Slice Master 6000 v0.10.6 is now available

  • 2
  • Idea
  • Updated 3 months ago
As usual, you can head over to https://github.com/K1DBO/slice-master-6000 to read the latest README or just download the latest zip from https://github.com/K1DBO/slice-master-6000/releases.  This time around, the zip file contains a version of the documentation that you can open in your browser.

Slice Master 6000 v0.10.6 welcomes JTDX to the family of third party programs it can now launch.  It also features "quick launch" buttons, a user interface enhancement that allows any program to be launched on any slice with a simple button press.  If the auto launch features of Slice Master arent quite your style, or you have multiple programs you use in DIGU mode, quick launch buttons just might be for you.



For reasons ranging from personal preference to broken DAX drivers I've received many request to allow CW Skimmer to make the decision between MME and WDM soundcard drivers.  As in the past, Slice Master will continue to set the particular DAX device for you, but now you can change which family of drivers will be used and your change will persist between runs.

Lou, N2TU had an interesting request this time around.  He likes to have his RX EQ settings track his preference by mode.  A new option was added to the Mixer settings to enable this.



When enabled, your RX EQ settings will be saved and restored through mode changes.  

Two "solo follows" options were also added (v0.10.5h) to mute audio from all but the active or TX slice. Combine that with the new N1MM+ 'follows focus'

 

options for some extra audio control while contesting.

A bug was recently reported regarding Slice Master's ability to maintain the window geometry and position for WSJT-X.  That bug remains but there is a work around.  After your windows are positioned to your liking, use the 'X' button on WSJT-X to exit the program.  Then, have Slice Master re-launch it.  The window positions in use at the time WSJT-X was closed will be used.  Now, it turns that JTDX has the same problem and the same work around.

Many other small bugs have been addressed, and I'm sure many new bugs have been introduced.  Please send an email to the address shown in the splash screen if I've managed to break your favorite feature or neglected to repair an annoyance.  Bug reports and feature requests are always welcome.

--Don



Photo of K1DBO

K1DBO

  • 530 Posts
  • 111 Reply Likes

Posted 4 months ago

  • 2
Photo of Mark - WS7M

Mark - WS7M

  • 1272 Posts
  • 479 Reply Likes
Awesome work Don!
Photo of Andy - KU7T

Andy - KU7T

  • 241 Posts
  • 24 Reply Likes
Thanks Don.  I am using on CW Skimmer, but this version seems very stable to me. I can switch bands, modes and CW Skimmer comes back up on its own whenever it makes sense. 

And the option to allow WDM sound card devices saves me from toggling this everytime manually. Keep it up!

Andy
KU7T
Photo of Sergey Abrikosov

Sergey Abrikosov

  • 236 Posts
  • 29 Reply Likes
Hi Don,
As we discussed through e-mails, I still cannot install it on win10.
No idea why...
Sergey, KN7K
Photo of Andy - KU7T

Andy - KU7T

  • 240 Posts
  • 24 Reply Likes
Sergey, 

This sounds like something is preventing or not allowing it to run. Virusscanner off? Is this a corporate computer with group policy?

Check your Windows Event log for anything meaningful also. 

Andy
KU7T
Photo of johnk0tg

johnk0tg

  • 25 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like
I just upgraded WSJT-X to version 2.0.1 today and when I did that I lost the callsign flags that appear on SmartSDR when running Slice Master.  I then upgraded Slice Master to to version 0.10.5e and still have the same issue.  I do not see any obvious options that changed that would cause that.  Any ideas?

Thanks, John  K0TG

Photo of Andy - KU7T

Andy - KU7T

  • 237 Posts
  • 23 Reply Likes
Sergey,

I think you need to launch CW Skimmer once before without Slice Master and configure WDM. Then, the automatically launched instances will re-use that settings. Works great for me. 

Andy
KU7T
Photo of Sergey Abrikosov

Sergey Abrikosov

  • 217 Posts
  • 19 Reply Likes
ok, i was too fast to say it works.
10.6b opened once fine.
I rebooted my PC , now it would not connect to the radio anymore.
Ver 10.5d connecting fine, 10.6b will not.
It does not see my 6600 anymore. "Select" field is empty.
Here are screenshots


Andy, when i open CW skimmer, it is always set on WDM.
Somehow Slice Master opens it with MME
Sergey, KN7K
(Edited)
Photo of K1DBO

K1DBO

  • 518 Posts
  • 104 Reply Likes
Sergey,

Slice Master prefers MME and sets it that way first time around. But, if you change it to WDM after CW Skimmer starts, Slice Master won’t change it back. You might need to make the change for each slice. I don’t recommend using WDM. I find it to be less stable. If MME doesn’t work for you, it’s very likely your DAX drivers have been corrupted by a Win10 update.

