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ownloc.txt  (DE version)

Version History:

Version 1.4b released on 01.09.2019

Known Problem with 1.4b:
    Th Wide-Graph window is blocked when the QRG is set (if Auto-Frq is used). Bugfix comes soon...

Bugfixes:
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Accepting calls in S/P mode has been enhanced, calls are accepted now at the end of broken QSOs. too.

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It seems that some (slow?) PCs require a small delay between the macro commands.
  
 If you receive a popup window with "Error-X, blocked session" without any reason, add a second line to the file
    callsign.txt:  delay=50. It will insert 50 ms delay between macro commands to give enough time for the macro execution.
    On run-up of the FT8-Helper this value will be indicated in the log field.

And now the most important bugfix:
B
eta-tester reported (thanks N1YU) that the FT8-Helper did not work with 12/h time setting. Now it has been fixed and any geographical Date/Time settings of the Windows OS are accepted.

I apologize for the inconvenience the unsuccessful tests may have caused.

 


Version 1.4 released on 21.08.2019
Changes:
- FT-4 is supported with WSJT-X 2.1
- When started, the RUN and S/P boxes are green coloured
- Accepts calls from stations in S/P mode
- In S/P mode the strongest station is called if more than one station with the same priority colour is calling CQ.

Bugfixes:
- Accepts low case characters in callsign.txt
- Problems with RRR procedures are fixed
- Stations sending frames out of order should not confuse the FT8-Helper
- Timing error with fast computers and "Fast decoding" fixed
- Size of Log-session is set automatically (no need to preset it)
- Blocking of WSJT-X by modal (blocking) dialogs does not lead to unannounced crash

Version 1.3d
Bugfix:
FT8-Helper v1.3.d works now with both WSJT-X v2.0.1 and v2.1.0 (also 2.0.0 but not tested)
Problems with short callsign (e.g. A3B) and stations calling "CQ TEST" fixed. Side effect: callsigns like "RAEM" are not accepted.
Various crashes caused by blocked or nor reachable windows are catched and indicated to the user.

Verstion 1.3c
Problems were solved when using low resolution monitors. In S&P mode no Wide-Graph window required. The minimum monitor resolution is 1024 * 768 pixels. The text size for windows applications must be set to 100%. Read the short guide for hints using the FT8-Helper with low resolution monitors.


Installation Procedure:
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Download both files and copy both in the same directory.
- Modify "ownloc.txt" according your actual location (see description page)
- Start WSJT-X, then FT8-Helper
- Open "Log QSO"on WSJT-X and set the size to the minimum, close the window. (not required with V1.4)
- Close FT8-Helper and enter your callsing into the file "callsign.txt" in the installation directroy.
- Read the installation guide and check your WSJT-X settings again. I had to change some settings
- Start FT8-Helper and start RUN or S&P Mode

Important Notes:
The Beta version was not yet verified for unattended operation!

Outlook (possible future developments):
The development of FT8-Helper is still in the intial stage. It is planned to extend the functionality, e.g.
More flexibility when selecting messages in S&P-Mode:
  - Strongest stations first (for the most probably QSOs)
  - Farest stations first (for DX-er)
  - No call below a certain level (for QRP-stations)
  - Looking for specific DXCC items, Grid or Zone
Mixed RUN/S&P mode and/or automatic changing between the modes
In RUN-mode prefering DX-stations instead of "call 1st"
User changable setting of repetition timeouts
Automatic band change according to a daily schedule
- e.t.c