PowerSDR 2.7.2 ke9ns Revision R1

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PowerSDR 2.7.2 ke9ns Revision R1 has the following added features:
(for Flex-1500, Flex-3000, Flex-5000)

1) DX Cluster Spotting directly to the Panadapter
2) Waterfall in PanaFall mode scrolls with frequency change to follow signals
3) Transmit TEXT and IMAGE directly into the Waterfall
4) SWL Bands with BandStacking and ability to add Bandstacking from each Band button
5) MON function in AM/FM modes using Pre processed Audio
6) Toggle MON button to MONpre or MONpost processed Audio for SSB
7) Automatic Waterfall level adjust from the main console screen (RX1 and RX2)
8) KHZ direct Frequency Entry (as well as the original MHZ entry)
9) Additional Analog Meters: Analog, TR7, EDGE (selectable by clicking on Meter)
10) PanaFall in both RX1 and RX2 together
11) RX Signal with Peak hold function added (RX1 and RX2)
12) AvgP  allows for average just in the panadapter and not in the waterfall during PanaFall mode
13) Hyperlink drag/drop of Files and URL's to a PowerSDR "Memory"
14) Continuum Display mode for RX1
15) QuickPlay Audio Folder allows for Multiple files

and more


Instructions, Videos, and Download at ke9ns.com/flexpage.html

Darrin ke9ns.com


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Its recording Post Audio, so all the MIC and TX EQ settings apply. I set the Drive to 0 during the recording. For Playback its the Wave->Tx Gain Setting

So, you need to make sure the Wave->Options are always set to Post Audio to properly use the Rec/Play buttons

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Thanks Darrin. Is there anything you can do re the 2nd vfo "receiver" on the flex 3000/1500 ie as in the 5000 with panadapter split into two. Not sure if this could be done without a physical 2nd receiver module ?
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No. RX2 is only for the 5000 if you have the 2nd receiver option installed.

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Thanks Darrin for the s2 mod adjustable TNF filter width. Gale force winds here this morning and I am eyeing my wire antennas.
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Morning Darrin

Just watched your Rev S1 video, and noticed that you changed the background image to show the world.  Can you make this live to show "Grey Line" background.  (Night / Day)?  And if so possibly be able to switch it on and off.  Just another request for your future Rev 20!!

Tnx

Kevin, Va3KGS

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THAT..... is a cool idea! Will look into it.

Darrin ke9ns.com

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Morning Darrin

I see your S3 Version is getting closer to reality of a live Grey-Line feature.  I wish I new how to program so I could help you with other suggestion your being bomb barded with.

Thanks for working on this idea.

Cheers

Kevin, Va3KGS

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Evening Darrin

Just loaded your latest S4 version with the Grey Line Working.  This feature is fantastic.  Great job, and also thanks to the guys that helped you with this request (See on your Website).  First thing that I noticed was the surface of the earth where the sun is shining on, is dark not light, just opposite of what one would expect to see. Is this by design? 

Once again Great Job on adding this cool feature.

Take a break OM!!

Cheers

Kevin, Va3KGS


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I had to dull down the map so it would be easier to view the panadapter signals. The original map was way too bright. A lot of judgement calls on how to keep the original functionality and add the grayline at the same time. I really want a map with no lat/long lines so I don't need to turn off the grid lines either. I am going to add the SFI next to the Sun. Then work to improve the code.
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Agreed! Awesome job and thanks!

As Kevin mentioned, would it be possible to have an option to go with a "light" day and "dark" night?

A major thank you for your work too!