If Slice Master can’t connect to your radio, it is almost always either a firewall problem (Slice Master needs permission to access your network), or a remote operation issue (Slice Master does not support Smart Link).

—Don
(Edited)
Photo of Sergey Abrikosov

Sergey Abrikosov

  • 217 Posts
  • 19 Reply Likes
Hi Don,
I checked Windows Defender Security Center, I had about 10 lines for Slice Master, some checked as Public, some checked as Private, some did not have checkmarks. I removed all lines and 10.6b started fine. Will check tomorrow again after PC restart.

About MME vs WDM.
Here is what I see in each of them, seems like a WDM is a winner :)

Is there anyway to tell Slice Master to use WDM automataically? I have to swich it manually every time.


Thanks for your help.
Sergey, KN7K
Photo of K1DBO

K1DBO

  • 518 Posts
  • 104 Reply Likes
Sergey,

Thanks for pointing out the multiple firewall rules.  Windows creates one each time Slice Master is run from a different folder.  It's not obvious which of the many is the one that is currently in use.

Once you select WDM in CW Skimmer, Slice Master will preserve that change for the next run.  Since Slice Master maintains a CW Skimmer config file for each slice, you'll probably need to make the change once for each slice.

--Don
Photo of johnk0tg

johnk0tg

  • 25 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like
Hi Don,

I found that the program will put callsings on the Maestro screen as well.  Nice!  Would it be possible to have more control over the contrast of the letters that appear in the flag on the Maestro?  I find that at a glance it is difficult to read the callsign.  If there were more contrast between the background and the lettering, that would be great. Maybe there is a way to do that on the radio that I am not aware of though.

I also found that I can telnet from the app to my locally running VE7CC instance.  in my case telnet://127.0.0.1:7300 works great.  That way it takes advantage of spot filters I may be running on VE7CC locally.  I  just mention that in case anyone else would likt to try that.  

Thanks es 73, John  K0TG

Photo of K1DBO

K1DBO

  • 518 Posts
  • 104 Reply Likes
Hi John,

I dont have a Maestro so I'm not sure what options are available there.  But in SSDR, you can choose to override the spot foreground and background color.  Maestro might have a similar option.  The colors that Slice Master chooses are loosely based on the colors observed in the spot source.  Of course not all spot sources supply good colors, though some do.

I use VE7CC's CC User program as well.  Be careful about the port choice though.  By default Slice Master uses 7300 for it's built in spot aggregation server.  So if you start Slice Master first, CC User might find that port 7300 is already in use.  

--Don
Photo of johnk0tg

johnk0tg

  • 25 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like
Hi Don,

Is the spot source from Slice Master?  Or are you referring to something else?

Thanks for the tip on port 7300.  I remember seeing that now that you mention that.

Is there any information on the spot aggregation server?  I'm not quite sure what it does.  So I have not tried that yet.


73, John  K0TG
Photo of K1DBO

K1DBO

  • 518 Posts
  • 104 Reply Likes
John,

Slice Master can get spots from many sources.  As you have noticed, CC User is just one example and that's an example of a external spot source.  DXLab's Spot Collector, N1MM+, even DX Summit, are others.  HRD Logbook isnt exactly a source, but more of a colorizing filter.  External spot sources are all configured on Slice Master's settings tab in the bandmap section. 

Internal spot sources are the programs that Slice Master launches for you.  CW Skimmer and WSJT-X, for example are both great sources of spots.  Internally sourced spots can be fed to telnet cluster clients by having them connect to Slice Master's aggregation server.  Slice Master takes care of gather all of the internally generated spots and putting them together into a single telnet cluster like stream.

I use the telnet client in N1MM+ to connect to Slice Master's aggregation server.  N1MM+ can then see all of the spots gathered by the CW Skimmers that Slice Master has launched for me.  N1MM+ can then be configured to send those same spots back to Slice Master, but with multiplier information attached.  Slice Master turns the multiplier information into the familiar red, green, blue color scheme that N1MM+ uses and then send the colored spots to the radio for display in the panafall.  

Of course the spot source doesnt have to be CW Skimmer and the logging program doesnt have to be N1MM+.  WSJT-X and HRD Logbook can be configured in a similar way.  Logger32 and DXKeeper/Spot Collector can all get in on this too.

There's not much in the way of "how to" documentation out there for these kinds of configurations but the README file that's included in the Slice Master zip and available on github give the basic information necessary to put the pieces together.  

--Don
Photo of johnk0tg

johnk0tg

  • 25 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like
Thanks Don,  I'll read up on that.  I have not played with Skimmer locally yet.  Will be doing that soon!

Thanks again for a great program.


73, John  K0TG