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Re: Can't get ACLog to read freq & mode

Steven Blary <sblary@...>
 

Chuck,

My radio and manual is packed away at the moment -- I'm operating portable this
evening during the IOTA contest from Hutchinson Island NA-141. So I can't look
up the specifics at the moment. However if my memory is correct all of those
settings seem fine. the actual values of the string data may be off however
the radio ID - 58 seems right. I would confirm that setting in the radio's
menus to be sure but I believe that 58 is the 706's default (I think AClog
defaults to 56) DTR was the proper setting for me as well.

Hopefully you will have it resolved by tomarrow however if you don't let me
know and I'll confirm my settings ...

Good Luck and 73's
Steve Blary, N1XC

P.S. Listen for me on 20 meters SSB for the IOTA contest I should be on the
air by 6pm eastern.






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Re: Can't get ACLog to read freq & mode

Scott Davis
 

Hi Ed,

So far, the same Icom string selection has worked with all Icom
rigs. I haven't had a report specifically on the 736 but it should
work. Just select Icom from the rig options.

Chuck, I did some digging through my notes and found a report of
working settings for the IC 706 MK II G with my software.

The settings are:

Baud rate: 19.2K
Parity: None
Data Bits: 8
Stop Bits: 1
Power Selected: DTR (that will depend on your interface)

I hope this helps. Please let me know how you make out.

73,

Scott, N3FJP
snkdavis@aol.com
www.n3fjp.com

Serving the Amateur Radio Community with general logging and
contesting software since 1997.


--- In N3FJP_Software_Users@yahoogroups.com, "Edward Leicester"
<kg4qmi@e...> wrote:
I see in the list of rigs that the IC-736 is not listed. Does
anyone know if it will work?

Ed/kg4qmi

------------------------------------
Edward Leicester
Reg. 1 Director
North Carolina Baptist Men
-----------------------------------
EC-Perq. County, Area 1
NC-ARES
Hertford NC
252-426-7246
KG4QMI/FM16
http://home.earthlink.net/~kg4qmi
----- Original Message -----
From: k9plx@m...
To: N3FJP_Software_Users
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2003 11:25 PM
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Can't get ACLog to read freq &
mode


Greetings to the group.
I'm a long-time user of ACLog who has just purchased the cable to
connect my rig so I can read the frequency and mode directly into the
log. I've tried everything I can think of and so far am unsuccessful;
I could sure use some suggestions.

The setup: PC is an older model IBM ThinkPad laptop Pentium II
running Windows XP Professional. Rig is Icom IC706MarkIIG. I have the
cable from W1GEE and it is connected to the serial port of the PC and
the remote jack on the back of the 706.

In the Interface Setup window of ACLog, I have set to Comm Port
1, 19.2 baud (the rig is also set to 19.2), connection power to DTR
(I've also tried RTS). I've set the string to read frequency to "FE
FE 58 E0 03 FD" and the string to read the mode to "FE FE 58 E0 04
FD" (values come from the 706's manual). Having no idea what the
other values should be, I've tried them all, I think.

The response is always "No Response" in the Frequency window,
either "No Response" or nothing at all in the Mode window, and a
running string of garbage, which changes as I change the tuning dial
on the rig, in the "Unprocessed data returned" window.

Does any other Icom owner have any hints for me?

Thanks,
Chuck, K9PLX

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Re: Can't get ACLog to read freq & mode

Edward Leicester <kg4qmi@...>
 

I see in the list of rigs that the IC-736 is not listed. Does anyone know if it will work?
 
Ed/kg4qmi

------------------------------------
Edward Leicester
Reg. 1 Director
North Carolina Baptist Men
-----------------------------------
EC-Perq. County, Area 1
NC-ARES
Hertford NC
252-426-7246
KG4QMI/FM16
http://home.earthlink.net/~kg4qmi

----- Original Message -----
From: k9plx@...
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2003 11:25 PM
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Can't get ACLog to read freq & mode

Greetings to the group.
I'm a long-time user of ACLog who has just purchased the cable to connect my rig so I can read the frequency and mode directly into the log. I've tried everything I can think of and so far am unsuccessful; I could sure use some suggestions.

The setup: PC is an older model IBM ThinkPad laptop Pentium II running Windows XP Professional. Rig is Icom IC706MarkIIG. I have the cable from W1GEE and it is connected to the serial port of the PC and the remote jack on the back of the 706.

In the Interface Setup window of ACLog, I have set to Comm Port 1, 19.2 baud (the rig is also set to 19.2), connection power to DTR (I've also tried RTS). I've set the string to read frequency to "FE FE 58 E0 03 FD" and the string to read the mode to "FE FE 58 E0 04 FD" (values come from the 706's manual). Having no idea what the other values should be, I've tried them all, I think.

