I used writelog in the ARRL RTTY RU contest last weekend and had a lot of problems. This was my first RTTY contest using the flex, I have previously used writelog for all my contest needs and like its operation and interface. I also rather like the fact it uses IP comms to the Flex rather than using DAX and SmartSDR Cat.
I used the following setup
Smart SDR v188.8.131.52
Latest writelog version 12.12C Dec 2016
Writelog Flex driver - WlFlexDriver1203A (setup as single radio)
MMTTY as main RTTY interface using XMMT.ocx
Network uses a Gigabit switch between PC and Radio with cat 6 cables
The problems I had were
1 - For no reason comms would start to drop packets (upto 30%) Rebotting writelog sorted problem once. Other times the network issues persisted, tried rebotting everything many times including PC
2 - Keying of the radio stopped and I had to Revert to using SmartSDR Cat port in MMTTY setup to key rig.
3 - Intermittent operation of Focus helper
I also had the latest version of 2tone crash a few times in my clone receiver.
It was running with less network traffic than my normal general logging setup of DXlab and sdr bridge with a couple of CW skimmers running. I still tried slaving the switch and network cables but that had no effect.
I was running unassisted in RU but for BARTG and WPX RTTY contests I want to setup a RTTY skimmer to post to the bandmap. But need to sort out base logging/RTTY software first.
My questions are
1 - Has anybody got writelog rtty contesting setup running successfully using IP comms and writelog flex driver.
2 - Anybody else experience these issues.
3 - What RTTY contest setups do people run with the Flex 6000
I see my choices as
- sort out writelog and ip comms
- run writelog with comms using TS2000 rig option with smart Cat and DAX
- Use N1MM+ Smart Cat and DAX (N1MM unfortunately does not support IP comms and the smartSDR API)
There appears to be a lot of mention to N1MM in latest Beta release does Flex have a special relationship with N1MM devt team hence making it a good choice for the future.
Any help appreciated Andy M5ZAP