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locked Re: Decoding Issue

John Hill
 

Gerard,

Are you sure that you don't have the FT4 mode selected?

John W2HUV

On January 17, 2020 at 3:55 PM Gerard Arsenault <jerrya@...> wrote:

Has anyone experienced decoding on every second pass? On JTDX, every pass decodes consistently. On WSJT-X the first 15 seconds decodes, the second 15 seconds do not and the third decodes again.

 


locked Re: Kenwood TS-2000 serial CAT control malfunction

Mack Edmonson
 

In the wsjtx radio menu   set data bits= eight, stop bits= one and  handshake= hardware if you have changed the baud rate on the ts2000 you must cycle the power for the new baud rate to be effective. Hope this helps, I have missed the handshake before when doing the setup. Good luck de mack, w4enn

 

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From: Chris Hines
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2020 5:13 PM
To: wsjtx@groups.io
Subject: [WSJTX] Kenwood TS-2000 serial CAT control malfunction

 

Good afternoon,

 

In previous versions, I had no issue connecting WSJT-X to the cat control via serial port on my kenwood TS-2000. In the latest version, however, I am not able to get the software to connect to the radio whatsoever. I have tried any and all settings I can to get it to work, including changing the serial speed in the radio and subsequently in the software, as well, with no success. I am able to get other software to connect to the serial on the radio just fine, such as Ham radio Deluxe, and the kenwood software for my radio, so I don’t believe it’s the radio or my serial cable.

 

Has anyone else had these problems, and if so, were you able to get it working? What settings did you use? I’m pulling my hair out with this and it’s incredibly frustrating. Most specifically, because if I forget to change the band in WSJT-X after changing bands on the radio, JTAlert sends the wrong data to hamspots and it keeps handing me temporary bans.

 

Help!!

 

 

 

--

-Chris

 


locked Re: Decoding Issue

Dave
 

Check the Tx even/1st just to the right of the frequency display

Dave, W8QXR

On Jan 17, 2020, at 2:55 PM, Gerard Arsenault <jerrya@...> wrote:

Has anyone experienced decoding on every second pass? On JTDX, every pass decodes consistently. On WSJT-X the first 15 seconds decodes, the second 15 seconds do not and the third decodes again.


locked Re: Kenwood TS-2000 serial CAT control malfunction

Bill Somerville
 

On 17/01/2020 23:04, Chris Hines wrote:

Good afternoon,

 

In previous versions, I had no issue connecting WSJT-X to the cat control via serial port on my kenwood TS-2000. In the latest version, however, I am not able to get the software to connect to the radio whatsoever. I have tried any and all settings I can to get it to work, including changing the serial speed in the radio and subsequently in the software, as well, with no success. I am able to get other software to connect to the serial on the radio just fine, such as Ham radio Deluxe, and the kenwood software for my radio, so I don’t believe it’s the radio or my serial cable.

 

Has anyone else had these problems, and if so, were you able to get it working? What settings did you use? I’m pulling my hair out with this and it’s incredibly frustrating. Most specifically, because if I forget to change the band in WSJT-X after changing bands on the radio, JTAlert sends the wrong data to hamspots and it keeps handing me temporary bans.

 

Help!!

 

 


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-Chris

Chris, is there an error message from WSJT-X that you can share with us?

73
Bill
G4WJS.


locked Kenwood TS-2000 serial CAT control malfunction

Chris Hines
 

Good afternoon,

 

In previous versions, I had no issue connecting WSJT-X to the cat control via serial port on my kenwood TS-2000. In the latest version, however, I am not able to get the software to connect to the radio whatsoever. I have tried any and all settings I can to get it to work, including changing the serial speed in the radio and subsequently in the software, as well, with no success. I am able to get other software to connect to the serial on the radio just fine, such as Ham radio Deluxe, and the kenwood software for my radio, so I don’t believe it’s the radio or my serial cable.

 

Has anyone else had these problems, and if so, were you able to get it working? What settings did you use? I’m pulling my hair out with this and it’s incredibly frustrating. Most specifically, because if I forget to change the band in WSJT-X after changing bands on the radio, JTAlert sends the wrong data to hamspots and it keeps handing me temporary bans.

 

Help!!

 

 


--
-Chris


locked Decoding Issue

Jerry VE9CD
 

Has anyone experienced decoding on every second pass? On JTDX, every pass decodes consistently. On WSJT-X the first 15 seconds decodes, the second 15 seconds do not and the third decodes again.


locked Re: Lost serial communication with FT847

Istvan Nyul
 

Hi,

Yes, a bit short sighted approach. I will be looking to buy a YT-847 by LDG, who designed a better tuner which will pass through all non-tuner related commands to the PC. This tuner seems to yield a better SWR, resulting in less RF feedback and less USB problem, albeit RF has never been a problem with my FT8 operation...