The response is always "No Response" in the Frequency window, either "No Response" or nothing at all in the Mode window, and a running string of garbage, which changes as I change the tuning dial on the rig, in the "Unprocessed data returned" window.

Does any other Icom owner have any hints for me?

Thanks,
Chuck, K9PLX


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Re: Can't get ACLog to read freq & mode

Scott Davis
 

Hi Chuck,

Thanks for your e-mail.  I have had good reports from other IC706 MarkIIG users so I'm sure it is just a matter of getting the com settings right.  If any Icom users have the specifics for Chuck I'd sure appreciate it if you could pass them along.

73,

Scott, N3FJP
snkdavis@...
www.n3fjp.com

Serving the Amateur Radio Community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.

In a message dated 7/25/2003 11:26:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time, k9plx@... writes:

Greetings to the group.
I'm a long-time user of ACLog who has just purchased the cable to connect my rig so I can read the frequency and mode directly into the log. I've tried everything I can think of and so far am unsuccessful; I could sure use some suggestions.

The setup: PC is an older model IBM ThinkPad laptop Pentium II running Windows XP Professional. Rig is Icom IC706MarkIIG. I have the cable from W1GEE and it is connected to the serial port of the PC and the remote jack on the back of the 706.

In the Interface Setup window of ACLog, I have set to Comm Port 1, 19.2 baud (the rig is also set to 19.2), connection power to DTR (I've also tried RTS). I've set the string to read frequency to "FE FE 58 E0 03 FD" and the string to read the mode to "FE FE 58 E0 04 FD" (values come from the 706's manual). Having no idea what the other values should be, I've tried them all, I think.

The response is always "No Response" in the Frequency window, either "No Response" or nothing at all in the Mode window, and a running string of garbage, which changes as I change the tuning dial on the rig, in the "Unprocessed data returned" window.

Does any other Icom owner have any hints for me?

Thanks,
Chuck, K9PLX





Can't get ACLog to read freq & mode

k9plx@...
 

Greetings to the group.
I'm a long-time user of ACLog who has just purchased the cable to connect my rig so I can read the frequency and mode directly into the log. I've tried everything I can think of and so far am unsuccessful; I could sure use some suggestions.

The setup: PC is an older model IBM ThinkPad laptop Pentium II running Windows XP Professional. Rig is Icom IC706MarkIIG. I have the cable from W1GEE and it is connected to the serial port of the PC and the remote jack on the back of the 706.

In the Interface Setup window of ACLog, I have set to Comm Port 1, 19.2 baud (the rig is also set to 19.2), connection power to DTR (I've also tried RTS). I've set the string to read frequency to "FE FE 58 E0 03 FD" and the string to read the mode to "FE FE 58 E0 04 FD" (values come from the 706's manual). Having no idea what the other values should be, I've tried them all, I think.

The response is always "No Response" in the Frequency window, either "No Response" or nothing at all in the Mode window, and a running string of garbage, which changes as I change the tuning dial on the rig, in the "Unprocessed data returned" window.

Does any other Icom owner have any hints for me?

Thanks,
Chuck, K9PLX


Re: CW Parallel Port Schematics

Darrell Ringer
 

--- In N3FJP_Software_Users@yahoogroups.com, "John Paul Keon"
<jpkeon@n...> wrote:

I also have learned in several contests that I can use my paddles
(Mercury) with the rig at the same time I have the keyboard hooked
up to the rig to transmitt CW both ways. That is a good idea for
those of you who have QRP rigs too. Add a plug input for the
paddles as well as the one for the connection to the laptop or
PC so that you can use both for the generation of CW.
With the W1GEE serial adapter I simply added a Radio Shack 2 to 1
stereo headphone adapter at the key jack of my Icom 740. I turn off
the internal keyer and plug the computer into one side and my keyer,
bug, or straight key into the other side. Obviously you can't use an
internal keyer with any external keying device, but the use of a
keyer or a manual key allows a quick comment or repeat, but more
importantly allows a constant key down condition to touch up the
antenna tuner.

As a suggestion, Scott it would be nice to have a tune button or
keyboard key (~ perhaps)for tune/touch-up purposes with boatanchor
transmitters or antenna tuners.

