Joe and everyone:
Thanks for the summary of what worked and didn’t last night. The bug in the
RR73 logic explains a lot.
Here are a few things I noticed:
Apart from our friend in Mexico, who simply made a mistake, I noticed a few
other instances of people transmitting on top of the Fox’s transmissions. I
suggest that we should assume this will happen, accidentally or otherwise.
Perhaps some method can be found to mitigate the effects. Perhaps it is
I had some trouble with the goalposts. In Hound mode, I suggest we might be
better off if moving the TX goalpost into a location where it probably
shouldn’t be resulted in a nag box warning. I know I fumbled this a few times.
I keep in mind that when working a rare DX, it is easy to get excited and make
What is the purpose of the Green goalpost in Hound mode? It can direct decodes
into the right window, but I didn’t pay much attention to that window. I was
interested in seeing what messages the Fox was sending, as a group. Would it
make more sense to simply turn the green goalpost off in Hound mode?
It hit a nasty bug by accident. The instructions suggest double clicking on
the Fox’s callsign to set the program’s parameters. It also says you can type
the information into the boxes. I used both methods at one time or another.
At one point I restarted the program and needed to reinit the Fox callsign,
etc. Deep into the fray, the Fox’s messages don’t have his callsign in them
very often (ever?). Carelessly, I double clicked his callsign in a “<fox>
<hound> <grid>” message that appeared in the left window. Bad things happened.
The <hound> callsign was put into the callsign box, the messages were
re-written to address the <hound>. These effects are understandable, and
reversible. But most significantly, the transmit phase was reversed. I found
myself transmitting when Fox was transmitting. Since the “phase” control is
dimmed in this mode, I wasn’t able to correct it. I had to stop the program
and restart. If I understand it correctly, Foxes and Hounds are assigned fixed
transmit slots. If that is the case, then double-clicking shouldn’t be able to
change that assignment.
I hope this helps.
Dave / NX6D
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