Digital Setup Quick Steps

Introduction

The following are just the essential steps for interfacing some of the popular digital software directly with my programs via API. It is written with both my contesting software and Amateur Contact Log in mind, for versions released after August 2016 (AC Log 5.7 and later).

This page is intended as a very basic, quick start guide. These programs are written by other authors and have their own support groups. Most authors have more detailed help documentation for interfacing with my programs, so please read their help files for complete details.

I am not an expert on these programs and I am not in a position to provide support for other folk's software. If you need help using, programming macros, setting sound card levels and other functionality of the respective programs, please consult the digital author's documentation or post to their users support group.


Configuring N3FJP Software:

Regardless of which digital program you plan to use, the first step will always be to start the N3FJP Software program you want to connect to before starting the connecting program. From N3FJP Software's menu options click Settings > Application Program Interface and check the upper check box that says TCP API Enabled (Server). Leave the lower check box unchecked. The API setup form should look like this:



If you are using the connected program to perform rig interface, from the N3FJP program menu options click Settings > Rig Interface and select None from the rig list.

If you are using rig interface from my software, to only have N3FJP Software respond to mode updates sent from the connected program, click Settings > Rig Interface. Under the Mode By options, select Don't Use. Also, check the check box that says "Don't send mode change with frequency".

Those are the only steps required in N3FJP Software. Everything else is handled by the connecting program. Connecting programs documented on this page include Digital Engine, Fldigi, JT Alert, PSK Express, and W4ELP Lookup.



Digital Engine by Jeff, N7YG



Download Link: http://n7yg.net/software/n7yg-digital-engine

User's Guide: http://n7yg.net/pskexpress/N7YG%20Digital%20Engine%20Users%20Guide.pdf

Support: https://groups.io/g/pskexpress

Comments: Probably the easiest to configure, this program was specifically designed by N7YG to function as a companion to the suite of N3FJP software. It provides a simple digital interface with a floating waterfall, so you can configure Digital Engine in a variety of ways that require very little screen space. The Digital Engine detects which N3FJP program it is connected to and configures automatically.

Note that the waterfall is a little tricky to move. Sometimes it continues to follow your mouse after you stop dragging. Just click again to disconnect.

Setup:

- From the menu options in Digital Engine click Logger Selection and select N3FJP. The name of the N3FJP Software program you are connected to will appear in the title bar and frequency will appear below if you have rig interface enabled.

- Configure macros, or press Ctrl T to transmit and Ctrl R to receive.

- For RTTY contests, Select RTTY from the waterfall

- Can be customized to fit on one screen

To send a value to N3FJP Software:

- Left click the text in the decode window and select the field

- Click Log contact to log.

Typical logging sequence for CQ WW RTTY:

A. Left click on a Call in the decode window and click send to call sign. Default CQ zone and RST values appear immediately in CQ WW RTTY.

B. If working a US or Canada station, left click on the State / Province and click send to State / Province.

C. Click Log Contact



Fldigi by Dave, W1HKJ



Download Link: https://sourceforge.net/projects/fldigi/files/fldigi/

User's Guide: https://sourceforge.net/projects/fldigi/files/fldigi/fldigi-help.pdf/download (Interfacing with N3FJP Software begins on page 135).

Support Windows: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/win-fldigi/info

Support Linux: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/linuxham/info

Fldigi-N3FJP Beta Test Group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Fldigi-N3FJP/info (This group is specifically for beta testing and API development. It is not intended for support)

Comments: Fldigi is excellent, widely used digital software that supports many digital modes.

Note that while some applications send each field value to N3FJP as you select them from the decode window, Fldigi only sends the call in advance, so don't expect to immediately see the other exchange values in N3FJP Software. When you click Fldigi's Save button, the rest of the fields in N3FJP Software will fill and save.

Setup: (these are the very basics. Dave has LOTS more documentation in his Users Guide)

- Click Configure > N3FJP Logs

- Unless you are connecting to a different PC, just leave the defaults and click Connect as shown.



- If N3FJP Software is connected to your rig for rig control, click Configure > Rig Control and make sure the option to use Flrig is NOT checked.

- If you are going to operate a contest, click Configure > Contest and select the contest, such as CQ WW RTTY or Generic for ARRL RTTY.

- Click Configure > UI > Log > QSO and enable the RST defaults (check the box that says "RST always 599/59"). That way you won't have to take the time to capture the RST values during the QSO.



- Click Op Mode > RTTY to set up for CQ WW RTTY

- Configure macros.

To send a value from Fldigi to N3FJP Software:

- Right click the value in the decode window and then select the field. Only the Call field is sent immediately. The rest are held in Fldigi's queue and displayed in Fldigi until save is clicked.

