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 🙂

Screenshot from 2013-02-05 17:13:59

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An Alternative Unix Logger

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.

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Serial Ports on Linux

I’m having a nightmare trying to get some after market multi port serial cards working on my PC which I have recently reconfigured as a Linux Mint 14 only PC.

The card I’m using worked perfectly under Windows, but Linux, now thats a different problem all together. After a little help from various user groups, the following command reviled:

setserial -g /dev/ttyS[0-9]* | grep -v “unknown”

/dev/ttyS4, UART: undefined, Port: 0xcc20, IRQ: 19
/dev/ttyS5, UART: undefined, Port: 0xcc28, IRQ: 19
/dev/ttyS6, UART: undefined, Port: 0xcc30, IRQ: 19
/dev/ttyS7, UART: undefined, Port: 0xcc38, IRQ: 19

As can be seen, this card is showing up as UART:undefined, so entering the following resolves this:

sudo setserial /dev/ttyS4 port 0xcc20 UART 16550A irq 19 Baud_base 115200 skip_test
sudo setserial /dev/ttyS5 port 0xcc28 UART 16550A irq 19 Baud_base 115200 skip_test
sudo setserial /dev/ttyS6 port 0xcc30 UART 16550A irq 19 Baud_base 115200 skip_test
sudo setserial /dev/ttyS7 port 0xcc38 UART 16550A irq 19 Baud_base 115200 skip_test

No to confirm, If I re-enter the above setserial commands I get:

/dev/ttyS4, UART: 16550A, Port: 0xcc20, IRQ: 19
/dev/ttyS5, UART: 16550A, Port: 0xcc28, IRQ: 19
/dev/ttyS6, UART: 16550A, Port: 0xcc30, IRQ: 19
/dev/ttyS7, UART: 16550A, Port: 0xcc38, IRQ: 19

This can be a pain, as these setserial commands need to be run at boot, which presents a different problem which I won’t mention here for now.

So all well and good, ttyS4 – ttys7 should now be working, but that would be too easy. ttys 6 & ttys7 work fine, 4 and 5 do not. So far I cannot find any reason why that should be.

So now I tried an older Rockport uPCI 4J 4 port card I had hanging about the shack, this shows:

/dev/ttyS4, UART: 16654, Port: 0xcc00, IRQ: 16
/dev/ttyS5, UART: 16654, Port: 0xcc00, IRQ: 16
/dev/ttyS6, UART: 16654, Port: 0xcc10, IRQ: 16
/dev/ttyS7, UART: 16654, Port: 0xcc18, IRQ: 16

So the first thing that leaps out at me is that the Linux Mint Kernel supports PCI serial cards, but not ISA. Probably because support for serial devices has not been maintained in favour of USB serial devices. Further, if my serial card has an IRQ of 3 or 4 then I would not have any problem, but as many after market devices use high IRQ’s to avoid conflicts with possible existing cards or motherboard devices, then this compounds my problem.

Now, I’f I add a USB to Serial converter cable, there is absolutely no problem, the throughput isn’t quite as fast as a native RS232 port, but for Amateur Radio control purposes, this difference will not be noticed.

So there we have it, I have a number of multiport serial cards I’d like to use on my Linux Mint PC which work fine in Windows but cant because Linux Mint’s Kernel doesn’t support them properly. Now I “Could” rebuild the Kernel, but I don’t think I have the ability to do that. so I may end up buying a USB to 4 Ports RS232 converter cable, and put my serial cards on eBay.

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I just visited Bernd, DF3CB excellent website today for the first time in years and was pleasantly surprised to find that he has authored a remote FT2000 application called FT2000RC – YAESU FT-2000 CAT & Remote Control Software. On a whim I tried installing it on my Linux PC under WINE and it installed and ran perfectly. Look out for the FT5000 version which i believe will be released shortly.

Check out Bernd’s website for further info: http://www.df3cb.com/ft2000rc/

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My Visit to GW4BLE’s Shack

Not posted anything here for a while, been very busy however I paid a very overdue visit to my life long friend Steve, GW4BLE on the weekend.

My visit to GW4BLE's shack

My visit to GW4BLE’s shack

Heres a photo to mark the visit at his very well equipped shack.

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