WSJT-X and LOG4OM Tutorial Free and Easy!
Hey guys if you saw my last post it was on downloading and installing Log for the Old Man (LOG4OM). This post will be configuring WSJT-X to log to Log4OM. If you’re looking for something free and easy for FT8 logging, this is it!
I want to start off by updating something from the last post. Some Rig types in Omni-Rig have a”DATA” after the model. For the ICOM 7610 there is a radio in the list named IC-7610-DATA. That’s the one we want to use.
Important for IC-7610 operators: If you are using the Icom 7610, the mode set by WSJT-X and Omni-Rig will be USB-D2, so you will need DATA2 MOD set to USB. See other Icom 7610 screen captures here.
WSJT-X and LOG4OM Software Integration
In the Log4OM Program configuration we will need to add WSJT-X to the Software integration>Connections. This is very simple and I’ll show you step-by-step in the video below.
Don’t forget this one below located in Configuration>Applications.
You can find the download file here. It’s very straight forward, download and install. The software is updated frequently. Uninstalling and installing the newest version is in the video below.
Tips that I use for operating FT-8 can be found here.
WSJT-X Radio Tab
In WSJT-X, on the Radio tab, we need to setup Omni-Rig as the Rig. More than one program can control the transceiver via Omni–Rig at the same time. You’ll also need to set the Soundcard input and output too. The reporting tab is also very important. See the screenshots below for more.
One last thing about operating. This is from one of my subscribers and he makes a very good point.
One thing I noticed when I use the Hold TX Freq is that my Enable TX doesn’t turn off when the caller responds to someone else. With the checkbox off, it will stop my xmit. It seems like the logic only applies when it sees someone else’s call on the Tx freq. Any way to enforce good behavior here?-KM6DOV
Being courteous is part of being a good operator. My thought is the behavior mentioned above is not intentional, it is just part of the learning curve.
Please don’t continuously call someone who is calling or working someone else, even if you are calling them off-frequency. Be nice: wait your turn! It’s polite to wait until the DX sends RRR, RR73, 73 or CQ before calling them. If you call continuously, or try to barge-in on a QSO in progress, you will simply waste watts, create QRM, cause delay, and you may even be blacklisted by the DX.-FT8 Operating Tips
- 00:57 Upgrade WSJT-X
- 4:24 Log4OM Config
- 6:14 Omnirig
- 8:10 WSJTX Settings
- 11:09 IC-7610 Users Important Note
- 13:07 Operating Tip
- 14:02 For CW Operators
- 14:50 QSO Logging to Log4OM
You can support Log4OM development in various modes: probably the most important mode is helping us creating a stronger community. Share experiences, support new users, talk about Log4OM to your friends is something we really want and need.– Daniele Pistollato IW3HMH. More on that here.
I will be out of town and operating from the Black Hills National Forrest on the Wyoming side. I believe these should be rare grid squares. I’ll be using a new inverted vee antenna on my campers 30′ flagpole. Of course the Icom 7300 and Hi-Q-5/80 mobile antenna mounted on the rear of it.
You will get a video of my new “Dog Gone” antenna launcher. I’ll demonstrate how it’s done, knock on wood.
Have you found the perfect antenna launcher yet? Please post your comments below.
Best 73, stay safe and good DX! – Rich, K0PIR