- Clicking the Save button (button with blue down arrow) will write the values to N3FJP and save the contact.

Typical logging sequence for CQ WW RTTY:

A. Right click on a Call in the decode window and click call.

B. Right click on the CQ zone and click CQ Zone.

C. If working a US or Canada station, Right click on the State / Province and click CQ State.

D. Click button with the blue down arrow to log the contact

E. Then click the yellow brush in Fldigi to clear the existing values in the Fldigi software.



JT Alert by Laurie, VK3AMA

Download Link: http://hamapps.com/

Support: http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/HamApps

Comments: Digital bridge software emphasizing JT modes.

Setup:

- From the menu options in JT Alert click Settings > Scan Log and Update.

- Click the plus by Logging.

- Select AC Log.

- Click the check box for Enable AC Log Logging.



When you log the contact in the connected program, it will also log in AC Log.



PSK Express by Jeff, N7YG



Download Link: http://n7yg.net/software/psk-express

Support: https://groups.io/g/pskexpress

Comments: A full featured digital program that supports a variety of digital modes including RTTY. Like the Digital Engine, PSK Express detects which N3FJP program it is connected to and configures automatically. Also note that while Digital Engine uses Left clicks, PSK Express uses Right clicks.

Note that with regards to interfacing with my software, PSK Express and Digital Engine function very similarly, but PSK Express can't be sized down as much as the Digital Engine and the waterfall isn't a separate window. If you only have one monitor, the Digital Engine may be the better choice.

Setup:

- From the menu options click N3FJP > Setup > Enable Interface. If successful, the name of the program and current frequency will display on the main form.

- Configure macros, or press F4 to transmit and F5 to receive.

- For CQ WW RTTY, Select RTTY from the Mode drop down (under the Windows menu option near the top)

To send a value to N3FJP Software:

- Right click the text in the decode window and select the field

- Click Log contact to log.

Typical logging sequence for CQ WW RTTY:

A. Right click on a Call in the decode window and click send to call sign. Default CQ zone and RST values appear immediately in CQ WW RTTY.

B. If working a US or Canada station, right click on the State / Province and click send to State / Province.

C. Click Log Contact



W4ELP Lookup Bridge program by Ed, W4ELP for Ham Radio Deluxe / DM780



Download Link: Download Link: http://www.n8sdr.com/index.php/w4elp-lookup-utility

Or: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/W4ELP-Lookup/files/Program%20Files/

User's Guide: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/W4ELP-Lookup/files/Documentation/

Support: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/W4ELP-Lookup/info

Comments: The program, W4ELP Lookup, started as a set of keyboard shortcuts to make DM780 more contest-friendly. The “bridge” to make DM780 work with N3FJP loggers was added in response to user requests.

The program works by continuously “reading” values in DM780 and copying them to N3FJP. When a contact is logged in DM780, it is also automatically logged in N3FJP. This is fully automatic, with all operator interaction taking place in DM780. Although designed for DM780, many functions work with HRD Logbook’s entry form as well. HRD Logbook remains fully functional.

Setup:

Download and install W4ELP Lookup. A setup screen appears on first use where the station call, lookup passwords and other information can be entered. Full user manual and documentation are included.

When any N3FJP logger is started, the program automatically goes into N3FJP mode. If the logger has not been used before, the program will do a brief “learning” routine to determine what fields are in the N3FJP logger and their order. This tells the program where to put callsign, name, band, etc. The information is saved to a file for use in future startups.

To send a value to N3FJP Software:

- Just enter it normally in DM780, by typing into the DM780 field or right-click a call in the RX screen. Information is immediately copied to N3FJP for all fields. To force a copy, hit the ALT key.

Typical logging sequence for CQ WW RTTY or any N3FJP logger:

A. Call sign - Right-click a call or type it into DM780 and hit TAB.

B. Contest Exchange – With a call already in the DM780 box, right-click the exchange in RX window or type it into the RCV EXCH box on DM780. For multi-part exchanges, right-click each part separately or type in with a space between each part. Example: 05 GA. The program automatically puts each part in the corresponding field in N3FJP.

C. Hit Numpad ENTER or F7 to log contact in both HRD and N3FJP. DM780’s macro also works.



Conclusion

As you can see, even covering just the most basic functions in the briefest way possible covers a lot of ground, so I really encourage you to read each developer's documentation, join their e-mail groups and seek support there as needed.

We have been working really hard the last few months on the interface features of our respective programs. There is a lot going on under the hood and we all realize that there are likely lots of opportunities for improvement that will come to light. We welcome your feedback and suggestions on the developer's respective e-mail groups!

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