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OmniRig v2.0 with new Features

OmniRig v2.0 with new Features

I’m pleased to offer you my new ominiRig v2.0 development with the following new features:
- Supports now up to four RIGs
- You can name the tabs of your RIGs with your own text
- The minimum polling interval is now 20ms instead of 100ms
- The GUI of the main Window is bigger to see all your four RIG-Tabs

What is OmniRig v2.0?
More than one program can you control the transceiver via OmniRig at the same time. In a typical scenario, the user will have a logger (e.g. Log4OM), a SDR receiver as panadapter (e.g. SDRPlay with SDR Radio v3.0), a remote SDR Receiver such as ColibriDDC (e.g. ExpertSDR2 Client software), and a digital mode software for FT8 (e.g. WSJT-X) running on his system. All these programs will know the current frequency, mode and all other rig parameters, and will be able to change them. The only requirement is that all programs use the OmniRig v2.0 component. Programs that use their own code to control the rig, require exclusive access to the communications port, and are incompatible with OmniRig v2.0. OmniRig v2.0 can control up to four transceivers or receivers if they are connected to different COM ports. Rig types are not hard-coded in OmniRig v2.0. On start-up, the component reads the rig description files from the Rigs\ sub-directory and supports all rigs for which a command set is defined. If your rig is not supported yet, create your own rig description file (and share it with other Omni-Rig users).

Development
OmniRig v2.0 update is for free - developed by Stephan Andratsch, sponsored by HB9RYZ
Thanks to Alex Shovkoplyas (VE3NEA), who developed the first OminRig Version www.dxatlas.com/OmniRig

Further Development
We are happy to receive new ideas for new features to implement. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Next Update will be a new setup programm with an update feature.

Installation & Configuration
Please download the original version from Alex at www.dxatlas.com/OmniRig and then overwrite the omnirig.exe with the new omnirig.exe from the version 2.0
F.A.Q.
OmniRig Tester's Guide
Rig Description File Structure

Supported Transceivers/Receivers ...
Download Latest RIG-Ini Files (May 2018) here [142 KB]

  • FlexRadio Systems such as FLEX 6300, 6500, 6700, 6400M, 6600M, etc. please use for all Flex radios the RIG-File SmartSDR
  • TS-440, TS-480, TS-570, TS-590, TS-690, TS-850, TS-870, TS-930, TS-2000, all other Kenwoods
  • FT-100D, FT-450, FT-747, FT-757, FT-817, FT-840, FT-847, FT-857, FT-897, FT-900, FT-920, FT-950, FT-990, FT-991, FT-1000, FT-1000MP, FT-2000, FT-9000, FTDX-3000, FT-DX5000MP
  • IC-78, IC-275H, IC-703, IC-706MKII, IC-706MKiiG, IC-718, IC-725, IC-726, IC-728, IC-735, IC-737, IC-738, IC-746, IC-746Pro, IC-751,IC-756, IC-756Pro, IC-756ProII, IC-756ProIII, IC-761, IC-765, IC-775, IC-781, IC-821, IC-910, IC-970D, IC-7000, IC-7100, IC-7200, IC-7300, IC-7315, IC-7410, IC-7600, IC-7610, IC-7700, IC-7800, IC-7850, IC-7851, IC-9100, IC-R75, IC-R8500, IC-R9000, IC-M70
  • CODAN, Elecraft K2, Elecraft K3, Ten-Tec Eagle, Ten-Tec Paragon II, Ten-Tec Orion, Ten-Tec Jupiter, Ten-Tec Omni VI+, Ten-Tec Omni VII, TenTec RX-350, JST-245, DX-77, NRD-535(DG), PowerSDR, Perseus, FRG-100, ZS-1, Elad-FDMSW2, ADT-200A, AOR AR5000, AOR AR8600

Comming soon in June 2018

Project Clean up my Shack (Sept. - Nov. 2017)

Project Clean up my Shack (Sept. - Nov. 2017)

Main Goals:
- reduce overall noise with an excellent grounding
- remove all small 220V noisy power supplies
- use only high-end components
- for best usability
- for easy maintenance

Main Workstreams:
- new Shack furniture
- new AC and DC (13.8V and 5V USB) Power Distribution and cabling
- new grounding concept based on a main copper plate bus
- new computer (USB & RS232) and network cabling
- etc.

SDR-Play RSP1A as Pandapter for the IC-7700

SDR-Play RSP1A as Pandapter for the IC-7700 (Dec. 2017)

It's just amazing to see the whole band on the panoramic screen while connected to the IC-7700 over Omnirig. Download the SDRPlay Panadapter Quide for many types of transceiver (ICOM, Kenwood, YAESU, etc.) here

The first version I was using only a BNC T-connector to feed the signal to the RSP1A and back to the IC-7700 RX-IN. I was told that in addition to the >3db signal loss I ran the risk of introducing all sorts of unwanted signals into the IC-7700 receiver. So I was looking for a powered lossless 2-way active RF signal splitter and found the "Boni AntennaJet AAS300D" from Bonito Hamradio. Installation was simple. I connected it to my central 40 Amps 13.8 V power supply.

