[CQ-Contest] [WriteLog] [PstRotator] Re: Newbie question PstRotatorAZ
Radio Station K0HB
kzerohb at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 21:20:53 EDT 2012
> I'm using a Tailtwister and recently added control via a Rotor-EZ. Writelog "knows" Rotor-EZ (and Green Heron and others). Pressing <alt-a> sends the rotor to the bearing of the station in the call-entry line.
> de Hans, K0HB
> "Just a boy and his radio"
> On Oct 25, 2012, at 20:08, "Gary AL9A" <al9a at mtaonline.net> wrote:
>> Hans has made a timely posting, at least for me. I have never had my rotor, a Create Design RC5A, interfaced to WL because it is too old and the controller lacks the communication ability. The rotor is still going, but my control box is beginning to show its age and is giving me problems. I am considering replacing it with the Green Heron RT-21 which would allow me to interface the control box with WL. It uses a "superset" of the DCU-1 protocol so I should be able to define it correctly to work in WL.
>> My question is after getting the rotor interfaced to WL, how do I control it? I haven't found anything in the Help manual yet about sending commands from WL to the controller. I wouldn't want the rotor to start turning to a different direction each time I enter a call with a different beam heading, but how is this controlled from the program? Any help before I slap my credit card on the counter would be appreciated.
>> Gary AL9A
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Radio K0HB" <kzerohb at gmail.com>
>> To: <PstRotator at yahoogroups.com>; "WriteLog Reflector" <writelog at contesting.com>
>> Sent: October 25, 2012 11:31 AM
>> Subject: Re: [WriteLog] [PstRotator] Re: Newbie question PstRotatorAZ
>>> And nothing happens.
>>> I have set up first PstRotatorAZ, clicked “Tracking”, and selected WriteLog from tracker list. A small “DDE” window is opened.
>>> Then opened WriteLog to setup new contest (CQWW DX). In setup of rotator, selected “MSG” and “Sartek” as shown on page 28.
>>> Now, from main Writelog operating screen, nothing seems to affect the rotator. (Previously <alt-a> would set rotor bearing)
>>> What next?
>>> 73, de Hans, K0HB
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>>> Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2012 6:44 PM
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>>> Subject: [PstRotator] Re: Newbie question
>>> The answer is yes. You can find how to set Writelog to communicate with PstRotatorAz in the User Manual (Help / User manual), page 28.
>>> --- In mailto:PstRotator%40yahoogroups.com, "K0HB" <kzerohb at ...> wrote:
>>>> Please excuse questions from a FNG at the foot of the steep part of the learning curve. Just bought and registered PstRotatorAZ this afternoon.
>>>> My two logging programs are WriteLog for contesting and CommCat for general purpose logging.
>>>> My rotor is a Tailtwister, using Rotor-EZ from Idiom Press.
>>>> The documentation for PstRotator tells me that it will interface with (for example) Writelog.
>>>> Now WriteLog already can run my Rotor-EZ (just press <alt-a> and WriteLog sends new bearing to Rotor-EZ.
>>>> I have other reasons for using PstRotatorAZ, but wondering what (if any) additional function does PstRotatorAZ throw into the mix beyond the native WriteLog capability?
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