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Which FLdigi version for a macMini running Mojave

Ken S. N9KJU
 

Greetings friends,

My name is Ken, Callsign N9KJU, PODXS 070 #2862. I was originally licensed as a Tech+ back in 1990 and active for many years. But like many, I took some time for other activities including two kids. After being off the air for 16 years, I get back on the air in 2018, earned my General Class license in Dec 2018, bought a new HF station. And I have been trying new things and improving my old skills since then. Those two kids are grown and my wife and I are looking forward to me retiring in the next 2-3 years.

I recently discovered and joined your group. In order to qualify for joining, I had to have 50+ PSK31 contacts logged. I have had 61 PSK31 contacts between Jan-Mar 2019. Ever since I put this new station on the air, I have used a macMini as the computer behind it all. I use RUMlogNG for logging and rig control. And obviously, I had FLdigi working those two years ago. I have also logged 419 RTTY contacts (mostly in contests) between Jan 2019 and July 2020 using FLdigi.

So I have been trying for a few months to get back into RTTY and now PSK31. But I have had little to no luck at either. When I run FLdigi and try to read the PSK31 contacts out there, the FLdigi software crashes at seemingly random times, often with my hands nowhere near the keyboard or the radio. I've been through the config of RUMlogNG, FLdigi, and my IC-7300.

So finally I get to my question. what would be the latest version of FLdigi that I should be able to use with my: macMini (Late 2012) with 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 running MacOS Mojave (Version 10.14.6), Icom IC-7300 running the latest 1.4 Firmware, and RUMlogNG Version 5.6.2 (492). I currently have FLdigi 4.1.18 installed. I recently tried v4.1.19 and then tried the brand new 4.1.20. Both of those seemed less stable. I have now gone back to 4.1.18 to try and work all this out. Maybe I need to go back further?

When I last made PSK31 contacts, I was using the same hardware as I have today, But I was on the 1.3 Icom firmware, I think I was on High Siera OS and I'm not sure which earlier version of FLdigi. My problem may still be something in the configuration of any of these. But it seemed wise to ask around here if anyone can suggest a workable version of FLdigi to go with my Mojave on the macMini.

I have made two attempts to answer PSK31 CQ calls. I both cases, FLdigi crashed during the early part of the QSO. I'm not going to try answering CQ calls until I can get my mix of software running stably.

I appreciate any help that anyone can offer,

73 de N9KJU, Ken S. n9kju@... https://www.qrz.com/db/N9KJU https://groups.io/g/070Club/profile/@n9kju 070 #2862, 10-10 #67438, NAQCC #9906, SKCC #19964T


Today's APE from Mt. Palomar Observatory

 

Hi Everybody...
Thanks to all that stopped by to say hello.
Perhaps I was a bit optimistic when I said 1200 Z as a start time. It's 110 miles from my home qth to the front gate of the observatory.
For the most part, signals were as strong as last weekend's signals at Elsinore Peak.
There was some major QSB for about an hour in my early afternoon, but as I preach,
"Stick with it, the propagation changes about every 15 minutes or so."
And,. that's what happened. Signals came back up and a good time was had.
I'll do a write up for the "APE Tall Tales" and have a log and some pertinent pictures attached.
Thanks to my pal Ken, N6PCD for posting my whereabouts to all-y'all and to those that also posted my presence.
I've got some idea's on improving the Tarheel 75A antenna's performance, and I'll be working on those this coming week.
Not yet sure where next weekend will find me.
73 es DX,
Milt.
N6MG
070-650
LONP #76


DX on 20m

Jerry N9AVY
 

No wonder I can't hear stateside.  Just worked European Russia  (R2ZHC)  and Germany (DL4QB)  ....  weird band conditions.   Work all around the world but can't get IN nor MN !  Ptooey !

jerry n9avy


Re: 20m

 

First set of rain bands from Fred came thru abt an hour ago.  Lots of lightning.  Luckily we dodged a bullet this time.

John
KC3FL


Re: 20m & I'm QRT

Jerry N9AVY
 

Hi Rick !


Have a Force 12  C3  at 40 ft. with (obviously) a rotor turning it.  It does well 99% of time.   Also have a Butternut HF-6V which unfortunately is out of commission with some damage from winds.  There's also an Alpha-Delta DX-A twin sloper, but that's mostly for 40/80 ; used to work on 160m but hasn't for years.

There's also a Cushcraft W3 WARC band rotatable dipole above Force 12 on tower about 5-6 ft. higher.

That's the line up of antenna farm.

jerry  n9avy

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, 04:09:28 PM CDT, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:


Jerry - Curious about what you are using for a 20m antenna.  Looked on your QRZ page but didn't see anything about your antennas.

We are having one of those Florida lightning storms - plus over 1.5" of rain in about 30 minutes.  Still going on, but at least now the strikes are not simultaneous flash and bang.  That gets scary!  So obviously, I'm QRT and the computer is on battery and WiFi.  Supposed to let up in a few hours.  I might get back on, but it has been a GREAT APE ESCAPE day already!  Thanks to Milt, Wayne, Ron, and Dave (even though he is just on this way to his APE hangout).

--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: 20m

Jim K5SP
 

I got it first JoAnn, rained here mostd of morning.  Now 77 degrees, unheard of for North Texas in August/Sept.

Jim K5SP

On 8/14/2021 3:32 PM, JoAnn Donaldson via groups.io wrote:
Had a Cool front come thru with T-Storms, so had to shutdown. Those are thru now and back on the air looking for APE's. on 20M PSK.

