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Handle here is Mike...I contribute to WSJT-X and hamlib and have a few utilities too below.

If you're doing FT8/JT modes and not using JTAlert make sure you go get it.  You'll never know how you worked JT modes without it.

I have 4 software packages on here that are free for use.

#1 A utilty to parse ADIF and generate a unique ADIF grid list for grid mapping.
#2 A LOTW QSL mapping/grid program to track WAS and DXCC (simple count)
#3 A time utility to allow you to make small adjustments to your system time using any reference you want.
#4 A File "tail" utilty to watch a log file for example constanly updating with the last lines added.
#5 A utility to average signal reports in WSJT-X's ALL.TXT file by freq,mode,callsign. 

#1 First program here creates an ADIF of unique grids from your log for use with http://wg7j.reinalda.net/gridmapper/gridmapper.php
It pulls out QSLs first to maximize the # of confirmed showing on your map.  wg7j's routine can't handle a large file so this minimal set of just-what-you-need works quite nicely with his mapper.  I do this for my grandson as he likes to see the map.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ma9f62t5axs5bp/GridStrip1.0.exe?dl=1

#2 LOTW QSL software.  Save some trees and go electronic....new features include grid hiding and display of top-ten worked calls per state on the grid page.  See the help file.
You can get rid of your paper WAS logs, display a map or grid of what you've worked/need, see your top QSO partners by state & mode, and easily see what has changed on your LOTW account (added states, countries, etc) without havig to login to LOTW.

**NOTE** Please reload your LOTW entries if upgrading from 1.9.3 by putting 1900-01-01 in the Since box and click Refresh.  There was an error loading QSLs that has been corrected in 1.9.4 and you may have missed some QSLs that this will fix.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/f7exlijnjg3hca3/LOTWQSL1.9.6.exe?dl=1
See the help file for the change log. This version probably does NOT work with XP..;..thanks to Microsoft for that one.

#3 TimeFudge -- allows you to make small adjustmets to your system time for hand-syncing via WWV or http://www.time.is
https://www.dropbox.com/s/utl1mqzwizrs1kn/TimeFudgeSetup.exe?dl=1

#4 FileTail -- a Windows version of the Unix "tail" command to view new lines added to a file (like watching your ADIF file).
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pw7nwgnwpeypofv/FileTail1.3.exe?dl=1

Licensed since 2013. Always wanted to get licensed but never wanted to learn morse.  One of these days when I'm bored I'll start trying to learn morse.

Am very interested in antenna theory and emergency services so doing 2M/70cm locally, a bit of SSB, and primarily digital modes on all bands that I can work..6M-80M...got a new tuner and working 160M on my 61ft attic dipole now and have 36 states in just a few weeks which surprises me a bit.  Frequently have to run 50W on 160M JT modes to be heard so that's anecdotal proof that it's not very efficient and around 7-9dB down from normal ops.

Equipment right now:

HF base station

  • Running an Apache ANAN 100 now.  Still have my Tentec Omni VII which if anybody wants it can make an offer.
  • Splurged and bought a Pixel RF Pro-1B and it does noticeably better on SNR than either the 61ft dipole or the 80 foot receive antenna I had before.  Was 7dB down comparing to a friend with a vertical but now matching his receive level.  It's in the attic along with my dipole due to XYL restrictions
  • 61ft dipole in attic on SG-237 tuner seems to do fine on transmit as it's pretty rare that I can receive somebody but they can't hear me...at least on digital.  Even doing some 160M now (Sep 2015) on that 61 footer with the SG-237 tuner and have 42 states now (Mar 2017) on 160M/JT65 -- so who says low and short antennas can't do 160M?  I do have to bump up power as it's not very efficient but it still works pretty well.
  • Tried a Xonar U7 for digital audio plugged into monitor port of USB Signalink.  Side-by-side comparison showed very similar performance for the U7 and Signalink.  Now using the ANAN audio of course.
  • MFJ-828 wattmeter to watch SWR and power
  • SG-237 Tuner.

VHF/UHF base/mobile

  • Anytone AT-5888UV for VHF/UHF base station and mobile use for weather spotter work.
  • Browning BR-180 mag mount used both indoors and on car and a TRAM 1185 when I work VHF and want a shorter mobile antenna that won't hit the garage door coming in and out of the garage.
  • Diamond X30A in my attic for base station operation when I want distance.
  • I use my solar powered recharged emergency battery to power this in mobile/portable mode

Power system:

  • Astron SS-30 power supply
  • Powerwerx connectors spider through an MFJ-1106 distribution unit to another MFJ-1106
  • Interstate SRM-27 battery
  • Renegy 100W solar panel
  • Home made DC/DC switch/dig voltmeter/dig ampmeter to go between Astron and battery/solar system
  • With all equipment turned on 4.8 amps drawn or about 65W.  So fully lit solar panel can keep up with idling and some transmitting.. Still have to mount the solar panel optimally so I can test operating solely on solar for long term ops.

Miscellaneous

  • KK7UQ IMD meter for watching PSK modulation
  • Elecraft XG3 for some signal testing...I contributed an XG3 backend for hamlib since I had this.
  • SLR350N Marinetraffic AIS receiver -- if you're near a navigable river see if you can help get coverage -- it costs you nothing as they ship you everything you need http://www.marinetraffic.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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