[WriteLog] PK232 not initializing in clone window
tboerkamp at cogeco.ca
Sat Nov 10 15:32:40 EST 2012
Hello Steve....new update on my pk232 not initializing problem...a bit of
process has been made but not the way I had originally wanted.
I decided that since I might be having an issue with comport 1 that I would
try another comport to see if the pk232 would initialize.
What I did was use an Edgeport 4 port usb to serial adapter and I created
4 more comports labeled from com4 to com7. I connected the pk232 to com4
on the Edgeport and while using a laptop running win7, was able to receive
RTTY directly from com4 through the pk232. My initial problem had been
adding a clone receive window after using MMTTY as the main RTTY decoder.
So I connected the Edgeport up to the initial computer (windows XP) and
Opened writelog, opened MMTTY ok receiving RTTY ok, but when I tried again
To open a clone window, it failed to initialize AGAIN!!! Different comport,
going through USB to serial adapter and I still cant get it to initialize.
I decided to try N1MM software and this time, I had no problem opening and
decoding RTTY in both the main window (MMTTY) and a clone window (PK232).
All I changed was the comport and added the adapter and it fixed the problem
with one program but not the other. Writelog keeps telling me port not
available after it fails to initialize, which is wrong as com4 was a newly
added comport...its there all right!! I have changed the comport associated
with the PK232 from com1 to com4 and it makes no difference to Writelog.
I am stumped as to why. If I cant get it resolved, I will have to switch
over to N1MM for digital duties.
From: Stephen R. Veader [mailto:n4dxs at verizon.net]
Sent: November 9, 2012 8:43 AM
To: Ted Boerkamp
Subject: Re: [WriteLog] PK232 not initializing in clone window
I just hate to see these boxes die...
They have been so good to us over the years... I also have a DXP-38
that I love as well but face the same problem you are having with the
I has just got too convenient to use MMTTY and I've got good as setting
it up so that's what I'm using...
I am also using the Micro Keyer II which has an internal sound card made
for what we are doing... Once set up,
it has been a gem... I do need to learn how to use some of the AFSK
modes to really make is shine...
I do think it is worth trying the laptop, especially after what you are
saying about the port in use error...
Did you install any new software before the PK stopped working...?
Best of luck in getting the PK up and running... I'm almost tempted now
to get the USB kit for it and make the lady live for a while longer...
I think if I didn't have to deal with the comm port issues I might use
it more often...
If you do find a solution, please do post to the listserver, I'm sure
there are plenty out there that have gone through this and gave up...
Stay warm up there in the north...
Look for you this weekend if you get things working...
On 11/7/2012 5:29 PM, Ted Boerkamp wrote:
> Hi Steve....N1MM brings up another situation.....it also wont allow my
> into a clone window either....the error I get there is that comport 1 is
> being used by something else already and I cannot select it to tie to the
> 232. I have checked over the pc thoroughly and comport 1 is not being used
> by anything....I even looked for the "ghost" ports that can be hanging
> around....I have gone into task manager and played with that looking for
> anything that might use the comport to no avail....
> Comport 1 is the port I have used for my pk232 for years now and the
> software thinks it is still being used. Something has changed on my end as
> both of these programs worked fine before with the pk232....just before
> cqww rtty contest, they stopped working for me....I am pulling out what is
> left of my hair now....
> I will try a laptop with the writelog first in the next few days and get
> back to you....thanks for all your advice....
> Ted VE3SS
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stephen R. Veader [mailto:n4dxs at verizon.net]
> Sent: November 6, 2012 11:27 PM
> To: Ted Boerkamp
> Subject: Re: [WriteLog] PK232 not initializing in clone window
> The lap top would eliminate the software and possibly the PK...
> I would also ask if you are able to get the PK to work with N1MM on your
> current computer..?
> If the PK works with N1MM then it clearly says there may be a problem
> with the WriteLog software..
> On 11/6/2012 5:27 PM, Ted Boerkamp wrote:
>> Hi Steve.....thanks for the reply......are you implying that perhaps the
>> problem is with the software (writelog) on my computer??? I have a laptop
>> that I might be able to connect up to the pk232 to check.....or I could
>> try to re-install the writelog on the current ham computer. I just don't
>> understand what has changed...I have used this pk232 for a number of
>> now as a secondary decoder along with mmtty in writelog and N1MM and now
>> I get this initializing error......crazy!
>> Get back to me when you have a minute and thanks again....appreciate the
>> 73 Ted VE3SS
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Stephen R. Veader [mailto:n4dxs at verizon.net]
>> Sent: November 6, 2012 4:42 AM
>> To: Ted Boerkamp
>> Subject: Re: [WriteLog] PK232 not initializing in clone window
>> Anyone close up there in the north country that you could try it on
>> another computer or, do you know anyone close who is using a PK that
>> could let you try theirs on your computer... If you were close here I'd
>> let you try mine... Unfortunate for us it would be a bit of a drive...
>> Just a thought ...
>> Steve, N4DXS
>> On 11/2/2012 5:37 PM, Ted Boerkamp wrote:
>>> Hello all....I am still experiencing this issue whereby my pk232 will
>>> initialize while
>>> trying to open a clone receive window in writelog. My set up has worked
>>> for years until a few weeks ago. Now writelog tells me that intializing
>>> pk232 (in host mode)
>>> has failed. I have tried to manually put the pk232 into host mode but it
>>> doesnt make a
>>> difference to writelog. I have had people suggest my lithium battery may
>>> on the way out.
>>> I measured the voltage on it and it reads an even 3 volts ( dont know
>>> good one should read?).
>>> Where can I get a replacement for it?? Mine appears to be soldered in
>>> standing on edge between
>>> a couple of tabs that look like book ends. You cant just pop out the
>>> and squeeze another one in.
>>> Any other suggestions or ideas to try?? Can someone who writes the
>>> program tell me
>>> what the failure to intialize is actually trying to do or what its
>>> for before it fails!
>>> Thanks to all who have responded in the past. This is frustrating.
>>> Ted Boerkamp VE3SS
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