Dan, K8WV


Re: CW Parallel Port Schematics

Darrell Ringer
 

--- In N3FJP_Software_Users@yahoogroups.com, "John Paul Keon"
<jpkeon@n...> wrote:

I also have learned in several contests that I can use my paddles
(Mercury) with the rig at the same time I have the keyboard hooked
up to the rig to transmitt CW both ways. That is a good idea for
those of you who have QRP rigs too. Add a plug input for the
paddles as well as the one for the connection to the laptop or
PC so that you can use both for the generation of CW.
With the W1GEE serial adapter I simply added a Radio Shack 2 to 1
stereo headphone adapter at the key jack of my Icom 740. I turn off
the internal keyer and plug the computer into one side and my keyer,
bug, or straight key into the other side. Obviously you can't use an
internal keyer with any external keying device, but the use of a
keyer or a manual key allows a quick comment or repeat, but more
importantly allows a constant key down condition to touch up the
antenna tuner.

As a suggestion, Scott it would be nice to have a tune button or
keyboard key (~ perhaps)for tune/touch-up purposes with boatanchor
transmitters or antenna tuners.

Dan, K8WV


Help!

w1ech <w1ech@...>
 

I need help with my N3FJP Sweepstakes program. I have not used the
software before.

I recently received the CD, got my password, and loaded it.
It worked fine.

However, for some reason, I recently misplaced the shortcut on my
desktop and thought I had deleted the software, so I tried to REload
it!

That's when the trouble started. I found that I could open the
software and begin playing with it, until I tried to enter a call
worked, and then the CHECK in the second window. I would immediately
get "INVALID SECTION" in the large window below that and nothing else
would function.

I have tried several times to remove the software and reload it, but
must be doing something wrong.

Is there an instruction sheet for the CD?

Has anyone else encountered this problem?

Thanks!

73,

Gary - W1ECH


Re: CW Parallel Port Schematics

John Paul/AB4PP
 

Scott and users:
I have already been using the serial port version (without upgrades)
for several months and it worked very well on the serial port.
When I got the laptop home finally and started to use it with the base
rig, instead of my qrp rigs (Sierra and Norcal 40a) I had to have a
way to use the keyboard for CW too; since I use the serial port
at the house for my external keyboard.
I am using the keyboard as it is easier to enter all my data into the
AC Logger. I also have a mouse hooked up externally and that
facilitates the moving of the cursor faster than using the little button
on my laptop.
So, when this revision for the parallel port came out it was a good
idea to change. I am making up a connector and will report on
the use of that with the serial port in use too.
I work about 99% CW anyway. I get on SSB rarely and then to
work a rare DX station who does not work CW. I work the MARS
nets on SSB and have to have a mike only for those two reasons.
I also have learned in several contests that I can use my paddles
(Mercury) with the rig at the same time I have the keyboard hooked
up to the rig to transmitt CW both ways. That is a good idea for
those of you who have QRP rigs too. Add a plug input for the
paddles as well as the one for the connection to the laptop or
PC so that you can use both for the generation of CW. I rarely use
the keyboard cept for the contests. It is a major help and saves
time and frustration. I also have found that using the keyboard
function with the laptop eliminates the use of a memory keyer
and that is one less thing to put in my backpack to take on the hikes
and trips with the tent and all. It makes it lighter a bit and makes
more room for a couple more snacks.
Thanks again Scott for the new revision and looking forward to the
changes in the upgrade so I can log faster on the AC Logger program.

p.s. a word of advice, make sure you check the polarity of the 2n2222
when you wire it up so that you don't fry it when you apply power and
try to transmitt. OR, keep an extra on hand for the replacement. It is
a very easy mod to make and certainly a lot cheaper to make than to
buy from the people making them. Rad Shack has the parts and it is
very inexpensive to make. Have fun soldering!

John Paul, Raleigh, NC [AB4PP]//NNNUTV
http://www.knightlites.org
"We all take different paths in life, but no matter where
we go, we take a little of each other everywhere."


Re: CW Parallel Port Schematics

Scott Davis
 

Hi Dan,

Thanks for the good report.

The problem has been for those of us who want to send CW and use the rig interface features with one serial port in our machines. With the CW parallel port upgrade you can send CW via the parallel port and use the rig interface or packet DX spotting features via the serial port at the same time.

73, Scott
N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com/

Serving the Amateur Radio Community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.



In a message dated 7/24/2003 9:29:55 PM Eastern Standard Time, "Darrell Ringer" <k8wv@arrl.net> writes:

I've been using W1GEE's serial CW adapter with great success and no
problems from 7 to 40 wpm.

Is there any advantage to the parallel port adapter? Or is it just a
matter of what's available on your computer?

Dan, K8WV



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Re: CW Parallel Port Schematics

Darrell Ringer
 

I've been using W1GEE's serial CW adapter with great success and no
problems from 7 to 40 wpm.

Is there any advantage to the parallel port adapter? Or is it just a
matter of what's available on your computer?