JD
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I think I understand what you want. Download RevS4 again. I changed the bright gray area to a darker shade, so it makes more sense.  Also added the SFI and A index to the Sun track
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Hi Darrin

Just loaded S5.  I knew you could do it !!  "Fantastic"

Thanks

Kevin, Va3KGS

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hello Darrin,
can powersdr work with reverse beacon as a cluster for receive info about cw stations?
Thank you
Frank,IK5SRE
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Are you asking if I can update PowerSDR to read the list of stations from RBN into the Panadapter?
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yes,sorry for my bad english....
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Why not just use a telnet cluster that provides skimmer (RBN) spots?
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Ultimately, it would be nice to get my own detected skims showing up in PowerSDR.  That would take the Spotter in Darrin's mods to be able to connect to CWS' Telnet port.
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Are you saying you want PowerSDR to read the CWS for all the Calls signs you are detecting, and put them up on the Pan ?
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Is the latest s3 mod for flex 5000 only, as I dont get it coming up on the 3k. Am I missing something ?
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I have a skin that has a map for the background. You need to download and be running that skin, otherwise the sun tracking will not turn on. Just search for skins on my web page. ke9ns.com/flexpage.html. I may embed map, so you if you enable the feature it would automatically override your normal background skin.

I have the grayline working (but have not released), but I now either need to make it fit to a Robinson projection map (which I have never seen anybody do), or change my map to the traditional Mercator projection.


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Thanks Darrin, I must say that these additions are really making the PowerSDR software VERY UNIQUE and its very much appreciated around the world, I expect. I am now more eager to use it and explore all the add-ons.
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Wish I had a 3000 to use the software with
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Steven, you could get a flex 1500 on the cheap, actually would these updates push the 1500,3000 and 5000 re-sale prices up ?
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Darrin, I was able to run version S3 without issue on my Flex 1500, however, I was wondering about the DttSP.dll file included in the package.  Does it need to replace the original DttSP.dll file that was located in the PowerSDR v2.7.2 directory?  Is it the same file?

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I have a newer compiler for the Dttsp.dll and will eventually include that version to test out, but for now, its just the original file.

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You need to get this guy on the payroll and working on Smart SDR enhancements
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I've got a almost new F3K I'm selling....
N6JSX /8
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Hello,
how can i change the size of the two windows of panafall ? i would like to use it with the new feature of s4 release(equirectangular project map ),it's possible ?

It's possible have the grid lines  off automatically when Sun or Gray lines is enabled?

Thank you
Frank
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I just put up Rev S6

This turns off Grid Lines automatically

And also has a special Panafall mode that is 80% panadapter and 20% waterfall

Maybe, eventually I can make the Pan and Water user adjustable.

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Once again Great Job ! thank you

with your revisions i have no more latency on my flex 1500 in cw mode.
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Darrin, I had a thought about using the world map to display say red dots which will indicate countries being heard on the dx cluster. Would this be possible to do as I think it will at a glance, show where the bands are open to. This would have to be linked to a real dx cluster and not eu stations spotting eu stations
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That's exactly what I thought of as well. I cant use QRZ since they have a limit on the number of lookups per day (unless you pay them). I need a site where you type in the call sign and the Lat/Long coordinates show up. The best would simply be a text lookup table of call prefixes with Lat/Long coordinates and maybe the Country or Island name. If my map is a true Equirectangular Projection, then even the Islands that you cant see on such a small map, will show up with a DOT

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Darrin, it could work if you somehow hook up with data from the hf beacon network, I know its limited from 20m to 10m, but its a start. There is an app for something similar called Faros.
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Darrin any chance you could tag the 2nd rx passband ( blue ) to the right of the 1st rx passband indicator, because when changing bands and operating split, it always hides off screen on the panadapter display. This way, it will always be next to the 1st rx passband  and enabled or dis-enabled as required

Thanks

John
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You want the SPLIT Transmit passband to appear blue (like the "MultiRX" function appears  blue)?