I do have a problem when using my ORION II for digital modes, but that is a firmware problem in the ORION, not in WSJT-X.

Thanks & 73,
Steve - VE3USP

-----Original Message-----
From: WSJTX@groups.io <WSJTX@groups.io> On Behalf Of Dave_G0WBX via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2020 4:00 AM
To: WSJTX@groups.io
Subject: Re: [WSJTX] Lost serial communication with FT847

Hi.

Yep, there is the warning/note on page 91 of the user manual, as found at:-

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/381776/Yaesu-Ft-847.html?page=93#manual

In the CAT section, no mention of such a thing in the pages describing the use of the FC-20.

I'd hazard a guess, that the rig's CPU only had one spare serial port, and they didn't anticipate anyone wanting CAT control, with the use of a
FC-20 at the same time. A bit short sighted I think. Otherwise a good radio.

I suppose, you 'could' use an ATAS as a base antenna... With a decent ground plane it'd work quite well I suspect, based on my experience with one, manually controlled with one of the MFJ boxes and an IC-706 when parked up portable. The antenna fitted to a roof mounted socket on top of the 4x4. It's a bit fragile to leave up there when "Mobile". (Low tree branches, passing at speed....)

73.

Dave G0WBX.

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locked JA split setup

Rich - K1HTV
 

Greg,
  Try setting WSJT-X to Settings/Radio/ Split Operation/NONE.
Then set VFO-A to 1908 and VFO-B to 1840. Set the radio to SPLIT.
With you power turned down, test by pressing the TUNE button. The radio should switch to TX and transmit on 1908 and the WSJT-X freq window will also 1908. When you switch back to RX, the WSJT-X window should read 1840 for receive. Hope that this works for you.

If it does, create a special WSJT-X configuration called SPLIT, one in which you have turned the Radio/Split Operation setting to NONE. Then create another config for NORMAL with the normal Rig setting to Rig, if that works for you. Then when you want to work JA, use the WSJT-X "SPLIT" configuration. Adding a 1908/1840 split to one of the radio's frequency memories will help in a rapid setup for JA split operation.

Running 75 Watts today, I worked my second JA of the 160M Winter DX season. I heard 12 JAs. The last JA heard at my VA QTH this morning was 35 minutes after my local sunrise time. 

GL & 73,
Rich - K1HTV

= = =

Greg Clark
Jan 16   #5453  

Trying configure my setup for correct split ops on 160m to work JAs at 1908 and am not having any luck.  Have posted this on the FB group - had some suggestions that do not work for me yet I know it must work - somehow.  So looking for input and/or corrections to the op error here. 

Am using 7300 for FT8 here, using CAT and FAKE IT. If I look at what has been suggested to me - here is the result (does not work).


1 - Put Split Operation in WSJTx to NONE

2 - Press SPLIT on radio
3- Move Radio VFO Dial to 1908 for JA rcv - as soon as I do this, I get a RIG CONTROL ERROR (I'm sure due to CAT polling)
4 - I can only say OK/RETRY etc
5 - If I select OK - I have the RADIO CONFIGURATION page displayed - I don't change anything, click OK and the radio goes back to 1840 (both VFOs as the radio is still in SPLIT).

I gotta be doing something wrong if others are successful.....so I'm OK with OP error :) Still scratching my head on what I'm not doing.

Suggestions/pointers/thoughts?

73/Greg
K9IG


locked Re: New to me computer set up today

neil_zampella <neilz@...>
 

Try XGGCOMMS.com ... interfaces for Yaesu, ICOM, and Kenwood.   Very reasonable.

Neil, KN3ILZ

On 1/16/2020 10:47 PM, David wrote:

Not the cheapest interface, but looks to have a good chip and isolation. Native Linux support, as well. https://www.tindie.com/products/hb9zhk/digilink-nano/#specs

    


locked Re: New to me computer set up today

Martin G0HDB
 

On Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 03:30 AM, Jim Brown wrote:
The key is the first part of George's advice to use the PC sound card
for system sounds and the USB sound card for computer sound to/from the
radio. Also FWIW, the SignaLink is not a great audio interface, and
other lower cost units are better.
Just to reinforce what Jim has said about the SignaLink, here are some screenshots of what the audio spectrum looks like when three different USB codec devices were connected in turn to a Window 7 PC running the Spectran app.  In all of the following, the input gain from the attached USB codec device was set to 0dB, so there are no unwanted offsets to affect the spectra, and all the settings of the Spectran app were the same for all the screenshots so again the spectra can be compared directly:

The first image shows the spectrum coming out of a SignaLink-USB device; the LF noise below approx 500Hz is very apparent.  Any signals, such as transmissions from an FT8 Fox (they typically Tx around 300Hz), down at the lower end of the audio spectrum would be completely swamped by the LF noise generated within the SL-USB and therefore would not be decodable by WSJT-X.

