours. I was at the end of my shift, so I shutdown and didn't investigate.   Yesterday, I operated on the ARRL Int CW contest for about 7 hours.   Like NAQP, and WFD the rig ran fine when I started.  After about 7 hours I started having the problem, so I decided  to investigate. I rearranged my USB cables, etc. No joy.  Swapped cables, no joy. Swapped USB cable locations on the PC. No joy.  Sending still worked fine.  

I could always get it to run properly when I went to the Rig Interface page and clicked the 'Poll' button. I noticed that the amount of data in the windows would grow to almost fill the window occasionally. Sometimes the interface would stop running.  Later, it would only reset to the current frequency when hitting the Poll button, then that would hang.  I was about tired of S&P, so I decided to do some extra testing. 

 - Happens while listening and after some time, would hang almost instantly.
 - Tried changine timing and other settings, but nothing would keep it running.
 - USB Cables are new with beads, moved cables physically, change ports, swapped cables. 
 - Instantly repeatable. It dies right away. 
 - To restart, click on the 'Poll' button and it updates to the current frequency immediately. 
 - Data stream in the Interface windows show very long strings regularly.  I don't remember seeing this many characters when it is running. 
 - Have not had this problem running ACLog.....   so.....  stopped and switched to ACLog and.....
 - With nothing else changed, ACLog worked just fine, as it always does.  Could it be that the problems had been with Contest packages????
 - Switched right back to ARRL Int DX package and......   It works just fine.  Cannot make it fail, no matter what. 

So what I think I'm telling you is that we could possibly have a memory leak or some counter that takes a while to overload....  could maybe be in W-10.  I did NOT reboot the PC.  Only restarted the software.  Once the software was restarted, I cannot make it fail.  This was after running for about 7 hours, which is almost exactly what happened with the NAQP software, and probably WFD software.

Just throwing this out to you in the chance you get to have a look at some point.  I will try to leave the package runnign with my radio on to see if it fails after 7 or 8 hours. 

I know to restart the software when I see this again. 

Thank you for your time and for this software. 

--
Ken - K4EES

 


Re: NAQP Software issue #naqp #contest

Ken Bell
 

Hi Scott

I'm resurrecting this issue, since I have more info.  The original problem was that the software would stop updating frequency (and thus band). I have an IC-7300 and a W-10 new notebook computer. I'm running your latest everything. My system is patched to the lates.  You suggested RFI in the shack and possibly bad USB cables.  I changed to new USB cables with ferrite beads.  I've have chased, but find no other evidence of RF in the shack.   I use ACLog almost daily. I haven't had a problem with it. 

I operated at WFD recently and had the problem again after operating for a few of hours. I was at the end of my shift, so I shutdown and didn't investigate.   Yesterday, I operated on the ARRL Int CW contest for about 7 hours.   Like NAQP, and WFD the rig ran fine when I started.  After about 7 hours I started having the problem, so I decided  to investigate. I rearranged my USB cables, etc. No joy.  Swapped cables, no joy. Swapped USB cable locations on the PC. No joy.  Sending still worked fine.  

I could always get it to run properly when I went to the Rig Interface page and clicked the 'Poll' button. I noticed that the amount of data in the windows would grow to almost fill the window occasionally. Sometimes the interface would stop running.  Later, it would only reset to the current frequency when hitting the Poll button, then that would hang.  I was about tired of S&P, so I decided to do some extra testing. 

 - Happens while listening and after some time, would hang almost instantly.
 - Tried changine timing and other settings, but nothing would keep it running.
 - USB Cables are new with beads, moved cables physically, change ports, swapped cables. 
 - Instantly repeatable. It dies right away. 
 - To restart, click on the 'Poll' button and it updates to the current frequency immediately. 
 - Data stream in the Interface windows show very long strings regularly.  I don't remember seeing this many characters when it is running. 
 - Have not had this problem running ACLog.....   so.....  stopped and switched to ACLog and.....
 - With nothing else changed, ACLog worked just fine, as it always does.  Could it be that the problems had been with Contest packages????
 - Switched right back to ARRL Int DX package and......   It works just fine.  Cannot make it fail, no matter what. 

So what I think I'm telling you is that we could possibly have a memory leak or some counter that takes a while to overload....  could maybe be in W-10.  I did NOT reboot the PC.  Only restarted the software.  Once the software was restarted, I cannot make it fail.  This was after running for about 7 hours, which is almost exactly what happened with the NAQP software, and probably WFD software.

Just throwing this out to you in the chance you get to have a look at some point.  I will try to leave the package runnign with my radio on to see if it fails after 7 or 8 hours. 

I know to restart the software when I see this again. 

Thank you for your time and for this software. 

--
Ken - K4EES


Re: Historical entity names based on call and date?

Scott Davis
 

Hi Bert,

Thanks for your e-mail.  You can enter any value in the country field you like.  When you run the Awards totals, deselect the option to only list valid entries to include country names that are no longer valid in the count (if you wish).

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: Bert W0RSB via Groups.Io <bert.w0rsb@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers <N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Feb 16, 2020 11:01 am
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Historical entity names based on call and date?

Is there a database or the like where I can find the correct entity name for contacts made in the past? 

Will ACLOG accept a manually entered entity name which is no longer in its database? I have QSL cards from a few hundred old contacts which I could fix right now, if I knew the fix would stick. I have about 6300 contacts in ACLOG right now, so fixing them all would be an interesting project.

Many of my really old contacts have the wrong entity name because the place has changed its name at least once since I made the contact. The oldest contacts in my ACLOG are from 1978. I have paper logs going back to 1961 which I haven't entered, and likely never will.

I entered my old contacts into ACLOG piecemeal over time whenever I had the energy to transfer data from my paper logs, so each entry has an entity assigned based on the data available at the time I entered it. I didn't think it mattered at the time; maybe it really doesn't.

--
Bert - W0RSB
Saint Paul, MN


FTdx3000 Cat Commands

Gary Darnell <wb0rur@...>
 

Anyone using the “RI:” command in the ACLog transmit setup to call your FTdx3000 cw memory?
I can’t seem to find the correct syntax to make it do anything.
Thanks es 73
 
Gary
 


Historical entity names based on call and date?

Bert W0RSB <bert.w0rsb@...>
 

Is there a database or the like where I can find the correct entity name for contacts made in the past? 

Will ACLOG accept a manually entered entity name which is no longer in its database? I have QSL cards from a few hundred old contacts which I could fix right now, if I knew the fix would stick. I have about 6300 contacts in ACLOG right now, so fixing them all would be an interesting project.

Many of my really old contacts have the wrong entity name because the place has changed its name at least once since I made the contact. The oldest contacts in my ACLOG are from 1978. I have paper logs going back to 1961 which I haven't entered, and likely never will.

I entered my old contacts into ACLOG piecemeal over time whenever I had the energy to transfer data from my paper logs, so each entry has an entity assigned based on the data available at the time I entered it. I didn't think it mattered at the time; maybe it really doesn't.

--
Bert - W0RSB
Saint Paul, MN

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