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Month: January 2021

Software radio interface now includes POWER button on W0ZSW

The POWER button on version 0.9x of RCForb software

The POWER button has been activated on the W0ZSW station interface in version 0.9x of the RCForb software. Please turn the IC-7300 power off when you are finished using the station.

The W0ZSW radio, an Icom IC-7300, supports power on/off while maintaining handshaking with the host PC, so we have added the optional POWER button to the client software interface.  Please use the POWER button to turn the radio on when you begin a session and off when you are finished.

WA0TDA recovered from Sunday morning outage

Mini-PC

Mini PC: Host computer for WA0TDA HF remote

The WA0TDA IC-7200 is back online following a multihour outage caused by Windows Update.   The update began in the background on the host PC, at first leaving the station accessible at login, but unresponsive to control.  I have seen this in the past and knew that the station would no longer work correctly without manually completing the pending update.  This is simple – just approve the update by selecting “update & restart” from the power button, then manually restarting the RCForb host software.

This was completed, and at first seemed to be okay, but after a few minutes of operation, the station lost connectivity due to ports closing on the network.  Killing and restarting the RCForb software fixed that, but all told the station was offline longer than expected.

Everything was working as of 10:00 AM CST.