Dan, K8WV


Re: Help with VHFLOG to ACLOG

james mollica <jim@...>
 

Thanks for the info Scott.
I can edit dx calls and add the info in the fields after importing the adif
file. Looks like you can count me in on both programs. Thanks again.
73, Jim N2NRD.

----- Original Message -----
From: <SNKDavis@aol.com>
To: <N3FJP_Software_Users@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 6:58 AM
Subject: Re: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Help with VHFLOG to ACLOG


Hi Jim,

Thanks for trying out the software. I am planning to add a feature in a
future version of ACLog that will review records logged/imported and add any
missing data that can be determined from the call such as country, prefix,
etc. I'm not sure if that will make version 2.4 or 2.5 of ACLog but it is
definitely on the top of the enhancements list.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

73, Scott
N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com/

Serving the Amateur Radio Community with contesting and general logging
software since 1997.


In a message dated 7/23/2003 7:59:01 PM Eastern Standard Time, "james
mollica" <jim@snip.net> writes:

I downloaded vhflog and aclog to give a test run and seem
to have a problem. I set up a test contest with a few dx
contacts in vhflog then used the adif export function to
import the log file into aclog. All went ok but some info
for the dx contacts is not showing in the fields.
ie. country,continent,freq,and prefix info. Is this due to
the contest pgm only looking at calls and grids or am I
missing something in aclog? The reason I ask is I like
the clean layout of Scotts programs and do mostly vhf
contests but want to use aclog to keep track of my 6 meter
dxcc info. If I do a calculate dxcc in aclog it is not showing
the dx worked from the imported vhflog file. Thanks for
the help in advance . Jim N2NRD.


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CW Parallel Port Schematics

Scott Davis
 

Hi All,

Huel, K4DRQ was kind enough to send along some links he found to build a parallel interface for CW keying:

http://users.pandora.be/on5zo/cw_int.htm

http://www.qsl.net/ae0q/contest/opto_key.htm

Several words of caution. The code for the parallel port CW keying enhancement was designed for and tested by using the W1GEE parallel interface (available on my website for anyone who doesn't want to build their own). The W1GEE interface uses pin 17 to send CW and pin 1 for ground. I don't know if the above schematics will need any modification to work properly or not. If you feel adventerous and give either/both of the above schematics a try, please let me know how they work out. I'm looking forward to your comments and feedback.

73, Scott
N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com/

Serving the Amateur Radio Community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.


Re: Help with VHFLOG to ACLOG

Scott Davis
 

Hi Jim,

Thanks for trying out the software. I am planning to add a feature in a future version of ACLog that will review records logged/imported and add any missing data that can be determined from the call such as country, prefix, etc. I'm not sure if that will make version 2.4 or 2.5 of ACLog but it is definitely on the top of the enhancements list.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

73, Scott
N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com/

Serving the Amateur Radio Community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.


In a message dated 7/23/2003 7:59:01 PM Eastern Standard Time, "james mollica" <jim@snip.net> writes:

I downloaded vhflog and aclog to give a test run and seem
to have a problem. I set up a test contest with a few dx
contacts in vhflog then used the adif export function to
import the log file into aclog. All went ok but some info
for the dx contacts is not showing in the fields.
ie. country,continent,freq,and prefix info. Is this due to
the contest pgm only looking at calls and grids or am I
missing something in aclog? The reason I ask is I like
the clean layout of Scotts programs and do mostly vhf
contests but want to use aclog to keep track of my 6 meter
dxcc info. If I do a calculate dxcc in aclog it is not showing
the dx worked from the imported vhflog file. Thanks for
the help in advance . Jim N2NRD.


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Help with VHFLOG to ACLOG

james mollica <jim@...>
 

I downloaded vhflog and aclog to give a test run and seem
to have a problem.  I set up a test contest with a few dx
contacts in vhflog then used the adif export function to
import the log file into aclog.  All went ok but some info
for the dx contacts is not showing in the fields.
ie. country,continent,freq,and prefix info.  Is this due to
the contest pgm only looking at calls and grids or am I
missing something in aclog?  The reason I ask is I like
the clean layout of Scotts programs and do mostly vhf
contests but want to use aclog to keep track of my 6 meter
dxcc info.  If I  do a calculate dxcc in aclog it is not showing
the dx worked from the imported vhflog file.  Thanks for
the help in advance . Jim N2NRD.
 
 


Re: Contesting Software Upgrades!

Dee D. Flint <deehays@...>
 

----- Original Message -----
From: <SNKDavis@aol.com>
To: <N3FJP_Software_Users@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 3:06 PM
Subject: [N3FJP_Software_Users] Contesting Software Upgrades!