Boni MagaLoop FX Active Antenna Test

Boni MagaLoop FX Active Antenna Test versus my Inverted-V Antenna (January 2018)

I made the tests at my home QTH to compare the signals with my current Inverted-V Antenna on top of my roof and the new Boni MegaLoop FX Active 80cm Loop on my balcony just 3 meters below the Inverted-V antenna.

Summary:
It seems that my Inverted-V Antenna is performing great compared to the Loop. I've got no advantage from the Loop in order to receive a stronger or a better signal with less noise.

Boni MagaLoop FX Active Antenna Test versus my Inverted-V Antenna (January 2018)
I made the tests at my home QTH to compare the signals with my current Inverted-V Antenna on top of my roof and the new Boni MegaLoop FX Active 80cm Loop on my balcony just 3 meters below the Inverted-V antenna.

Here are the audio files (13. Jan. 2018, 10:00UTC):
14.222 MHz - USB - 59 - CT1EHI - Loop [64 KB]
14.222 MHz - USB - 59+10 - CT1EHI - Inverted-V [187 KB]
14.222 MHz - USB - CT1EHI - Loop - Inverted-V - Loop [237 KB]

14.289 MHz - USB - 59+10 - LZ1833PSS - Inverted-V [147 KB]
14.289 MHz - USB - 59 - LZ1833PSS - Loop [228 KB]

7.131 MHz - LSB - 59+20 - DL8MLD/P - Inverted-V [307 KB]
7.131 MHz - LSB - 59 - DL8MLD/P - Loop [303 KB]

Summary:
It seems that my Inverted-V Antenna is performing great compared to the Loop. I've got no advantage from the Loop in order to receive a stronger or a better signal with less noise.

ICOM SP-34 Speaker Upgrade

ICOM SP-34 Speaker Upgrade

Your speaker sounds better with PHITS Traditionally, communication speakers have been designed without following acoustic criteria to obtain the maximum sound quality. Their main defaults are low stiffness and the resonance of the metal cabinet. PHITS is a Phonema kit developed to acoustically improve communication speakers.

Thanks to the combination of different densities materials, a more stiffenes box is achieve and reverberation is eliminated in more than 47 dB. The result is a pure, clear and a more inteligible sound.

WebCam on the roof (Dec. 2017)

WebCam on the roof (Dec. 2017)

To see the panorama view from my QTH (JN47FE) - such as Mount Pilatus direction Lucerne (Cam-Typ: HIKVISION DS-2CD2152F-IS)

Please click on the live view link in the footer to see the live view from my QTH.

Flex 6600M

Flex Radio 6600M

Flexradio FLEX-6600M
1. New Remote Concept using iPad or iPhone like a remote station
2. Fully proofed SDR Technology
3. Four independent VFO at the same time
4. Use for FT8 and JT65

Flexradio FLEX-6600M
Broschure [2'019 KB]
SmartSDR User Guide v2.1.30 - 29. January 2018 [8'117 KB]

DMR

DMR

I started my DMR Radio expierence in June 2017 with the following support and equipment.

Equipment
- TYT MD380 GPS DMR Digital Radio with experimental firmware
- SharkRF openSPOT
- mini WiFi Router MEGA DV

openSPOT Hotspot Home Solution

openSPOT Hotspot Mobile Solution

BlueDV is a free software that runs NOT on the Raspberry Pi but on an iPhone or Android phone or tablet. The BlueDV app controls the Raspberry Pi & DVMega. The Raspberry Pi and the DVMega HF module are thus "dumb" and follow only the instructions, which come from the Handy / Tablet (BlueDV App). The overall intelligence / handling is in the BlueDV app, NOT on the Raspberry Pi. Thanks to HB9PJT for his support and patience to get started with my DMR-Radio and to David PA7LIM who made his BlueDV App available for iOS, Android, Windows, Linux etc. BlueDV Hotspot with the iBlueStackMicro+ Board for iOS (US$ 149.-)

BlueDV Hotspot with iPhone 6S

TYT MD-380G GPS DMR Digital Radio

Must have links:
- MD-380G Experimental Firmware v13.020 and Codeplug from SwissDMR.
- TYT MD380 GPS DMR Digital Radio with experimental firmware (German User-Manual [324 KB] by DG9VH)
- SharkRF openSPOT
- mini WiFi Router WiFi Router
- Brandmeister Network
- DMR Dashboard Germany
- TYT MD-380 Tools
- Codeplugs for Switzerland DMR-Zone
- DMR Tipps in German by OE7BSH
- MD-380G programming CPS Software
- MD-380G software tools by GB7FO
- MD-380G Contact-Manager by N0GSG