KLog 0.9.2.3 now in Japanese and with an icon

I am happy to announce the 0.9.2.3 release.
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This is not the biggest release of KLog but it brings some new things, like the KLog’s new icon and the Japanese translation!

In this release I want to specially thank JL3OXR who has added he Japanese translation as well as reported and fix several bugs. (Thanks!)

Below, I am showing the changelog for this release.icon_512x512

January 2016 – 0.9.2.3
– Improved the way translations are managed (Specially in Linux).
– Icon application is now shown in OSX & Windows.
– New translation: Japanese by JL3OXR (Thank you!).
– Bugfix: Some strings where not defined to be translated (TNX JL3OXR).
– Bugfix: Some tips in the UI where not correctly placed (TNX JL3OXR).
– Bugfix: QSOs in JT9 were not properly imported from ADIF (TNX EA3XQ).
– Bugfix: Logfiles with the in the first line, following some test were not properly imported.

Today, KLog is translated into Spanish, English, Catalan and Japanese.

If you can help coding, with bug fix, bug reports, translating into another language or writing documentation, please contact me, I will welcome you to the KLog team!

Please join the lists, write a review in eHam or simply enjoy KLog, the Linux, OSX & Windows free hamradio logging software!

KLog 0.9.2.2 – Translations are working

This minor release of KLog is bringing some major-release items althought it was originally though as a minor / bugfix release.

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One important point of this KLog version is that translations seems to be properly working now and we are bringing one additional language thanks to the great help of EA3NM who translated into Catalan. (Thank you Luis!).

KLog is now able to import Aether ADIF logs…

I will not use so much words explaining this version… as you can look the Changelog file:

November-2015 – 0.9.2.2
– Translations are now working properly in Windows & OSX.
– New translation: Catalan by EA3NM (Thank you!).
– Ported from Qt4 to Qt5.
– BugFix: Aether ADIF files could not be properly imported. (TNX AA5VU).
– BugFix: QSOs where not properly shown in the search box.
– BugFix: When started for the first time, no modes were shown as default.
– BugFix: CTY.CSV was not properly updated.
– BugFix: When upgrading the mode information in database some modes where not properly updated.
– GUI: Changed the year to show the full number to avoid problems with old QSO.
– Import ADIF functionality is improved to support importing of logs with some missing data.
– Removed the Spot button until its functionality is implemented.

Today, KLog is translated into Spanish, English & Catalan. If you can help me translating into another language, please contact me.

Enjoy KLog, the Linux, OSX & Windows free hamradio logging software.

KLog 0.9.2.1: Quick bugfix

I have decided to implement a test-plan to do some specific tests before deploying any version.

I always do some tests before I deploy a new version of KLog but not on a sistematic approach, not always the same tests and it may happen (as this time) that I forget to test important functions of KLog.

Because of that, KLog 0.9.2 had an important bug that it is already fixed. KLog was not peoperly saving the band & mode information of new QSOs.

Please update KLog as soon as possible and sorry for the inconvenience O:-)

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KLog 0.9.2 comes with some new features

This new release of KLog comes with some new features. There is no “Killer” feature but it adds some new things… and some of them are not known for me in any other logging software today.

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  • KLog now support realtime upload/edition/removal of QSO with ClubLog.
  • KLog cluster client warns you if the spot you are seeing is a needed one for the DXMarathon edition of this year, so you can easily increase your DX-Marathon score!
  • The autocomplete option is now working so if you have previously worked a station, KLog will suggest you some data coming from previous QSO.

This is the Changelog this time, you will see it is a long one:

