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locked Re: Start-Time and End-Time of a FT8 QSO #FT8

Knut Steinar Fremme OE4KSF
 

Sure I can , but why should it be necessary - I classify it as a bug in functionality.

And yes - I just set the start time - 1 minute before end-time - and then all is ok.

Now when I know about - i'm checking everyone of them  -
and even started to edit old logs in QRZ - and are getting quite a few new confirmations - now that I'm aware of it.

But when you have a pile up - it takes time - and easy to overlook - and should not be necessary at all.
 
I have close to 17.000 FT8 QSO's now - and when the conditions on 20m is as it has been a few days now - easy to overlook this problem.

Also to mention - I have other QSO's in between the two with the same station - and impossible to remember if I have seen this station before today.

Well , that is my meaning anyway - and I still do classify it as an design flow 

73 Knut OE4KSF


locked Re: Start-Time and End-Time of a FT8 QSO #FT8

Jim Cooper
 

On 25 Feb 2020 at 21:45, Steinar Fremme wrote:

> When I then look at the entries I
> find that the start-time for the log
> entry is the start time for the
> FIRST QSO, that did not succeed , and
> the end-time is the end-time for the
> QSO that did succeed

when the WSJT-X "Log QSO" window
pops up, there is a place to show both the
start and end time of the contest.

Why don't you just edit that before
you click OK ?

The problem I see is that you do not know
what time the other station is using to log
your exchange, but it is probably closer to
your END time ... since that is when the
contact is actually "real".

w2jc

graphic

  


locked Re: Tip for setting up your speakers with FT8, etc. #AudioIssues #AudioIssues

Mick
 

Lots of good stuff here, but I really like the cold cerveza tip
--
73
Mick VA3EPM


locked Re: Installing WSJT on Windows 10 computer

Dave_G0WBX
 

Dave,   I really like the sound of your suggestion to put all my ham
programs into their own folder.   I found that some don't give you a
choice.  So now I have some in my new HamPrograms folder, and some in
Programs 86 folder.   Now can't seem to get things working again.  Rig
goes to TX when I try to open WSJTX.  Rig goes into TX randomly.  Do my
ham apps need to be all in the same folder?  Right now I've got a mess.
Only just realized I don't have "restore point" turned on.  I'm still
good on CW, but any advice how to recover would be much appreciated. 
73, Herb WB8ASI

~ ~ ~

Herb.

The dedicated "HamPrograms" folder has worked well for me in the past,
when I was using Win7, as that OS too "protects" "Program Files" and
"Program Files(x86)" so that they can't write to their own folders, as
many older (and some newer but porly written) software tools do.

So long as the individual programs are working correctly, they can be in
any folder anywhere you want (within reason!)

The random TX'ing.

Is that when the machine starts up, and/or when a USB device is
introduced, or removed?  If so, then whatever device you have to key the
radio, is probably using a virtual serial port handshake line (RTS or
DTR) to work the PTT.  They will flap about whenever Windows (or Linux
for that matter!) "Re-Enumerates" (re-discovers) the attached USB devices.

Now, if you have a USB device that croaks in the presence of RF, that
will in essence "disappear" from view, so the OS may well go through the
re-enumerating process, and again when it recovers and re-presents itself.

I've seen that behaviour cause utter mayhem in a shack when a HF radio
was setup to use a 10FM repeater, the PC and radio went utterly potty to
say the least, until the rig was turned off.  (Other than the OS, no
other software was running on the computer.)

The only real cure, is to make sure that you have minimal RF in the
shack, and/or that all the USB devices (and other attached toys) are as
immune to RF as they can be.   Sadly, quite a few "big name" ham
accessories are not as immune to RF as you might expect.

Ground bonding does not always help.  In some cases, can actually make
things worse.  But if you try and keep the "Loop Area" formed between
multiple cables interconnecting things to a minimum, that does generally
help.

All the best..

