A Week Later – The AHA! moment

March 16, 2016:  Aha Moment.  I was transmitting test tone instead of data.  It is apparently a bug in the WSJT-X 1.6 software.  It gets stuck in TUNE mode.  Once a person clicks the TUNE button, then HALT-TX, then ENABLE-TX the tones do not change back to data and modulate.  They stay solid as if still in TUNE mode. I was transmitting a solid tone. That’s why no one responded or posted me. And that’s why the power out, swr, etc looked fine. Restarting the application clears the trouble. It’s not an antenna problem at all. I was wrong.  Partly my fault for not taking the time to figure out how to turn on TX MON on the TS-480.  If I had done that I would have heard the solid tone and known instantly. Forty miles away and I can’t hear the signal over the air.   I had this solid tone problem once before with an earlier release. I thought it was resolved with 1.6.  Live and learn.  I spent some time attempting to activate TX MON.  The setup screen says it’s in TX MON mode and level is 5 but I hear nothing.  Where is the audio going?  Unknown.

Meanwhile one of the steps in troubleshooting was to move the antenna in an attempt to see if location was keeping the signal from getting out.  I used wifi to make the Internet connection back to the base.  It worked at first and now it doesn’t.  Next we got a spring snow storm and right now all work is on hold until the snow melts and the mud dries enough for us to get back to the site.

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