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locked Re: WSJTX and homebrew equipment #transmit #linux

John Hill
 

On Sun, Feb 28, 2021 at 08:10 AM, Freddy ON7VQ wrote:
I use a USB to serial converter. Lsusb gives me this info:  Prolific Technology, Inc. PL2303 Serial Port
Prolific chips are known to be problematic.  I would suggest replacing your Prolific chip based USB to serial converter with one that is FTDI chip based.

John W2HUV


locked Import ADI Log File #WSJTX_config

Thomas Testa
 

I had a total system crash and lost my wjtx_log.adi file. I am trying to import a new ADI file from my logging program. I put the new adi file in the log folder in log directory but is still is not being read after I activate the rescan ADIF Log button.  

                                             TNV Tom N2UFM


locked Re: FT4 problems #ContestMode

Brian Summers
 

Hi Geza,

I can see that I did not select 'Automatic logging' so will do that the next time.  Hopefully the problem you experienced will get corrected soon.

Did you experience wsjt sending the CQ message part way through an exchange?

Brian VE7JKZ

On Mon, Mar 1, 2021 at 6:11 AM Geza Szabados-Hann <dg5lp@...> wrote:
Hi Brian,

did you selected "Automatic logging" for contest?  Even if selected, when messages received with "a`priori" decoding (a2, a3), WSJT-X did not logged automatically and popped up the log window asking for the received report. The report was received and shown in the message e.g. "559 0067 a2". It happened to me 20 times during the week-end contest.

73,
Geza DG5LP.



locked Re: Alternate frequencies for FT8 #QSO_practices

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

On 2021-03-01 1:31 AM, Gary - AG0N wrote:

Nor will FT4 users. Plenty of those users out there too.
I'm not recommending that FT8 expand above 7080/14080 but the
old JT65/JT9 watering holes at 7076-7080/14076-14080 are
generally fallow 95+% of the time and it makes sense to
recycle spectrum used by the older/obsolete modes before
laying claim to more of the traditional RTTY spectrum that
*is* heavily used most weekends.

73,

... Joe, W4TV


On 2021-03-01 1:31 AM, Gary - AG0N wrote:

On Feb 28, 2021, at 12:41, Mike Phipps <qrz@k8wu.me> wrote:

JT65, JT9, and JS8 users may not be fond of that practice (and you will find all of that from 7077-7080/14077-14080).
Nor will FT4 users. Plenty of those users out there too.
Gary - AG0N


locked Re: #ContestMode #ContestMode

Bruce Goldstein
 

Thanks Reino.

I did not know about the db.sqlite file.  Guess something changed since I last did a FTx contest.

73
Bruce, WA3AFS


  


locked Re: FT4 problems #ContestMode

Geza Szabados-Hann
 

Hi Brian,

did you selected "Automatic logging" for contest?  Even if selected, when messages received with "a`priori" decoding (a2, a3), WSJT-X did not logged automatically and popped up the log window asking for the received report. The report was received and shown in the message e.g. "559 0067 a2". It happened to me 20 times during the week-end contest.

73,
Geza DG5LP.


locked Re: #ContestMode #ContestMode

Reino Talarmo
 

>Version 2.3.0
Question about going into and out of contest mode.

Before I start a contest, I rename the wsjt_log.adi file to 'old wsjt_log.adi' and wsjt will be using a new file so I can have some dup checking with grids, countries, etc initially showing as unworked.

Then after the contest and I have created the cabrillo file, I rename the present wsjt_log.adi to 'contest xyz wsjt_log.adi' and rename the old wsjt_log.adi back to wsjt_log.adi.

But somehow, when I restart wsjt and go into normal ft8 operation, all the memory of which grids, countries, zones, etc is lost.  I looked in the log directory and now see what looks like two files named wsjt_log.adi and obviously wsjt is using the new (empty) file. 

Hi Bruce,

You have missed how wsjt-x generates a cabrillo file. There are two independent log files the wsjtx_log.adi for keeping information of worked stations and a db.sqlite for contests. The db.sqlite contains information that is presented in Contest Log window and used to generate the Cabrillo file.

