FlexLogger V0.1.0.3

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Hi All,

I am hoping to release FlexLogger V0.1.0.3 tomorrow morning.  

Here are the improvements and changes (so far):

- Increased size of text on radio control form meters
- Increased size of text on SPE amp, KPA amp and KAT tuner meters
- Add basic LOTW support
- Spot sources now support a password if needed
- Substantial improvements to CW panel - Looping, variables, speed control
- Added a lock layout to the layout menu. This prevents dragging of items when enabled
- Added a restore default layout item to the layout menu
- Corrected a bug that was setting slice values to strange settings on radio connection
- Enhanced KPA500 and KAT tuner support
- Added a clock and map panel.  The map is not yet active

The primary changes that will need testing and attention are:

LOTW support.  This is a first pass, basic implementation.  I expect to improve it.  In this version it is manually trigged by you both for posting and checking status.  To use LOTW you need to provide the path to TQSL if it is installed in a different location on your system. 

You also must provide your station name and any password that was applied to that station when you created it.

For checking lotw status you need your ARRL login and password.

I do expect to enhance and fine tune the LOTW support and will welcome all input.

The other big change thanks to Joe N3HEE is work on the CW panel.  If you are a CW operator then the CW panel will offer you a lot to play with:

The panel supports real time CW send.  As you type a characters they are buffered and as sent they are removed and shown in a sent panel.  This allows you to see what has been sent and what is remaining to be sent.  

There are speed controls right there including the TX delay.

Both in typed in characters and in macros there is support for:

N1MM speed increase and decrease:   <<<5NN>>>
Speed can also be set with {SPEED=35} {SPEED+2} {SPEED-2}
Delays are supported:   N3HEE DE WS7M UR RST {DELAY=5000} HW CPY?
Looping is supported:  {LOOP=5} CQ CQ DE WS7M {DELAY=5000}
Variables are supported:   {CURQSO_CALL} DE {STN_CALL} HW CPY?

You can store these macros into function keys F1 to F12 and use them from any form.  So while entering a log entry you can hit say F5 to send a response if you have programmed F5

Sending of CWX either from macros or typed in can be paused and restarted using either a button or the PageDn key.

There are also quite a few small bug fixes.   On request I added the clock/map panel.  Since it is a new panel you may need to toggle the show of it using the panel menu.

If it does not show for you then as a last resort you can delete \WS7MApps\FlexLogger\Data\FlexLogger.layout.   Doing this will force you to reposition your panels.

So check for updates tomorrow.  I will also post the installer download link here.

Mark
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The KPA 1500 interface is working good with my amp so far. I only ran it for an hour or so when I was home this morning

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Tune button does not work though
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Hi All,

V0.1.0.3 is complete.  If you have FlexLogger installed you can simply check for updates under the help menu.

The full installer is at:

http://184.154.226.168/flinstallers/FlexLoggerSetup-0.1.0.3.exe

If you want to use the installer and you already have FlexLogger installed... YOU MUST uninstall first, then run the new installer.
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Upcoming feature for the map window:


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I'm concerned about the red blob. Please tell me it isn't headed for the coast of Oregon!
W7NGA
Seaside, Oregon
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It has your coordinates... GPS locked and it is on its way!!!

Actually due to a bug it reversed path a few hours ago and is headed for Moscow... Darned Sun position calculation are difficult...
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Really nice software Mark!
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Thanks sir!
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Panels still have issues, slices dont check properly and cant for the life of me figure out how to get slice A to merge with B and setup as I had it in 0.9.2 so went back to that version which is great and easy to use. Fortunately installed 1.03 on win 7 while 0.9.2 is on win 8.1 and works great!


You do a great job Mark but I think your falling into the issues I have with most software, you want to add so much that its getting to a point of complexity that there is more bugs that are not corrected before other features are added, but actually thats what flex is doing with there software as well, the only difference is your doing a better job with more updates and not charging for it.


Keep up the good work for now I will stick with .0.9.2 which does all I need without issues, Thanks again :-)
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Hi Bobby,

I'm more than happy to help if you are having issues.