JoAnn
AB8YZ

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, 03:09:22 PM CDT, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:


Been researching past performance on 20m.  It seems as though I can draw a circle about 400-500 miles around my QTH and that is the zone of silence. In other words, that why I can't work APEs in IN , MN and in other states close by.  

Now Milt and other APEs seem to be heard almost all day long.  Just weird propagation...  Used to notice this a lot on 10m years ago, but the circle was more like 600 miles, but I would be able to work "backscatter" on     10m and had many contacts with close in stations back then.

Hope everyone got all of today's APEs ...

Jerry  N9AVY

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: 20m & I'm QRT

Rick - N7WE
 

Jerry - Curious about what you are using for a 20m antenna.  Looked on your QRZ page but didn't see anything about your antennas.

We are having one of those Florida lightning storms - plus over 1.5" of rain in about 30 minutes.  Still going on, but at least now the strikes are not simultaneous flash and bang.  That gets scary!  So obviously, I'm QRT and the computer is on battery and WiFi.  Supposed to let up in a few hours.  I might get back on, but it has been a GREAT APE ESCAPE day already!  Thanks to Milt, Wayne, Ron, and Dave (even though he is just on this way to his APE hangout).

--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: 20m

JoAnn Donaldson
 

Had a Cool front come thru with T-Storms, so had to shutdown. Those are thru now and back on the air looking for APE's. on 20M PSK.

JoAnn
AB8YZ

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, 03:09:22 PM CDT, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:


Been researching past performance on 20m.  It seems as though I can draw a circle about 400-500 miles around my QTH and that is the zone of silence. In other words, that why I can't work APEs in IN , MN and in other states close by.  

Now Milt and other APEs seem to be heard almost all day long.  Just weird propagation...  Used to notice this a lot on 10m years ago, but the circle was more like 600 miles, but I would be able to work "backscatter" on     10m and had many contacts with close in stations back then.

Hope everyone got all of today's APEs ...

Jerry  N9AVY


20m

Jerry N9AVY
 

Been researching past performance on 20m.  It seems as though I can draw a circle about 400-500 miles around my QTH and that is the zone of silence. In other words, that why I can't work APEs in IN , MN and in other states close by.  

Now Milt and other APEs seem to be heard almost all day long.  Just weird propagation...  Used to notice this a lot on 10m years ago, but the circle was more like 600 miles, but I would be able to work "backscatter" on     10m and had many contacts with close in stations back then.

Hope everyone got all of today's APEs ...

Jerry  N9AVY


Re: Ron - KC0JQC - APE from MN

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

I just had a QSO with Ron.  Light signal but 100% copy

Bob
KK6KMU


Ron - KC0JQC - APE from MN

Rick - N7WE
 

Managed to get Ron KC0JCQ in the log at 1756.  He is APE from Ft. Ridgley SP, MN.  Had heavy QSB - 599 to 339, but we got enough for the QSO to be logged.  He was about 14.071.500.  Initially saw Steve VA3FLF work him, but I couldn't see Ron.  Later he was up enough to answer his CQ and us do an exchange.  Whew!  I see others working him no problem so give him a call.
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


KC0JQO APE

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

I barely see Rons signal at 14.071.500
--
Bob  KK6KMU  #2484


Re: N6MG APE

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

RR.  The band was noisy earlier and all of a sudden it is rather quite.  Go figure.
Bob


Re: N6MG APE

Barry VA7GEM
 

RR Bob
Been watching for Milt for 3hrs and he just came up like someone threw a switch
Barry


On Sat, Aug 14, 2021 at 11:21 AM, Bob Motyl KK6KMU wrote:
I see Milt in a QSO with Barry VA7GEM.  14.071


Re: N6MG APE

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

I see Milt in a QSO with Barry VA7GEM.  14.071


NI6IW USS MIDWAY Special Event Station

Ken N6PCD
 

All,

Per N6MG, NI6IW is running a special event station from the USS Midway today. He worked them a few minutes ago.
--
All the best,
Ken N6PCD
070# 801
LONP# 187


N6MG APE

Ken N6PCD
 

Hi all,

Per Milt N6MG, he will be taking a break until 1800.
--
All the best,
Ken N6PCD
070# 801
LONP# 187


Re: Dave - KB3RAN/1

Steve VA3FLF/KM4FLF
 

Calling on 40M now, 1735z. I see Ac9HP but he not hearing me. I’ll try here for a bit.

Steve
VA3FLF


On Aug 14, 2021, at 12:17, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

Worked Dave - KB3RAN/1 - our 070 APE Coordinator at 1554 UTC about 14.071.000.  He is not yet an APE, but is portable in Maine - FN64 - on his way to the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse (the most eastern point in the continental USA) for his APE next weekend Aug 20-22.  Good signal into central Florida and I'm sure he would appreciate a call and a "thank you" for all his work to make APE happen for us all.
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Dave - KB3RAN/1

Rick - N7WE
 

Worked Dave - KB3RAN/1 - our 070 APE Coordinator at 1554 UTC about 14.071.000.  He is not yet an APE, but is portable in Maine - FN64 - on his way to the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse (the most eastern point in the continental USA) for his APE next weekend Aug 20-22.  Good signal into central Florida and I'm sure he would appreciate a call and a "thank you" for all his work to make APE happen for us all.
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: AC9HP APE

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

Just had my QSO with AC0HP.  Moved to 14.071.860

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