SWISSLOG implements a simple transceiver control to automatically read frequency and mode and allows you to tune to a DX station. You can configure up to 4 different transceivers and switch between them easily.
This section contains information about
Select Option ¦ Transceiver Interface > Transceiver 1 from the main menu (repeat for transceiver 2, 3 and 4 when needed). The following dialog is displayed:
Transceiver: list of the supported transceivers. Select yours from this list.
Name: set a comprehensive and short name to this transceiver (model is suggested). This name will be used as hint to help switching when using more than 1 transceiver.
Swisslog also interfaces with TRX control programs. The programs currently supported are:
OmniRig by VE3NEA
OmniRig is a FREEWARE program and can be downloaded from:
OmniRig V2 by HB9RYZ
OmniRig V2.1 is an enhanced FREEWARE version of OmniRig implementing extra features such as support for 4 Rigs or minimum polling interval of 20ms. Program can be downloaded from:
DX Lab Commander
DX Lab Commander is a FREEWARE program and can be downloaded from:
FLRIG by W1HKJ
FLRIG is a FREEWARE program and can be downloaded from:
TRX-Manager by F6DEX
TRX-Manager is a commercial program and can be ordered from:
Ham Radio Deluxe
Ham Radio Deluxe is a commercial program and can be ordered from:
TCI (Transceiver Control Interface) by Expert Electronics:
Smart SDR by Flex Radio:https://www.flexradio.com
Start automatically: If this field is checked SWISSLOG tries to start the Transceiver interfaced at start up. If it is not set you must select this dialog and press Start to start the Interface.
You can also set QRG/Mode on the TX from this control window:
- QRG: type the QRG in Hz format without dots and press Enter.
- Mode: select the TX mode from the dropdown list or type mode and press Enter.
You can customize and change the background and text colors of the QRG / Mode fields. Right click on the toolbar and select Colors in the pop-up menu:
IMPORTANT: When you have configured more than one transceiver, you will see the number of the currently selected transceiver on the left side of the QRG. User can easily switch from transceiver 1 to 4 in sequence by clicking on the transceiver number. Place your mouse pointer over the transceiver number to display a hint with the name assigned to the current transceiver and the name of the next transceiver. User can also change the background and text color of the transceiver number in the Colors option.
A button is available to start/stop transceiver control. Green means the transceiver control is started. Red means it's stopped.
Switch ON transceiver at startup / Shutdown transceiver at exit: when these options are available, user can select to make transceiver powered on when the transceiver control is starting and/or powered off when closing Swisslog. Not all transceivers support this feature. Refer to the CAT commands section in the instruction manual. For Yaesu and Kenwood check if the PS command is supported. For ICOM, check if $18 command is supported. Some models (such as IC-7600 or IC-7700) need to upgrade to the latest firmware to support this command. In order to make it work, it's mandatory to change the "Shutdown function" to "Stanbyby/shutdown" in the transceiver menu.
Time between two TX-QRG queries in 1/10 seconds: Some TX do not send information when the QRG or the Mode is changed. Therefore SWISSLOG must periodically read these information. This interval defines the time between two reads. NOTE FOR ICOM: If CI-V Transceive parameter on your radio is ON, set 0 here to disable polling the transceiver. Set any value higher than 0 ONLY if the CI-V Transceive parameter is OFF.
Communication Port Button: press this button to select the Com-Port and set the speed an other options.
Start: press this button to start the communication with the TX.
Stop: press this button to stop the communication with the TX.
Transverter offset: if using a transverter, set here the offset frequency in Hertz. Examples:
In a 144/28 MHz transverter you have to set an offset of 144MHz - 28MHz = 116MHz = 116000000
In a 1296/432 MHz transverter you have to set an offset of 1296MHz - 432MHz = 864MHz = 864000000
ICOM TX-Address: ICOM TX - Address in hexadecimal (2 digits). If you don't know the Address SWISSLOG will search for it. If you have more than one radio connected you should enter the address you want to control.
Scan for TX Address: uncheck this box if SWISSLOG should not scan for the address if the one you entered is correct.
OmniRig V2: check this option if you have installed OmniRig V2 and you want to use its extra functions.
CW is LSB: check this box if your transceiver uses LSB for CW. You will note this if Swisslog reads CW-R when your transceiver is in CW (and viceversa). Swisslog will keep the different settings in this option for Rig1 and Rig2 (Rig1-4 in OmniRig V2).
RTTY is LSB: check this box if your transceiver uses LSB for RTTY. You will note this if Swisslog reads RTTY-R when your transceiver is in RTTY (and viceversa). Swisslog will keep the different settings in this option for Rig1 and Rig2 (Rig1-4 in OmniRig V2).
Port: Default value: 12345. There is no need to change it unless you want to use multiple instances of FLRIG. You must set different XMLRPC ports for every instance of FLRIG in Config > Setup > Transceiver > Server. Example: 12346, 12347, etc.
Program name field accepts command line switches, needed to use multiple instances of FLRIG. Example: C:\Program Files (x86)\flrig\flrig.exe --config-dir c:\Users\Jordi\flrig.files\TS-480 IMPORTANT: Do not use quote marks!
IP Address: Default value: 127.0.0.1.
Port: Default value: 40001. Must match with the port defined in ExpertSDR2 software: Go to Options / TCI to enable TCI and check the port number:
When using TCI, all displayed DX messages on every Band Map function will be sent to the Panorama in your SDR. The font color of every DX message in your SDR will match with the background color selected to identify the statistic status (Confirmed, Worked, Need, New or Not Needed). You can disable this feature in the Options menu of every band map.
