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Help required for SDC Skimmer for Flex
This is a question directed primarily to the Flex developers and/or experts in the Flex API. The reason for the question is to help with the development of Flex compatible software.
Yuri UT4LW is developing SDC to more closely integrate the SDC Skimmer with Flex. Already the SDC Skimmer has many advantages over the VE3NEA skimmer. One of the most important features of SDC, when working with the TCI protocol (Anan, Expert Electronics) is 599 to Panorama.
599 to Panorama tracks stations sending 599 when they are being worked by a DX Station. This shows you on screen where the DX Station is listening. A marker can be defined instead of 599 and enabling both new and old, with different markers, will show graphically how the DX Station is working the pile – moving up or down or random. You will easily anticipate where to call to get your QSO quickly.
An example of usage of SDC with TCI. I was calling and have just worked 6O6O, and made the QSO thanks to SDC sending 599 to the Panorama when the station worked before me sent his report thus showing me where the 6O was listening. This feature helps bust even the largest CW pile-ups.
A beta version of SDC now has this feature implemented. However, it does not work like it does with the TCI protocol. In the SDR software that uses TCI, a new instance of 599 erases the old one. With Flex the old one remains which makes identifying the newest instance a challenge. In TCI, when a DX Spot is sent to the radio for display on the panorama, any previous instance of it is erased. With Flex, I believe anyway, this does not happen. Especially in contests I see multiple Spots on different frequencies for the same station on the Flex panorama.
So, the question: is there or can there be a solution for this? So that a new Spot instance (and ‘599’ is actually just a Spot too) removes any pre-existing instance.
On another tack, I see that right-clicking a Spot allows for a menu to show from which the Spot can be deleted. So, is there an API command that can delete duplicates?
Just as an illustration of SDC beta 599 feature working as it is now, here is an example from the C5C Dxpedition.
The 599 entries with ‘?’ are old ones, the newest is where RA3SS was just worked. The signal HF of him is a station now calling C5C and who works him. A new ‘599’ appeared there and I then called just HF of that for my QSO.
Because of the issue described above, with the new 599 not erasing the last one, the screen gets complicated.
Although this gives a good indication of how high up the band the DXpedition is listening and working stations, it is not easy to identify the new position in the pile that someone is being worked. Therefore, Yuri would like some assistance please if at all possible.
Thank you de Erik EI4KF.
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