That said after the contest for everyday working you need your original wsjtx_log.adi file and possibly the new wsjtx_log.adi file generated during the contest, if you want to include those contest QSOs as worked before ones. For that you need to combine the ‘old wsjtx_log.adi and the ‘contest xyz wsjt_log.adi’ files into a single wsjtx_log.adi file. You may use any text editor for that, just copy the contest one without the header line into the end of the old one and save it as wsjtx_log.adi. Do that while wsjt-x is not running.

 

PS. You may rename the db.sqlite file into ‘contest xyz db.sqlite’, if you want to keep it in addition to the Cabrillo file, or just Reset Cabrillo file before the next contest.

 

73, Reino OH3mA


locked Re: "Error in Sound Input" w/ WIN 10 #AudioIssues #NewUser #txaudio

Reino Talarmo
 

Hi,

All those experiences point out that any vertical antenna especially including random wires need an RF return to ground. That return should be as close to the antenna as possible and latest at antenna matching unit (also known as antenna tuner) or at point where coax is connected to that random wire. A stick to ground may work as well as an additional counter wire from antenna matching unit or coax shield. Around a quarter wavelength counter wire may be more effective. In addition a current mode balun should be used at that point.

Next issue is to connect rig and PC "grounds" together with a short and "heavy" wire that would conduct RFI past the most sensitive connecting wires. A shielded USB wire could also work, but it depends on how well that shield is actually connected to "grounds" of rig and PC. Ferrites (with many turns) should be but in USB lines and possibly also power cord and other wires that go to PC.

Hope those help.

73, Reino OH3mA

-----Original Message-----
From: main@WSJTX.groups.io [mailto:main@WSJTX.groups.io] On Behalf Of Pa3gcu
Sent: 28. helmikuuta 2021 22:50
To: main@wsjtx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [WSJTX] "Error in Sound Input" w/ WIN 10 #AudioIssues #NewUser #txaudio

I too have a IC705, of all the radio's i have had to play with the 705 seems to be very sensitief for RF, i have ferriet on all lines but still i have problems.
My 2 cents worth.
Richard PA3GCU

Verstuurd vanaf mijn iPhone

Op 28 feb. 2021 om 21:34 heeft randy, k8zfj via groups.io <rj7388=yahoo.com@groups.io> het volgende geschreven:

I have similar issues regarding transmit and the audio tone using win 10 pro , ms surface laptop and IC 705, Ironically,all works fine on older HP all in one desktop, win 10 home edition. go figure!
--
randy/k8zfj


locked Re: Alternate frequencies for FT8 #QSO_practices

Gary - AG0N
 

On Feb 28, 2021, at 12:41, Mike Phipps <qrz@k8wu.me> wrote:

JT65, JT9, and JS8 users may not be fond of that practice (and you will find all of that from 7077-7080/14077-14080).
Nor will FT4 users. Plenty of those users out there too.

Gary - AG0N


locked Re: PTT Port sharing #Cat_RigControl

jp3exr also ja4lzx
 

Hi Bill, G4WJS

 

Thanks so much for the quick a solve email.

I copied the attached file to Open log directory of each WSJT-X, then restart two WSJT-Xs.

And then two WSJT-Xs were able to run on one PC.

 

Thank you...

 

Taka, JP3EXR

 

From: main@WSJTX.groups.io <main@WSJTX.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill Somerville
Sent: Monday, March 1, 2021 12:57 AM
To: main@WSJTX.groups.io
Subject: PTT Port sharing #Cat_RigControl - was Re: [WSJTX] Frequency Window Display #mainscreen

 

On 28/02/2021 15:08, jp3exr also ja4lzx wrote:

I am setting WSJT-X Version 2.4.0-rc1.

I am 2m EMEer.

Q65 is popular on the EME recently.

 

In my case, I was using two WSJT9 for V and H-pol line of RX and I send line is only V-pol of the transceiver before.

The WSJT9 is able to be setting the same com port and TX-line of two WSJT9. 

So I have two transceivers for V and H-pol line of RX and I send line is only V-pol transceiver.

So each RX sound USB card are from each transceiver but TX sound USB card is V-pol transceiver only.

After making the settings, I was able to confirm that two WSJTXs work on one PC.