And....... I found a call sign prefix list with lat/long :)


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Morning Darrin,
Not exactly. The MultiRx  is blue coloured and when its activated with the "MultiRx" button, its nowhere to be seen, as its usually off screen somewhere. Can its default position be made next to Main passband window. This way one does not have to scroll around to find it or enter a frequency into the B vfo box to bring it into view.
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Thanks Darrin, the map screen looks good, Is there anyway to add a susyem for the warc bands as seen in the faros software, which is linked to the hf beacon data. These beacons transmit every 10 seconds on bands from 20m to 10m. Could you add another feature whereby we could monitor the beacons on a band to band basis. For example, when on 20m, we will see a green led flashing on the country thats tx,ing at the precise moment. If you look at faros, you will see what I mean.
Also, why not make the red dots band dependent, this way there will be less cluttering, although you could user a smaller text font
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Darrin, I experienced a strange glitch. I was on the 20m band and wanted to jump to another frequency, but even though I right clicked on the waterfall display and selected say 14.200, when I clicked on 14.200 to jump there, the freq in the vfo box was off by 2 Khz. I am going to reboot and check again, so please dont take his as gospel right now. Let me check first. The spotter is not activated nor anthing else in there.

Just rebooted from cold start and the problem is now that I jump to the 10Mhz band. Also noticed that using the mouse wheel, scrolls the bands incl the www,vhf and swl buttons. I think there might be an issue between the various sub routines and jumping in/out among them.
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I just uploaded a new S7 (just now) to fix a keyboard shortcut issue I just figured out. But It sounds like your mouse functions got messed up somehow.


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Darrin, Its not the mouse. I reloaded it and checked with the original version of psdr and its ok.
Going out for a whilr so will check in later or in the morning
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Then your RevQ database must be messed up.
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Thanks for the tip Darrin, all fixed now.
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Nice. I uploaded a new S7 that adds mapping of calls by band and now allows using the reverse beacons.


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Looks good Darrin, great work from you once again. As someone mentioned , these software improvements may push up the price of used and new flex transceivers, at the bottom of the pile. If this is possible with ours, I cannot imagine what is capable at the top end.
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hello Darrin,
i'm testing S7 with telnet.reversbeacon.net,but when i select a callsing by the  cluster list,my  flex 1500 move to it,but the mode is only lsb or usb and not cw .
Can you create an archive of the cluster link so to can upload the link  and not write it everytime?
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Sorry it's' ok now, working fine.
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Darrin, in the setup/options menu, is it possible to lock in the "cutom title text"?
I ask this as its quite a good security id'er if one's rig gets stolen or lost. Ofcourse one would need to be able to over ride it if its sold.
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hello Darrin,
with rev. S9 i have again the same problem with cluster spotter, if i click on a cw station,the mode change only between lsb/usb mode but never move to cw.
I restart  my pc and flex 1500 and tried also with spider.ham-deluxe.com link but nothing change.
Other persons have the same problem?
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I agree, with S9 version the same problem. When clicking on the spotted callsign on the top window, the receiver stays in lsb mode and does not change to cw
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I had a mistake so sometimes the DX mode parser was OFF. It should now be fixed.

Also fixed a mistake that closed the cluster connection if someone's call sign wasn't found in the dxloc.txt file.

So Download Rev S9 again.


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Darrin, now clicking on the spotted callsigns above the waterfall does not work at all, only on the dx spotter window, which is ok now. I am sure one could click on the callsigns in the globe window and also.
Sorry, a bit tipsy....hi
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You can click on the call signs next to the green lines and hit the CTRL key (as always) to go to QRZ, But I don't have the Yellow call signs on the Map working yet.


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Rev S10 now allows you to Left click then CTRL key, on any Red Dot on the Map and go directly to that DX spot frequency (including Mode, and Split)
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Amazing!  However, I don't see countries or callsigns appearing on the map (other than at the very top) .  Do you mean that they show up on the map where the DX is located ?  e.g a P5 spot would show on the map in North Korea ?   I don't see red dots anywhere either. 
Andy K3UK
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S10 is working at 100% thank you Darrin-
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What's Next Darrin

A Vacation !!   

