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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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
I have been a CQRLog user for come time now but there are one or two things about it that annoy me e.g. no transvertor support. I have just come across DBLog by Pino, ZP4KFX. This looks really promising as it supports transvertor offsets plus NCDXF beacons and it integrates with WSJT. Pino’s website says “DBLog has been developed with PostgreSQL but could work also with MySQL”. Personally I’d prefer it to sork with MySQL mainly because I’m more familiar with it. Currently having problems installing it as it needs to see Gambas2. I could only find Gambas3 but it didn’t like that so I’m now consulting the support group. More anon if I manage to get it working.