Swisslog offers 2 options for these transceivers:
FlexRadio 6xxx: this is the best option for FlexRadio 6 series if you connect it in your local network (this option won't work for remote connections via internet). This option uses the FlexRadio Ethernet API which offers wide possibilities such as displaying DX messages from Swisslog into the Panadapter of your SDR (see below).
FlexRadio CAT TCP: Select this option if you have a FlexRadio from 3 or 5 series (local or remote) or if you want to use a FlexRadio 6 series remotely via internet.
IP Address: Specify here the IP address of your Flex Radio. Check this value in Settings / Network in Smart SDR. Some models allows you to set a Static IP address in the Advanced options. If available, use this option instead of using DHCP because IP address may change often. IMPORTANT: You can press the "Search IP automatically" button to allow Swisslog to search your local network if a Flex Radio is connected and detect automatically the IP address and model number. This function only works if Swisslog is running with elevated privileges (as administrador). Otherwise, assign it manually. IP detection may take from 1 second (connecting your Flex to your router) or up to 2 minutes if you connect it directly into your computer! Keep this in mind and simply wait and not abort!
When using Flex Radio, all displayed DX messages on every Band Map function will be sent to the Panadapter in your SDR. The font color of every DX message in your SDR will match with the background color selected to identify the statistic status (Confirmed, Worked, Need, New or Not Needed). You can disable this feature in the Options menu of every band map/WSJT-X / JTDX band map. These are the recommended Spot settings in Smart SDR:
User may decide how Swisslog will operate with your Flex Radio. There are 2 different modes of operation which can be selected in the transceiver control toolbar or the transceiver control window:
- Mode A: Swisslog will always follow VFO A. All tuning operations made from within Swisslog will be set on VFO A only.
- Mode S: Swisslog will always follow the active slice selected on Flex, whichever it is. All tuning operations made from within Swisslog will be set on the active slice only.
Click on the green letter beside the frequency in the transceiver toolbar or transceiver control windows to change mode of operation.
FlexRadio CAT TCP:
IP Address: Default value 127.0.0.1.
Port: you have to create a new port with SmartSDR CAT to be used exclusively by Swisslog (see the screenshot below). By default Swisslog suggests to use port 5005 but you can use any other whenever is not in use. SmartSDR CAT already creates by default a CAT TCP port in port 5002. You can use this port if it's not used by any other application (i.e: WSJT-X):
DDE Page: SWISSLOG provides a generic interface based on DDE. Some special TX-Control programs do use this feature. If you are using such a program, you should follow the instruction given by this program.
The TX-Interface is used in several SWISSLOG functions. This section gives you an overview. You may find more information in the detail descriptions of the functions.
QSO-Entry - Window
The QRG and Mode are automatically read from the TX when you are entering QSOs in real-time mode.
There are some options of the QSO-Entry window which control the behavior:
Do not set Mode based on TX. If set then the Mode is not taken from the TX.
Set Mode based on QRG. If set then the Mode is always calculated based on the QRG and the band plan. So the mode in SWISSLOG may different from the mode on the TX even when Do not set Mode based on TX is not set.
In the DX Window you can tune the Rig automatically to the QRG of an announced station and back to the previous QRG.
Double click on a spot if you want to tune the transceiver and turn the antenna to the announced DX Station.
Besides the TX control window in toolbar, SWISSLOG contains a small TX-Control window which allows you to set the QRG and Mode on the TX.
To activate it select View ¦ Transceiver - Interface
This displays the following small window:
You can manually enter the QRG or use the arrows to increase/decrease the QRG. When you press the Set button the QRG is set in the TX.
Press on one of the mode buttons to set the mode
If there is no mode button for the desired mode press the Other button and select it from the list which will be displayed.
You can customize and change the background and text colors of the QRG / Mode / fields. Right click on the control window and select Colors from the pop-up menu.
When you have configured more than one transceiver, you will see the number of current transceiver on the left side of the QRG. User can easily switch from transceiver 1 to 4 in sequence by clicking on the transceiver number. Place your mouse pointer over the transceiver number to display a hint with the name assigned to the current transceiver and the name of the next transceiver. User can also change the background and text color of the transceiver number in the Colors option.
Swisslog implements a customizable and resizeable S-Meter and Power Output function in View > S-Meter. This function currently supports the following transceiver options:
The following options and functions are available via the pop-up menu (right mouse button):
Standalone Window: usually the window can not be moved out of the mainframe of SWISSLOG. If this option is set then the Window can be moved anywhere. This is especially useful for PCs with multiple monitors.
Always On Top: This option is displayed and enabled by default only when window is set as standalone. Window will stay on top over all other windows of other programs all the time. Warning: If this option is unchecked, window can be hidden behind the main SWISSLOG window or even placed outside of the visible space. If you place it outside of the visible space (i.e. when you change the screen resolution) you can only bring it back by editing the SWISSLOG.INI file.
You can create very nice S-Meters! It all depends on your preferences and imagination! Here some samples (left sample is the default design):
Because I do not have all types of transceivers to test I sometimes need your assistance. Then I may ask you to switch on the trace function which is available in some transceivers. IMPORTANT: don't enable this function for normal operation.
To switch it on, check the trace checkbox in the TX-Option Dialog.
Press the Stop button
Press the Start button
The trace is now active. You can close the TX-Option Dialog. Now perform the operations with the TX which are needed to find trace the problem.
SWISSLOG displays a trace window. You can manually add comments into this window. This allows you to write a protocol of what you have done and the trace output is in sequence with your comments.
When you are done with it the traces must be saved.
Save the Trace Information:
Select Option ¦ Transceiver Interface from the main menu.
Press the Save to File button
Two files are saved in the directory where SWISSLOG.exe is located:
Please send me these files.
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Last modified: 13 dic. 2022