This is because, I set each parameter in the startup command of desktop icon.

So, there is no problem on one PC if I start each independently.

However, when I start them at the same time, I get an error message.

I want to start them at the same time on the one PC.

I am receiving the both transceiver's traces and display V and H-pol of WSJT-X.

I would be txing when a callsign displayed on either WSJT screen.

Please tell me where to setting it in the WSJT-X.

 

Best regard

 

Taka, JP3EXR

Hi Taka-san,

to enable WSJT-X sharing a serial port used for PTT with RTS or DTR please put the attached file into your WSJT-X log files directory ("Menu->File->Open log directory").

73
Bill
G4WJS.


locked Re: Alternate frequencies for FT8 #QSO_practices

Mike Phipps <qrz@...>
 

I use JT65 and JT9 occasionally on 20m and 40m. I haven’t seen it much of anywhere else. I was simply stating that these frequencies are where you will find people (if any) using those modes. If FST4 is going to replace them, OK, but I haven’t seen that happening yet (and I am not generally QRV on 160m, and don’t even have anything that can do 630m or 2200m).

As for JS8, it’s very busy on 40m especially in the evening hours, and decently busy on 20m during the daytime hours. This is with actual QSOs (people talking - not just hitting the Brag macros and then 73ing).

I don't want a repeat of when it was proposed to allow the FT8 overflow to go down to 7070/14070 where you step on PSK31, Olivia, THOR, etc. users, especially when there’s (at least on 20m) several kHz of spectrum that sits more or less unused outside of contests.


Mike K8WU


On Feb 28, 2021, at 5:53 PM, Jim Brown <k9yc@...> wrote:

On 2/28/2021 11:41 AM, Mike Phipps wrote:
JT65, JT9, and JS8 users may not be fond of that practice (and you will find all of that from 7077-7080/14077-14080).


It would be interesting to know the extent of JS8 activity, and the extent to which transmitted content is dominated by the "brag tapes" that turned me off of PSK31 after a handful of QSOs. OTOH, I've been an active user of FT8, ISCAT, FSK441, and MSK144 for weak signal work.

As more digital modes are developed, the interest in older modes falls away, and for good reason -- the newer ones have significant advantages. Last I heard, FST4 is intended to replace JT65 and JT9 below VHF, and Q65 to replace them at VHF and above. FST4 and Q65 occupy FAR less bandwidth than JT65 and offer superior performance; their advantage over JT9 in performance and bandwidth is smaller, but significant. It's hard to justify maintaining dedicated watering holes for modes that are essentially obsolete and have relatively few users.

I haven't studied the list of suggested watering holes on all bands, but the suggested spot for FST4 on 160M, where I intend to use it, is shared with JT9. When's the last time anyone used JT65 or JT9 on 160M? After FT8 took over, JT65 disappeared from 160M and JT9 never gained a foothold. And on 630m and 2200m, where JT9 DID take off, FST4 has pretty much replaced it.

73, Jim K9YC








locked FT4 problems #ContestMode

Brian Summers
 

I put the wrong hashtag on my original post so this corrects it.
I can't find this reported previously but here goes. I was trying to work the contest yesterday and  exchanging emails with Steve VA7KH because we were both experiencing very similar issues. I was using v2.3.0 and had activated 'Alternate F1-F6 bindings' as recommended.

1. Whilst calling and trying to work someone wsjt would generate and send the CQ message. This happened on many occasions with no apparent logic to it.
2.  There were several times when I was certain I'd made a good legit contact but the log window did not pop up.
3. There were times the log window did pop up but both the sent and received fields were blank.

Can someone please enlighten us?

many thanks
Brian VE7JKZ


locked Re: #AudioIssues #FT8 #txaudio #FT8 #txaudio #AudioIssues

careyfisher@...
 


Connectors/Data Mod/USB

#freebritney

On Sun, Feb 28, 2021 at 5:49 PM David Carroll W6NF via groups.io <dwcar49us=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I am having a problem on a formerly reliable and working WSJT-X 2.2.2 configuration with Windows 8.1 on a Toshiba Satellite laptop with SignaLink USB sound card using AUX input to IC-7300 on 20M @70 Watts. Antenna 33 ft EFRW Chameleon Hybrid isolated with a 1:1 coupler. LDG AT100ProII tuner. The system has been working fine for three months.  I am using VOX - not rig control. There are ferrite beads on the SignaLink USB connection to the computer.