Dave G0WBX.


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


locked Start-Time and End-Time of a FT8 QSO #FT8

Knut Steinar Fremme OE4KSF
 

Start-Time  and End-Time of a FT8 QSO
 
I have been using WSJT-X together with MacLoggerDX for a year now, and wherry happy about how it works.
 
But I have been a thing that I have not understood for a while, and that is why some of my QSO when sendt to QRZ was not confirmed when they should.
 
Yesterday I found the reason.
 
If I first have someone calling me, but in bad conditions and he is not receiving my RR73 or I’m not receiving his 73 
Then after 3 hours we try again - and at this time we do succeed - and RR73 + 73
I’m sending the QSO to MacLoggerDX - that again is sending the entry to QRZ and LoTW
 
When I then look at the entries I find that the start-time for the log entry is the start time for the FIRST QSO, that did not succeed , and the end-time is the end-time for the QSO that did succeed 
 
And when the caller is sending his entries to QRZ and/or LoTW - there is no match - because of the wrong Start-Time 

Regards and 73  Knut  OE4KSF


locked Re: Set up cq for specific area

Jim Campbell <jim@...>
 

Bruce,

I've been away from WSJT for a couple of years so I'm rusty but would USDE or DEUS perhaps work?

73

Jim - W4BQP
first licensed in 1953 as W4BQP/WN4BQP

On 2/25/2020 8:36 PM, Bruce Goldstein wrote:
I use 'directed' FT8 CQs quite often with mixed results....

I need Delaware on 15M for WAS and a CQ DE WA3AFS FN32 does not work very well as the DE is misunderstood a bit of the time and the result is that my log is filling rapidly with a lot of PY qsos (which I do not mind).  CQ DEL WA3AFS FN32 ends up with the same result!

I also need Vermont on 30M and even though I can just about see Vermont from my QTH I seem to collect a lot of EU qsos when CQ VT WA3AFS FN32.

73
 -- Bruce Goldstein, WA3AFS

   AEC, Albany County

    ASEC, Eastern NY

    SKYWARN Regional Coordinator, NWS, Albany, NY

     Net Manager, ENY ARES/RACES Section Net

    


    


locked Re: send redo

Jim Brown
 

On 2/25/2020 5:09 PM, George J Molnar wrote:
I’d recommend three things.
Great advice on all counts, George!

I'll also add "RTFM" and study the ARRL Handbook to learn as much as possible about how radio and electronics work.

73, Jim K9YC


locked Tip for setting up your speakers with FT8, etc. #AudioIssues #AudioIssues

John Wisniowski
 

I use WSJT-X and JTAlert (AL) for running FT8.  
My computer is a home made Windows 10 machine with plug-in sound card and it also has a headphone jack.  
My interface is a Yaesu SCU-17.  
WSJT-X is setup to use the audio input and output from the SCU-17.  
JTAlert has the sound card set to the computer headphone jack.  
JTAlert is also loaded with both male and female voices.
My computer is setup with two sets of speakers.  One set is plugged into the headphone jack and the other (3.1 Stereo Main Speakers) plugs into the stearo output jack of my computer sound card.  
So, what's this all about?  
Well, JTAlert now announces some Alerts with a female voice and the others with a male voice.  I have "Spotify.com" loaded and running on the 3.1 Stereo Speakers.  
All this while running WSJT-X, JTAlert, HRD LogBook, Ham Radio Spots, and PSK Reporter.  
I make use of Windows Task View.  WSJT-X, JTAlert, and HRD LogBook go on the first Desktop,  Ham Radio Spots, PSK Reporter go on the next Desktop, then "Spotify" and Volume Mixer go on the third Desktop.  You may add more or less to your taste.  

As our cameras move in, we see N6DBF in the Ham Shack. The radio equipment is on.  The 24" computer monitor is displaying WSJT-X, JTAlert and HRD Logbook, we're on 40m in FT8 mode.  
A female voice is saying "Calling You" and then a male voice says "Wanted DX".  While in the background, the Stereo is playing some of that good old time rock and roll. 

