WSJT-X Using DXLab Suite Commander

Icom 7300 WSJT-X Using DXLab Suite Commander, JT Bridge And RUMLogNG

WSJT-X Using DXLab Suite CommanderThis was one tricky bugger to get working on the Icom 7300. It wasn’t the radio, but the software. Getting WSJT-X using DXLab Suite Commander for the rig that is. Maybe it was just me, but I tried over and over to get this working.

I eventually broke down and used a workaround. I used Ham Radio Deluxe for rig in WSJT-X and Ham Radio Deluxe was running on my laptop. You can see how this works in this video: Icom 7300 WSJT-X JT Bridge macOS Demo.

WSJT-X Using DXLab Suite Commander For Rig

I like to use “split” operation in WSJT-X. That ruled out using “none” for rig in WSJT-X.

I also didn’t want to change anything in the Icom 7300 menu each time I used WSJT-X, so that ruled out using the Icom 7300 as the rig. RUMLogNG requires the CI-V connector in the menu to be set to unlink, however WSJT-X doesn’t like that setting and will not work with the Icom 7300 set as rig. So it was a catch 22.

Using DXLab Suite Commander is what I saw as a solution, but I couldn’t get it working initially.

That’s where the workaround came in. I used the PC with Ham Radio Deluxe running through the CI-V cable and the USB cable from the Icom 7300 went to my iMac. I’m really surprised this worked, but it did.

Use Two Cables or Try Again

After posting the above video with a request for help, I got a couple of good suggestions. The first came from Facebook (Patrick ON3CQ) and it was what I had done with my PC. Use two cables, one for rig and the other for data. This is very acceptable and works great. I tried it and it works without issue.

However, I’m trying to stick with one cable for now.

The second suggestion came from YouTube (Ron KF5JRA) and it was really just what I needed, a push to try WSJT-X using DXLab Suite Commander again. This time I saw it clearly. The ports for CAT in WSJT-X and JT Bridge. See photos on the next page. Click on the photo to enlarge the image.

Comments

  1. I am unable to make wsjt-x “talk” to my icom 7300. i have the full dxlab suite perfectly working, and i thought i would add the thrill of jt, but to no prevail.
    i have only a windows 7 dual screen pc. and i wish i could make it hand shake with the rig and the wsjt-x.
    i also was unable to make the radio ic7300 drive the icom ic2kl and its tuner automatically. i made the connection through the 13 pin connector as shown in the manual but the volatge levels to choose the frequencies are confusing the amplifier. any ideas?
    many thanks
    OD5YA

    1. Author

      Hi Ghassan,
      Wow that’s a good question and I have no idea about the amp. Try the YaHoo groups “Icom 7300” and I’ll bet one of those guys have done that and will know.

      DXLab and WSJT-X was very tricky. It took me some time and it just finally worked. Take another look at it and maybe you’ll see something you missed. Thanks for commenting, best 73! – Rich, K0PIR

  2. Hello,
    I was wondering if you have posted your exact settings anywhere? Saying it was tricky without saying how you solved it is unkind.

    73,
    NB

  3. Hi Rich. Many, many thanks for this and all your instructional videos. I have spent several months trying to get WSJT-X, JT-Bridge and Rumlog working together. Following the instructions in your video my set up now works great!

    You’re a generous man Rich. I genuinely appreciate the time effort you put into creating this blog. Cheers.

    1. Author

      Hi Bernard,
      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting. It’s always nice to hear that people get it working. I hope to hear you on the air, best 73! – Rich, K0PIR

  4. Hi Rich
    I have just watched your RumLog/WSJT-X integration video on YouTube. I have everything working perfectly but do miss the extra information that JT Bridge gives e.g. LoTW and eQSL status of potential contacts. Do you miss this information or is it available elsewhere? Thanks.

    1. Author

      Hi Bernard,

      Nice to hear from you and the short answer is yes. I like having at least the name and QTH in there. For the name I just add it when the Log QSO prompt comes up. Thomas said this is not meant to be a replacement for JT Bridge. It does work nice and maybe more can be added at a later date. Nice to hear you have it working. The latest version of WSJT-X was difficult for me, but it is okay now. Thanks for watching and hope to hear you on. Best 73 – Rich, K0PIR

  5. Hi Rich
    That’s great. It’s interesting to compare notes especially as there is so much to think about in these ‘digital’ days! Thanks again for the really useful videos.

    Hope we can make contact on the air sometime soon. Best 73. Bernard.

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