PST Rotator] [was Obtaining frequency data from the contest loggers]


Scott Davis
 

Hi Scott,

I changed the subject line of your thread, as it really pertains to PST Rotator, but your subject line would not get the attention of PST Rotator users to prompt them to read your post.

I've not tried PST Rotator myself, but I have heard from others that it works identically with the contest software and AC Log.  Hopefully someone with direct experience can chime in and confirm that.

Alternatively, you might contact the author, Codrut directly and check with him here: codrut.buda@...

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: Scott - KA2K <sschindewolf@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Sent: Sun, Oct 11, 2020 3:03 pm
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Obtaining frequency data from the contest loggers

I use the PST Rotator Steppir utility to pull freq data from ACLog to control my Steppir antenna - works fine. I am not familiar with the internals of these applications and am not actually sure how the freq info exchange takes place but It seems that only ACLog makes frequency data available to PST Rotator and the contest loggers do not. Am I overlooking something or is this just the way it is?
Thanks


Patrick Moonen
 

Works perfect no problemen here.

73 Pat - ON3CQ

Op ma 12 okt. 2020 19:56 schreef Scott Davis via groups.io <SNKDavis=aol.com@groups.io>:

Hi Scott,

I changed the subject line of your thread, as it really pertains to PST Rotator, but your subject line would not get the attention of PST Rotator users to prompt them to read your post.

I've not tried PST Rotator myself, but I have heard from others that it works identically with the contest software and AC Log.  Hopefully someone with direct experience can chime in and confirm that.

Alternatively, you might contact the author, Codrut directly and check with him here: codrut.buda@...

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: Scott - KA2K <sschindewolf@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Sent: Sun, Oct 11, 2020 3:03 pm
Subject: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] Obtaining frequency data from the contest loggers

I use the PST Rotator Steppir utility to pull freq data from ACLog to control my Steppir antenna - works fine. I am not familiar with the internals of these applications and am not actually sure how the freq info exchange takes place but It seems that only ACLog makes frequency data available to PST Rotator and the contest loggers do not. Am I overlooking something or is this just the way it is?
Thanks


Scott - KA2K
 

Ive reached out to the PSTRotator group also. I will try again with some other N3FJP contest loggers, but CQWWDX is not working for me. ACLog works great. @ Pat ON3CQ -To be clear this is regarding obtaining frequency data for the Steppir control module and not Azimuth rotator control data. I might add that I am interfacing the N3FJP loggers through Win4Yaesu and virtual ports but see no reason why that would be causing problems with the contest loggers but not ACLog. I will try the contest logger straight through to radio and advise of the result.
Thanks


Scott - KA2K
 

Update - I connected logger directly to radio. No change. PST Rotator picks up frequency data fine with AC Logger, but none of the contest loggers could obtain frequency data. As soon as I close contest logger and open ACLog the frequency info just pops up into the PST Rotator steppir utility window. All Rig control settings are identical on the loggers. Too bad because I really wanted to take Steppir utility and N3FJP. Maybe its a PST Rotator issue but who knows at this point, waiting to hear something from the PST Rotator forum. PSTRotator is able to get frequency data from N1MM+ successfully.


Scott Davis
 

Hi Scott,

Thanks for your follow up.  Yes, if there is a problem with PST Rotator, it will have to be addressed in the PST Rotator settings / software.  

I don't know what method Codrut is using to retrieve frequency from my software, but the following command will retrieve the current frequency in all my programs (AC Log and contesting software):

Use this command to read the band, mode and frequency (frequency if rig interface is enabled):

<CMD><READBMF></CMD>

N3FJP Software responds:

<CMD><READBMFRESPONSE><BAND>40</BAND><MODE>SSB</MODE><MODETEST>PH</MODETEST><FREQ>7.22802</FREQ></CMD>

More details are here:

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

Please let us know what develops.

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: Scott - KA2K <sschindewolf@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Sent: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 5:55 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] PST Rotator] [was Obtaining frequency data from the contest loggers]

Update - I connected logger directly to radio. No change. PST Rotator picks up frequency data fine with AC Logger, but none of the contest loggers could obtain frequency data. As soon as I close contest logger and open ACLog the frequency info just pops up into the PST Rotator steppir utility window. All Rig control settings are identical on the loggers. Too bad because I really wanted to take Steppir utility and N3FJP. Maybe its a PST Rotator issue but who knows at this point, waiting to hear something from the PST Rotator forum. PSTRotator is able to get frequency data from N1MM+ successfully.


Scott - KA2K
 

Thanks for the confirmation that ALL of your loggers use the same commands. That points us back to an issue with PST Rotator. I will keep you apprised of any progress I make with PST Rotator.


Scott - KA2K
 

New update for old issue. Turns out PST Rotator pulls frequency data by reading the contents of the frequency box in AC Log. Unfortunately the CONTEST loggers do not have an editable frequency field like AC Log does. That is why PSTRotator cannot pull frequency data from contest loggers but it works fine with AC LOG. Dang it.

AC LOG

Contest Log


Scott Davis
 

Hi Scott,

Thanks for your e-mail.  Actually, while we can't display the Frequency field in the contest software due to space constraints, as well as needing to avoid an additional tab through item, all the contest logs also have an invisible Frequency text box that updates from rig interface, exactly like AC Log.  The only difference is the visible properly is set to false in the contest software, but when you press enter, whatever is in the Frequency text box, which is populated by rig interface, is saved with the QSO record, just like AC Log.

I hope that this helps!

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: Scott - KA2K <sschindewolf@...>
To: N3FJPSoftwareUsers@groups.io
Sent: Sat, Jul 24, 2021 4:55 pm
Subject: Re: [N3FJPSoftwareUsers] PST Rotator] [was Obtaining frequency data from the contest loggers]

New update for old issue. Turns out PST Rotator pulls frequency data by reading the contents of the frequency box in AC Log. Unfortunately the CONTEST loggers do not have an editable frequency field like AC Log does. That is why PSTRotator cannot pull frequency data from contest loggers but it works fine with AC LOG. Dang it.

AC LOG

Contest Log


Scott - KA2K
 

Thanks Scott,
After I posted, I read the incredibly detailed API info page you have on your website. Like you said, from that info I determined that the information should be available from the text box even if its not visible. I bounced it off Conrut from PSTRotator. Not sure how he is interrogating the text boxes, but if he is using your API commands it should be working. Thanks for the quick response.
Thanks,
Scott - KA2K


Scott - KA2K
 

Codrut has resolved the issue in PSTRotator version 14.18. Thanks for your help.