We zoom back, taking this all in, we see the OM with an ice cold cerveza in one hand and the mouse in the other.  He clicks on Log QSO, then on Enable Tx.  
CQ  N6DBF  DM13..........New Prefex..........New Grid..........
Let's Party..... Fiesta..... All Night Long.....oh yeah...oh yeah.....all night long...

Who says the bands are closed???  


locked Re: send redo

Augustine Brace <aug1021hunt@...>
 

Thanks for getting back to me
I decided to upgrade my end fed to a OFC Dipole


On Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 5:09 PM George J Molnar <george@...> wrote:
Sorry for the pause in answering. After looking at all the messages, I’d recommend three things.
1) Get a dedicated USB sound card device to devote to digital modes. Both transmit and receive will be helped, compared to running audio cables between your rig and computer.
2) Work on improving your antenna system. While you are “getting out,” so are a lot of other stations that may be doing it better. Better antenna system (includes cable and ground, too) equals better odds of completion.
3) Experiment with WSJT-X split mode. Call stations at the clearest point in the waterfall. It doesn’t guarantee success, but it does improve your odds of not doubling with another caller to the same station.

Good luck!

George J Molnar, KF2T 
Arlington, Virginia, USA


On Feb 25, 2020, at 4:17 PM, Augustine Brace <aug1021hunt@...> wrote:

On


locked Re: Installing WSJT on Windows 10 computer

Herb Blue - WB8ASI
 

Dave,   I really like the sound of your suggestion to put all my ham programs into their own folder.   I found that some don't give you a choice.  So now I have some in my new HamPrograms folder, and some in Programs 86 folder.   Now can't seem to get things working again.  Rig goes to TX when I try to open WSJTX.  Rig goes into TX randomly.  Do my ham apps need to be all in the same folder?  Right now I've got a mess. Only just realized I don't have "restore point" turned on.  I'm still good on CW, but any advice how to recover would be much appreciated.  73, Herb WB8ASI


locked Re: Crash?

Ryan Trullinger (KC0QNB)
 

Ok, that worked, I have to wonder though what happened, there were then gone. Thanks

--
Ryan, KC0QNB, DN90WW. Gothenburg, NE


locked Re: Set up cq for specific area

Bruce Goldstein
 

I use 'directed' FT8 CQs quite often with mixed results....

I need Delaware on 15M for WAS and a CQ DE WA3AFS FN32 does not work very well as the DE is misunderstood a bit of the time and the result is that my log is filling rapidly with a lot of PY qsos (which I do not mind).  CQ DEL WA3AFS FN32 ends up with the same result!

I also need Vermont on 30M and even though I can just about see Vermont from my QTH I seem to collect a lot of EU qsos when CQ VT WA3AFS FN32.

73
 -- Bruce Goldstein, WA3AFS

   AEC, Albany County

    ASEC, Eastern NY

    SKYWARN Regional Coordinator, NWS, Albany, NY

     Net Manager, ENY ARES/RACES Section Net

    


locked Re: Crash?

neil_zampella
 

Once you answer a CQ (or someone answering your CQ), they will populate.    They are NOT macros in the normal sense, they are built-in messages.

Neil, KN3ILZ

On 2/25/2020 8:17 PM, Ryan Trullinger (KC0QNB) wrote:
I was just trying to work some stations, and all of the Standard Message macros, except #6 disappeared, any way to rebuild them? of it is a uninstall, reinstall situation?
--
Ryan, KC0QNB, DN90WW. Gothenburg, NE

    


locked Crash?