Can you let us know what is on the Bucket List for future improvements to the Power SDR Program?  Or is the Flex Team going to let you play with Smart SDR now?

I run the 5000 all the time now for spotting, and then move in for the kill with the 6500 connected to the StepIR.

Cheers

Kevin, Va3KGS

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Well, the warmer weather will definitely slow development down :)

I have a few ideas swirling around in my head, but they may take a while.

I am willing to learn SmartSDR  :)


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Darrin, I have followed what you have done with PSDR with mounting jealousy. I would love to see your magic touch let loose on SSDR!
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Darrin, SmartSDR has a great API, the program itself is proprietary.
What I would like is a dx cluster/spot/mapping prog for the API,
which I could run on an extra screen.
Showing spots on the SSDR screen could be an option, but IMHO it
would clutter up the screen too much.
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For sure, you definitely need a large area on the screen if your going to use a map. That's why I love having a large monitor dedicated to PowerSDR.

If your looking to a second screen, I thought HRD did dx mapping (although I only use the log book feature or HRD)?

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Right, but I use my Flex-3000 for fielddays and EMCOMM and have therefore
to use my ToughBook CF-52. It's all water, tea and coffee-proof ;-)
The big monitors have to stay at home with my Flex6k5...
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Darrin ,do you load hrd logbook without radio control hrd software?
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When loading HRD Log Book only, it does not interact with the Radio at all. 

Good Luck

Kevin, Va3KGS

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ik5sre, I always have HRD connected to PowerSDR for radio control while using the logbook.
Just as an FYI: To properly do this you need something like "vspMgr" for creating virtual com port pairs, and "DDutil v3" so 1 side of every COM port pair points back to PowerSDR. That way you can have other PC programs running at the same time as HRD, all talking to PowerSDR.

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Hi Darrin, I use VSPE by eterlogics and create a COM splitter for this purpose.
Great! I can run as many programs as I like on that splitted port!
73, Alex DH2ID
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hello Darrin, yes i use virtual com port because work with bblogger logbook software an catbkt,but i have a problem with hamlib and i'm looking for another must compatible logbook software with flex 1500 cat interface.
73's Frank ik5sre
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Hi Darren,

I don't know if this function exists or would be popular with any of the users. It relates to the "Center" button function.  I was curious if it would be possible to have the option to select and execute the following:

Regardless of zoom level or sideband: When pressing the "Center" radio button, to have option to either have the current frequency centered in the middle of the screen - either by the "Filter-Center" (grey area) or the "Carrier-Center".

I noticed that (at least with my 3000) that it brings it on-screen (to the side), but never puts it in the  middle of the screen.

I couldn't find any documentation or info to see if that was a selectable function or even possible.

I hope I made a little bit of sense.

If I missed something, please let me know.

Thanks for all of your work and effort on this project! You've breathed life into it and made it more fun to use PSDR!

John
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Hi Darren:

Like others here, I would like to say "Thanks!" for your efforts. I really like all the stuff you've done.

I have a suggestion. I would like to see a "Steam Gage" skin. All SDR radios have really busy front Consoles. I think a simplified skin with a large VFO, RX/TX meter, Panadapter and Waterfall, plus some status buttons. It would hide all the options you don't usually change or look at while operating.  
Hams using tablets would probably like a simplified front console as well.

Regards,

Frank Smith, WS1MH
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I have been thinking about having a switchable alternate layout for the main PowerSDR console. 

Having a simple Mobile version is a nice idea and much simpler to accomplish. But I dont do Graphic design very well.

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Darren, I have another request which you may have missed previously, its one where clicking on the "multi rx" will place the 2nd vfo next to the main VFO. The reason being that when one wants the 2nd VFO, its nowhere to be seen and you have to scroll for it.
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I'm printing out your request so I don't forget.


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Thanks Darrin.
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Thanks Darrin. That 2nd VFO is now easily accessible  and moved off with the mouse scroll button.
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