[Trlog] TR-Log USB question

rt_clay at bellsouth.net rt_clay at bellsouth.net
Mon Jun 16 09:59:38 EDT 2008

Unfortunately TR4W has no support for SO2R...the main reason I still use TR. Any idea if the
developers are planning on adding two radio support?

With DOSEMU I was never able to get good CW output except at qrs speeds. But I haven't tried since getting a faster computer, maybe worth trying again.

I have had some luck recently running TR inside a virtual machine (Microsoft Virtual PC 2007,
host OS Windows XP 32 bit). The hardware virtualization on newer processors may be helping. There I am using FreeDOS as the virtual OS, 1 real com port, 1 USB/serial converter com port, and a parallel port. CW sounds quite good. One limitation though is that the Microsoft Virtual PC only has 2 serial ports on its virtual machine (ie 2 radios + packet would be impossible).

KVM under Linux may also  give similar results (supports hardware virtualization).

Finally, one comment to the original post: if it is an older laptop, check to see if you can just
run it directly from a 12V battery, instead of using any converters. For FD last year I used an old
Gateway Solo 5100 laptop, and found it would run just fine with 12V applied to wires soldered to
the laptop's battery terminals (old battery was junk). I put a diode to drop the voltage some, but that was probably not needed. This is much more efficient that using the laptop's AC converter and a 
battery/AC converter in series. 

 -------------- Original message from "Igor Sokolov" <ua9cdc at gmail.com>: --------------

> You may try Windows reincarnation of TRlog called TR4W. It is free and can 
> be downloaded here tr4w.qrz.ru
> It supports almost all the old TRlog commands and works with USB to serial 
> adapters. It also supports paddle and would look very familiar to TRlog 
> user.
> 73, Igor UA9CDC
> > I am thinking about operating QRP Field Day in 2009 out in the field, and
> > using TR-Log.
> >
> >
> > Since I don't want to use a generator, but I do want to use a computer, I
> > would like to know if it is possible to use
> >
> > TR-Log and key the rig thru a USB port.  And, is it possible to get high
> > quality paddle generated CW using a USB port?  I am willing to buy a
> > converter, if necessary, to get this to work, hopefully for less than 
> > $100.
> >
> >
> >
> > My current laptops have parallel ports, but they use about 50 watts.  That
> > won't work in the field unless I buy a 120 amp hour batter, which kind of
> > defeats the purpose.  So, I am thinking of buying a new laptop, but it 
> > looks
> > like these are hard to find if you want a parallel port.  The XO-1 "one
> > laptop per child" looks interesting for this purpose.
> >
> >
> >
> > I know this is probably in the archives "somewhere", but my three attempts
> > to find the answer came up dry.
> >
> >
> >
> > TIA.
> >
> >
> >   Scott W6CT
> >
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