PstRotatorAz, Log4OM, and Flex 6XXX integration

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I have been using Log4OM with my Flex 6300 via OmniRig and it works great.  Recently, I got an MDS RC-1Y antenna controller and bought PstRotorAZ to provide digital control.  I use this program because it interfaces with Log4OM, and imports the call and bearing from the cluster.

My goal is to click on the spot on the cluster and have the rig tuned (which it does now) and import the call sign into PstRotorAz so that I can put the beam on the correct bearing.

My problem is getting PstRotor to interface with Log4OM.  I think some port assignment is off or there is something, maybe SmartSDR Cat, that's grabbing a port it shouldn't be.

Is anyone using this hardware/software configuration who could help he ferret out the incorrect port assignments?

Thanks,

Steve, W6SDM
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I use my 6500 with Log4OM and PstRotator to control a SPID rotator and it works flawlessly. 

In PstRotator, set the Tracker to Log4OM and in the Set menu, Trackers Setup, Log4OM Setup, make sure the Port number is the default (12040).

Then in Log4OM Communicator, go to Settings, Outbound, PSTRotator and make sure this is set correctly (check PST Rotator Connection and make sure port is correct).

That should be it!
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Phil, in communicator should the port be 12040 also?

Thanks
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Also... If you haven't already setup "IN/OUT Communication Services", you will need to go to Settings/Options in Log4OM and under the Services Tab, click "Start" (also worth turning-on Auto start) as this is what runs the separate Log4OM Communicator program.
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I went through everything you listed and still no communication between the programs.  Port number checks at 12040.  Still no transfer of the azimuth and callsign to PstRotor.

I notice that even with Communicator running, the buttons at the bottom of the Log4OM screen under Comm Services are both red as if it's not.  But I do have the Communicator icon in the task bar and it is started. 

Also, if I go to start WCF under Comm Services, Log4OM crashes.
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This is my working setup, worth checking that nothing else is listening on any of these ports (like a web server)


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Thanks, Phil.  That's exactly what I have set up.  The problem is that when I go to start WCF, the program crashes.  There must be something else that's conflicting.  I have completely re-installed both programs and still have the same result.
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Hi Steve, I wonder if you already have a server listening on port 8080? This is quite a common alternative port for a web server. You could try changing the WCF and/or communicator ports in Log4OM or from a command prompt, run "netstat -abo" to look at what processes are listening on what ports. 
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I don't see anything on 8080.  When I start Communicator, I see something established on 8081.

Can I change the port from 8080/8081 to something else just in case?
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I would have thought you can change them.
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The latest version of PSTRotatorAZ allows the programme to connect directly to the Flex 6xxx.  All you need to enter is the IP address of your radio in the Flex setup box.  So OmniRig is no longer required to get the frequency information from your Flex.  73 Peter G3ZSS
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The frequency info via TCP is handy for PSTRotator's StepIR and other antenna tuning routines. But at present you still need a communications port set up between your logger and PSTRotator so it can send bearing or DX station info to PSTRotator.
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Peter,

I have the latest version and it hooked up to my Flex without a problem.  The frequency information is working fine.  What I am trying to do is get the call sign information from Log4OM so that PstRotorAZ can point the antenna at the call sign's QTH without me having to type it in.

Thanks,

Steve
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Steve, you may already know this but just in case , when you click on a spot or enter a call sign manually in Log4OM the info never actually goes to pstrotator, you click on the rotate button on the log4om top tool bar and then pstrotator will turn your rotor. This is the way it works for me. I never see the callsign or direction actually show up in the pstrotator text fields. One other thing reguarding the prigram crash issue, even though the manual says run log4om as administrator i remember having to uncheck that in the icon properties or i was getting a lockup in the program
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I don't know about Log4OM specifically, but PSTRotator acts differently with different logging programs.

In ACLog, when I click a spot, it sends the bearing to the compass rose and displays two lines on the compas - on showing current bearing, the other showing the bearing to the DX. Nothing else shows in the other PSTRotator fields.

I have pstrotator set so that I must hit the "GO" button before the rotor starts turning. I bounce around too much for full auto.

With N1MM, when I click a spot, nothing happens at all with PSTRotator until I hit the {CTRL}+J keys to begin rotating the antenna. Until then, no numbers show at all on the PSTRotator screens.

As Larry said, It may be that PSTRotator is waiting for you to hit the "rotate" command in Log4OM before it does anything.
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When I click on the antenna icon on Log4OM, nothing happens.  It's not communicating with PST Rotor.  I believe there may be a port conflict somewhere, but I am not sure how to find it.

According to the Log4OM activity log, it is sending the command but apparently, PstRotorAz isn't getting it.  




As you can see, I tried a couple of different bearings and nothing happened on the rotor end.  

Under Communication in PstRotatorAz, I have only RS232/TCP checked.  Does that sound right?  PstRotator communicates fine with my MDS RC-1Y controller when I either type in a bearing, a call sign or move the beam with the compass rose.
 
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Is there any chance your firewall is blocking it, i recall being prompted to confirm a firewall rule while setting it up.
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You can find in this screenshot all the necessary settings. Anyway, to pass the azimuth/callsign from Log4OM to PstRotatorAz, you need to press the button with the antenna icon after you click over a spot. I will ask Daniele if he can change this (a click over a spot to rotate the antenna).
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Larry,

I don't think so because everything is within my network.  

Steve
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Codrut,

Thanks.  That's how I had everything set up.  Out of desperation, I uninstalled PstRotatorAz and re-installed it using the new version.  Now it turns the antenna as it should when I double click on the antenna icon.  So, that part of the problem is solved.

I guess I was expecting the call sign to be shown in PstRotator but it's really not supposed to be.  If it did, that would be a slick feature because of the callsign lookup features.  

PstRotatorAz is a fantastic program.  I love the automation and integration.

Thanks, everyone, for your help.

Steve