Version FT100-SuperControl beta 0.90 (built 1) update: ###
As of this version it is possible to turn on tool tip texts
via the button "TIPS ON". With this button we can
switch on tooltips for each button in the root program-window.
Simply move your mouse to a button for which you want a description
and wait a second. There are german and english tooltips available.
You can configure the language in the pulldownmenu "Configuration
-> Tooltips". ### Added the functionality to the VFO-scanner.
With the VFO scanner it is possible to predefine up to twelfe
different scanranges which can be scanned automatically after
each scanrange. Please make sure, that your defined scan-ranges
are inside the specifications of your transceiver !!! Please
don't put in frequencies, which are not supported by the transceiver,
programm-errors may occur !!! You also can specify an s-meter
value at which a frequncy will be stored to the softwares
quick memory bank for a later review. ### Added the functionality
to the visual scanner (bandscope). Based on different scan
steps you can visually do a VFO scan. After the scan you can
click with your mouse into the generated graphics display
to take over the desired frequency to VFO1. Of course there
are some more features and we are sure you'll find it out.
### We also can find a new improvement in the ARS rotator
interface program part. With the equipment of the author we
could watch that the desired AZ/EL-value, which was sent to
the rotator, was overdriven most of the time by some degrees.
We could determine that the final value of the overdriven
rotator was allways the same, but different when we used CW
or CCW rotation. So within the ARS interface program part
we now can find a possibility to specify offsets for each
rotator control possibility (AZ-CW, AZ-CCW, EL-CW and EL-CCW).
If this feature has been turned on, every rotator control
will be altered by this function with the specified offset
(Also when the rotator data comes from a satellite tracking
program!). So it will be possible to turn the rotator exactly
to the desired point on the first try.
### In earlier versions of FT100-SuperControl when we have
tried to save a new logbook or skedbook entry, the rest of
the program was frozen, up to the time when the logbook or
skedbook window was closed again. This behavior has been changed.
It is now possible to let the logbook and skedbook entry window
open to search existing worked stations while working with
other FT100-SuperControl program parts.
FT100-SuperControl 0.79.1 update: ### Updated the ARS program
part with a more suitable range for the AZ/EL slider controls.
It is now possible to use the slider controls with a general
range of 0° to 450° degrees, for the use with special
rotators like the Yaesu G-5500. ### The step sizes for the
Khz-tuning buttons now have the correct step-values when we
want to use this function. ### The VFO frequency delimiters
are now correctly displayed with points instead of commas.
This was a problem only with a Windows Country setting other
than standard german. ### Added the FT100-SuperControl users
manual, which you also can find in the download area. The
manual is not yet 100%, but gives you a lot of interesting
hints and suggestions in how to use the program.
Version FT100-SuperControl 0.70.1 update: ### As of this version
it will be possible to use all the memory banks with all the
features. It is now possible to read from the memory banks
as well as save desired memory entries. The buttons "MEM
write", "BC write", "HF write", "VHF
write", "SAT write", "DUAL write",
"BEAC write" and "REP write" are now functionning.
Please note, that the memory banks are limited to five entries
in the demo version. There are unlimited memories possible
in the registered version. ### In the program part for the
telnet dx-cluster you now have the possibility to save your
own TCP/IP-adresses including the port-numbers. Due to the
fact, that the permanent IP-numbers in the program are sometimes
not working, you now will be able to save your own numbers.
You can save up to twelve different entries to a new window
now. These entries will be saved to the Windows-registry database
for a fast recall possibility. ### The date-selector within
the skedbook entry has been changed. The previously used calendar
function caused several problems on different systems. Also
a correct predefined date will be used now, if we start this
function and if we want to save a new skedbook entry. ###
A correct predefined date will also be used within the logbook
entry now. In earlier versions a wrong date was displayed
while trying to save a new logbook entry -> fixed. ###
Bugfix: there was an error when we've tried to save a logbook
entry without a callsign. The program crashed straightaway.
