[pskmail] Re: Regarding jPSKmail 1.5 (beta 2)

  • From: Per Crusefalk <per@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 23:46:19 +0100

Hi all,

Yes, we can all agree that the wiki needs some serious maintenance. We
could even start over with a new wiki. Rein has almost done that, the
pskmail.org site is better and contains less baggage. If you have ideas
about how to better organize this then I for one welcome that!

Yes, the server used to have a bug that made arq connections work
really, really bad in north america. It was fine here in europe but it
was terrible over there. David, kf4wbs, tried to call attention to this
issue for a while but it was very difficult to fix it as we could not
recreate the issue. Then we had some long skype sessions where I had two
screens showing both sides of a connection that David had going over
there. That made it obvious that something was terribly wrong and I
could then recreate the issue. So, if you had issues with connected
sessions where the connection would deteriorate and disconnect even when
the signal was good then please have another go. I'm sure it will work
much better now.

Hmm, beacon minute. If the server is scanning then you may want to wait
for it to arrive at the frequency you are listening to. If the server is
listening on the frequency then just go ahead. If it takes a while for
the ping to actually transmit then you probably have the soft DCD in
action. Sometimes I have had that take just too long. Have a look at the
DCD value in preferences and decrease that. This should become much
better once we have the modem part integrated and can use that to have a
better DCD.

73 de Per, sm0rwo

mån 2011-12-26 klockan 12:13 -0600 skrev Bernard Dekok:
> Guys,
> I second all of Robert's email.
> The PSKMail website is outdated, frustrating and has some very old
> stuff on it.
> Most of the new developments seem to be hidden in emails and posts on
> the reflector.
> Many times in the past have I connected to Robert's server, and the
> transfer just hung up in the middle of it all for no reason.
> Maybe the bug is now fixed.
> Many Beta testers like myself, are keen Hams, but no computer
> programmers.
> So if you want more testers of the system out there, esp. in the USA,
> please, please make the downloads self-extracting like any other
> software out there.
> Identify old versions of the software, file them away and do not
> support it anymore, so all Beta testers can be on the latest software
> and on the same page so to speak.
> Also, I find the "beacon minute" concept quite frustrating.
> I do not have time to wait for the clock hand to swing by to do my
> tests.
> (Pinging does not work on my software 1.4.)
> I want to be connecting on demand.
> I am pretty sure this is not too hard to set up for a server sysop.
> Maybe a number of servers on single frequencies (not scanning) will
> help in this regard.
> Just my comments from an experienced Winmor Beta tester. 
> Best 73,
> Bernard
> Chicago.
> On Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 8:42 AM, Robert Krasowski
> <rkrasowski@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>         Hi all, 
>         can we also update http://pskmail.org/PSKMaildownloads.html . 
>         I was contacted by N5TBS yesterday, he is trying PSKMail with
>         intention to set up server. I was  helping him set up client,
>         I went to pskmail.org side and had to give him quite
>         complicated instruction. He had to install version 1.4.0, than
>         had to change javapskmail.jar, 1.4b8. That is difficult and
>         Clint N5TBS did it with no trouble but can we put last stable
>         version on that side, so people can download, install and be
>         ready to go. I think we should move old versions to different
>         folder, like "Old client, software";
>         Also, within periods of months that my server is running I had
>         many stations experimenting, connecting and than giving up.
>         Everybody start connecting in wrong mode sets (non USA modes).
>         Can we make part of pskmail.org downloads with US version of
>         PSKmail client with default table mode for US, would be nice
>         to see US version of server as well. 
>         Clint is running Windows, it took me some time to find info on
>         facebook, how to run server on windows, but I got it. Any
>         chance to put link to that side into download side
>         pskmail.org?
>         Finally where is 1.5 beta, I will be more than happy to test
>         it, but where is it?
>         Well, my project of setting up station for sailing boat with
>         intention to sail across Atlantic is progressing well. I sent
>         everything (radio, laptop, tuner, antenna, concentric cable,
>         chokes) to Poland, it got there just before Christmas (with
>         some problems - customs). Now it will be carried by the crew
>         of the boat to Canary's Island on January 3rd, I hope they
>         will install it correctly and will see how things will go. 
>         Best regards to all 
>         Robert 
>         KB2PNM 
>         --- On Mon, 12/26/11, Pär Crusefalk <per@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>                 From: Pär Crusefalk <per@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>                 Subject: [pskmail] Regarding jPSKmail 1.5 (beta 2)
>                 To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>                 Date: Monday, December 26, 2011, 7:44 AM
>                 Hi all,
>                 Before we go ahead and jump to version 2 with
>                 integrated modem handling
>                 I think it would be wise to have one final, stable
>                 release using fldigi
>                 as an external modem. A stable release should buy us
>                 some time to make
>                 version 2 even better :-).
>                 At the moment David, kf4wbs, and Gunnar, sa6bqz, have
>                 been helpful in
>                 testing the first beta of version 1.5 and I have fixed
>                 almost all the
>                 issues they found. Great testing!
>                 So, what is 1.5 you ask? Well, its basically 1.4 beta
>                 8 with an added
>                 contact manager/address book and numerous bug fixes. A
>                 few more new
>                 things like Cc addressing and addressing using name
>                 and email address
>                 makes the emails look better.
>                 I have two bugs left regarding issues with multiple
>                 emails in either
>                 direction and when I have that sorted it's time for
>                 beta 2.
>                 I would like to see more testers of that and if you
>                 already have issues
>                 in 1.4 beta 8 then pse just reply with those here
>                 (will try to handle as
>                 many as I have time).
>                 73 de Per, sm0rwo

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