Hi All,

I wanted to let you know that I have added the following enhancements to
all of the N3FJP Software contesting programs:

- Option for CW keying by the parallel port (in addition to the already
existing serial port)
- ESC key terminates CW (ESC will still clear your fields when CW is not
being transmitted)
- Improved CW timing performance
- CW WPM speed can be specified
- CW word spacing is user modifiable
- CW text being sent displays on the main form
- Addition of prosigns
- Program retrieves system time for UTC offset on startup
- Addition of a utility to send on-the-air code practice
- Items on main list can be copied to the Windows clipboard
- Graph background color can be changed from black to white

In addition, the programs are now uploaded as self-extracting executable
files. That means that you don’t have to unzip the downloaded file
(although you can if you want to). Just double click the exe file using
Windows Explorer and setup will begin automatically. As always, the new
versions are free to registered users.

I will probably wait to send this announcement to the larger
"announcements only" list until Amateur Contact Log is ready, but I wanted
to give you a heads-up and the opportunity for testing and feedback before
we get into the fall contesting season. Please download the new versions,
give them a whirl and let me know what you think. In addition to the
performance upgrades, all of the above enhancements will also be included in
ACLog 2.4 when it is ready.

As always, thanks for your great suggestions, kind thoughts and spreading
the word about my software. I really appreciate it.

73, Scott
N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com/
Will you be posting a schematic for the parallel port/CW interface?

Dee D. Flint, N8UZE


Re: Contesting Software Upgrades!

Scott Davis
 


Hi Dee,

Thanks for your e-mail.  I have to confess that hardware is not my strength so I  used a parallel interface provided by W1GEE.  I'm sure that there are some schematics out on the web somewhere.  I wish I had the time to investigate further.  My other schematics came from a good ham friend of mine.

I'm sorry I can't be of more assistance right now, Dee.  I hope you continue to enjoy using the software.

73, Scott, N3FJP
www.n3fjp.com


In a message dated 07/23/03 7:46:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time, deehays@... writes:

Will you be posting a schematic for the parallel port/CW interface?

Dee D. Flint, N8UZE



Contesting Software Upgrades!

Scott Davis
 

Hi All,

I wanted to let you know that I have added the following enhancements to all of the N3FJP Software contesting programs:

- Option for CW keying by the parallel port (in addition to the already existing serial port)
- ESC key terminates CW (ESC will still clear your fields when CW is not being transmitted)
- Improved CW timing performance
- CW WPM speed can be specified
- CW word spacing is user modifiable
- CW text being sent displays on the main form
- Addition of prosigns
- Program retrieves system time for UTC offset on startup
- Addition of a utility to send on-the-air code practice
- Items on main list can be copied to the Windows clipboard
- Graph background color can be changed from black to white

In addition, the programs are now uploaded as self-extracting executable files. That means that you don’t have to unzip the downloaded file (although you can if you want to). Just double click the exe file using Windows Explorer and setup will begin automatically. As always, the new versions are free to registered users.

I will probably wait to send this announcement to the larger "announcements only" list until Amateur Contact Log is ready, but I wanted to give you a heads-up and the opportunity for testing and feedback before we get into the fall contesting season. Please download the new versions, give them a whirl and let me know what you think. In addition to the performance upgrades, all of the above enhancements will also be included in ACLog 2.4 when it is ready.

As always, thanks for your great suggestions, kind thoughts and spreading the word about my software. I really appreciate it.

73, Scott
N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com/

Serving the Amateur Radio Community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.


Re: FISTS 1.1

Scott Davis
 

Hi Fernando,

Thanks for your e-mail.  I checked the ADIF site but couldn't find an ADIF tag for the Fists #.  Does anyone know of an established ADIF tag for the Fists field?

73, Scott
N3FJP
http://www.n3fjp.com/

Serving the Amateur Radio Community with general logging and contesting software since 1997.

In a message dated 7/19/03 9:46:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time, nf6q@... writes:


Hello to all.

Would be nice to have the Fists column exported in the *.adi file.

--

73's Fernando NF6Q/NNN0JYM
San Jose,CA. 95123
Elecraft K2 #2330;KBT2
CCA #01187 FISTS #8649 FP#-622







FISTS 1.1

Fernando Quinones <nf6q@...>
 

Hello to all.

Would be nice to have the Fists column exported in the *.adi file.

--

73's Fernando NF6Q/NNN0JYM
San Jose,CA. 95123
Elecraft K2 #2330;KBT2
CCA #01187 FISTS #8649 FP#-622 <http://pages.sbcglobal.net/nf6q>