Winkey Server

First of all Happy New Year to anyone who may come across this BLOG.

For a long time now I have tried unsuccessfully to get CWDAEMON to work on my PC. I was just about to give up when I came across Winkey Server by OK2CQR. This is a very handy binary file which talks to the excellent K1EL Keyer. Now that I have this up and running any app that expects to talk to CWDAEMON on port 6789 will now find Winkey Server instead. This mean that any Linux app e.g. XLOG, CQRLog EEPKeyer etc just works without any fuss. This is great and has made my life so much easier. Anyone who would like to dry this handy utility should go to the CQRLog download page.

A few small niggles, Winkey server fails to initalise the keyer on first attempt, but always works on second attempt, no idea why but no big deal. Also it would be nice if Winkey Server could start on Linux startup and auto connect/initalise the keyer again no biggie maybe Petr could fine tune this if and when he gets time.

 

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Spitfire over the G8FXM QTH

Spitfire over the G8FXM QTH

Spitfire over the G8FXM QTH, 24th August 2013. Now I wasn’t expecting that when I left the house that morning. This was his second pass over the Panshanger airfield near where I live, his first pass was much closer but I didn’t have my camera with me then.

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Contest Logger for Linux

Finally someone has decided to develop a serious contest logger for Linux. Check out http://cqrtest.com/ for the latest news and code drops. Personally I cant wait.

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LDG AT-600Pro Auto Tuner

Just taken delivery of a new LDG AT-600Pro Auto Tuner and I must say I’m delighted with it. I particularly like the ability to connect an interface cable from the AT-600 Pro to my FT2000D TX REQ socket. With this in place I can press the tune button on the Auto Tuner and the FT2000D goes into low power CW mode and TX’s a carrier to allow the Auto tuner to tune. When finished, the FT2000D goes back to the power level and mode previously set. Fabulous. Still has difficulty tuning my Carolina Windom CWS80 on 80M, but that’s the antenna’s fault not the Auto Tuner. All other bands are 1:1.

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EEPKeyer

I’ve just come across an excellent CW keyer for Linux from K6EEP called EEPKeyer. The K6EEP keyer interfaces with XLOG but can be used as a standalong keyer using cwdaemon. This is an excellent keyer particularly for CW contests, highly recommended, check it out at: http://www.hamsoftware.org/eepkeyer.html

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DX Atlas in Linux

I decided to try and install DX Atlas under Wine on my PC the other day and was surprised to find that it loaded perfectly. Flushed with success I tried VE3NEA’s Band Master also and that works fine too. Only one niggle, Band Master doesnt seem to be able to call DX atlas to display spots, however as it was never designed to work in the Linux environment, I cant complain. So now DX Atlas has replaced XPlanet on my desktop.

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WooHoo, I’ve finally managed to get my Prolific USB-RS232 Serial Cable to work with Oracle VirtualBox. this now means I can participate in contests again using N1MM Contest logging software running in Microsoft XP as the host O/S in Oracle VirtualBox on my Linux Mint PC. I guess you could say I now have the best of both worlds :-)

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