Between the 0.0.9.x versions there are a lot of changes.  The panels are very different to use and I provided a movie to help with the process.

I do not agree with your statement on the bugs.  Most so far have been user error.  Once you learn how to use it, it works fine.  

That is not to say there are not bugs and certainly new ones are introduced with new features.  But here is the real deal:  I use this software personally each and every day for my own logging.  If something doesn't work I find it pretty quick.

For example this am before releasing V0.1.0.3 I found an issue with Slice window restoration.  I fixed it as soon as I found it.

There it little doubt that not every new feature will appeal to all users.  But here is one fact:   The panel system in V0.1.0.3 can be made to work VERY CLOSE to how panels work in 0.0.9.2.   Not exactly the same but very close.

But like when you get a brand new radio, you need to get to know it.  So let me help you to figure out what the issues are.  And if you have found real bugs by God I will fix them as soon as I can.

Thanks for your support Bobby.  Please email me at:  ws7m@arrl.net

And lets work out what is going on.

Mark
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Mark here is a screenshot of how I have 0.9.2 arranged, I have watched your video once on 1.03 but will have to try again. When I startup 1.0.3 after unselecting the excess panels and leaving just slice a and slice b, i cannot make slice a smaller it fully engulfs the lower screen area i can move or resize b but i can never move or resize slice a, when i closea i get this huge map as a background but slice b disappears as well. Im sure its me i have to find time to watch the video when i try to set it up.
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Mark my mistake i just had to work with it a bit and rewatch the video, so my question now since this 1.03 layout is saved and locked in, is there anyway to take this whole setup of 1.03 and which is on win 7 and get it to transfer or copy to win 8.1 once i uninstall 0.9.2 and install 1.03 on win 8.1? I want to copy over this exact layout in the picture.

Thanks so much, it was me, not u!

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v1.03
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Video, where?
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If you look at the Top Bar, there is a LAYOUT tab. You can use that to save or load a layout of the panels. Save your preferred layout and give it a name other than FlexLogger.layout. Then save the file to somewhere safe. 

Go to you Win8 machine and LOAD the saved file and the job should be done.

The file location is C:\WS7MApps\FlexLogger\Data 

Hope that helps

Tim
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Hi Bobby,

Glad you figured it out!   Tim helped you on the layouts.  You can save the layout files anywhere you want and reload them.

I do admit the docking scheme takes a little getting used to but once you understand it you can pretty much set things up almost any way you want.

Mark
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Heres the video link again.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/p3oecu0xg8v...
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Hi all,

John found a few issues with LOTW upload.  I've corrected these in V0.1.0.4 which you can get by checking for updates.

For LOTW upload there are two needed things:

1) Your station name
2) Your station password if you set one when you created it

First your station name is NOT your call sign.  In TQSL, on the station locations tab the station name is the name UNDER your call sign.  Here is how mine looks:



So what I want to enter into FlexLogger LOTW setup for station is "HomeStation".

Also the password under station is NOT your ARRL login password.  It is the password if ANY that was set when you created the certificate or station.

For checking LOTW status you will enter your ARRL login and password.

If you need to use an installer rather than the updates please first UNINSTALL FlexLogger using the control panel.  Then download and install the new version.

http://184.154.226.168/flinstallers/FlexLoggerSetup-0.1.0.4.exe



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The KPA and KAT bar graphs are working now, Thanks! Unfortunately the KPA500 Operate/Standby switch function is not working now. 

Gary



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Thanks Gary,

KPA and KAT are the focus right now.  I have one bug fix for Club Log but will focus on getting KPA and KAT working well.

Mark
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I forgot to mention the KPA500 Power button no longer works also. 

Thanks for the update. Love the map, can't wait to see what you will do with it. Hopefully integrate it with some a rotor panel to show beam heading etc...

Gary
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Gary, Do you happen to know what version of firmware your amp is running?
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My KPA500 Firmware version is 01.47
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Hello Mark. and thanks for the program.

