Monday, December 7, 2015

YoctoAzEl - Controlled by DX Labs "DXView" Software

As I mentioned in my last post,( ) I wanted to be able to control my own Rotor Controller software from a 3rd-party application (for example: DX Labs - DXView).  One of the nice things about having this functional is that from DX Labs Spot Collector as spots are flowing in I can now right-click on a spot and choose "Rotate to short path for <callsign>" and the DX Labs Suite will be able to tell my own software ("YoctoAzEl") to turn the rotor for my antenna to the correct position.

This morning I accomplished this VERY easily.  Since the other I had tested remote access using Telnet to a local comm port and was able to use the same commands ("DCU-1" style) from a telnet session 1000 miles away, I figured this would work just as well.  And it does :-)

What I used was Eltima's software "Virtual Serial Port" and I created a pair of linked Virtual Comm ports.

Since DXView can only go up to COM16, and since COM1-15 on my system are already all in use, I used COM16 for the DXView side, and COM40 for the YoctoAzEL side.

Above shows DXView's window, note the Antenna presets which are clickable to turn a connected rotor.

And because DXView is setup and connected to the virt comm port now when I right-click a call that was spotted I can then select "Rotate short path heading for <callsign>" and my antenna will now turn to that heading.

Here's a short video demo of this working.

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