Ham Radio Deluxe and QSO Relay

I am very pleased to report that Mike Carper, WA9PIE and co-founder of Ham Radio Deluxe LLC,  saw fit to make the following post on the HRD blog:

https://www.ham-radio-deluxe.com/blog/

Thanks Mike for your kinds words and sharing the QSO Relay documentation with your followers.

I am enjoying the working relationship that has developed over the last couple of months working with Mike and the rest of the HRD team.

73 Chris
VK2BYI

QSO Relay v1.7 Released

The latest release of QSO Relay (v1.7) is now available for download from the QSO Relay page, or by selecting the Check for Updates… option on the QSO Relay menu if you already have an earlier version installed.

This version is a quick corrective update to the just-released version 1.6 that contains the following fix:

  • Fixed a minor error where the cached contacts file was not being parsed correctly.

I apologize for any inconvenience caused.

73 Chris
VK2BYI

QSO Relay v1.6 Released

The latest release of QSO Relay (v1.6) is now available for download from the QSO Relay page, or by selecting the Check for Updates… option on the QSO Relay menu if you already have an earlier version installed.

This version includes the following changes:

  • Added FT8 and JT4 to the set of modes that will be extracted from HRD Logbook during a synchronise database operation when filtered by the ‘JT Mode contacts only’ selection in the Logbook Extract drop-down listbox in the Options dialog;
  • Added support for embedded carriage return/line feed characters in the Address field in the UDP datagram sent by JTAlertX.

The latest version of Ham Radio Deluxe includes a fix in Logbook that now allows contacts to be added via the Logbook API that contain multi-line values in the Address field, using a back slash and lower case ‘n’ character sequence (\n) to represent the place where a line break should occur.

If you upgrade to version 6.4.0.787 (or later) of HRD, and QSO Relay version 1.6 (or later), you can now turn the ‘Log Address returned from an XML or previous QSO lookup’ option in the Logging node in JTAlert settings back on:

QSO Relay 1.6+ will now replace any embedded carriage return/line feed characters in the Address field with the newline place marker characters so that HRD Logbook will now correctly log the contact without any loss of data.

I would like to especially thank Mike (WA9PIE), Mike (K7ZCZ) and the rest of the team at Ham Radio Deluxe, for their efforts in working with us to resolve this issue.

73 Chris
VK2BYI

FTRestore v1.6 Released

There is a new version v1.6 of FTRestore available for download. This release incorporates a minor change required by the latest MAIN Firmware 01-23 released by Yaesu for the FTDX3000, which resulted in a change in the return value from the ID (Identification) CAT command from 0460 to 0462.

You can download the software and documentation from the FTRestore page, or by selecting the Check for Updates… item on the Help menu if you have a previous version of FTRestore installed.

The documentation hasn’t changed since version 1.4.0.2, but it has been renamed as 1.6.0.2 to match the new version number.

New Support Group

We are moving our FTRestore support group to Groups.io.

All existing members of our old Yahoo Group, including their subscription preferences and posting privileges,  are being transferred to the new vk2byi-ftrestore group in the next couple of days.  All existing group messages in the Yahoo Group site will also be transferred.

I encourage you to explore the new vk2byi-ftrestore Groups.io website, but allow a day or two for the existing content to be migrated.

73 Chris
VK2BYI

FTRestore v1.5 Released

There is a new version v1.5 of FTRestore available for download.  This incorporates some very minor changes that have accumulated over recent months, which resulted in the decision to make a new release available.

This version adds accessibility support for the High Contrast UI Mode in Windows to assist visually impaired users, as well as changes to the file open and save dialogs that now remember the last accessed folder location each time they are used.

You can download the software and documentation from the FTRestore page, or by selecting the Check for Updates… item on the Help menu.

The documentation hasn’t been updated and remains at version v1.4.0.2.

QSO Relay v1.5 Released

The latest release of QSO Relay (v1.5) is now available for download from the QSO Relay page, or by selecting the Check for Updates… option on the QSO Relay menu if you already have an earlier version installed.

This version is a minor release only, that adds a new feature, and that corrects a minor issue.  Most users will notice very little change in functionality.

  • Added a new feature whereby the scope of rows to be extracted from HRD Logbook during a synchronise database operation, can be filtered to ‘All contacts’, ‘JT Mode contacts only’ or ‘Digital mode contacts only‘;
  • Corrected the contents of the County field when a new QSO is being added to HRD Logbook, to provide the County value only, and not the State and County values for US contacts.  The State value is still provided in the State field.

Again, we wish to thank all users for their positive feedback and patience in working with us to resolve some of the issues experienced.

73 Chris
VK2BYI

QSO Relay v1.4 Released

The latest release of QSO Relay (v1.4) is now available for download from the QSO Relay page, or by selecting the Check for Updates… option on the QSO Relay menu if you already have an earlier version installed.

This version is a minor release only, that addresses a couple of issues that have affected a very small number of users.  Most users will notice no change in functionality.

  • Handles ‘empty’ values in the Latitude, Longitude, My Latitude and My Longitude columns during ADIF logging file extract;
  • Rounds non-integer values in RX Power and TX Power columns during ADIF logging file extract;
  • Added RX Power field to ADIF logging file extract.

Again we wish to thank all users for their positive feedback and patience in working with us to resolve some of the issues experienced.

73 Chris
VK2BYI

Contact Forwarding for JTAlertX and Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook v6.x

I have just released the latest version v1.3 of my QSO Relay application, which is a Windows desktop application that runs as a System Tray application and listens for contacts being forwarded from WSJT-X and JTAlertX via the User Datagram Protocol (UDP).  As datagrams are received, they are logged locally in a SQLite database and then relayed via Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) to a Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook v6.x database.

Significant performance improvements have been made in the database synchronisation that reflects changes made to contacts in HRD Logbook, back to JTAlertX in preparation for its ‘Scan Log and Update’. This release also includes a number of other improvements and bug fixes.

Full details on the QSO Relay page.

73 Chris
VK2BYI

Yaesu FTDX1200/FTDX3000/FT-991 Memory/Menu Programming Software

The latest version of my FTRestore Windows 10 desktop application has just been released. The version now supports the FTDX3000 in addition to the FTDX1200 and FT-991.

A new import feature has been added as well, that allows memory channel details from CSV export files from RT Systems ADMS-DX1200, ADMS-DX3000, ADMS-991 and ADMS-4B (FT-857/FT897), as well as Chirp, to be imported into a blank worksheet.

Full details can be found in the documentation on the FTRestore page.

Please submit specific questions regarding FTRestore via info@ftrestore.com only.