German to English Translation of JT 65 HF COMFORT Webpage.
Current History of JT65-HF Comfort
All versions only work correctly when there is a frequency in the “Dial QRG” window that matches the transceiver frequency.
JT65-HF-Comfort-3 User Guide
How does the Comfort-3 version differ from the original?
1. Comfort-3 automatically searches for Call and Country in the log.
2. Comfort-3 works with both ADIF and MixW2 Log formats
3. Comfort-3 has a statistics function.
4. Comfort-3 has a user-configurable file name for the logfile
5. Comfort-3 puts the decoded calls as readable characters above the waterfall.
Description of the Changes
For everything related to the log, there is a new “Log Setup” tab under “Setup”. The complete path and name of the logfile must be entered here. The name is now user configurable, but the file extension is not. Only the file endings *.adi or *.log are allowed. The program checks this and an error will be reported in the error message window. If no file name is chosen in the log file selection window, you cannot close the log setup window. If you enter a filename that does not exist, a new, empty file will be created.
In “Log Setup” the following things are configurable, in addition to the colors of call search results:
LogQSO = TX OFF: When “Log QSO” is clicked, “TX Enable” will be unchecked, and “Call” and “Rpt” are cleared. In this case, “Log QSO” is not selectable while transmitting.
Bookmarks: The calls will be displayed in the line directly above the waterfall.
Save Transmit-Log as File: The entries in the Transmit windows will be saved in the file “JT65HF-TxLog.csv” so you will have a transmission logbook. Despite the csv file extension, this is a normal text file. The path of this file is the same as the path for “Save text of decodes…”.
The 4 “Warning Colors” for the call search have the following meanings:
CALL IN LOG = Call is in the log (on other bands than the current one)
QSO BEFORE = Call is in the log on the current band
CALL CFM CURRENT BAND = Call confirmed on the current band
CALL CFM ANOTHER BAND = Call confirm on another band (other than the current one)
You can choose if you want to change the color of the background or the text. The default setting is “Letters coloured”, so that other conditions (CQ Call, Own Call) are not covered up.
BACKGROUND BOOKMARKS = Background for the Bookmark Row
Since the Bookmarks will be shown in the same “Warning color” as the RX Row, you can choose the displayed color of the bookmark row background to improve the contrast.
The 4 results of the country search are shown as follows:
In the heading of the RX Window there is now a “Q” (= QSO Status) entry at the far right. That’s where the results of the Country search (if the country has been worked/confirmed) are displayed.
W = worked (on the current band)
C = confirmed (on the current band)
w = worked (on another band than the current one)
c = confirmed (on another band than the current one)
Uppercase letters refer to the current band; lowercase to another of the HF-bands.
Under “Q”, there can be 2 letters that through their combination show all possible search results. The combination “Cc” or “Ww” makes no sense, but “Wc” does.
Note: The Call Status will be shown by color, the Country status by the letters under “Q”!
There is now a menu item for “Statistics” above the main window. The list opened there is self-explanatory: 20W is worked on 20m. A confirmed message naturally overwrites the worked message. If the country becomes Confirmed, you will see 20C there.
Naturally, only QSOs in JT65A are reported.
The original program saved all setup preferences in one file: ...\Station1.xml. This file is normally (depending on Windows XP or Windows 7) in the following folders:
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Local Settings\Application Data\JT65-HF
The Comfort-3 version creates a new folder called “JT65-HF-Comfort-3” under the above path. As a result, you must enter the setup data again the first time you start the Comfort-3 version, but as a result, the Comfort-3 version and the original can coexist in parallel. During uninstallation, in contrast to the original, all files will be deleted (including the Setup folder). When “ironing over” with a new version, the old files are kept.
Cooperation with other programs:
Working with JT-Alert only works when the Original version is installed. There you can choose the log file path. JT-Alert works when the log file “jt65hf_log.adi” can be found in that path.
By design, T-Alert can never be “QSO current” since it must use a different log file than JT65-HF. It says as much in a warning about the use of ADIF-Format in the program. JT-Alert opens the file at its start and locks it while it’s working. If the same logfile is in JT65-HF, they collide the moment JT65-HF logs a QSO with “Log QSO”->”Log Contact And Close This Window” and wants to write a log to the same file that JT-Alert has opened. A file that’s already open (by JT-Alert) cannot be opened again. During a “session” with JT65-HF, completed and saved QSOs must first be copied into the log file used by JT-Alert before JT-Alert is current.
The Comfort versions are always “QSO Current”.
The Comfort versions cannot handle as many log formats as JT-Alert, only ADIF and MixW2.log.
No problems have come up yet with JT-Macros on XP/Win7. I myself no longer use the internal macros in JT65-HF, only JT-Macros. This are handy when, for example, you dock JT-Macros to the right side of the JT65-HF window.
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Translation by James (NF8I)