|HamRacer - History of Versions|
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Version history (last entry first)
|Version||Date of Release||Changes||Remark|
|220.127.116.11||May 22nd 2022||Yeasu recently completely
changed the CAT communication protocol. They abandoned
the trivial rigid binary code and more or less took over
the commands that Kenwood had so far. In order to keep
things messed Kenwood also changed their protocol for the
latest models. They replaced MD command with OM command,
making things backward incompatible.
This version of HamRacer takes into account all these options.
|Confirmed it works fine with TS-890. Thanks to Marty, W8AKS for his tests.|
|18.104.22.168||Apr 26th 2022||
|22.214.171.124||Apr 20th 2022||Added the transceiver
control for Yaesu CAT (new TCVR models) and for Kenwood.
Tested with FT-991A (big thanks to Vlada OK1NVV for
lending me the TCVR).
The Kenwood communication protocol is almost identical to the new Yaesu CAT, however, I had no chance to test it yet. Any experience with any Kenwood TCVR would be highly appreciated.
|Tested with FT-991A|
|126.96.36.199||Mar 31st 2022||
|188.8.131.52||Feb 21st 2022||Modified behavior of SO2R. When the DX spot is clicked in the band map the callsign is immediately prefilled only in S&P. In CQ mode the callsign is only "remembered" - it is prefilled later when the OP switches from CQ to S&P.|
|184.108.40.206||Feb 15th 2022||Implemented SO2R "via Icom CI-V". If there are two Icom transceivers on the CI-V bus and if SO2R is switched on in the main menu, then when you toggle CQ/S&P working frequencies are swapped between the transceivers.||Tested with two transceivers IC-736|
|220.127.116.11||Jan 23rd 2022||Implemented the jammer code to improve reliability of the Icom CI-V communication. It prevents data conflicts on the CV-V bus. The difference is most markable when the communication happens in both directions at the same time. For example, your turn the tuning knob (TCVR sends info about frequency change) and your change the mode in HamRacer (HamRacer sends the command to TCVR).||Tested with IC-736, IC-275|
|18.104.22.168||Jan 7th 2022||Internally, separate
frequencies for both CQ and S&P are kept. It enables
to jump to the last used frequency of this or that.
You call CQ on a frequency and you see that a new multiplier occured in the analog scale. You click the flag in the analog scale. TCVR is tuned to frequency of the spot and it is switched from CQ to S&P. You make a quick QSO. Then you click CQ tab (or press Ctrl+Tab) to return to CQ mode again - TCVR is tuned to the frequency you previously used for calling CQ.
|Tested with IC-736, IC-275, FT-897|
|22.214.171.124||Dec 3rd 2021||
||Tested in CQ WW DX Contest|
|126.96.36.199||Nov 11th 2021||
|188.8.131.52||Oct 19th 2021||
|184.108.40.206||September 10th 2021||Working with ON4KST chat
was improved. If the OP types a callsign, and a station
with this callsign is currently logged into ON4KST, a
separate tab shows up for this station. The OP has an
immedidate info about his LOC, distance and sees the
"compass" to rotate ANT, the info as retrieved
from the chat. Clicking the button [Use] copies the info
into the main window.
Do you wish to discuss this? Go here:
|220.127.116.11||July 25th 2021||
|18.104.22.168||June 9th 2021||Minor enhancements and fixes.||Tested in the VHF Field Day (3rd subregional)|
|22.214.171.124||May 28th 2021||
||Tested in CQ WPX|
|126.96.36.199||Apr 23rd 2021||One message added to the set. Now you can define six standard messages (F1 thru F6) and six alternative messages (Shift+F1 thru Shift+F6).|
|188.8.131.52||Apr 12th 2021||Ergonomy enhancements.|
|184.108.40.206||Mar 29th 2021||
|220.127.116.11||Mar 19th 2021||It is possible to set a
hang time for the hand CW keying.
The hang time is the period between the last dot/dash finishes and the system returns to RX. It is what keeps PTT on between words during the hand keying.
|18.104.22.168||Mar 15th 2021||
This version also offers the new sketch for Spider Keyer: 1.37
|22.214.171.124||Mar 6th 2021||HamRacer slightly changed
to accomodate the new Spider Keyer version.
New version of Spider Keyer sketch (1.35), what is new:
Spider Keyer version 1.35 and higher won't work correctly with HamRacer versions prior to 126.96.36.199.
