Ham Radio Deluxe v6.4.0.866 and QSO Forwarding

Since release 6.4.0.886 of Ham Radio Deluxe, several changes have been made to the QSO Forwarding features in Logbook.  One new feature is a UDP datagram listener for the N1MM Logger+ Broadcasts feature that was first implemented in WSJT-X version 1.9.0. which allows direct, automatic logging of QSOs from WSJT-X to Logbook.  This new feature is great for those users running just WSJT-X and HRD Logbook or other loggers with N1MM compatible interfaces.

For those users like myself who routinely use JTAlertX and possibly QSO Relay, using this new listener allows for an alternative configuration that I have managed to get working.  However, I don’t recommend using it with JTAlertX for a few reasons:

  • JTAlertX continues to support direct logging to HRD Logbook using the Logbook API;
  • it requires a more complicated set of application settings which offers no real advantage;
  • it makes using QSO Relay mandatory and I am happy for it to remain an option.

So, to provide further explanation and to avoid confusion, I have written a paper that describes various scenarios and the configuration options required to successfully implement working configurations.

In summary, if you are using JTAlertX (with or without QSO Relay), no need to change anything.  If you are using QSO Relay, v1.8 is the latest version.

QSO Relay v1.8 Released

The latest release of QSO Relay (v1.8) 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 corrective update that contains the following fix:

  • Fixed an error where the ADIF header in the Last QSO API packet sent by JTAlertX v2.12.8 or later was not being parsed correctly.

I apologize for any inconvenience caused.

73 Chris
VK2BYI

FTRestore 1.8 Released

There is a new version v1.8 of FTRestore available for download.  This release adds support for DCS tone mode and code selections for FT-991(A) transceivers, adds partial support for the FTDX5000 model transceiver and fixes a bug in Memory Channel worksheet for the FTDX3000 where the PKT-FM mode was missing from the Mode drop down listbox

You can download the software 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 as well.

The documentation has been updated as version 1.8.0.3.

FTRestore 1.7 Released

There is a new version v1.7 of FTRestore available for download.  This release addresses  the changes in the MAIN/TFT firmware upgrades for the FT-991 and FT-991A released 2017-10-17, which reduced the number of menus from 154 to 153, including changes in menu function for menu numbers 88 through 153.

You can download the software 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 and remains at version 1.6.0.2.

FTRestore v1.6.5 Released

There is a new version v1.6.5 of FTRestore available for download.  This is a minor corrective release that addresses a bug in the Menu Settings dialog.  The grid column widths were being altered each time a menu worksheet was opened, resulting in grid columns spanning multiple pages in the print layout. The default grid column widths are now preserved, and all columns fit on a single page width in the print layout.

You can download the software 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 and remains at version 1.6.0.2.

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