The second image shows the spectrum from a cheap (approx $30) USB audio codec device sold under the name of Ugreen.  The difference between its LF noise and that of the SL-USB is self-evident.

The third image shows the spectrum from a G4ZLP DigiMaster DataLink device; this is functionally equivalent to an SL-USB but as can be seen the LF performance of the G4ZLP device is far superior to that of the SL-USB.  The G4ZLP device is also significantly cheaper than an SL-USB...

Given this evidence, I can't see why anyone would consider using an SL-USB when even a much cheaper USB audio codec 'dongle' gives significantly better LF performance, and the G4ZLP device provides not only much better performance at lower cost but also equivalent functionality.

--
Martin G0HDB


locked Re: WSJTx settings for 160m JA split op

Martin G0HDB
 

Greg:

I can verify that the approach described by Bill works perfectly with my IC-7610 so it should also work with your 7300.

A key thing to remember is to set the WSJT-X Split Operating option to None *before* you engage Split on the rig; I set my Main Rx (or VFO A) to 1908kHz and the split frequency (or VFO B) to 1840kHz so that I listen on 1908kHz but when the rig is keyed by WSJT-X it retunes and transmits on 1840kHz.

Once I've finished trying to work, and occasionally succeeding in working, the JAs on 1908kHz I deselect Split on the rig *before* reselecting the 'Fake It' option in WSJT-X so that everything is back to normal.

Bill - in your posting above you indicate that an alternative PTT method to CAT is needed when using rig-based split operation.  Although I no longer use CAT for PTT I don't recall needing to do this; surely all the CAT functions, including sending the PTT commands, still work even when the WSJT-X Split Operating option is set to None?  To verify this, I've just set my WSJT-X Split option to None, reselected CAT for PTT, tested the CAT (which worked) and then found that the Test PTT button also worked - the rig went into Tx when I 'pressed' Test PTT.

HTH,

--
Martin G0HDB


locked Re: WSJTx settings for 160m JA split op

Greg Clark <greg@...>
 

Thanks Bill et al - Will play with this over the weekend and see where I land - it looks like many have various ways of making this happen - I just need to see if I can get ONE to work :)  Appreciate the feedback!
Greg


locked Re: WSJTx settings for 160m JA split op

Nc8q-mesh@gelm.net
 

On 1/16/20 9:19 AM, Greg Clark wrote:

Trying configure my setup for correct split ops on 160m to work JAs at 1908 and am not having any luck.  Have posted this on the FB group - had some suggestions that do not work for me yet I know it must work - somehow.  So looking for input and/or corrections to the op error here. 

Am using 7300 for FT8 here, using CAT and FAKE IT. If I look at what has been suggested to me - here is the result (does not work).


1 - Put Split Operation in WSJTx to NONE

2 - Press SPLIT on radio
3- Move Radio VFO Dial to 1908 for JA rcv - as soon as I do this, I get a RIG CONTROL ERROR (I'm sure due to CAT polling)
4 - I can only say OK/RETRY etc
5 - If I select OK - I have the RADIO CONFIGURATION page displayed - I don't change anything, click OK and the radio goes back to 1840 (both VFOs as the radio is still in SPLIT).

I gotta be doing something wrong if others are successful.....so I'm OK with OP error :) Still scratching my head on what I'm not doing.

Suggestions/pointers/thoughts?

73/Greg
K9IG


On my IC-7300, I pressed the 'SPLIT' button, then the 'A/B' button, then tuned the RX frequency.
I clicked the 'Tune' on WSJTX. My IC7300 transmitted on 'VFO A' frequency.

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locked Re: Lost serial communication with FT847

Dave_G0WBX
 

Hi.

Yep, there is the warning/note on page 91 of the user manual, as found at:-

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/381776/Yaesu-Ft-847.html?page=93#manual

In the CAT section, no mention of such a thing in the pages describing
the use of the FC-20.

I'd hazard a guess, that the rig's CPU only had one spare serial port,
and they didn't anticipate anyone wanting CAT control, with the use of a
FC-20 at the same time.  A bit short sighted I think.   Otherwise a good
radio.

I suppose, you 'could' use an ATAS as a base antenna...   With a decent
ground plane it'd work quite well I suspect, based on my experience with
one, manually controlled with one of the MFJ boxes and an IC-706 when
parked up portable.  The antenna fitted to a roof mounted socket on top
of the 4x4.  It's a bit fragile to leave up there when "Mobile".  (Low
tree branches, passing at speed....)

73.

Dave G0WBX.

--
Created on and sent from a Unix like PC running and using free and open source software:


locked Re: New to me computer set up today

David
 

Not the cheapest interface, but looks to have a good chip and isolation. Native Linux support, as well. https://www.tindie.com/products/hb9zhk/digilink-nano/#specs


locked Re: New to me computer set up today

Jim Brown
 

On 1/16/2020 6:38 AM, George J Molnar wrote:
Run a PTT line and avoid VOX. You’ll be glad you did.
FWIW, I've never used anything BUT VOX for SSB, RTTY, and other digital modes.

