WSJT-X JT-ALERT Automatically Logs To HRDLog

In FT-8, Software by K0PIR26 Comments

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WSJT-X JT-Alert are my two new favorites. When I got my Icom 7300, one of the first JT65 programs I installed was JT65 HF HB9HQX. It works great with the Icom 7300 and HRD. I made a video clip you can see here.

Later I wanted to try WSPR mode and I found a simple program to use, WSJT-X. It does JT65 and JT9 too. I had a lot of fun using it and it even works on my Raspberry Pi 3. I made a short clip using it on the Raspberry Pi and you can see it here.

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WSJT-X JT-ALERT

So here’s the rub, I like WSJT-X and using JT65 and JT9, but I don’t like the logging. I have to import my log from that program into HRDLog. I just purchased the latest version of Ham Radio Deluxe and I really would like to use the logbook without having to import QSO’s.

That’s where JT-Alert comes in. JT-Alert will take my QSO’s from WSJT-X and put them into HRDLog automatically. How cool is that? Not only that, but JT-Alert has some other great functions too. Like alerts! HELLO!!! It actually speaks to me when a station I want comes on the air. And hold on, because it does much more!

WSJT-X Install

Before installing the WSJT-X program, download and install a time keeper. Correct computer time is essential (no way around it) when using these modes. I use NetTime and you can download it here.

After you have NetTime, download and install WSJT-X from here. It’s a simple install, do this first.

JT-Alert Install And Setup

Go to HamApps.com. You’ll get the JT-Alert program and two additional support files. There’s the callsign database and sounds.

Install Instructions for first JT-Alert install.

  • Download HamApps_JTAlert_latest version_Setup.exe
  • Run HamApps_JTAlert_latest version_Setup.exe to install
  • Install the Sound and Database files
  • Start JTAlert

NOTE: If you are using HRD, have it open and running before starting WSJT-X and JT-Alert.

For setting things up, watch this:

 

Here is an excellent source for changing the Wide Graph in WSJT-X. I’ve used it and it has been very helpful. WSJT-X User Guide.

If you have any questions or comments, please make them below. Thanks for watching and best 73 and good DX.

Comments

  1. Hi Rich,

    Larry here, K7LRB. I seem to be having trouble getting JT Alert to install on my raspberry pi. Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks and 73,
    de Larry

    1. Hi Rich

      Thank you so much for your guide, my WSJT-X JT Alert wasn’t connecting properly for some days now, uninstalled both programs and re-installed following your guide.

      Working now

      73
      Stephen
      ZS6SKY

      1. Author

        Hi Stephen,

        Nice to hear from you and thank you for leaving a comment. I’m happy it helped. WSJT-X is becoming one of my favorites and it is fun to play with. Take care Happy belated Thanksgiving and best 73 – Rich, K0PIR

  2. Hi there,

    instaled GRD Wsjt-x and JTalert …everthong is working ok… also transfer qso infos in HRD except for the name of QSO corispondent…. it doesn’t pick it up.. in wsjt-x qso log window …..the name field remain blank…. I went fer tomes across setups and setting and I have ll the same seting as my friend bit on his program it works fine….please where to lok or set that the proghram will fill the name of qso operator in qsl window….. thank MIKe

    1. Author

      Hi Mike,

      Nice to hear from you. I experience the same when the log prompt comes up in WSJT-X, the name is missing. When it gets logged into HRD the name appears.

      In JTAlert, check here: Setting>Web Services>Online MXL Callbook. Choose one of two, HamQTH.com or QRZ.com.

      Does that fix it?

    1. Author

      Hi Mike,

      Thank you for commenting. I’ll have to try that, nice to know. Thanks and 73.m- Rich, K0PIR

    1. Author

      Hi Gary,

      Nice to hear from you on this Christmas eve.

      I’m not sure I follow, where are you looking to put the signal level?

      Rich, K0PIR

  3. Happy New Year Rich!
    My setup went hay wire on me after several months and I am attempting to reset everything.
    I have the same setup as on this video, radio, software, etc.
    The problems that have surfaced are on WSJT-X:
    TX and RX lock is not available
    Freq window is red and the drop down for bands isn’t working.

