MacloggerDX WSJT-X And JT-Bridge How To

Two of my favorite modes theses days is JT65 and JT9. MacLoggerDX, WSJT-X and JT-Bridge make a powerful and fun combination. I have grown to enjoy the weak signal modes even with bad propagation. I can always make contacts on 20 Meters during the day with 5 or 10 watts. It’s not unusual to make contacts on 15 Meters into South America too.

Installation

This is for a Mac OS. Like I’ve said before, even if you are on a PC, this is something to look at and consider.

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Getting MacLoggerDX (MLDX) installed is a breeze. I made a clip on it and WSJT-X which you can see here: Icom 7300 MacLoggerDX Setup.

Everything on this page is using just the one USB cable.

The next piece of the puzzle is WSJT-X and it requires a little work to install on a Mac. See my video on YouTube: WSJT-X Installation on iMac For Icom 7300

In WSJT-X I am using the Icom 7300 for the rig and disabling the rig control in MacLoggerDX (See the video below).

JT-Bridge is very easy to install as you’ll see in the video below. Just download JT-Bridge and drag it to the Applications folder.

For JT-Bridge to log your QSO’s into MacLoggerDX, in JT-Bridge you’ll need to click on File and then Open. Navigate to your MLDX log and select it. You’ll only have to do this once.

The next thing is getting WSJT-X and JT-Bridge connected and working together. There are snapshots on the next page. Click on the snapshot to see the full image.

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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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Jim Record
3 years ago

This was just what I needed! I do have one question. How do you start up these three programs? Does the order matter?

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Rob Robinett
3 years ago

Hi Jim,
I found your video very helpful. However it seems that the USB input and output audio is shared with the 7300 speaker and mic. So when WSJT-X is in WSPR mode I have to turn up the rx volume on my 7300 for the signals to be decoded by WSJT. Is there are way to mute the audio on the 7300 and have it only go through the USB cable?
thanks,
rob
AI6VN

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David
3 years ago

I keep getting a “Hamlib error: Communication bus error while getting current frequency” error , I’m stuck. Any words of wisdom ?

rebooted, nothing else running

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Greg Heath KB2QQM
3 years ago
Reply to  David

Go Here and install Hamlib.

http://macappstore.org/hamlib/

Use the Terminal App in your applications folder.

Copy and paste those items a line at a time after the command prompt in Terminal. You will need to know your Mac Password. when you are typing it, it will not appear on the line. after typing it, hit enter.

Hope that helps.

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Brian Lewis
3 years ago

I’m having trouble with logging. It logs every qso on 20 meter. It shows the appropriate band info everywhere else, including where it pulls the information from Macloggerdx logbook properly. It shows the appropriate band info in the pop up screen asking if you want to log the qso. I’m hoping you have an idea. Thanks

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Brian Lewis
3 years ago
Reply to  K0PIR

Yes to all of your questions. What it seems to be doing is that when it saves to the Macloggerdx log it’s not changing the frequency and band information as I change bands. It will always log the same frequency and band UNLESS I pull Macloggerdx to the front and input the correct frequency, then it will log everything to that frequency and band until I change it there again. The box that comes up and asks you if you want to log the qso has the correct info in it but when I click ok to log I will see a brief pop up window from Macloggerdx showing that’s it’s logging it but with the wrong frequency and band information. I hope this makes sense to you cause I’m pulling my hair out every time I forget to manually change the frequency and it logs the qso improperly.

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Brian Lewis
3 years ago
Reply to  K0PIR

Here’s what I found there(problem is I don’t know how to do it)

If your internet is slow – the log command could be executing before the lookup command has completed.

I’m not that familiar with JT-Bridge – but it will likely be using an AppleScript with a delay after the lookup and before the log. Just increase the delay value.

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Joy Rabins
3 years ago

Question about USB Audio Codec. I believe in your other video I watched you said for the audio to select the USB Audio Codec, and I think you said it was downloaded from MacloggerDX. Is that right? I don’t find an audio codec to download from there. I am a new ham with a Mac and your videos are very helpful to get me started. I do have Maclogger working and am anxious to try some of the digital modes. Great videos. Thanks Joy KM6IFL

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Bob Nobis
3 years ago

I have been trying to get this combination of programs (WSJT-X, JT-Bridge and MacLoggerDX) to work with my IC-7610, but so far have been unable to get these to work.

I keep getting the following error message: Hamlib error: Communications bus error while getting current frequency

I am wondering if you or anyone else has been able to get these to work properly with the IC-7610.

Here are my settings on my IC-7610.

CI-V Baud rate = 19200
CI-V Address = 98h (Also tried address for 7300, 7600 and
CI-V Transceive = OFF
CI-V USB/LAN – Remote Transceive Address = 00h
CI-V Output (for ANT) = OFF
CI-V USB Port = Unlink from [Remote]
CI-V USB Baud Rate = 19200
CI-V USB Echo Back = ON
DATA OFF MODE = mic, acc
DATA 1 MODE = USB
DATA 2 MODE = USB
DATA 3 MODE = mic., acc

I wonder if there are other settings tab need to be set.