When I upgraded the radio IC-7300 to 1.40 firmware this week, I lost my settings. Ever since, the computer shows the same error "Error in Sound Input" on FT8 transmit, and drops the TX within a few seconds of the start of each FT8 cycle. Receive and decode work fine. I downgraded the radio firmware to 1.30 with no better result. I tried a different USB port same problem. Any ideas would be appreciated.





--
Carey Fisher


--
73, Carey, WB4HXE


locked Re: Alternate frequencies for FT8 #QSO_practices

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

JT65, JT9, and JS8 users may not be fond of that practice (and you will find all of that from 7077-7080/14077-14080).
I doubt that you will find enough JT65/JT9 HF users to complain. I've
been watching both the P3 and HamApps for the last two weeks and have
seen exactly one JT65 signal (and *no* JT9 signals) on 40/20 meters.

JS8 users have no business in the JT65/JT9 "watering holes" thus no
status to complain.

73,

... Joe, W4TV


On 2021-02-28 2:41 PM, Mike Phipps wrote:
JT65, JT9, and JS8 users may not be fond of that practice (and you will find all of that from 7077-7080/14077-14080).
40m is difficult to figure out because of the band plans that vary by region, or even between countries within the same region, but for 20m it might be a good idea to make use of the 14083-14095 kHz segment that seems to be underused outside of RTTY contests. I don’t think anyone is going care if some FT8 users tune to 14083 kHz VFO frequency and start CQing.
For 40m, ITU region 2 hams could use 7080 kHz VFO frequency for a starting point for FT8 overflow. I don’t live in regions 1 or 3, so can we get some ops from those regions to weigh in, please?
Mike K8WU

On Feb 28, 2021, at 12:23 PM, W6XK <w6xk@fire2wire.com> wrote:

I totally agree with Joe’s suggestion above.

I regularly call CQ and monitor 7077-7078 KHz and 14077-14078 KHz for FT8 QSOs. I set my K3 bandwidth to 4 KHz and expand the WSJT-X waterfall to 4000 Hz. Another option would be to create a second 3 KHz FT8 sub segment with dial frequencies of 7077 and 14077 for those with receivers with limited bandwidth. A gentlemen’s agreement for 4-6 KHz band segments for FT8 operation on the two most heavily used ham bands is both logical and reasonable considering current occupancy.

73, Chet W6XK


locked Re: Alternate frequencies for FT8 #QSO_practices

Jim Brown
 

On 2/28/2021 11:41 AM, Mike Phipps wrote:
JT65, JT9, and JS8 users may not be fond of that practice (and you will find all of that from 7077-7080/14077-14080).

It would be interesting to know the extent of JS8 activity, and the extent to which transmitted content is dominated by the "brag tapes" that turned me off of PSK31 after a handful of QSOs. OTOH, I've been an active user of FT8, ISCAT, FSK441, and MSK144 for weak signal work.

As more digital modes are developed, the interest in older modes falls away, and for good reason -- the newer ones have significant advantages. Last I heard, FST4 is intended to replace JT65 and JT9 below VHF, and Q65 to replace them at VHF and above. FST4 and Q65 occupy FAR less bandwidth than JT65 and offer superior performance; their advantage over JT9 in performance and bandwidth is smaller, but significant. It's hard to justify maintaining dedicated watering holes for modes that are essentially obsolete and have relatively few users.

I haven't studied the list of suggested watering holes on all bands, but the suggested spot for FST4 on 160M, where I intend to use it, is shared with JT9. When's the last time anyone used JT65 or JT9 on 160M? After FT8 took over, JT65 disappeared from 160M and JT9 never gained a foothold. And on 630m and 2200m, where JT9 DID take off, FST4 has pretty much replaced it.