Ryan Trullinger (KC0QNB)
 

I was just trying to work some stations, and all of the Standard Message macros, except #6 disappeared, any way to rebuild them? of it is a uninstall, reinstall situation?
--
Ryan, KC0QNB, DN90WW. Gothenburg, NE


locked Re: send redo

George J Molnar, KF2T
 

Sorry for the pause in answering. After looking at all the messages, I’d recommend three things.
1) Get a dedicated USB sound card device to devote to digital modes. Both transmit and receive will be helped, compared to running audio cables between your rig and computer.
2) Work on improving your antenna system. While you are “getting out,” so are a lot of other stations that may be doing it better. Better antenna system (includes cable and ground, too) equals better odds of completion.
3) Experiment with WSJT-X split mode. Call stations at the clearest point in the waterfall. It doesn’t guarantee success, but it does improve your odds of not doubling with another caller to the same station.

Good luck!

George J Molnar, KF2T 
Arlington, Virginia, USA


On Feb 25, 2020, at 4:17 PM, Augustine Brace <aug1021hunt@...> wrote:

On


locked Re: 160 Metres

Ria, N2RJ
 

I’ve never worked JA on 160 FT8.

I did work them on CW. 

They have new allocations now so maybe I’ll try 

73
Ria
N2RJ 

On Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 3:20 PM Ed Kelly <edkelly@...> wrote:

Up early for 160 metres:

1st JA on FT8 this morning @ 7419 miles.

Then real DX - VK3XQ @ 10,735 miles!
VP9GE



locked Re: 160 Metres

d_ziolkowski
 

Ed- I worked him also this morning.  

I have never heard a JA on 160. 106 DXCC worked on 160. I am on every day 430 ET until sunrise.

Perhaps I need to adjust the frequency I monitor?

Dan KC2STA

On Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 3:20 PM Ed Kelly <edkelly@...> wrote:

Up early for 160 metres:

1st JA on FT8 this morning @ 7419 miles.

Then real DX - VK3XQ @ 10,735 miles!
VP9GE




--
Dan Ziolkowski KC2STA
SKCC #4290T
Ubuntu LINUX


locked Re: Set up cq for specific area

neil_zampella
 

Ryan,

just edit the Tx message to add the area you want there, just click your mouse after the CQ in the message to add a space and the code.  You MUST be in Tab1 for this.

Neil, KN3ILZ

On 2/25/2020 1:44 PM, Augustine Brace wrote:
CQ COUNTRY (CALLSIGN) GRID
AS = ASIA
SA= SOUTH AMERICA 
NA = NORTH AMERICA
EU= EUROPE


On Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 10:35 AM Ryan Trullinger (KC0QNB) <rt83021@...> wrote:
I am new to FT8, like 24 hours new. In my sort time I have seen many things appear on the band activity window, one thing I want to is, send a CQ for a specific area, something like CW EU, CQ SA, or even a specific state. But I don't know how to make it happen.  I couldn't find enough info in the WSJT-X user guide. Any suggestions?
de KC0QNB.
 


    


locked Re: F/H and Multisignal

neil_zampella
 

WSJT-X DXPedition mode allows the FOX to set as many Tx signals as the user wants, with the proviso that the user understands that each additional Tx signal will reduce the power on each signal.

Again, its all controlled by the operator.

Neil, KN3ILZ

On 2/25/2020 12:11 PM, steve.masticola@... via Groups.Io wrote:
I'm kind of wondering how the number of DX signals is set. Sometimes I've seen DX using too many signals for the conditions and they become uncopyable. I suppose there are sttrategies to use fewer signals when the DE stations are weaker, but I don't know whether WSJT-X does that.

73, -Steve WX2S.

    


locked Re: 160 Metres

trevor@...
 

I'll trade you Japan for Europe. ;)

- Trevor, AG7GX in Utah

On 2/25/2020 2:07 PM, Fred wrote:
The other morning JA's were all over 160.
My virus software thought that was a good time to grab hold of JTAlert.
By the time I got it sorted out they were gone.

No JA's this morning in KY.
I'll get them next time.

Fred KB4QZH