Wednesday, February 5, 2020

How to Connect RCForb and N1MM

How to Connect RcForb, N1MM and a Remote K3*

  • Start with the K3.  In the K3 Config Menu, set PTT-KEY to OFF-DTR.  Be sure to save the change.
  • In the RcForb Server under Options->Radio Config->PPT & CW Keying, enable "External CW" and select the same COMx port as used for the local K3, and select DTR.  In the example shown below, the RcForb server connects to the K3 via COM9.

  • Save and restart the RcForb server.
  • In the remote RcForb Client, under Virtual Devices, select an unused COMx port, in this example COM5, and set the slider to ON.  Restart RcForb Client to create the COMx port.

  • In N1MM, go to Config and under Port enter the COMx port you created in the RcForb Client.  Check CW/Other.  Click on Set.
  • In the pulldown set DTR to CW and RST to Always Off.
  • Disable all 4 items regarding PTT options.  That's it.  Okay out of all the dialog boxes.

  • When you use N1MM with RcForb, always start the RcForb Client first.  The RcForb Client creates the virtual COMx port use by N1MM.  RcForb creates this port every time it starts and removes it when you close the RcForb Client.  It is NOT persistent.
  • When using CW on the K3 be sure VOX is on.
  • Good DX and Contesting!

*A very special thank you to Roger, W8JR, at RemoteHams.   This post would NOT have been possible without his help.  Thank you Roger. 

W4BXI Operating 21st Century Position

Friday, January 17, 2020

220' Dipole 300 Ohm Feedline Reattached and 450 Ohm Reinforced

300 Ohm 220' Dipole Balanced Line at the Top of the Picture

450 Ohm Loop Balanced Line in the Bottom of the Picture

450 ohm balanced line now secured with 
two UV resistant cable ties.

300 Ohm balanced line secured with 
heavy duty UV resistant cable tie.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Virtual Cable Connections within the RCForb PC

RCForb Server PC Device Manager

 RCForb Audio Links

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

RCForb and N1MM

Connecting RCForb to N1MM for the 
Elecraft K3

RemoteHams RCForb remote client can communicate with N1MM Contest Logger.  You MUST however be using RCFforb version 9.x  The following steps configure RCForb and N1MM to provide this functionality when the remote radio is an Elecraft K3.  

In the RCForb client, click on the link to Virtual Devices.

Within Virtual Devices, click on the Virtual K3 COM pulldown and select an unused COMx port.  In this example, I've select COM3.  Then toggle the OFF slider to ON.  You will need to restart RCForb after making this selection.

Start N1MM and select Config from the main menu.

Within Config, select Configure Ports, Mode, ...

Within the Configurer dialog box, click on the first Port pulldown and select the COM port you chose in RCForb.

Now select radio Elecraft K3 and check CW/Other

Now click on  Set.  The following dialog box will appear.  Set each of the parameters as shown below.  Now click OK.

That's it!  N1MM is now connected to you RCForb Client.  
N1MM will track frequency and mode.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

Deerfield WiFi

The following nine images are the WiFi signals seen in the hall outside W4BXI apartment.

The following three images are WiFi signals as seen in the Guest Area of the 2nd Floor Community Center

Friday, November 1, 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Using POE

AP using POE

Media Cabinet with POE Injector

POE Injector

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Friday, September 6, 2019

Botanical Choke Uninstalled

New configuration should be good until next year.  

Beginning to plan the replacement of all coaxial feed lines and the 
possible addition of a second balun box.