73, Jim K9YC


locked #AudioIssues #FT8 #txaudio #FT8 #txaudio #AudioIssues

David Carroll W6NF
 

I am having a problem on a formerly reliable and working WSJT-X 2.2.2 configuration with Windows 8.1 on a Toshiba Satellite laptop with SignaLink USB sound card using AUX input to IC-7300 on 20M @70 Watts. Antenna 33 ft EFRW Chameleon Hybrid isolated with a 1:1 coupler. LDG AT100ProII tuner. The system has been working fine for three months.  I am using VOX - not rig control. There are ferrite beads on the SignaLink USB connection to the computer.

When I upgraded the radio IC-7300 to 1.40 firmware this week, I lost my settings. Ever since, the computer shows the same error "Error in Sound Input" on FT8 transmit, and drops the TX within a few seconds of the start of each FT8 cycle. Receive and decode work fine. I downgraded the radio firmware to 1.30 with no better result. I tried a different USB port same problem. Any ideas would be appreciated.



locked #ContestMode #ContestMode

Bruce Goldstein
 

Version 2.3.0
Question about going into and out of contest mode.

Before I start a contest, I rename the wsjt_log.adi file to 'old wsjt_log.adi' and wsjt will be using a new file so I can have some dup checking with grids, countries, etc initially showing as unworked.

Then after the contest and I have created the cabrillo file, I rename the present wsjt_log.adi to 'contest xyz wsjt_log.adi' and rename the old wsjt_log.adi back to wsjt_log.adi.

But somehow, when I restart wsjt and go into normal ft8 operation, all the memory of which grids, countries, zones, etc is lost.  I looked in the log directory and now see what looks like two files named wsjt_log.adi and obviously wsjt is using the new (empty) file. 

Is there something else that I missed.

73
-- WA3AFS


locked Re: FT4 contest #FT4

Martin G0HDB
 

I agree that the statuses of this weekend's 'FT4 DX Contest' and also last year's 'FT4/8 DX Contests' in Feb/Mar and April 2020 respectively do seem rather strange...

Last April I emailed a log for the FT8 contest to the specified address of europeanft8club@... but never received either an automated or a manual acknowledgement that my log had been received, and I haven't been able to find any results for that contest anywhere on the web.  I've also just emailed my log for this weekend's FT4 DX Contest to the same address and again I haven't received an automated confirmation of my submission of the log - time will tell if I receive a manual confirmation.

The web page for the 'European FT8 Club' does show a set of rules for an FT8 DX Contest in April 2019 as well as the rules for the same contest in April 2020 and an FT4 contest in Feb/Mar 2020; there's also a set of rules for an FT8 DX Contest on 10-11 April this year.

It might be entirely coincidental but the LZ stations that I copied on 20m and 40m in this weekend's FT4 contest did seem to be remarkably strong for stations that were supposed to be running no more than 100W - the contest rules only permit Low-power and QRP stations - and they also seemed to be sending serial numbers far higher than most of the other reports I copied and received during the contest...

If anyone can shed any light on the status of this 'European FT8 Club' and the FT4/8 contests it seems to organise then I'm sure lots of people will be interested.  The absence of any clear information about the Club, its officers and membership and the contests it organises does make me begin to wonder if its sole purpose is to harvest email addresses to be used for nefarious purposes...

73
--
Martin G0HDB


locked Re: "Error in Sound Input" w/ WIN 10 #AudioIssues #NewUser #txaudio

Pa3gcu <pa3gcu@...>
 

I too have a IC705, of all the radio's i have had to play with the 705 seems to be very sensitief for RF, i have ferriet on all lines but still i have problems.
My 2 cents worth.
Richard PA3GCU

Verstuurd vanaf mijn iPhone

Op 28 feb. 2021 om 21:34 heeft randy, k8zfj via groups.io <rj7388=yahoo.com@groups.io> het volgende geschreven:

I have similar issues regarding transmit and the audio tone using win 10 pro , ms surface laptop and IC 705, Ironically,all works fine on older HP all in one desktop, win 10 home edition. go figure!
--
randy/k8zfj


locked Re: How does this happen #FT4

Michel Bernard VE2BJG
 
Edited

Use JTDX Al !   I have an FTDX5000 and this never happened to me after 7000 QSO's

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