I have also installed the following hamlib_settings.json file on my Mac per teh recommendation of the WSJT-X support team.

{
“config”: {
“civaddr”: “0x98”
}
}

73,

Bob Nobis – N7RJN

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Bob Nobis
3 years ago

One additional comment. As an experiment, I checked to see if I could separately use MacLoggerDX to interface with the IC-7610. It connected easily with no changes in the above settings, so my IC-7610 settings are at least correct for MacLoggerDX.

73, Bob – N7RJN

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Bob Nobis
3 years ago

Hi Rich,

Thank you for getting back to me. Yes, I have tried using the IC-7700 configuration, as well as several others. No luck. It is interesting that I can get MacLoggerDX to communicate (CAT control) with the IC-7610, but not WSJT-X.

When running WSJT-X, I properly decode FT8 and JT65 signals, I just can’t get WSJT-X to control the IC-7610. No matter what I do, I keep getting the error message: “Hamlib error: Communications bus error while getting current frequency.”

Most likely it is one simple thing I am overlooking. Just need to find it.

This is my first icon HF radio, so I have a lot to learn. My previous experience was with the Elecraft K3. I am beginning to wish that I didn’t sell my K3 and purchase the IC-7610.

73, Bob – N7RJN

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Bob Nobis
3 years ago

Rich,

When I had my Elecraft K3, I used MLDX for logging as well as JT-Bridge. The combination with WSJT-X worked well with no hiccups. I am trying to duplicate that software setup for my IC-7610.

73,

Bob

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Bob Nobis
3 years ago

I finally resolved my issues after several phone calls to support at both Apple and Silicon Labs. It turns out I had an issue with the Fusion Drive on my Mac Mini, that prevented the Silicon Labs drivers from properly loading and then being recognized by my IC-7610. I had to disable the Fusion Drive Function, and in the process discovered that the hard drive portion of the Fusion Drive had numerous sector errors. Only real solution was to get a new drive and then do a clean install of MacOS High Sierra, as well as all my Mac application software. I probably could have done a restore from my Time Machine backup, but didn’t want to also restore any issue that I had.

I installed WSJT-X 1.80, JT-Bridge 2.3.0, and MLDX 6.16, as well as the Silicon Labs drivers. I was able to easily interface WSJT-X CAT control for the IC-7810 with no apparent issues.

All CQs from WSJT-X properly appear on the JT-Bridge log screen.

Also, I was able to set up JT-Bridge to properly interface with MLDX to verify stations that I had previously worked as well as confirmed (color coding). Clicking a CQ on the JT-Bridge log screen also opens the contact in MLDX, so that interface seems to be working ok.

One issue remaining is that when I complete a QSO in WSJT-X (Sending a 73), the QSO is not automatically logged to MLDX via JT-Bridge, like it did in my previous setup with my old Elecraft K3. I have sent a note to Anders Östlund, the author of Jt-Bridge, but have not heard back from him yet.

I am sure I have some setting that is not quite right in either WSJT-X or JT-Bridge, so will keep playing with.

Just wondering, if you might have seen a similar issue?

73, Bob

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Bob Nobis
3 years ago

Rich, Good luck. I am getting close. Once I ahve everything all set up properly, I will let you know.

73, Bob

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komradebob
3 years ago

Toward the bottom of page 1, you say:

“For JT-Bridge to log your QSO’s into MacLoggerDX, in JT-Bridge you’ll need to click on File and then Open. Navigate to your MLDX log and select it. You’ll only have to do this once.”

In which app do I File->Open->logfile?

If it is MLDX, there is a whole directory for logs, any file in particular?

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komradebob
3 years ago
Reply to  K0PIR

Yup. Figured it out shortly after asking of course. Was just one too many improper pronouns that could have pointed at JTBridge or MLDX, and I’m always a bit squeamish about pointing things at sql files. Darn English language.

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Jeff
2 years ago

Holy smokes! This was fantastic. I poured over the documentation for all three programs for hours, jt-bridge suggested a different setup (controlling the rig from MacLoggerDX), which didn’t make sense, but I thought if thats what the documentation says it must be the right way to go. But that just confused me. Really liked your screen layout for all three as well, and I copied that too. After watching this I’ve logged 30 states and eight countries!

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Walter - IU7KRA
2 years ago

I try to set my mac with kenwood ts 570d, but doesn’t appear usb audio codec in midi Audio and then in the propriety of wsjtx to, only can see mic in and out. I can see SiLabs USB driver installed but not charged when my cable is plugged to the mac. the strange things is that i use to connect with success the rig with mldx, and it work perfectly. I don’t understand how i can fix.

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