    Also what the hech is function of the Report window (under the Rx window)

    Thanks !
    Steve
    KK6NTL

    1. Author

      Hi Steve,

      Nice to hear from you and that happens occasionally, hi.

      Yes they got rid of the TX lock and replaced it with “Hold Tx Freq”.

      Red means it doesn’t have CAT control. What are you using for rig in WSJT-X under File>Settings>Radio? Check there to see if the CAT Control is setup properly.

      Under File>Settings>Frequencies is there anything listed in Working Frequencies? If not, right click in the window under Working Frequencies and select Reset. That will add back the frequencies and your drop down for bands will be fixed.

      I am not sure about the Report unless you’re looking at the field next to the date and time. That is automatically inserted for us.

      Rich, K0PIR

  4. I recall seeing a post in FB claiming that JT-Alert can be bypassed and I cal log to HRD log directly. Is that true?

    1. Author

      Hi Dean,

      Great question. Not directly that I am aware of, unless you are just importing the QSO’s into HRD manually.

      There is another program called QSO Relay and you could use it instead of JT Alert or with JT Alert.

      Many Hams are using it and I tried it for a while, but I don’t like adding little programs to run in the tray or as a service. I prefer JT Alert.

      If JT Alert and HRD don’t get together again, I’ll probably start using Log4OM as my logging program.

      It’s up in the air right now for me.

      Thanks again and best 73,

      Rich, K0PIR

  5. Can’t select the file name of the HRD ver 5 database I created (and resides on dropbox). JT Alert program doesn’t seem to provide an option to select the database name.. or file location …and therefore isn’t logging. Any suggestions (besides not using the dropbox log with 13,000 qso’s…)Thanks, Bill W1WAB

  6. Rich… By trial and error I succeeded in getting the HRD Logbook to work for my special logbook file. Just unchecked the box that said “This is a verison 5 log’ and hit “refresh” on the HRD log program after the QSO. It still doesn’t auto-fill DX station info from my QRZ subscription, but that’s an easy post-QSO fix. Thanks! 73, Bill W1WAB

    1. Author

      AWESOME! Thanks for commenting and passing along the information. That is absolutely great news.

      Thanks Bill and I hope to hear you on the air.

      73’s – Rich, K0PIR

  7. If already have HRD and WSJT-X running can now download JT-Alert and, if so, special instructions to get it running.

    Similarly can I add Net Time ?

    1. Author

      Hi Dayne,

      Good to hear from you and thank you for the question.

      Yes, you can download and install Netime, it will not interfere with anything.

      One thing about HRD and JT-Alert. If you are using the paid version of HRD v6+ it will not work with the latest JT-Alert. I don’t like how they support and unsupport HRD, so I eventually went to another logbook.

      You can still download an older version of JT Alert. See this post towards the end: http://www.k0pir.us/new-mode-ft8/

      I hope this answered your questions.

      Rich, K0PIR

      There is a small application called QSO Relay and it will do the work of logging to HRD from WSJT-X, but I don’t have it installed or working. I hear it is very good though. See: http://www.vk2byi.com.au/qsorelay/

  8. I have all programs spoken of here loaded and all work fine. If I DL JT Alert will it automatically log my entries into LOTW or QRZ logbook? Or do I still have to DL the log and convert it before loading into LOTW?
    73
    de
    Cy W5DXE

    1. Author

      Hi Cy,

      Nice to hear from you. JT Alert will upload automatically to QRZ.com and some others, but not LOTW.

      When I used HRDLogbook with JT Alert, I used HRDLogbook to do all of my uploading, including LOTW. There is some user intervention required for LOTW though.

      JT Alert is worth it just because of the logging to HRDLogbook, IMO. It also has some nice alerts.

      I hope this helps and thanks for the great question.

      73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  9. I install all programs for wjt alert , when stating WJT Alert it does a “reading settings data please standby” and then times out to give me a ‘missing or invalid callsign'” error.

    Have HRD and WJST -X an rig control is working well. .net is install I have windows 10.

    help

    1. Author

      Hi Marcel,

      Thank you for commenting and nice to hear from you.

      Possibly you are using the wrong icon to start JT-Alert. For WSJT-X, use the red “WSJT-X-JTAlertX” icon.

      Okay?

      Rich, K0PIR

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