-> fixed. ### Bugfix: Another error has been occured when
we have minimized the ARS-rotator program window to the task
bar. If we tried to start again this feature from the menu,
the program crashed immediately -> fixed now. ### The special
memory banks are now able to automatically detect rotor interface
data when single memories are to be saved to the corresponding
special memory bank. The azimuthal and elevational data out
of the ARS-interface program part will be automatically saved
to the desired memory bank and the memory entry will be automatically
activated for a later usage (SER = 1). Of course the ARS-program
part must be activated and must be connected to the external
ARS-interface program if you want to use this function. ###
On slower computers sometimes we can watch the mouspointer
become shortly some kind of hourglass while the ARS-interface
program part is active. This is because we exeedingly use
the internal DDE-interface to gain data from the external
ARS-interface program. To prevent these "timing-problems"
i made a small checkbox which you can use to disable the polling
of rotor status data. This data is only used for general information
about the actual state of the rotator itself. Of course you
are able to read about this data in the external ARS-interface
program if you wish.
11/JUN/2002: Version 0.58.1 beta update: ### Direct frequency
input is now possible without errors via the buttons "ENTER
VFO1" and "ENTER VFO2". After a mouseclick
on one of these buttons, you'll be able to enter a desired
frequency either via the number pad on the keyboard or with
the small number block in the software. At the end of the
entry you must either use the "ENTER-KEY" on your
keyboard or if you made the entry with your mouse, you have
to use the small "OK"-button in the software. Please
note that you must use correct separation points. ### Bugfix:
There was an error in the clarifier display -> fixed now.
### You now can use the buttons "A<B",
"A>B" and A<>B" to be able to copy
contents of one VFO to the other VFO. ### At least one OM
reportet that on his computer it was not possible to load
single memories out of the different memory banks. So i decided
to review this part and i was able to fix some stuff. So for
the future we can use the following frequency format: 999.999.999
within these memory banks. This is good, if we want to be
compatible and use the database from the FT847-SuperControl
program. The FT-100 transceiver will normally need a format
like 999.999.99. The last digit will be internally truncated,
so we can provide full compatibility between the different
databases out of different SuperControl software packages.
### Loading from special memory banks is now working with
all the different settings there. These memories are providing
the possibility to use Offset, DCS, ENC, DEC, AZ and EL data.
### Added the ARS rotator interface for the use with the special
memory banks. If you are going to use a special memory entry,
where AZ/EL data has been saved before, then it would be possible
to control your rotator and point automatically to the predefined
direction if you have the ARS-interface installed. ### Added
the Logbook- and the Skedbook-functions. ### Bugfix: We had
lately discovered some indicator errors when the display showed
ENC and DEC data. It was not possible to show values under
100.1. This problem has been fixed now. ### Unfortuneately
i discovered a great performance loss while using the frequncy
tuning and the frequency scanner functions. The reason for
this is, that the FT-100 transceiver can use only a serial
speed of 4800 Baud for all the communication. So i have to
develop these functions completely new and i hope that also
the new functions will be useful then, also if they are not
as fast as the functions in the Software for the FT-847 transceiver.
The FT-847 transceiver is able to use a serial speed of 57600
Baud. We'll see...
Version 0.56.2 beta Update: ### You can see several improvements
to the GUI (graphical user interface). ### Added lots if internal
stuff and improved the general design. ### Added the memory
databases to load from. It's not yet possible to save memories
from the root program window. You could add memories by using
the menu features yet. It is still a lot of work to do, so
please stay tuned for the next update !
27/MÄR/2002: Version 0.0.16
Update: ### Initial release of the first beta version of FT100-SuperControl.
Like the first projekt (FT847-SuperControl), there is also
a possibility to spy and try every program stage of FT100-SuperControl
and if you wish, you can tell us your opinion, your needs,
wanted improvements and your ideas, so maybe you can find
it sometime in the program. We hope, FT100-SuperControl will
become as unique and famous as the program for the FT-847.
The first release of FT100-SuperControl provides all the basic
CAT-commands which are taken out of the FT-100 operating manual.
Most of the work went to the part to poll the clarifier data
from the transceiver. Unfortuneately it is not possible to
control the clarifier from the software, but maybe in future
we can find some undocumented cat commands which will widen
the functionality. To search for undocumented CAT-commands
you can find a program part, where you can test all the possible
variations of opcodes. Of course you'll use this part at your
own risk, the author is not responsible or liable for any
defective parts of your transceiver !