DXLab Suite Automatic Installation Using Launcher – Installing Commander & DXKeeper

K0PIR

I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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  1. Tom Korevec AF4TD says:

    Love your videos! Thought I’d mention that I’ve been using the DXLab software for several months and I, like you, really enjoy using JTAlert and WSJT-X. I have found though, that I do not need to use Commander with these programs. JTAlert interfaces with DXKeeper and adds the log record as soon as you send your “73”. I also find that it is much easier to switch bands using WSJT-X.

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Tom,

      It’s good to hear from you and thank you for commenting. Thank you for watching the videos.

      I am using the IC-7610 right now and I don’t believe that WSJT-X has rig control for it yet. It may be sometime before HamLib and other Ham Radio software app have the IC-7610 included. DxLab is one that has the IC-7610. There are a couple of others.

      You must be using another radio with WSJT-X and can use it for the rig in WSJT-X??? Since the 7610 isn’t in WSJT-X I’m using DXLab Suite Commander as the rig in it. I have JT Alert as you say and it is working FB with DXKeeper. That was one of my reasons for switching to DXLab. I think I’ll do a video on it.

      Thank you for providing the information, it will be a benefit to others as well.

      Best 73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  2. Tom Korevec AF4TD says:

    Rich,

    Yes, you are correct, I have an Elecraft K3S, not the IC-7610. I didn’t know that your radio has not yet been added to WSJT-X. I’m sure it will be added soon with as popular as that radio is.

    In any case, the DXLab Suite is excellent software and it is regularly updated. Takes a while to work through all the options and settings but it works flawlessly once you take the time.

    73,
    Tom AF4TD

  3. Bill Leger says:

    Hi Rich

    After 2 months of absolutely no problems with my IC-7610, DXLabs and WSJT-X setup I have how develop a problem I can’t solve.
    Every thing was working perfectly then I down loaded WSJT-X V1.9.0 RC2. Then the trouble started.

    First thing I did is go back to version v1.8.0 but the problem was still there.

    When I hit “test PTT” in WSJT NOTHING HAPPENS.
    I get an error message (rig failure) DXLabs suite commander rig did not respond to PTT; ON

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Bill,

      If nothing has changed in the radio and DXLab Commander then it’s probably just the settings in WSJT-X.

      One thing you could check first is PTT in Commander. In the Commander window (middle) you’ll see PTT:Rcving. Click on the TX button and see if it switches to Xmitting.

      If that’s okay, just go over the settings in WSJT-X Radio tab. Check CAT Control for DXLab Suite Commander. PTT Method should be CAT.

      What happens when you push Test CAT?

      Rich, K0PIR

      P.S. You could also try restarting your computer 🙂

  4. BILL LEGER.....N1UZ says:

    Hi Rich
    Thank you the reply, lets forget about WSJT, with only commander running and nothing else. No mater what I do there is a 3 second delay on CAT. I change band, frequency, mode ECT. there I about a 3 second delay.

    I have rebooted my computer

    All setting in commander appear to be correct. like I said everything was working for several months. I am using the Icom IC-7600

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Bill,

      Yep I experienced the same.

      In the radio go to Menu>Set>Connectors>CI-V and turn CI-V Transceive OFF. It’s rarely used and only used in RS-BA1 that I’m aware of.

      Open Commander and go to the Config>General Tab. Check Interrogation and the 5 check boxes below Interrogation are UNchecked.

      On that same window, enter 20 in the Command interval (ms) box. I was as low as 10ms and it worked. I am at 20ms to be safer.

      Try that Bill and we’ll see about WSJT-X.

      Rich, K0PIR

  5. Bill Leger says:

    Looks like that is the fix…….Thank You

    I had interrogate and verify C-iv checked, I was at 200 MS

    WSJT is also working.

    If your ever in MA. I will treat you to a big cheese burger……thank again

    • K0PIR says:

      Hey Bill that’s great!

      Thanks for posting and thanks for the comment.

      I’ll take you up on that someday.

      Best to you and yours, have a Happy Easter.

      Rich, K0PIR

  6. Niece says:

    hi Rich,
    I love my ic-7610 and dxlab (i used to use dxlab with my ic-761) wsjt-x and rs-ba1 they all work awesome together. thanx so much for all the great HELPFUL videos and descripitions. there are a few more tests i must do with rs-ba1 as remote away from my home qth.

    thanx again for all you do.
    73 Niece/KA1ULN

    • K0PIR says:

      Hello Niece,

      Thank you so much for the comments, I really appreciate it and I am glad the videos and descriptions help.

      The Icom 7610 is my favorite transceiver and there is so much to it. Just recently I started using an RX antenna on the BNC connector and exploring tracking. There’s still more to explore on this radio.

      Best wishes to you and yours.

      73,
      Rich, K0PIR

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