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79827...was Not Communicating With Rig, really an old K3 PTT issue

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  • John Bednar
    Dec 1, 2011
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      I do not use a K3 for contesting.

      Since version 11.10.00 release there have been several reflector emails from
      K3 owners and two program changes to address issues. The first appears to be
      caused by a fast user computer with specific configuration and the second
      traced to what appears to be a K3 firmware issue. To warn users about the
      apparent K3 firmware issue, the message below was posted to on the reflector
      before the contest.

      I suspect that what you reported has been fixed and your frustration would
      have been eliminated if you had used a recent program version. Let me know
      if there are any PTT / ESC key problems with program version 11.11.03 or

      It frustrating to the program developers and confusing to the users when
      issues are reported using software that contains a known problem.

      John, K3CT

      RE: K3 owners, LPT CW bug....

      The N1MM Logger development team has received intermittent reports from some
      K3 users that when using PTT via radio command and pressing ESC the radio
      did not always return to RX.

      This weekend when working with N4BP, I finally duplicated the issue by using
      the right timing sequence of F1 & ESC key. Debugging revealed that the RX
      radio command was being sent to the radio but it was ignored. I also learned
      that unplugging the CW key jack from the radio eliminates the problem. This
      was tested verified by two K3 owners. I've reported my findings to Elecraft
      and added a temporary work around in the program code that may be released
      today. I've already received a reply from Wayne at Elecraft and I will work
      with him to get this radio issue resolved.

      Late last night while working on the temporary K3 work around, I uncovered
      an ESC key bug introduced in version 11.11.02 that will effect users that
      don't have a radio interfaced but use LPT CW keying.

      If either of these apply, please download version 11.11.03 when it's
      released and test the interrupting of CW with the ESC key.

      John, K3CT

      -----Original Message-----
      From: N1MMLogger@yahoogroups.com [mailto:N1MMLogger@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of rikikline
      Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 10:33 PM
      To: N1MMLogger@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [N1MM] Re: Not Communicating With Rig

      Thank you John.
      I was using version 11.10.0. Is your K3/computer connection completely via
      the RS 232 port, i.e. not keying via the K3 key jack, etc.? If so, has
      version 11.11.03 been working for you without the problems that I described?
      73, Riki, K7NJ

      --- In N1MMLogger@yahoogroups.com, "John Bednar" <k3ct@...> wrote:
      > Riki,
      > Were you using version 11.11.03?
      > What appears to be a K3 firmware issue was identified and this version
      > has a work around for that issue.
      > John, K3CT
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: N1MMLogger@yahoogroups.com [mailto:N1MMLogger@yahoogroups.com]
      > On Behalf Of ve3iay
      > Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 1:27 PM
      > To: N1MMLogger@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [N1MM] Re: Not Communicating With Rig
      > Re the hangups in transmit, there are known problems with the K3's
      > software PTT control. Were you using PTT? In particular, were you
      > using PTT via radio command? If so, turning off software PTT and
      > switching to a hardware-only PTT method, or not using PTT at all,
      > might solve that problem. Also, when it happened did you try just
      > tapping the XMIT button on the radio? This has always worked for me.
      > 73,
      > Rich VE3KI
      > --- In N1MMLogger@yahoogroups.com, "rikikline" <k7nj@> wrote:
      > >
      > > I installed N1MM Logger and checked it out thoroughly before the
      > > recent
      > CQWW CW contest. Everything appeared OK. During the contest, the
      > software would occassionally hang up or simply stop communicating with
      > Telnet. I could usually resume the Telnet by clicking "Reset Radios"
      > available by right-clicking the box with the Telnet spots. The radio
      > getting hung-up was much more problematical. This would happen in S&P
      > mode after sending an exchange. The radio (K3) would stay locked in
      > transmit mode so that I couldn't copy the expected "TU",etc. I had to
      > exit and re-enter N1MM Logger in order to continue. This would happen
      > several times an hour. It appeared to be worse when there were more
      > spot listings appearing. Any comments towards solving these problems
      > would be greatly appreciated. 73, Riki, K7NJ
      > >
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