August-2015 – 0.9.2
– Bugfix: An ADIF file with one blank line and one QSO used to froze KLog.
– Bugfix: Minor bugfix in the definition of propagation modes.
– BugFix: When editing a QSO the name was not shown.
– BugFix: STX_String field was not always imported properly.
– BugFix: Fixed a minor bug in log table regarding the prop_mode foreign key.
– BugFix: Improved the color & status shown of a QSO on the DXCC.
– BugFix: DXCluster: Fixed a bug that caused the colors to appear always as new one.
– BugFix: DXCluster: The option to show only not confirmed was not working correcty.
– BugFix: IOTA reference was not saved when entering a QSO.
– BugFix: BIGCTY.DAT was not properly download in KLog first start.
– GUI: Added some shortcuts in the preference widget.
– GUI: DXCluster: Add a suggestion to hit enter if no password is expected for the cluster. (tnx AA5VI)
– GUI: DXCluster: Warns you if the spot is needed for the current year DX-Marathon
– GUI: Added a Propagation Mode Combobox.
– GUI: Prop_Mode combobox automatically goes to SAT if sat name or sat mode are defined.
– GUI: Added a Find DX-QSL requested option.
– Added the 630M & 13CM bands.
– Updated Mode & submode definition up to ADIF 3.0.4.
– Special CQ & ITU zones in some calls are now identified.
– KLog is able to import QSOs with no BAND field if FREQ field is present.
– KLog offers the user a default value if RST_TX or RST_RX field is not present when importing.
– Support of realtime upload, modification & removal of a single QSO to/from ClubLog.org.
– Updated the DB with the PROP_MODE options.
– Improved the way KLog manages & shows the bands & modes.
– Removed the option to choose to run in memory or file in the start wizard. KLog will run always using a file for the DB.
– Added an auto complete option to auto-complete info (QTH, Locator, Name, QSL Manager & IOTA) from previously worked QSO.
– Cleared the world.cpp file.
– Some minor performance improvements.

Today, KLog is translated into Spanish & English. If you can help me translating into another language or coding KLog please contact me I will welcome you in the KLog team!

Enjoy KLog, the Linux, OSX & Windows free hamradio logging software.

KLog 0.9.1.1: Quick bugfix

As other times… Murphy arrives and just after the release I have found a small bug.

So, as I had my computer still on, I fixed it and released again.

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The bug was only afecting satellite QSO and it is now fixed.

KLog 0.9.1: Managing several logs

Managing several logs is the main new feature of this release of KLog.

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KLog can manage several logs at once an the user may add/edit/delete different logs. I.e one per contest or DX expeditions, years, … different calls, …

I have also made the ADIF compatible with LOTW when including satellite QSO and a minor improvement on DX-Marathon support.

This is the Changelog this time:

April-2015 – 0.9.1
– Bugfix: Fixed DataBase::getBandIdFromFreq it was not ansswering properly.
– Now checks if band & frequency are coherent before adding a QSO. Band wins.
– All Satellite QSO include the PROP_MODE ADIF tag to make it compatible with LOTW.
– Improved the DXMarathon code.
– GUI: Added basic Satellite support.
– GUI: It is possible to mark a QSL sent via bureau/direct & DX QSL as requested with one action from Search box.
– GUI: KLog request a valid QRZ and at least one first logtype to start using it.
– KLog supports the management of several logs, being possible to edit, remove and select the one to use.

Today, KLog is translated into Spanish & English. If you can help me translating into another language, please contact me.

 

Enjoy KLog, the Linux, OSX & Windows free hamradio logging software.

Otro satélite meteorológico: Meteor M2

Hoy he conseguido decodificar por primera vez una fografía del Meteor M2, otro satélite meteorológico, METEOR M2 2015esta vez ruso, a diferencia de los NOAA americanos.

El Meteor M2 fue lanzado en julio de 2014 así que es mucho más moderno que los NOAA que he recibido algunas veces y eso se nota en la definición de las fotografías que se pueden recibir de estos satélites.

El procedimiento de recepción de imágenes de este satélite no es tan directo y sencillo como los NOAA de APT, pero tampoco es especialmente complejo.

Teneis el tutorial que yo he usado aqui: tutorial de recepción METEOR-M2.

Esta ha sido la primera fotografía que he recibido y si pulsais en ella, podreis ver el detalle que ofrece. La foto está capturada en la mañana del día 2015-04-12.

Es interesante ver la nieve sobre los Alpes o los Pirineos.

El equipo utilizado es el siguiente:

  • X-Quad antena VHF.
  • SDR RTL comprado en eBay.
  • El software especificado en el tutorial del que hablaba antes.
  • Ordenador con MS-Windows.

APT = Automatic Picture Transmission (Satélites meteorológicos)

Esta vez APT no tiene nada que ver con seguridad informática (APT = Advanced Persistent Threat) sino de nuevo, con radioafición y satélites.