HamRacer 188.8.131.52 and higher will work seamlessly with any version of Spider Keyer.
|184.108.40.206||Feb 3rd 2021||Priorities of internal threads optimized for a better overall user experience. Fixed the "freezes".|
version suffers from the wrong excessive CPU usage. This
can result in "freezes" when a main menu is
Please upgrade ASAP. If the upgrade is not possible due to the freezes download the whole installer:
and install over your existing installation.
|(I fired the chief of the QA department)|
|220.127.116.11||Jan 31st 2021||Minor fixes & enhancements||CQ WW 160m CW|
|18.104.22.168||Jan 1st 2021||
||Thanks to Jindra OK4RM and Karel OK1DWF for their useful hints and comments|
|22.214.171.124||December 12th 2020||A kit to build Spider
Keyer is now available. See more details.
|126.96.36.199||December 6th 2020||Serial devices connection: improved and fixed minor issues.||Thanks to Jindra OK4RM for his useful hints and comments.|
|188.8.131.52||November 21st 2020||
||Tested in CQ WW DX Contest|
|184.108.40.206||October 23rd 2020||
||Tested in OK-OM DX Contest|
|220.127.116.11||October 1st 2020||
|18.104.22.168||September 14th 2020||Minor improvements and fixes.|
|22.214.171.124||September 11th 2020||
|126.96.36.199||August 10th 2020||
||Tested in IARU VHF Contest.|
|188.8.131.52||July 10th 2020||Added Remote Beacon Network suppport. When connected to a DX Cluster of the AR-Cluster type (see http://www.dxcluster.info/telnet/index.php for more details) you can easily watch you own spots in a separate window.||Tested in Alpe Adria Contest|
|184.108.40.206||Jun 9th 2020||Minor fixes and enhancements mainly in GUI.||Tested in WPX contest
Tested in 3rd Subregional (OK1KEO)
|220.127.116.11||May 11th 2020||
||Tested in 2nd VHF Subregional Contest|
|18.104.22.168||April 24th 2020||It is now possible to connect to OK4KST Chat. It is also possible to let DX Spots sent through OK4KST insert into the Analog Scale.|
the "corona" version
|April 13th 2020||
||Tested in OK-OM DX SSB Contest.|
|22.214.171.124||February 26th 2020||Annoying unreliabilty when using WinKeyer seems to be fixed now.|
|126.96.36.199||February 19th 2020||Added evaluation of "VKV Provozní Aktiv" contest. To display the results (for the web http://ok1kpa.com/pa/vysledky.htm)select Postprocess -> Extras -> Evaluate Czech Activity Contest from the main menu.|
|The helping text for kids is now editable. Just right-click on the yellow panel on the right and select Edit. The changes are saved to *.ini file for next start.|
|o- The new version of
Spider Keyer sketch. Ver. 1.18 fixes the problem caused
by sending white spaces only.
o- When a device creating a virtual COM port is attached to the computer while HamRacer is already running, HamRacer offers to use the device. This seems to be the far simplest way how to connect a device.
o- Minor fixes and enhancements.
|Tested in CQ WW DX Contest|
|o- Possibility to control
the transceiver through Icom CI-V protocol.
At the moment it enables to do full synchronization
regarding the band and mode. More features to come soon.
Tested with IC-736 and IC-275.
o- Bunch of fixes and minor enhancements.
|Tested in Marcony Memorial Contest (144 MHz)|
|A minor bugfix in the output EDI format.|
|A new graph (pie chart)
to compare CW vs. SSB, CQ vs. S&P, etc
The wizard connecting COM device enhanced.
The fast searching in QSO (by just typing charactes).
|German language supported
The mode "for kids". All the advanced features are hidden. Instead of them a large panel show up. This panel helps the operator-beginner to make an SSB QSO. It shows the exchanges that the OP is to say.
||Tested in 3rd Subrergional VHF/UHF/SHF Contest (Field Day).|
|A new menu option: New
Minor fixes and enhancements.
|Specifying of multipliers
A new version of the sketch for Spider Keyer: 1.17 - a bug fix - a smoother transition from automatic sending to manual sendiing.
|Tested in OK1WC memorial contest.|
|A new wizard Adjust
Audio Levels.. will help you to set correctly all
levels for the synthesized voice keyer.
A new version of the sketch for Spider Keyer: 1.16
|Tested in OK-OM DX Contest SSB|
|This version finally
implements a feature required by many:
CW keying and PTT control through DTR and RTS signals on RS232 (COM port, virtual COM port).
Even that the prefered way of interfacing is Spider Keyer, the DTR/RTS approach can still be a good choice for some.
A new version of the sketch for Spider Keyer: 1.15
|Thanks go to Tom KB9ENS for his professional tests and comments.|
|Improved DUPEs handling.
The New Contest wizard can be now used to modify the properties of the current contest, too.
