Mac Mini M1 and WSJT-X Automation With RUMLogNG

DX Chasing with FT8! With this software combo you won’t miss needed DX. It’s possible with the latest RumLogNG update and WSJT-X. I set my DX Alarms (countries, grids, continents I need) and when they pop up, the software starts the transmission automatically.

I purchased a Mac Mini with the M1 chip. These are faster than the Intel Macs. The problem I see, if you want to run Windows with Parallels on your new Mac with the M1 processor, you may have trouble with drivers. I have not resolved the Parallels drivers’ issues, however I have Windows running in Parallels on my Mac Mini.

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Mac Mini With M1 Processor

This is the fastest computer I have ever owned, so far. We all know how that can change. The computer starts off out of the box extremely fast, but later on with loading programs, everything slows down.

So far I haven’t noticed much slowing. RumLogNG still runs extremely fast.

RumLogNG Update

RUMLogNG is a free logging program for the MacOS. I have a previous post on this and you can find it here, Ham Radio iMac (iCOM Macintosh) In The Shack. There have been many updates since that time. Support is excellent for RUMLogNG and you can find the forum here.

RumLogNG Update Transceiver Control

RUMLogNG has, IMO, the best rig control software out there for the Icom radios and using a simple option in RumLogNG you’ll never have to reset the transceiver port again. Just check the option “Auto Discovery.” This is not to be confused with the TX “Auto” enabled below.

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DX Chasing – RumLogNG “Auto” Enabled

This is for calling DX spots. Before using this you’ll have to install WSJT-X. I have a previous post on this, Icom 7300 WSJT-X Using DXLab Suite Commander, JT Bridge And RUMLogNG.

Getting WSJT-X running on a Mac takes a few extra steps. See the video on the above link.

With “Auto” enabled the program will automatically call DX that is seen in the DX Alarm settings. See the video below for more explanation.

You can view the “Network” and “DX-spots” windows from the Window Menu in RumLogNG.rumlogng update auto

 

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NOTE: Because of the automation to start the transmission it is unclear to me if this violates ARRL recent rule against Automation. “ARRL Contest and DXCC Rules Now Prohibit Automated Contacts.”

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I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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Cesar
11 months ago

I have tried out Mac RumLogNG several times but despite many features this program have they are not enough to beat Windows Log4OM features. Do you agree? 73 Cesar
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Deryl B. Holliday
11 months ago

Hi Rich,

Thanks for the cool program using your Mac. I may have missed something in your presentation. Can I use my Icom 7300 and do WSJT-X automation with another software program other than the one you used with your Mac? I have a HP with Windows 10. What would I need?

Deryl, WB4DOC

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Fred
7 months ago

Logging – in general
I also use both mac and windows and sometimes Linux in my ham radio adventures. Logging is something that I’m not happy with. I’ve been using N3FJP ACL which is GREAT but only works on Windows, I’ll give Log4OM a try but it’s still a windows app. I see you are using RumLogNG for your Mac. I saw you using maclogger before.
One would think that we would have a cloud based multi platform log storage available in this day and age. I see that HRDLOG.net is an option but have not tried it yet. I find it hard to believe I have to deal with ADIF file copies back and forth between programs. looks like HRDLOG supports most logging programs but not my beloved N3FJP :).

Would love to see you do a pure logging video about all the different apps you run and the pros and cons for each as well as how you do file management.

Thanks Rich for the time you take to help people with your video. I know you have helped me out many time via youtube!!! Thanks for that.

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Jim
6 months ago

Thanks for all the posts you’ve made. They are very helpful.

I am using RumlogNG with my 7610 as well. It is perfect except I cannot get the DX spots window to work. It opens but remains blank. I have set it up for both DXSummit andDXCluster but cannot receive any traffic. Thoughts/ideas? Thanks/73 Jim

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Alan
5 months ago

Rich
Thanks for the video and article. I’m using exactly same setup as you but can’t get logging from WSJT-X to Rumlog working correctly. I get two QSO’s recorded in Rumlog for each QSO made. Pulling my hair out here. You couldn’t post a screen shot of your WSJT-X reporting preference could you?

Thanks again
Alan

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Tom
5 months ago
Reply to  Alan

 I get two QSO’s recorded in Rumlog for each QSO made. 

This happens when you have multiple network connections. Make sure you are not connected via LAN and WLAN.

73 de Tom, DL2RUM

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