Posts Tagged ‘Software’
- N1MM+ my contesting program
- WSJT-X my digi program
- JTDX my digi program I am testing out to see if I like it over WSJT-X
- Amateur contact log my logging program and sometime contest program
- WSJT-X JTAlert
- Win4icom my Icom 7610 radio control program
- Win4K3 my Elecraft KX3 radio control program
After I had finished with all that excitement it was then time to do a Windows update (running windows 7 64 bit pro), virus software which is Bitedefender and malware software which is Malwarebytes.
The first program I tackled was N1MM+ contest program and this was one program I have updated many times in the past without issue. I thought this would be a nice place to start off the whole process. I had everything updated and install. When I started the program I was greeted with the message below on my PC.
I then moved onto Win4icom radio control program for it's latest and greatest! All downloaded just fine and then when I started the program all was well and it connected with my rig no problem. I then tried to connect my logging program and Win4icom was not able to connect to it. I then went to the settings page of Win4icom and was greeted with the message below:
My next task was to upgrade WSJT-X to the latest and greatest 2.1.0 rc7 and once done and I started it for the first time I was greeted with the message below:
To keep track of my ports, order of program start up and some common problem fixes I have post it notes on the PC desktop.
Elecraft KX3. WSJT-X JTAlert was the smoothest off all the programs to update. The windows updates, malware update and scan and the bitedefender scan went off without a hitch. I was going to type that I was "all set to go" BUT software can be a funny thing and so I am just going to just leave to a warm fuzzy feeling inside and that's it.
I just received some good news from Mike, WA9PIE. He writes in an email:
The first release of Ham Radio Deluxe for 2018 (Ham Radio Deluxe version 18.104.22.1684) is now available for download. Please download it from the Download pages on our website at:
This release includes a number of important changes including the addition of the Icom IC-7610, resolves a Logbook exit problem, resolves “sort on LOTW date”, API for QSO Forwarding now populates Logbook with My Station data, a number of fixes for the Kenwood TS-480, applications remember screen position, enable CI-V address to be entered directly, and a number of stability enhancements.
The full release notes can be found here:
I would like to acknowledge and thank Mike Blaszczak (K7ZCZ) and our beta team on their hard work in getting this release out.
All those who have purchased Ham Radio Deluxe at any time in the past should download and install this version in order to benefit from all bug fixes. You are entitled to them. Our clients who are covered by an active Software Maintenance and Support period are entitled to Feature Enhancements.
As announced previously, we expect to release as many as 9 releases in 2018. There will be no releases between 1-Nov and 1-Jan. We continue to focus on reducing our development backlog with five developers dedicated to all applications in the suite.
Please watch these newsletters for updates. Pass these updates along to your friends. Newsletters will also be posted on our website’s blog at:
Thank you es 73 de Mike, WA9PIE
HRD Software, LLC
The brouhaha du jour in amateur radio is the Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) blacklisting scandal, for lack of a better term. For those who haven’t read about this, you can get details over on Reddit here, here, and here. The TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read) version of this is that HRD has been blacklisting customers who wrote negative reviews of their software. The blacklisting manifested itself as denied support or disabled software. As if that wasn’t enough, there are nasty tweets, threats of lawsuits, other bad stories about customer support, and even an excuse that the lack of judgement was caused by a prime employee suffering from diabetes and misadjusted prescriptions. I’m not going to rehash the whole drama as you can follow the various links to get the lowdown. (The one ham site that goes by three letters has 60 pages and counting of crowdbashing, and for once, rightfully so).
While the HRD allegations are pretty heinous, this sort of bad behavior in the amateur radio software world isn’t new or unique. I’ve experienced it from various individuals and camps. I encountered a freeware logging software forum with a toxic culture where people openly and privately ridiculed others seeking support, and the software author condoned the culture with his silence. Another freeware software suite has an openly arrogant software creator, with an ego the size of the moon. He claimed his development process was essentially infallible, despite his user interface having flaws that a novice software development student could easily identify. A freeware contest logging development team refused to give me any assistance in the workings of a protocol their software supports. I was told I should go buy a commercial device that supported the protocol rather than attempting to write code to emulate it, because the device was cheap and they didn’t support homebrew endeavors.
For some reason, too many amateur radio software authors think offering free software to the community affords them the privilege of being arrogant to users. How this apparent culture was created within a company profiting financially from sale and support of software, like HRD, is puzzling. However, the HRD story illustrates in spades the problem of “free-as-in-beer” software. HRD was originally offered by its creator as freeware. Several years ago the source code was purchased by a commercial interest and it’s been commercially licensed software ever since. If the project would have been open sourced rather than sold, support and development of the product would not have been dependent on one entity. While freeware authors appear to be benefitting the amateur radio community, in the long term their refusal to open source their creations is detrimental to amateur radio as the community is left with software that gets sold, unsupported, or at the mercy of the whims or incompetencies of a single party.
This article was originally posted on Radio Artisan.