The location of configuration files and sample logs has changed. The change will be mainly appreciated by those who log into the Windows as Users and not as Administrators.
|Thanks go to Jindra OK4RM for discussion on system folders in Windows|
It is possible to set low and high cw speed limit for Spider Keyer.
It is possible to limit cw speed when sending by hand.
It is possible to "preview" cw macros in macros editing dialog.
Enhanced Spider Keyer, ver. 1.10
|Tested in 1. Subregional (VHF)|
|It is possible to specify
points per QSO in the New Contest wizard.
It is possible to display graphs for either points per hour, or QSOs per hour.
The main window shows now also sum of points, sum of multipliers, count of dupes and total score for HF contests.
The main help file enhanced - new chapter Using USB->COM Converter, Options - Spider Keyer.
|The main help file
A new help file for Spider Keyer - how to make it, step by step.
|Tested in CQ 160M CW Contest|
|HamRacer can upload the sketch directly to Arduino Nano. Therefore the user doesn't have to install Arduino IDE, etc. All he needs to create Spider Keyer is to attach a new Arduino Nano unit to USB port and select an option from the main menu.|
|188.8.131.52||Dec 17th, 2018||Unified and simplified
approach to all serial devices. There is a user-friendly
wizard to connect what you need.
HamRacer can make use of Spider Keyer. Spider Keyer is an Arduino Nano based CW keyer that replaces WinKeyer 3.
|Tested in ARRL 160m CW
incl. Spider Keyer
|184.108.40.206||Sep 19th, 2018||Both graphs and the map
enhanced. For example, hovering the mouse above the map
will pop up a label showing the callsign. Clicking the
label will select the relevant QSO in the log. And, vice
versa, selecting a QSO in the log will cause the label
showing the callsign to pop up in the map.
New item in the main menu: File | Load Recent...
New feature: Find in All Logs
Synergy new feature: when two HamRacers are interconnected, it is also possible to send a text message from one OP to the other OP.
New macro CALLQ.
The licensing has changed.
OK-OM DX CW Contest
|220.127.116.11||not released||Fixed the compass. It showed incorrect colors when JO32 was input for a locator.||Used in Alpe Adria VHF contest.|
|18.104.22.168||Jul 20th, 2018||Implemented import of EDI format. Enhanced and fixed chars (Points per Hour, Average QSO Length).|
|22.214.171.124||Jun 29th, 2018||It is possible to define multipliers in the new contest wizard. Operator is advised when he is going to make a QSO with a new multiplier.|
|126.96.36.199||May 21th, 2018||Minor fixes and enhancements.|
|188.8.131.52||May 9th, 2018||Minor fixes and enhancements.||Tested in RuDX contest.|
|184.108.40.206||Apr 27th, 2018||It is now possible to let
HamRacer to manipulate the master volume control in
Windows Volume Mixer. Thanks to this you won't have to
set the levels each time again. HamRacer can have full
control of the output volume level.
Help file enhanced (synergy, setting audio levels).
Selectable VHF/UHF bands.
Other minor enhancements.
|220.127.116.11||Apr 17th, 2018||It is now possible to specify COM port for WinKeyer. It enables to use micro KEYER II.||My thanks fly to Hans PA3ACA.|
|18.104.22.168||Apr 10th, 2018||Possibility to override
COM port for WinKeyer (for usage of microKeyer II).
|22.214.171.124||Apr 5th, 2018||Better COM port handling
(WinKeyer) on older PC.
It is now possible to run more instances of HamRacer simultaneously.
Multiple selection is now possible of log entries. Copy and paste implemented.
Logic of the registration window improved.
It is possible to interconnect two instances of HamRacer over LAN or Internet. While connected all the changes in log are synchronized with the other HamRacer.
|126.96.36.199||Feb 27th, 2018||Pre-filling of CQ and ITU
Speed optimization for extremely slow (old) computers.
|Tested in CQ WW 160M SSB.|
|188.8.131.52||Feb 1st, 2018||Distinguishing a USB->COM converter by its HW signature. Fix in licensing.|
|184.108.40.206||Jan 25th, 2018||Minor fixes and enhacements. New Search function.||Used in CQ WW 160m CW.|
|220.127.116.11||Jan 12th, 2018||Implemented the possibility to control PTT through DTR/RTS signals on a (virtual) COM port.|
|18.104.22.168||Jan 2nd, 2018||Minor fixes and enhancements.|
|22.214.171.124||Jan 1st, 2018||Fixed "stack overflow" problem when connected WinKeyer.||Tested in Stew Perry contest.|
|126.96.36.199||Dec 22th, 2017||First version released to beta testers.|
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