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

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

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