[WT-support] wtRotators

Peter Hansen w8twa at sbcglobal.net
Tue Aug 13 02:17:00 CEST 2013

Try using a different com port.  There may be an old TSR program you have long forgotten about that used com4 and is conflicting with the calls from WT.

73 - Pete W8TWA
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Georgek5kg at aol.com 
  To: n6tv at arrl.net ; support at win-test.com 
  Cc: info at greenheronengineering.com 
  Sent: Monday, August 12, 2013 8:07 PM
  Subject: Re: [WT-support] wtRotators

  Hi Bob,

  No, I am using a RS232 cable to connect the Green Heron to Com4.

  Any other thoughs?

  George Wagner, K5KG
  Sarasota, FL 
  941-400-1960 cell 

  In a message dated 8/12/2013 6:19:31 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, n6tv at arrl.net writes:
    Are you using a USB-to-Serial adapter for COM4?  If it uses the Prolific device driver, it probably won't be reliable.  Replace the USB-to-Serial adapter with one based on the FTDI or Eltima chipset, such as the Keyspan or Edgeport/4. 

    Bob, N6TV

    On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM, <Georgek5kg at aol.com> wrote:

      I used wtRotators from WinTest for over a year to trigger my Green Heron (GH) controller.  Hitting Ctrl-F12 would trigger the GH to turn to the azimuth of the station on the log line.  Then for some unknown reason, and without any reconfiguration of anything, wtRotators failed to trigger the GH.  After some investigation and help from Jeff, W2FU, the father of the GH, wtRotators started working again.  Then about a week later, it again failed.  

      In advance of the WAE contest, I did not have a chance to troubleshoot the problem, so I  began the contest with the antenna simply pointed to EU.  Well into the contest, I thought I'd give it a try by hitting Ctrl-F12 and, walla, the GH was triggered and the antenna turned!  Then, periodically during the balance of the contest, sometimes, Ctrl-F12 would trigger the GH, and sometimes it wouldn't. BTW, there are no cables being connected or disconnected or any loose connections that I am aware of when wtRotators work or does not work with the GH.  I do not seem to have any stray RF in the shack.

      I am totally puzzled as to why this would be happening, and I would appreciate any ideas.  
      Here is my installation:
      K3 with Acom 2000A amp
      Win XP
      WinTest 4.10.0 - Radio control on Com5, Winkey on Com6
      MicroHam CW Keyer with USB connection
      Green Heron RT-21 connected to Com4

      Thanks, George

      George Wagner, K5KG
      Sarasota, FL 
      Cell 941-400-1960

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