Ease of Operation

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With the recent release of WSJT-x 2.0 betas, it has been handy to have one instance running with the new FT8 protocol and a second with the old version. With two slices, each with their own CAT and DAX assignments, it is ultra-simple to work stations using either version.

Today’s reason why I’m glad to have a Flex!
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George Molnar, KF2T, Elmer

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Neal Pollack, N6YFM

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How does this work, configuration and usage wise?
If you suddenly click on a decoded CQ in the other instance, does
that automatically change TX to the alternate slice in the Flex radio?

I get the RX part, since there are separate RX DAX channels, but there
is only one TX DAX channel, so how do you configure it?

Cheers,

Neal
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With CAT set to have a unique port per slice, it’s automatic.
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I am very interested in being able to run both versions during the transition.
I don't suppose you would be willing to take some screen snippets of the
DAX windows, the CAT window, and the WSJT settings radio dialog box
for each of the two versions?

If you, or someone else running both version, would, it is simple
one windows 7 or windows 10, by running the built-in "snipping tool" and selecting
the window you want with the mouse.    

On the WSJT-X radio settings pane, I assume you are just using TS-2000, and
the "COM Port" that you set up in SmarSDR-CAT, a separate one for each
version of WSJT-X?

Cheers,

Neal

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Hi Neal,

Here is a screen shot of my desktop. I am a Mac user, but the idea is of course the same. Key points are that each instance of WSJT-X needs a separate name (there are command line options and shortcuts you can see in the manual). Other than that, just assign each instance its own CAT port - COM ports should be fine, but I prefer to use IP. As long as the addresses aren't the same. Likewise, each slice gets its own DAX RX assignment. Whichever instance is transmitting will grab the DAX TX (this is the one thing that is the same on each instance), and you're off to the rodeo.
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Huge thanks for the guidance!

73,

Neal