CW Skimmer Server does not launch any more

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I have been using the CW Skimmer Server since years. So far, the Software was working great. But currently CW Skimmer Server does not launch any more. The icon is visible for a short time in the taskbar but disappears afterwards.

CW Skimmer Server 1.6
W2RF SDR Bridge 1.6.4
Win10 Version 1709

To verify my setup, I uninstalled CW Skimmer Server completely. After a new installation of CW Skimmer server, the software will start. The next step is to install the SDR Bridge from W2RF. Now CW Skimmer Server will not start any more. (icon in the taskbar disappears)

If I install the CW Skimmer Server and copy the Flex DLLs manually to the CW Skimmer server folder, I can launch the Skimmerj Server but I can not select the Flex as SDR source. The drop down list remains empty.

The last working configuration was:

CW Skimmer Server 1.6
W2RF SDR Bridge 1.6.4
Win10 Version 1709

As you can see, the same version was working before. The only change: Windows Updates, CPU change i3 -> i7. 

Any idea what might cause it?

 

73 de Lars

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Sergey, R5AU

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Lars, this is Win10 issue, I and my friends also have similar issue, Skimmer Server designed for W7 and works well with W7, however even in case F6700(4 x DAX IQ) usual CW skimmer and ports aggregator works well, you can “call on duty “ Slice Manager
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Don - ik2egl - ai4sd

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win 10 is not a problem: 6500 and skimmer +bridge were running fine
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Sergey, R5AU

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Don, this is exactly what i recommended and BTW better manage with nice visualization 
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I have seen a similar problem here. I fix mine by going to taskmanager and killing the cwskimmer process. It seems sometimes it hangs while starting and never appears. killing it fixes the issue.
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Lars, dump SDR Bridge and use Slice Master. CW Skimmer will work great. This software automatically does everything to connect to it. Google it. Windows 10 works with Slice Master.
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Thanks for all the responses.

According to the CW Skimmer Server homepage, Win10 is a supported OS. I also had a try on Win7. Same result. With the latest W2RF DLLs, CW Skimmer Server will not launch any more. No matter what I do. About a month ago it was working fine.

I also had a quick look a Slice Master. This SW uses CW Skimmer (not Skimmer Server). Different instances of CW Skimmer are working fine. But I was looking to get Skimmer Server back into operation again.

Why not use multiple CW Skimmers instead of one Skimmer Server? The reason is simple: The single CW Skimmers produce incorrect high SNR number (40db instead of 11db) after I transmit. The Skimmer Server does not.

73 de Lars
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Hi Lars !
i would like to make summary here with Skimmer CW/RTTY Server:
1. pls use latest SDRbridge http://www.qrv.com/download/SDR-Bridge_v1.6.4_beta_Setup.exe
2. Pls install Server after SDR bridge installation - Server Installer will copy necessary files
3. Server at starting looking for DAX with highest DAX IQ number - you know (in case F6700 it will be DAX IQ -> 4 ), that means in Server setup  with one DAX IQ you should keep under Server observation only one band, and in case adding second band the new PAN must be activated with DAX IQ -1 channel accordingly.
4. Invloved DAX IQ channels should be disabled in DAX Panel

I am not rememeber what  W10 update was in March, but Server after that with Troubles - at least 5 HAM`s confirmed that statement, and i have installed at the same time on W7 - follow with steps described above - 5 min and Server  alive with spots 
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You are running a REALLY old version of CWSkimmer.  Use the current v2.0 version with SDR Bridge 1.6.4 is much more stable.

Also if the screen disappears, it is because the application is off the screen and is not visible.  Open the skimmer.ini file and change the screen location to 0,0.
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I am talking about the CW Skimmer Server and NOT the CW Skimmer. The latest CW Skimmer Server is 1.6 and the latest CW Skimmer is 2.0.

CW Skimmer (not the server) is working fine but the CW Skimmer Server does not launch with the SDR Bridge 1.6.4 files.
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Understood.  Thanks for the clarification.

BTW, I tried to launch skimmer server as a standalone app (no SmartSDR, no SDR-Bridge) and shortly after it launches, it closes.  I too am running Win10 with the latest patches.

This looks to be a skimmer server problem and I recommend you contact Alex (ve3nea [@] dxatlas [period] com for assistance.
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