The key is the first part of George's advice to use the PC sound card for system sounds and the USB sound card for computer sound to/from the radio. Also FWIW, the SignaLink is not a great audio interface, and other lower cost units are better.

http://k9yc.com/USB_Interfaces.pdf

73, Jim K9YC


locked Re: Transmit Spike on JT65b

Thomas Riccio
 

Good to know that this has been reported before.
As for it not affecting anything, well if I run 1.5kw on EME, the power spike is 1950 w.
Amazingly, the beko amp can handle that ok but it's pushing it. 
My T/R preamp relays probably don't like it either.
I am effectively cutting off the spike by delaying the start of JT65b transmission by 1500ms.
Fortunately, the transmit 1500ms delay does not seem to effect the decoding on the receiving end .
Having fun on EME just running a 1kw to keep things cool.
Regards & Thanks.
NX3B


locked Re: Band Activity Window goes blank v2.1.1

W2MKM - Ed
 

Bill, 

Your powers are strong, I've concluded exactly the same after I "Unchecked" the "Start new period decodes at top".

And the Band Activity Window no longer disappears.  Good Luck with fix!

Thanks

Ed


locked Re: WSJTx settings for 160m JA split op

Bill Somerville
 

On 16/01/2020 14:19, Greg Clark wrote:

Trying configure my setup for correct split ops on 160m to work JAs at 1908 and am not having any luck.  Have posted this on the FB group - had some suggestions that do not work for me yet I know it must work - somehow.  So looking for input and/or corrections to the op error here. 

Am using 7300 for FT8 here, using CAT and FAKE IT. If I look at what has been suggested to me - here is the result (does not work).


1 - Put Split Operation in WSJTx to NONE

2 - Press SPLIT on radio
3- Move Radio VFO Dial to 1908 for JA rcv - as soon as I do this, I get a RIG CONTROL ERROR (I'm sure due to CAT polling)
4 - I can only say OK/RETRY etc
5 - If I select OK - I have the RADIO CONFIGURATION page displayed - I don't change anything, click OK and the radio goes back to 1840 (both VFOs as the radio is still in SPLIT).

I gotta be doing something wrong if others are successful.....so I'm OK with OP error :) Still scratching my head on what I'm not doing.

Suggestions/pointers/thoughts?

73/Greg
K9IG

Hi Greg,

the advice to use "Settings->Radio->Split Operating->Fake It" which is often given as a way to work a traditional split frequency is only valid for a few rig models. The reason is that WSJT-X verifies that SPLIT on the rig is turned off, this is correct for normal usage as using Fake It split operating while the rig is also in SPLIT mode would lead to erroneous operation for naive users. You may have more success with using "Settings->Radio->Split Operating->None", but again it is rig model specific and depends on whether the rig reports its SPLIT status via CAT.

The recommended and sure fire way to do this is to forego CAT control by using "Settings->Radio->Rig->None" when you need a traditional split frequency, this may mean that you need a different PTT method as CAT PTT will not be possible. You can simplify using such a setup by making a new configuration ("Menu->Configurations") so that you can quickly switch from regular full CAT control to none when you need to set traditional split frequencies on your rig.

73
Bill
G4WJS.


locked Re: Band Activity Window goes blank v2.1.1

Bill Somerville
 

On 16/01/2020 03:43, edpostiii@... wrote:
Bill/All,

Win10 platform running WSJTX v2.1.1 and just started using the "Dark Mode" command line per Bill's guidance to invoke dark mode effective 1/13/20.

Not sure if it is related, but on or abouts that same time frame the "Band Activity" window in WSJT-X goes blank after a few hours of operation.

Seems that WSJT-X continues to decode and post to Hamspots and the "Rx Frequency" window is getting updated.  Audio is still streaming as the audio meter on the lower left corner of WSJT-x is registering what it always has ~40db .....

A double click on the "Erase" button resolves this for a few hours and then it reverts to the blank "Band Activity" window ... see attachment

All thoughts/resolutions welcome

Ed - W2MKM
Hi Ed,

this is a known issue that we don't currently have a fix for. The decodes are printed but are scrolled off the top of the band activity window, you can verify this by scrolling the window down. The issue occurs after a large number of decodes have printed but only when the option "Settings->General->Display->Start new period decodes at top" is checked.

The current workarounds are to uncheck "Settings->General->Display->Start new period decodes at top", or erase the band activity window contents periodically before the issue occurs. Right-click the band activity window for a pop-up menu with and Erase option or double-left-click the Erase button on the main window to erase both the band activity and Rx frequency decodes windows.

73
Bill
G4WJS.