[WT-support] Controlling custom hardware?

Markku Oksanen markku.a.oksanen at outlook.com
Mon Mar 17 14:45:44 CET 2014

Will, Ingo,

Can I find a OTRSP (protocol) SW client (prefer MS Visual Studio compatible) that I could use to communicate with WinTest OTRSP part?  It looks like that if I add an other serial port to both PCs and use the control PC end like a "OTRSP" HW device, this can be already done with one crossed serial cable!!. One more serial port pair won't hurt me I guess.....
I have all the hardware (too much hardware and software) already  there, I just need some "glue software" to make WT and my own things talk to each other properly.  

Thanks for the hint Will!

From: k6nd at yahoo.com
To: sm5ajv at qrq.se; markku.a.oksanen at outlook.com
Subject: RE: [WT-support] Controlling custom hardware?
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:33:55 -0400

Hello Markku and Ingo, This is what I am using: YCCC SO2R, KK1L 2X Switch Band Decoder and (I think this is the key!) OTRSP Open Two Radio Switching Protocol from K1XM configured in WinTest.Take a look at this. 73 WillK6ND   From: support-bounces at f5mzn.org [mailto:support-bounces at f5mzn.org] On Behalf Of SM5AJV
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 6:05 AM
To: support at win-test.com
Subject: Re: [WT-support] Controlling custom hardware? I am actually looking at similar ideas. One idea I've got is to use the WinTest Ethernet protocol and especially the GAB message.1. Write a script, i.e. SWAP.WTS that sends out a GAB with your own 'protocol'   OH2RA-R1-ANT-SEL: TH6DXXX and after that letting doing the '*'.2. Make your VB program WT aware by listen and sending on the broadcast address / port and parse your own 'protocol'

It would be nice if the software authors also opened up the 'secrets' about the REMOTE in the network protocol.For instance: is it possible to add arguments when using a REMOTE called LUA script? If that is possible, one couldalso communicate back from your VB program.I am using Python right now and are experimenting with a spot-listener that is sending back a GAB message when your own callsign is spotted. I think it is rather useful in the todays spot flood from the RBN. Since you very often miss the short lived 'You are spotted ..' message below the last line of the log.

73Ingo SM5AJV / SE5E 2014-03-17 9:06 GMT+01:00 Markku Oksanen <markku.a.oksanen at outlook.com>:ALL I am trying to figure out a way to change my antenna configuration at the same time when I change to RADIO2 (and then back) using the keyboard command "*".  The reason is that I use tribanders (two stacks of 4) and usually isolate one TH7 for RADIO2 for multiplier spotting, HOWEVER, one high TH7 is hardly ever enough to break a good multiplier's pileup from here in southern Finland. So, I would like to change to the main antennas to RADIO2 when I actually go use it and leave RADIO1 to the TH7DXX.I already have the hardware that does that, the hardware is controlled by a MS Visual Basic - written UI that runs on a separate control PC for the station (along with WT telnet clients etc.). SO, it there a way to connect to an external software process from WinTest to show the state of R1/R2 selection to external software and further hardware?  In fact, I would probably have a software daemon running on the WinTest PC that would further communicate with the station automation software on the station control PC over Ethernet using UDP messages (this is pretty easy to do with Visual Basic). Thanks! MarkkuOH2RA/OG2A /WW1C 
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