Aprovechando un día de vacaciones me he entretenido en cambiarle el conector a mi SDR RTL y ponerle un pigtail con un SMA, de forma que pudiera, con un adaptador, conectarle a través de un PL 259 a mis antenas de satélite.

El objetivo, poder decodificar las imágenes del satélite METEOR M2, un satélite meteorológico ruso con el que nunca he jugado hasta ahora y que fue lanzado al espacio en junio de 2014.

El cambio de conector muy sencillo, un chorro de aire caliente con el soldador de unos segundos y 2-3 minutos más para soldar el pigtail y el receptor está actualizado.

La recepción del satélite requiere que este pase por encima de nosotros para poderlo escuchar… así que con GPredict, como he mostrado otras veces, se pueden calcular los pases.

Para probar que todo iba bien, antes de apuntar al METEOR M2, he querido probar con uno de los satélites meteorológicos clásicos, con los que ya tenía experiencia, para asegurarme de que todo iba bien y que por suerte, tenía un pase muy pronto.

Gracias a WXtoImg he podido decodificar la siguiente imagen:

Es una imagen con una calidad media, sobretodo en la parte sur, pero hay que tener en cuenta que la he grabado directamente a través del micro del ordenador… mientras con el GQrx recibía las señales del satélite y las reproducía a través del altavoz… así que entre el ruido ambiental y las propias condiciones de recepción de una imagen de este tipo, este ha sido el resultado. He reducido el tamaño de la foto para ahorrar espacio, así que la original tiene algo más de definición.

20150306 NOAA-15 wxtoimg

 

Como me gusta indicar el equipo que uso cuando publico una cosa de estas, paso a detallar el equipo utilizado:

  • X-Quad VHF antenna (the big one in the photo) :-)
  • SDR RTL comprado en eBay.
  • GQrx para la recepción de las señales.
  • WXtoImg para la decodificación de las imágenes.
  • Ordenador MacBook con OSX.

Siguiente paso, recibir las imágenes del METEOR M2.

Montando un Kit de Software Defined Radio

[Este apunte lo tenía escrito, como borrador desde hace unos meses]

Hace tiempo que perseguía la web de KB9YIG con la esperanza de comprar un Kit de SDR. Salen de vez en cuando 10-30 unidades y a las pocas horas, días como mucho, se agotan así que hay que estar atento.

Un anuncio en el foro de URE me dió la alerta y conseguí un “SoftRock RXTX Ensemble Transceiver Kit”: Un transceptor de 1W, que puedes montar para que funcione en un conjunto de bandas de HF: 160m, 80m/40m, 40m/30m/20m, 30m/20m/17m or 15m/12m/10m.

Así que tras unos días de espera (unos 10-15) me llegaron dos sobres con los componentes, la placa de circuito impreso, los conectores, …

Hay unas instrucciones de montaje en la web de WB5RVZ que son bastante sencillas de seguir.

El kit se monta por bloques que se van probando antes de pasar al siguiente.

Ensemble RXTX

La mayoría de los componentes son componentes discretos, convencionales aunque también hay algunos componentes de montaje superficial: condensadores y circuitos integrados.

Para los SMD necesitas un poco más de experiencia con el soldador ya que algunos son especialmente pequeños; hay que tener una buena punta en el soldador y buen pulso!!

Además, hay que cablear bobinas y transformadores así que hay un poco de todo.

En resumen, un buen kit, de momento el montaje es entretenido y va funcionando aunque aun no he llegado ni a la mitad!

Un puzzle recomendado para los aficionados a la electrónica.

AO-73 satelllite Telemetry

Today I have used the latest AO-73 satellite pass to try to receive the telemetry is always broadcasting.

The equipment used today was the following:Satellite antennas

It is quite easy to receive the sounds from the space with this equipment…. I will try to receive it with less equipment and maybe a vertical antenna during next passes :-)

The result has been quite good as I have been able to read the data from the satellite and during the pass.
Data has been updated 2-5 times, being able, for example, to see how the temperature of the power amplifier was raising from 14 to close to 17 degrees, maybe because the transverter being used by several hamradio operators that were making many QSO at the same time.

The telemetry was received around 145.935 (+- doppler effect) BPSK.

This is how the Funcube-1 dashboard looks like with my received data:

AO-73 telemetry

It’s been a really interesting experiment!