GridTracker, WSJT-X and Log4OM

Wow look at this world map with GridTracker! This little program integrates nicely with WSJT-X and Log4OM. It’s similar to JT Alert, but it has an awesome map.

This is my go-to companion app for WSJT-X.

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GridTracker Main Window

GridTracker started out as a companion to WSJT-X, but has evolved and is much more than that now.

It works well with WSJT-X, JTDX and many logging programs

I am using GridTracker (GT), WSJT-X and Log4OM at home, so lets see what that looks like.

Configuring Log4OM for GridTracker

The last post I did on Log4OM enabled WSJT-X to log into Log4OM. See: WSJT-X and LOG4OM Tutorial Free and Easy!

Now we want to let Log4OM know we will be using GT for that and we need to add two lines in the UDP Inbound connections. Disable the one, WSJT_DIRECT . See picture below.

More in the video below.

After that’s done we can start WSJT-X.

WSJT-X

Now start WSJT-X. GT support does mention a change in WSJT-X and it’s on the Reporting tab. ”Clear DX call…” to be checked off. See below.

Wsjt reporting tab GT

Installing GridTracker (GT)

See my previous post WSJT-X and LOG4OM Tutorial Free and Easy!

Go to the GridTracker webpage and download the latest version. Installing it is very simple. There hasn’t been much documentation in the past, but recently we got a pretty good set of Quick Start instructions.

Configuring GridTracker (GT)

Start up WSJT-X first, then on first startup of GridTracker (GT) see if it reads your WSJT-X configuration file. If it does, than your callsign, grid and some other things will automatically populate for you.

Things to check and/or configure if needed:

  • UDP ports on the General tab.
  • Logger on the Logging tab.

Using GT

We want to use GT to find needed stations for awards (Grid squares and DX) and then log the contact into Log4OM.

Log4OM Config 1:38, WSJT-X Config 3:36, Install GridTracker 5:36, Configuring for grids and DX 18:20.

Always start the programs in the proper order. Log4OM, WSJT-X and finally GT.

Next

I want to try this on Ham Radio Deluxe and dive into some other neat features. It should work just the same as with Log4OM.

What are your thoughts on GT? Let me know and please post your comments below.

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Best 73, stay safe and good DX! – Rich, K0PIR

Sources:

GridTracker

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WSJT-X and LOG4OM Tutorial Free and Easy!

NEW Log4OM 2 Logging Program Install and Initial Setup

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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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Buddy
10 months ago

Thanks for this article. I installed GT on my computer months ago but never used it and this really helps.

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Frank
3 months ago

Hi Rich,
Your website and YouTube channel are absolutely fantastic, and you have such patience with us rookies! Can’t thank you enough!
I’m using Log4OM2, WSJT-X, and GridTracker, and it’s a great combo, except I can’t get the Log4OM cluster and band map to work. Cluster always shows disconnected, and nothing on the band map. I’d appreciate any thoughts.
Thanks again, buddy!
73s!
Frank, K2PF

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K2PF
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Frank
3 months ago
Reply to  K0PIR

Hi Rich,
Thank you so much for all your help! Forgive me, but where do I add pi.k0pir and port 7300? Do I add this to the Connections, UDP Inbound? And what should I name it if so?
Again, so sorry, but want to make sure I get it right. By the way, I was able to get the Super Cluster to open by simply clicking on the icon on the upper right of Log4OM.
Thanks again!
73!
Frank, K2PF

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K2PF
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Frank
3 months ago
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Hi Rich,

That worked! Thanks buddy. It appears that pi.k0pir.us is the primary, as there is a [PRI] and [U] in front of on the bottom active servers list, and a [U] in front of it in the known servers list. Is that okay? Thanks again! You are such a great help.
73!
Frank, K2PF

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K2PF
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Frank
3 months ago

Hi Rich,
Frank, K2PF, again. I noticed that when in WSJT-X, mode FT8, if I keep my transmit and receive frequencies on the WSJT-X wide graph very close to each other, the FTDX10 stays locked on frequency, but if I lower my transmit even a few hz below receive frequency on the WSJT-X wide graph then the FTDX10 will transmit 500khz less than its locked frequency. If I raise transmit frequency above lets say around 50hz to 200hz or more than the receive frequency on WSJT-X wide graph, then the FTDX10 will go 500khz above its locked frequency. For instance, if I’m in 20M band, mode FT8 in WSJT-X, the Yaesu FTDX10 goes up or down 500khz from its locked frequency. 14.074.000 goes to either 14.074.500 or 14.073.500, even sometimes to 14.074.055. Its almost like an offset. But, if I keep my transmit and receive frequencies in WSJT-X the same, then the frequency stays locked on the FTDX10. Am I missing something? Thanks so much again, for your great website and YouTube channel!
73!
Frank, K2PF

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K2PF
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Frank
3 months ago
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Hi Rich,
Thanks so much again for all your help! Yes, in WSJT-X, under Split Operation, I have Fake It checked. Should I try Rig, or leave Fake It checked? Also, in OmniRig, I downloaded and installed the ini for the FTDX10; should I leave Poll int., ms at 100, and Timeout, ms at 100? (I have to set RTS and DTR both at High.)
Thanks buddy!
73!
Frank, K2PF

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K2PF
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JONGHO, CHA
3 months ago

Nice to meet you!

Gridtracker & JTAlert also using same IP address & port.
I want using those two software at the same time, but the Grid tracker waiting for message
.
My executing sequence is,

  1. WSJT-X
  2. JTAlert
  3. Log4OM2
  4. GridTracker

How can I repair this problem?
Please give some advice.

Thanks.

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HL1QVH
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Lance
2 months ago

I set up as described with my Yaesu FT-991 and the software plays together nicely. I have one big issue though – when I test transmit, my radio switches to RTTY-USB from the previous setting of DATA-USB. Also, when I re-select FT8 on the WSJT-X mode setting, the radio switches to RTTY-USB.
Any help would be appreciated!

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