|Three different main
dialog aspect ratios can be selected to suit the computer screen
dimensions and operator preferences. The wide aspect ratio can be
resized horizontally. The narrow aspect ratios are fixed in width
|Select the transceiver with the "Config / Xcvr select" menu item|
|Select the rig in use from the "Rig" combo box.
The default values associated with that transceiver will be preset for you. These have been verified by the test team but might require some tweaking for your particular h/w.
You may prefer to use h/w PTT signaling instead of CAT PTT. Not all transceivers support the CAT PTT function, but it will be preset to on if the selected transceiver supports that command. The h/w PTT may be shared with the CAT serial port.
If your serial connection is a CI-V device you might need to check "Echo" and also set either RTS or DTR to +12 if CI-V power is derived from the serial port.
|Your PTT h/w control may also make use of a second serial port.
|You might also need access to
special h/w functions. flrig provides this via the DTR and RTS
signal lines of an independent serial port. Additional main
dialog controls are enabled and shown if you select anything other than
NONE (the default) on this tab.
|Providing you transceiver
supports the various meters and controls, you can elect to poll these
every time the poll cycle occurs. Polling a value causes flrig to
follow and well as control a particular transceiver function or
control. The polling cycle will slow down as you elect to poll
more and more values.
|Testing your transceiver
commands. flrig might not support a particular CAT command for
your transceiver. You can test the support for a particular
command using the "Send Cmd" tab. The command string must comply
with the transceiver requirements. If ASCII text is used, as with
transceivers based on the Kenwood command set you enter the string
without spaces, i.e.
to read the A vfo .
For binary strings, used in older Yaesu transceivers, and all Icom CI-V type transceivers you need to enter the string as space delineated hex values, i.e.
Yaesu: x00 x00 x00 x01 x05
Icom: xFE xFE x70 xE0 x1A x05 x00 x92 x00 xFD
Press the SEND button to transfer the command to the transceiver. The response will appear in the lower text control.
control settings may
be available depending on the transceiver being controlled. These
are in a drop-down area toggled by the arrow button to the left of the
attenuator button on the small aspect ratio dialog view. These are the controls for the Yeasu FT950.
|Select the toggle button "Small
sliders" on the Config menu for 1/2 size sliders and a dialog layout
that uses less vertical space.
|How to adjust colors
|Right click on the main dialog
power meter scale to open up this selection dialog. Each of the 4
scales and the "Auto scaled" box are buttons. Press the one you
want to use. Auto-scaling adjusts the meter scale to the smallest
scale consistent with the current measured peak power. If that
power is fluctuating near the transistion point between two scales you
might want to fix the scale to either the larger or smaller.
||The frequency display is also a
control. Each numeric is sensitive to mouse left/right buttons
for up/down and to the mouse scroll wheel for rapidly changing
value. Put the mouse over any of the numeric segments and you can enter a
new frequency using the keyboard numeric keypad. If you make an
error simply enter a non-numeric key. Set the newly entered frequency by
pressing the Enter key.
To paste a frequency from the clipboard (kHz only), press control-V followed by the Enter key
Vfo-A and Vfo-B are separate control, A on the left, B on the right.
Left click on the A->B button to swap vfos. Right click on the A->B button to transfer vfoA to vfoB.
When the mouse pointer is over the frequency display you can also change frequency values using the arrow and page key buttons:
|The buttons that have a light box are toggles - activated when the lighted box is colored.
Some of these are linked to a slider. If the button state is
inactive then that associated slider will be greyed out. In the
example the volume control is active and the NR control is
|Operating flrig with fldigi
requires a simple setup in fldigi. Deselect all but the "xmlrpc"
rig control. Xmlrpc is used via a local socket device for the two
programs to communicate. fldigi acts as the server and flrig the
client. There is no requirement for start / stop ordering of the
Flrig sends rig configuration data to fldigi when the two programs initially recognize each other. This data is used to populate the rig name, the available modes and the available bandwidths.
After this initial communications the operator can set the paired controls from either fldigi or flrig. The two programs will remain sychronized. The data from the computer to the transceiver is always from flrig.
PTT can be activated at flrig or using the T/R button on fldigi. fldigi also engages the PTT via the macro <TX> <RX> tags. When operating digital modes with fldigi you should use the PTT from fldigi.
can control the behavior of both the average and peak values of the
S-meter and Power out meters. Setting the controls to 1 for both
average and peak will simply display the latest value available from
the transceiver. The average setting results in the display
showing the average of the last N readings. The peak value will
display the average peak value over the last M readings.
The event log is opened from the "Debug" menu. It allows you to view the serial and xmlrpc data exchanges between flrig, fldigi, and the transceiver.
|Multiple configuration directories:
Flrig honors the command line switch --config-dir <DIRNAME> where <DIRNAME> is a fully qualified path name as in: /home/dave/flrig.tt538 or "C:/documents and settings/dave/flrig.tt538"
The desktop icons shown at left are from an Ubuntu desktop and where the properties Command entry for the respective icons are set up as:
The TT538 and TT516 use separate serial ports, so both may be active at the same time. Configuration or operating changes in one do not effect the other. For my purposes the 3rd icon launcher is used for testing purposes and is not usually connected to a "real" transceiver.