[TenTec] List of Pan-Adapter Features

Rick - DJ0IP / NJ0IP Rick at DJ0IP.de
Fri Dec 26 06:46:57 EST 2014

TNX Barry

Dunno why I forgot the 2nd RX aspect of it, as I plan to use that feature
Just an oversight I guess.  I'll add it.

I'm sure you are familiar with the Band-Map but I will describe it in detail
here for those who are not:

I run Win-Test contest logging software but I assume N1MM is similar.
The Band-Map is fully integrated into the Win-Test software, so it is for

The Band-Map within the logging software is fed by telnet feed(s) and maps
onto whatever band I am on.
It maps vertically, so displayed call signs do not overlap each other like
they can on a crowded band when mapping onto a band scope.  As I turn the
VFO knob on the radio, the analog scale of the Band-Map advances with it.

More important is the type of information displayed:
>> stations already worked are displayed in italics and grayed out, so I
know not to call them again.
>> Single multipliers are represented in a different color than double

When I switch to a new band, after the Band-Map populates, I first click
rapidly across the band trying to work all the double multipliers.  Then I
go back and work all the single multipliers I can.  After that I scan the
band using the VFO, carefully listening, working all that I can.  Then I
change bands.

To work a station, I simply double-click on the call sign.
The selected call sign is automatically entered into my log, but it is not
logged unless I hit <ENTER>.  
You also must confirm the contest exchange yourself because sometimes the
software will enter the wrong zone, etc.  

The Band-Map provides is a wealth of information in an easy to use window.
You can adjust bandspread the display with the mouse wheel, so that there is
never any problem reading each and every call sign.

When you change bands, you do not instantly see this information.  It takes
a couple of minutes for the Band-Map to populate.  During that wait time, I
just work whomever I can.  


People who don't like using this method, don't have to, and they don't have
to compete with others who use it.  There are two different classes:
Assisted & Unassisted.

If you are a member of a club and your club is actively competing in the
club championship, then you need to use this in order to contribute as many
points as possible to your club's total score.

Hopefully now some of the guys will understand why I said seeing a simple
blip or a null (free spot) on a screen is not really much help.  I am
comparing that to the kind of information the Band-Map presents.  If you use
the Band-Map, there really isn't much advantage to also having a band scope.
It doesn't hurt to have the band scope, as long as you don't waste too much
time watching it.

For me, the band scope (Pan-Adapter) will be a fun thing to play with
'outside' of the contest.

73 - Rick, DJ0IP
(Nr. Frankfurt am Main)

-----Original Message-----
From: TenTec [mailto:tentec-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Barry N1EU
Sent: Friday, December 26, 2014 12:13 PM
To: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment
Subject: Re: [TenTec] List of Pan-Adapter Features

On Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 4:19 AM, Rick - DJ0IP / NJ0IP <Rick at dj0ip.de> wrote:

> Is this pretty much it, or are there more things one might do with a 
> Pan-Adapter?

Many of the panadapter programs (e.g. NaP3) will provide its own rx audio
output through the soundcard so essentially you have another receiver with
fully configurable dsp bandwidth (as wide/narrow as you like) , sync AM etc.
The rx audio derived is very high quality/fidelity (might be a nice
experiment with an Omni 6).

> When it maps the Telnet spots,
> does it interface with the contest logging software and show you the 
> multipliers, show you which ones you have worked already, and 
> automatically enter the call sign into the log when you double click 
> it?  (In other words, can it do all the things the bandmap can do?)  
> If so, which contest logging software does it run with?  N1MM?  
> Win-Test?  Other?

The short answer is no.  The ONLY software that will map Telnet spots on the
bandscope is NaP3 and you must use its built-in Telnet client to connect
independently to a remote node or a local node (which could be skimmer or an
aggregator that merges skimmer with a remote node).  Its display will be

73, Barry N1EU
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