Thanks, Hugh VA3TO
73, Hugh VA3TO
Maestro doesn't have a logbook. You can use a computer and you can actually connect to SmartSDR CAT via SmartLink even though you are using Maestro and it will read frequency data from the radio. You can also use a smartphone app such as HamLog but this can't read from Flex radios.
You can also log on paper.
I don't use DX4WIN, but I can tell you how to make it think the directory is where it expects to find it, but it's really in another location, i.e. in a Dropbox folder.
Windows supports symbolic links. Creating a symbolic link creates a pointer to another location. However, ,as far as the OS and all programs are concerned, they still see the original location. I use this a lot when my C drive gets too bloated to move some files to a much larger drive. Here's a URL that does a pretty good job explaining what they are, how to use them, and how to create them.
The only thing I would NOT recommend is using symbolic links for files that the OS needs to see when booting.
I have used this with Dropbox and it works fine. If you do try it, I strongly suggest backing up your DX4WIN files first, just to be safe.
73 - David, AG4F
The one thing I haven't done is link the remote version to LOTW. If I make any contacts, I simply wait until I am back home to load them to LOTW. I could probably get it working, but it would require messing around with multiple copies of the security key and I would probably mess it up....
Ken - NM9P
I currently use DXKepper from DXLabs for logging day to day and I don’t keep it in the cloud. When I am away and log using some other method, SSDR for iOS for example. I then export the ADIF from that logger and import it into DXKepper.
This is the same method I use for contests when using N1MM.
It is not as elegant as remote files, but works well.
My setup is for 100% remote use. I use a softether VPN and can access the radio via a PC, Maestro ( hooked into the Ethernet port of the remote PC, Maestro via a point to point VPN and occasionally an iOS device. With my setup, I can have one computer connected as the radio console, my new maestro, or an iPad as the console. A laptop is then used for digital modes/recording/and the logbook.
I use HRD ( paid version) and keep the logs on a MySQL database that is hosted in my cluster at home.
Basicaly if I have low enough latency and bandwidth for a vpn connection, the config works fine and I am maintaining only one set of logs via several different computers when needed.
When the rare chance that I am in the shack, the local computer works as expected for full control of the station.
The 2.x upgrade will not allow you to do something like this yet. 2.x does not support remote CAT at this time so all log book entries are manual and/or third party control of the rig will not work.
You can set up something similar for less than the $200 upgrade and have a much more flexible setup in the long run, while learning some good it skills and concepts.
And I am sure there is better quality recorders out there. Just an idea.