The dx cluster frequency are also bad converting , at least here in  EU, for example 71280.0 are read as 71 Mhz, I test ve7cc and my own running dxspider cluster.

I have also an Expert 1K that have another protocol that 1k3 and newers, please consider add those protocol.

73

Jose




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Hi Jose,  

Is your computer by any chance set to use the comma as a decimal point?  Some EU localizations do this.

I will be converting FlexLogger to recognize the culture of the computer and deal with the conversions correctly.

Mark
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Yes, the problem are the decimal sign, in Spanish from Spain.
Changed to dot, and now works.

Thanks
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Hi Jose,

Ok... I will elevate the culture conversion stuff!
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Mark, first thank you so much for this fantastic program!
I think I meet the same issue with the decimal sign in French language, no frequency, no distance or bearing in spots and in log entry window. I double check the Flex Logger Station Editor but still not working. Please let me know if you want a log from my system (running W10, Flexlogger V0.1.0.4). 73s Jean-Luc
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Mark, I changed to dot the decimal sign as Jose suggested and it works nicely now!
Thank you Mark and Jose, this software is really appreciated!
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Hi Jean-Luc and Jose,

I will handle the culture conversion at some point so you don't have to change your comma to period.  But thank you both!
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Flex should add this software to their Works With Flex page! https://www.flexradio.com/works-with-flex/
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Hello Mark, love the program but I'm having a probem with audio if I mute from SSDR I can't seem to find a way to unmute fom FlexLogger. Anyone know what I'm mising?
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Hi Rory,

Mute can be a lot of things:

First lets say you are just taking about slices and muting their audio.  On the VOL label you can double click to mute/unmute.

If you are talking from the AudioPanel then things could be more complex.  There is a checkbox to mute/unmute the radio audio during different local playbacks.

So which area are you having issues in?
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Well dang it Mark, you take all the fun of it, I didn't think to try double clicking Vol name on your slice windows, maybe make a button of it would be more intuitive. Also maybe if you mute form SSDR that it would put the line through the Vol label. Thanks for the help.
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I finally got enough motility in my arm to type a little.  So I tried V.0.1.0.3 with my 6500.
Very nice so far.  But I haven't had a lot of time to play yet....and my computer hard drive seems to be getting flakey!  lots of slow downs, etc.  THe new drive arrives Friday and then I can make a switch.....

It loaded and committed my 21,400 QSO's just fine.
It seems to track everything well.

One thing I haven't figured out yet is how to get a bearing and distance from a station.
It may be that I don't have my own QTH gps coordinates entered properly.
The coordinate map interface isn't intuitive to me and doesn't seem to allow me to import the coords easily.  But I haven't researched or read much of the manual yet.  I loke to test out a program's natural intuitive interface first.  And I have had limited time in the shack.

Congrats on a great effort so far!  I think it may be very popular with the Flex crowd.

Ken - NM9P

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Hi Ken,

In your "station definition" which is the "antenna" icon at the top of the window.  When you input your station data, just make sure the station LAT/LONG exactly match what you see for your call on QRZ.com.  Literally you can cut/paste them from QRZ.com into the station definition on flex logger.

Then on the program configuration (gear icon) there is a tab for online lookups make sure you setup either QRZ, HamQTH or if you have a buckmaster on disk database you can input the path to that database.

Then it should be as simple as:

1) Enter the call sign of the station in the log entry window
2) Hit tab
3) Wait a few seconds and info should populate including lat/lng and distance, bearing.

It is important you hit the tab key after entering the call.   Alternatively you can hit the lookup button with your mouse.

I have had several users report issues with the bearing not being populated and hopefully you are not one of those people.

First, update to the latest version.  You can do this using the help menu and check for updates.

If you still have issues, please so follow the sequence above then send me the latest log file from C:\WS7MApps\FlexLogger\Logs

As for a manual... well... one does not exist yet.  I am working on it.

When you say "The coordinate map interface isn't intuitive" can you point me at you mean?   

Thanks